Inclusion / Disabled Children's Service opportunities

Explore opportunities to join our Inclusion / Disabled Children's Service to support young people within North Yorkshire.

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In North Yorkshire, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We aim to be a place where all children and young people are happy, healthy and achieving.

We also believe that children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities should have the opportunity to live within a family environment wherever possible and should have access to the support they need to achieve their longer-term ambitions.

The inclusion service is made up of a range of complementary services including the specialist disabled children’s service four multidisciplinary locality hubs. We undertake statutory assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans and offer holistic support for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities.

We are ambitious in our plans to make sure high-quality local provisions meet the identified care and educational needs of children and young people.

This vision for the education provision for children and young people with SEND builds on both the SEND Strategic Plan for Educational Provision and the Being Young in North Yorkshire plan. The SEND Strategic Plan for Educational Provision is an ambitious five-year plan, which describes how we intend to transform services and educational provision for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire.

In the last year, we have established four multidisciplinary locality hubs offering holistic support for children and young people with SEND, and we are also developing a network of Targeted Mainstream Provisions in schools. Our Inclusion colleagues are pivotal to this development, working with our specialist teams and hub managers to ensure we have the right support in place at the right time. It is the perfect time to join us to help us fulfil our ambitions working innovatively with our multi-agency partnerships.

We have recently completed a review of social care support for children with disabilities and this will form the basis for a programme of transformation to ensure the needs of children with disabilities and their families remain at the heart of what we do and inform practice and service delivery. The specialist service is made up of three social work teams supporting around 400 children and their families.

You will have diverse and varied work, professional development and the opportunity to shape innovative practice. You will have a very visible career; building your professional network, with work that is recognised both regionally and nationally. We are very much a learning forward-thinking authority, we learn, listen and shape continually.

We are looking for highly motivated and dynamic individuals who can shape innovative practice and are committed to providing evidence based services that are valued by children and their families.

If you can help us make a difference to young people, we want to hear from you.

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Our current job opportunities

Social, emotional and mental health specialist practitioner - Hambleton and Richmondshire areas

Title: Social, emotional and mental health specialist practitioner
Grade: H
Salary: from £29,269 up to £32,076 per annum pro rata
Vacancy hours: various - term time only
Contract type: permanent
Location: Hambleton and Richmondshire areas
Weekend working: no
Closing date: 2 June 2024

Apply online: Social, emotional and mental health specialist practitioner - Hambleton and Richmondshire areas

Assistant EHC caseworker - Selby area

Title: Assistant EHC caseworker - Selby area
Grade: H 
Salary: from £29,269 up to £32,076 pro rata per annum 
Hours: full time
Contract: permanent 
Location: Selby area with hybrid working options available  
Weekend working: no
Closing date: 27 May 2024

Apply online: Assistant EHC caseworker - Selby area

Habilitation officer - countywide

Title: Habilitation officer
Salary: from £32,076 up to £34,834 per annum pro rata
Grade: I
Location: Countywide, North Yorkshire
Hours: part time - 2.5 days (term time only) plus 5 days
Contract: permanent
Closing date: 23 May 2024

Apply online: Habilitation officer

Speech Language and Communication Specialist - Hambleton and Richmondshire areas

Title: Speech Language and Communication Specialist
Grade: L
Salary: from £35,745 up to £39,880 per annum pro rata 
Vacancy hours: 18.5 per week
Location: Hambleton and Richmondshire, White Rose House – Northallerton
Contract: fixed term, part time (maternity cover)  
Weekend working: no 
Venue for interview: County Hall, Northallerton
Closing date: 12 May 2024

Apply online: Speech Language and Communication Specialist

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Working for us - what we can offer you

What we can offer you in the Children and Young People’s Service

You will receive the very best support, working alongside talented and inspirational people.

Investment in your continuous professional development continues throughout your career. A number of heads of service across North Yorkshire have used their experience to transition into senior regional and national roles. 

These roles have a flexible base; as a council, we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, arranged around the demands of the role. You can work from bases across the county as well as working from home. Our head office is in Northallerton, therefore visibility here and throughout the county is required.

You will have the opportunity to join a learning organisation to develop your skills and career alongside having the council on your CV, which has one of the best reputations.

The council's comprehensive benefits package

We pride ourselves on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire leading from the front and constantly seeking to innovate and finely tune the system with an unwavering desire to continually improve.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and work force, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities. 

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • a local government pension scheme
  • family-friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.

Our relocation package

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package. Find out more information on this in our relocation expenses policy.

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses

Staff testimonials

Rebecca Meakin - SEN caseworker officer

"During my short time working within the council, it has been a very enriching experience for me. It is an organisation which offers opportunities for everyone to foster growth both professionally and personally. I have learnt an incredible amount in my time here from the dedicated, committed, caring and passionate colleagues I work alongside. My colleagues and management are extremely encouraging, talented and empathetic. We work together like one big family who are always around to support each other at all times. I learn new skills daily and passionately exercise my desire to help others as others continually help me. During challenging days, you never feel alone or lost and I was always reassured that no question is a silly question. I felt confident from day one that I was going to receive the support I needed to excel in my role. I work daily with different stakeholders, parents, schools and associates on varied cases and enquires and work collaboratively to support our overall aim to care for the young people of North Yorkshire."

- Rebecca Meakin

Sarah Sowerby - Special educational needs casework officer

"I really enjoy being a casework officer. I find the investigation into each case and the support work to follow really rewarding, working to help young people and their families to gain a positive education experience."

- Sarah Sowerby

Howard Staveley - Special educational needs complex caseworker - post 19

"It is a challenging role that rewards innovation, problem solving and building trusting relationships with stakeholders. Despite being spread across a large county, the team are extremely close-knitted and support is always close by. Motivation is high, and job satisfaction comes from seeing the impact of your contribution towards the service’s goals, especially when engineering solutions to difficult situations."

- Howard Staveley

Sarah Marshal - Special educational needs casework officer

"Managers and team leaders are supportive and extremely approachable on any issue. The whole team are friendly, welcoming and helpful from day one."

- Sarah Marshal

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Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors including life satisfaction and happiness.

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

We offer great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

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Application tips

You can find advice to help you make your application here.

Contact us

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We look forward to hearing from you!