Social worker career opportunities

We have several career opportunities for social workers to help and support children, young people and their families in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. With this is mind, we are recruiting across the county for several children's social care roles, whatever stage you are at in your social work career. 

Partner in Practice

As a Partner in Practice, we are leading the way in social work with children and their families; our work is child-centred and there is a longstanding, clearly embedded model of practice, based on building effective relationships with children, young people and families. 

Social work challenges

It is important for us that our social workers have manageable workloads, supportive and transparent management and the opportunity for continuous professional development.

We understand social work is challenging and we are committed to creating a healthy culture where social workers feel that they have a forum to share their views about the organisation and environment in which they work. We strive to achieve the very best practice and to continually learn by taking accountability and developing new ways of working. This has enabled a culture to be developed in which social workers and managers feel confident, safe and supported to manage risk appropriately. 

We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to have time for the things in life that really matter to you - this is really important to us. Whether you are looking for a full time or part time role we would encourage you to apply. Please feel free to contact us for a discussion about the roles and work with us, before submitting your application form.

Our opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Role: Service Manager (Group Manager)
Salary: £48,000 to £55,840 per annum
Location: 1x Central covering Richmond, Northallerton and Selby (office base of your choosing) and 1x East covering Scarborough
Contract: Permanent

The role of Service Manager is dynamic and diverse, requiring a confident, autonomous individual to drive forward practice and influence stakeholders, partners and colleagues.

We are looking for an innovative social work professional with strategic managerial experience who is driven, astute, inspirational and a great communicator. As Service Manager you will demonstrate real leadership in a challenging and evolving sector by shaping and driving the practice across the locality whilst also utilising and developing your skills and knowledge.

You will lead the overall development and delivery of the service in the central locality, providing clear leadership to enable five social work teams to perform at their best, whilst being an integral part of an exceptional team who strive to make a difference for the children and families of North Yorkshire.

We have one vacancy covering the central North Yorkshire area (Richmond, Northallerton and Selby) and one covering the east area (Scarborough).

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Interview date: week commencing Monday 27 April 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on a virtual basis.

Contact us

For further information about the post, or an informal discussion, please contact:

Central locality covering Richmond, Northallerton and Selby - contact Rachel Anderton, Head of Service (Central and Early Help) by telephone on 01609 534175 or email Rachel.Anderton@northyorks.gov.uk.  

East locality covering Scarborough - contact Danielle Johnson, Head of Safeguarding by telephone on 01609 534132 or email Danielle.Johnson@northyorks.gov.uk.

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Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.

Role: Team Manager
Salary: £42,683 to £46,503 per annum
Location: Scarborough
Contract: Permanent

As you continue to develop your social work career, you may decide you want to manage other social worker professionals.

We will support you on your management journey through the Firstline leadership programme, in conjunction with a range of corporate leadership programmes facilitated by the Council itself.

We are looking for a Team Manager who shares our values and passion to improve outcomes for children and young people. You will have a good understanding of the challenges that children and families face and want to truly make a positive change, whilst driving forward the promotion and development of the Strength in Relationship Practice model, which puts effective relationships with children and families at its heart.

One of the primary aspects of the role of Team Manager is to lead and manage social workers with the support of practice supervisors, to ensure the delivery of an effective social work service to children and their families in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures.

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Interview date: week commencing Monday 27 April 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on a virtual basis.

Contact us

For further information about the post, or an informal discussion, please contact Danielle Johnson, Head of Safeguarding, on 01609 534132 or email Danielle.Johnson@northyorks.gov.uk.

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Role: Practice Supervisor
Salary: £38,813 to £42,683 per annum
Location: Central - Richmond and West - Harrogate
Contract: Permanent

We invest in a full accredited and non-accredited supervision training programme entitled 'Effective Reflective Supervision for Managers' which has been running successfully since 2013.

This three day course aims to inspire excellence in supervision. It has been designed to ensure supervisors have the confidence and competence to provide effective reflective supervision that is both supportive and challenging. This strategy is in line with the Social Work Task Force Recommendations and clearly demonstrates that our Children and Young People’s Service is committed to achieving effective social worker recruitment and retention so that people with the right level of experience and skill are recruited and retained as part of a workforce who are professional, motivated, and committed.

In addition, we also offer Practice Supervisors (new to the role in the last 12 months) the opportunity to participate in the (Research in Practice) Practice Supervisor Development Programme, and the Firstline Leadership Programme to more experienced Practice Supervisors.

"North Yorkshire County Council values the importance of reflection and strives to develop best practice. One of the things that appealed to me was the opportunity to work with a team so highly regarded"
Practice Supervisor 

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Interview date: week commencing Monday 27 April 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on a virtual basis.

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Role: Social Worker (Advanced Level)
Salary: £32,029 to £34,788 per annum
Location: Central - Richmond, Northallerton and Selby, East - Scarborough and West - Harrogate
Contract: Permanent and temporary positions available

Are you an experienced social worker who wants practice in a strength based way with families? Can you think outside the (tick) box and work in a creative and innovative way to make a difference to children and their families? 

We have fantastic opportunities for dedicated social workers to be part of an organisation that is at the forefront of children’s social work and continues to influence the rest of the country through our ambitious and forward-thinking ways of working.

You will receive a comprehensive programme to ensure new recruits have a thorough induction, receive ongoing support from managers and have the opportunity to progress in your career.

"Working for North Yorkshire County Council as a social worker is a fantastic career. We are a team that advocates for the young people we support and make every effort to encourage the young people and families we work with to hope and to heal."
Social Worker 

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Interview date: week commencing Monday 27 April 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on a virtual basis.

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Role: Social Worker (Newly Qualified)
Salary: £29,636 to £32,029 per annum
Location: Central - Richmond, Northallerton and Selby, East - Scarborough and West - Harrogate
Contract: Permanent and temporary positions available

We support the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers. This is an established programme with training and learning opportunities throughout the year.

The sessions offered include using the Signs of Safety tools, danger statements, strength based writing, use of resources and best practice examples. Locality ASYE support groups are held on a regular basis to discuss evidence and research to support newly qualified social workers in their roles. 

Working in a strength based way with families we will enable you to develop your social work practice by investing in your practice wisdom. Training in signs of safety, systematic and restorative practice will support you to work in a child centred and safe way where creativity and innovation is valued; as you develop in your social work career there are opportunities in association with our teaching partnership with the university of York and Huddersfield to undertake further post qualifying training in practice educating and research to support best evidence and help develop research skills and knowledge within the organisation; alongside a variety of in house training courses to develop your knowledge and skills further to support your day to day work.

"I am pleased to know that I have reached the end of my ASYE journey. Looking back from where I was 12 months ago and where I am now I can honestly feel the transformation that has taken place. Not only in an increase of confidence but also in knowledge and skills I gained during the different learning opportunities made available to me."
Social Worker 

Key documents

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Interview date: week commencing Monday 27 April 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on a virtual basis.

Contact us

For further information about newly qualified social worker opportunities, or an informal discussion, please contact:

Central - Richmond, Northallerton and Selby
Rachel Anderton, Head of Service (Central and Early Help), on 01609 534175 or email Rachel.Anderton@northyorks.gov.uk.

East - Scarborough
Danielle Johnson, Head of Safeguarding, on 01609 534132 or email Danielle.Johnson@northyorks.gov.uk.

West - Harrogate
Vicky Metheringham, Head of Service Looked After Children, Leaving Care and Youth Justice Service, on 01609 534900 or email Vicky.Metheringham@northyorks.gov.uk.

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Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to develop, we will accept applications after the closing date of 12 April, with the intention to interview on a virtual basis, to support our community during this critical time.

Find out more about these roles

You can have a conversation with us to find out more about these roles. Contact us using the details below for the area you are interested in:

Please note that these details replace the information sessions previously offered, due to restrictions around the coronavirus situation.

Return to social work programme

We're proud to support the Local Government Association's Return to Social Work programme, offering former social workers free training so they can return to social work.

The Return to Social Work programme website contains information about how to apply, along with frequently asked questions and other entry routes into the social work profession.


Becoming a social worker - your options

This  leaflet on social work options (pdf / 1 MB) provides guidance on the types of roles available if you are interested in becoming a social worker.

Working for us - what we can offer you

We can offer you a range of employee benefits, including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package, which includes a variety of retail discounts. 

You will be fully enabled through mobile kit to work in a highly agile way at locations across designated local authorities.

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Modern flexible working practices;
  • A local government pension scheme;
  • Family friendly leave;
  • Salary sacrifice, employee cash backs and discounts schemes; and
  • Learning, development and career advancement opportunities.

We can offer you multiple opportunities for career progression working across diverse services and with access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include using modern technologies to connect with clients, working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

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