Social worker opportunities

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

Children, young people and families in North Yorkshire receive a consistent, high quality service from us. Our recent  Ofsted report (pdf / 245 KB) judged us as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas and we were the first local authority in the country to achieve this rating.

Our work is child-centred and there is a longstanding, clearly embedded model of practice, using the Signs of Safety practice model, based on building effective relationships with children, young people and families. We are dedicated to supporting children and young people in remaining close to their home and local community, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families. 

We have well-established multi-agency partnerships that understand thresholds, ensuring families receive the right help in a timely way.

We believe that every child, no matter what their circumstances, should be afforded the best possible start in life to support their need to live and reach their full potential.

Children's social care services are delivered by specific service areas including Safeguarding and Looked After Children.

In order to support this work, there are other service areas, including:

  • Child placement service
  • Education for looked after children
  • Effective practice and quality assurance
  • Early help
  • North Yorkshire safeguarding partnership
  • Youth Justice Service

Each of which has a particular set of responsibilities, all following specific government guidance and legislation.

The key objectives of our Children and Young People’s Service are set out in our ‘Young and Yorkshire 2’ plan. This has been written for all children, young people and their families in North Yorkshire by the North Yorkshire Children’s Trust, a partnership that represents all the agencies working with children and young people across the county.

There are significant challenges facing children’s services nationally. However, North Yorkshire has a record of facing challenges with innovation and creativity and seeks transformational approaches which maintain and improve services to children, young people and their families. We are currently in the process of delivering a 'Beyond 2020 North Yorkshire' change programme, which is an ambitious programme to maintain the highest quality of services which reflect the changing needs of society.

We are proud to be a designated Department for Education 'Partner in Practice', one of only a handful of local authorities nationally. We support and work alongside other authorities to share best practice and, as a result, develop more sustainable high performance in children's social care across the country. We are determined to help children and young people who are at risk of entering care and developed the No Wrong Door model to address the chronic problems the care system faces. The No Wrong Door approach in North Yorkshire is already proving to be successful in building meaningful long-term relationships, keeping families safely together, and giving stability for children and young people where it did not exist before. No Wrong Door operates from hubs, bringing together multi-disciplinary teams including clinical psychologists, police officers, and practitioner and speech therapists to provide more effective and personalised support to the hardest to reach. We have changed how we engage and place adolescents and fundamentally challenge traditional methods of practice and theoretical thinking.

The Department for Education have invested over £84 million over five years to support up to twenty local authorities’ to improve work with families and safely reduce the number of children entering care. North Yorkshire is one of three authorities nationally to attract significant funding from their 'Strengthening Families and Protecting Children' programme and will extend No Wrong Door to six local authorities. The objective of the programme is to improve social work practice and decision making so that the best choices are made for every child, and overall results are improved. This will be indicated by, among other things, contacts with police, health and schools. It is also hoped that the programme will lead to a reduction of demand at the critical end of the spectrum leading to a reduced spend on children’s social care.

There is always room to do even better for children and families in North Yorkshire and we are truly a learning organisation. We continually seek to innovate and finely tune the system, with an unwavering desire to continually improve. We are passionate, ambitious and driven about the future of our children’s services. Feedback is actively sought from a variety of sources, including children and families and we are committed to widen the knowledge gained in order to support the continual high ambition for ongoing development and improvement.

We believe all this is positively influencing the approach to working with children and families.

The results from the 2018 Social Work Health Check highlights that more than eight out of every ten social workers think that North Yorkshire is a good place to be a social worker, with nine out of ten agreeing that they work within a learning organisation.

This is corroborated by the relatively low turnover of staff and a core element of the workforce that has practiced in the County for at least 12 years.

It is vital to have a children's workforce that is skilled, well led and supported by effective, shared systems and processes. As a service, 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. A stable workforce has enabled a culture to be developed in which social workers and managers feel confident and safe to manage risk appropriately. There is a clear and well-embedded practice methodology that is well understood and that guides the work of all practitioners within children’s social care and the wider multi-agency partnership. There are plans in place for further developments to ensure that improvements are maintained, and that the service remains responsive to change.

Award winning service

We are proud to announce that we were shortlisted as finalist in the Social Work Employer of the Year category 2019 and Children’s Social Worker of the Year 2019. We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards. 

Tiffany Cook was shortlisted as Children’s Social Worker of the Year 2019. Tiffany has been qualified to practice for three years. She joined us as a student, undertaking her final placement with the Harrogate Town safeguarding team, before joining the Ripon and Rural safeguarding team upon qualification. 

“For as long as I can remember I’ve had an incredible passion for social work and a desire to improve my practice. I strive to build and maintain trusted relationships with families, often in very challenging circumstances.”

“My work encompasses the initial assessment of the needs of a family through to complex child protection cases and care proceedings. I deal with warning signs around very sensitive issues such as grooming and exploitation, not only supporting families through an immediate period of stress or crisis, but in the longer-term to ensure they become self-sustaining."

Team manager Adele Herdsman said:

“Tiffany’s incredible dedication and bravery is an inspiration to others in the team, and she is incredibly popular in the locality, with a character to match her professional abilities.” 

We are a loyal and committed workforce who are resilient, innovative and stay ahead of the curve. At the heart of our approach is a belief that stable relationships with social workers who know their children and families extremely well is the key to creating and sustaining positive change, therefore our social workers have manageable caseloads and we provide them with the conditions to maintain relationships. Children and families do not change social workers without good reason, thus facilitating longer term, meaningful relationships. This approach was detailed throughout our most recent Ofsted inspection and has a significant and positive impact on a number of children and their families. 

Our social workers tell us that they have manageable workloads, supportive and transparent management and the opportunity for continuous professional development. As a result of our workforce stability, children enjoy positive and stable relationships with their social workers.

There are clear expectations regarding the highest standards that we aim to achieve and do achieve. This aspiration is clearly articulated and understood by all. We monitor workloads and invest in the recruitment of social workers so that effective relationship work with children and families can be maintained. Children and young people are at the centre of what we do and their experiences are clearly influencing the plans that are developed. Purposeful, sensitive and imaginative direct work is completed in order to gather the wishes and feelings of children and young people and understand their needs. 

As part of the testament to social work recruitment and retention, we have not employed agency social workers for some years.

We strive to ensure our staff have manageable case workloads which reflect ability and are supported by specialised administrative staff to allow focus on delivery of care services. 

The leadership team is ambitious and forward thinking. Over a sustained period of time, it has built on an established philosophy of practice, which is clearly understood across the service and by partners. The leadership team has a clear oversight of practice and knows the services well, which is reflected in an accurate self-assessment. 

We believe in creating the right environment for excellent practice which encourages innovation to flourish. We strive to achieve the very best practice and learn when things go wrong by taking accountability and developing new ways of working including organisational models with the potential to radically improve services. 

Our social workers report being well supported and there is a clear model of practice that is well embedded, allowing practice to flourish, this is having demonstrable impact on the work with families.

We value our staff and want to invest in their career progress within the council. We promote a safe culture of support and learning which we expect all staff to endorse.

Professional and personal development leads to a highly motivated, skilled and dedicated workforce. We understand the importance of workforce development and equip social workers and managers with skills and knowledge, to effectively deliver and improve services to children and families. We promote a safe culture of support and learning which we expect all staff to endorse. Employees are able to access opportunities to further enhance their practice including a comprehensive induction programme, training and qualifications, work shadowing, supervision, appraisals, coaching and mentoring. Dedicated and skilled employees contributes to a positive, vibrant work environment. In the 2018 Social Work Health Check the quality of training was generally perceived as a strength, with 88 per cent of respondents agreeing that training was good or excellent, six per cent higher than in 2016.

AYSE programme for newly qualified social workers

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. Recent comments include:

“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.”

“I enjoyed my ASYE journey as I have seen how I have developed over the past 12 months.”

“I have enjoyed gaining varied knowledge and experience throughout my ASYE and have made use of case and ASYE supervision to develop this knowledge and experience. Moving forward as a Social Worker I would like to continue with my professional development by gaining further experience, training and knowledge. I am keen to keep on top of my training and learning record so that I can reflect on the experience I have gathered and can evidence this.”

Training

The establishment of the fast-track training programme for new social workers, in Step Up to Social Work has attracted graduates to social work who would not otherwise have considered such a career and provided a high quality employer led training experience which should enable them to practice successfully and progress quickly in their careers. Our focus on support for newly qualified social workers, through the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment similarly provides key support to those embarking on a social work career.

Supervision

Our staff are our most important resource and professional supervision is central to offering care and support. With that in mind we have a comprehensive supervision policy. We also invested 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 North Yorkshire 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.

Social worker opportunities

The following posts are available:

Salary: £29,636 to £34,788 per annum, pro rata
Location: Scarborough, Whitby and Filey area
Contract: Established and temporary positions are available

We are looking for social workers to join our highly regarded and consistently high performing children’s social care teams in the coastal areas of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

As a Safeguarding Social Worker you will support children and their families to ensure that their needs are met in a safe and timely manner. You will be part of a highly-acclaimed supportive service that has 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.

As a service, 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 pride ourselves on our confident workforce who feel safe and their practice has been further enhanced by the mapping of cases which is core to this model. We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards.

As a national leader we have been recognised as an exemplar through the award of Partners in Practice status, our Signs of Safety model is highly regarded nationally and is demonstrated across the county effectively to assess and manage risk, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families. We have achieved this through a clear workforce strategy and practice leader forums which continue to develop and embed the model in teams.

“My role gives me a sense of belonging and I am proud to work for North Yorkshire. The Authority has allowed me to grow and develop as a professional and has helped me form my identity as a social work professional.” 
Children's Social Worker

We clearly demonstrate that the voice of the child and family shape the service we provide and is evidenced throughout practice, we understand the quality of our practice and practice outcomes and have a clear delivery mechanism for building on strengths and responding to risks and issues to drive through improvements which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

We are committed to the development of innovative working practices, whilst the posts are be based in Scarborough, we promote innovative working practices in order to achieve excellence in service provision and work life balance. You will be provided with modern technology to enable you to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home.

Vacancies available 

Location: Scarborough Central 

Established full-time and temporary full-time (maternity cover) positions are available.

For more information about the role please contact Amie Templeman, Team Manager on 01609 534124.

Location: Scarborough and the South (Filey and Malton areas)

Established full-time and temporary full-time (maternity cover) positions are available.

For more information about the role please contact Heidi Scott-Nelson, Team Manager on 01609 534779.

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 8 March 2020
Interview date: week commencing 16 March 2020

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Please note that a Social Work qualification is essential for this role and an enhanced DBS clearance is a requirement of the post.

Salary: £29,636 to £34,788 per annum, pro rata
Location: Scarborough
Contract: Established, full-time

We are looking for social workers to join our strong performing Looked After Children and Permanence team, covering the East of North Yorkshire, based in Scarborough.

The Looked After Children’s Team is responsible for the wellbeing and progress of looked after children and Permanence Care Planning for Children in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area, as well as some children placed outside of the county. 

As a Social Worker, you will be responsible for progressing plans for permanence where the child is not going to remain a looked after child, e.g. adoption. The team undertakes the majority of care proceedings for the East of the county and uses a Signs of Safety approach to assess and manage risk to children. You will be part of a highly-acclaimed supportive service who work hard to produce the best outcomes for looked after children. 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.

As a service, 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 pride ourselves on our confident workforce who feel safe and their practice has been further enhanced by the mapping of cases which is core to this model. We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards.

As a national leader we have been recognised as an exemplar through the award of Partners in Practice status, our Signs of Safety model is highly regarded nationally and is demonstrated across the county effectively to assess and manage risk, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families. We have achieved this through a clear workforce strategy and practice leader forums which continue to develop and embed the model in teams.

“North Yorkshire local authority monitors workloads and has invested in the recruitment of social workers so that effective relationship work with children and families can be maintained. There is investment in the development of workers and managers, who are able to access opportunities to further enhance their practice.”
Ofsted, 2018

We clearly demonstrate that the voice of the child and family shape the service we provide and is evidenced throughout practice, we understand the quality of our practice and practice outcomes and have a clear delivery mechanism for building on strengths and responding to risks and issues to drive through improvements which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

 A social worker within the Looked After Children and Permanence team says the following about North Yorkshire County Council and the Social Work role:

"Working for North Yorkshire County Council as a social worker in the looked after team is a fantastic job. 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.  As a newly qualified social worker I feel very supported management and my experienced team colleagues. They continue to make me feel empowered and valued."
Social Worker

We are committed to the development of innovative working practices, whilst the posts are be based in Scarborough, we promote innovative working practices in order to achieve excellence in service provision and work life balance. You will be provided with modern technology to enable you to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home.

Contact us 

For more information about the role please contact Gemma Sheader, Team Manager on 01609 798305.

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 8 March 2020
Interview date: week commencing 16 March 2020

Apply for this role

To apply for this role, click the ‘Apply’ button below.

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Please note that a Social Work qualification is essential for this role and an enhanced DBS clearance is a requirement of the post.

What can we 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.