Social Worker opportunities in North Yorkshire

We are seeking social workers in North Yorkshire due to internal promotions and career progression.

There are a range of social work roles and locations across the county - earn from £30,983 to £48,618.

We have a national reputation for excellence and we're looking for social workers from all levels to join us. We would also welcome those who are looking to relocate into the area.

We strive and excel in giving our colleagues commitment, high levels of support, managed caseloads and training in Systemic, Family Finding and Signs of Safety plus so much more!

We look for innovative social workers who will help us realise our ambition of ensuring that all residents of North Yorkshire have access to live happier and safe lives ensuring they have their life chances and choices. 

Come and join our children in care teams, where we are committed to working with children in care to support them to stay connected to their network and live successfully wherever this may be.

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  • Apply and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in North Yorkshire!

Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county which 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 Beauty, 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.

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 (life satisfaction, happiness), Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire.

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 just two hours away by train. 

As a whole North Yorkshire offers great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package (subject to eligibility).

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a  comprehensive relocation benefits package (pdf / 180 KB).

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

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

At the core of our work is the belief that children and young people deserve to receive the outstanding care and support they need to live and reach their full potential. We were the first authority nationally to have received ‘outstanding’ across all provisions ( Ofsted 2018 (pdf / 253 KB)) and as a corporate parent we are dedicated to supporting children and young people in remaining close to their home and local community. We are truly a learning organisation that continually seeks to innovate and finely tune the system with an unwavering desire to continually improve, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

Alex Kilvington - Practice Supervisor:

"I recently came back to North Yorkshire after a short break at another local authority, North Yorkshire invests in its staff, they are always driving practice and striving for change. Like all areas of social work it’s not a nine to five job, however I do feel like I have a good work life balance. I have two children and find I am able to manage my work around my parental duties well."

Isabel Mullins - Social Worker:

"I am a Social Worker in the Safeguarding Richmondshire Team - I did my final placement in the team and decided it was exactly where I wanted to be. Being a Social Worker can be rewarding but challenging and therefore support is vital; the team really is amazing for this. The ASYE programme in North Yorkshire was brilliant and this is something that attracted me to North Yorkshire over other local authorities. I feel empowered and supported in my role with lots of hope for progression and more."

Hettie Flynn - Social Worker:

“I’ve been working as a Safeguarding Social Worker for 18 months now, I joined when I was newly qualified and North Yorkshire appealed to me because of the quality of training and support for new Social Workers. The team and managers are worth their weight on gold, they truly do care about supporting you so you can give your best to families you work with. It’s a really flexible place to work which I feel is really important for job satisfaction!” 

Mark Stonell - Practice Supervisor:

“Working as a Practice Supervisor in North Yorkshire has been the most fulfilling post of my 17 year social work career thus far”.

Hear from Jo Miles, our Principal Social Worker, about the Strengthening Relationships Practice Model...

We held a Family Finding Boot Camp November 2020. This Boot Camp brought together our children and families staff to learn from one another; discussions involving the wider family networks in supporting the children we work for. Teaching urgency of involving the individuals who love their child to improve their health outcome. 

Here are just some of our comments following the amazing four days held...

“Really inspirational training, an honour to be part of this. Thanks to you and Jo, along with Kevin and Elizabeth for guiding us through and helping up absorb the content. I am sure that the March boot camp will be just as amazing - hope all that are on it thoroughly enjoy :)”

“The most important thing I took from the training is the message of love. We talk about professional boundaries but we join people in their lives at times of crisis so why can’t we show love. Also my position of worker, I am not the doer of everything I’m the catalyst/ facilitator”. 

“It’s really important to slow your thinking down, spend time, prepare those best questions because they give you so much – honouring parents and young people”. 

“Need to make sure the family are SEEN. I’m going to ask questions of the team about love, who loves this child?” 

“It’s been really interesting as a SW from another authority to hear how North Yorks support and empower the young people you work with”. 

Martin Kelly (Assistant Director) said:

"Some great messages here! Social Work should be thinking about the lifetime journey for children not just the episodic period we are involved or transition points. Families and networks provide security for the future."

Partner in Practice now Sector Lead Improvement Programme

As a Partner in Practice and now a Sector Lead Improvement Programme, 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. We work collaboratively with other local authorities on a range of practice developments during their improvement journey.

Opportunities as a social worker at North Yorkshire County Council

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. 

Not only will you receive outstanding training, you will work in a truly passionate and talented team with full support and guidance available.

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. We are open to a hybrid model of working, with time in the office and working from home. We are also open to discussion and agreements about office bases being nearest your home at a range of locations around the county recognising the benefits this has brought during the last two years in adapting to COVID-19.

Please feel free to contact us for a discussion about the roles and work with us, before submitting your application form.

We are dedicated to growing our employees within the Council. Progression routes available for a social worker at North Yorkshire County Council:

  • Newly Qualified Social Worker, Grade J - salary £30,983 to £33,485
  • Experienced Social Worker, Grade K - salary £33, 485 to £36,370
  • Advanced Practitioner - (external candidates) Grade L - salary £36,370 to £40,578
  • Advanced Practitioner - (internal opportunities) via career panel - Grade L - salary salary £36,370 to £40,578
  • Practice Supervisor, Grade M - salary £40,578 to £44,624
  • Team Manager, Grade N - salary £44,624 to £48,618

*Salaries are pro rata, per annum.

Hear about working for the Children and Families Service in North Yorkshire County Council and the opportunities available to progress your career...

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
  • 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.

Our social work opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Job Title: Practice Supervisor – Children & Families Service
Grade: M
Salary: £39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata 
Location:  Scarborough. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home. 
Hours: Full-time/ 37 hours
Contract: Permanent
Team: Care Planning and Support Team


Here at North Yorkshire County Council we are extremely proud of the work our Children’s Services do; their hard work has been recently recognised by Ofsted in our 2018 review, rating us as Outstanding across all areas. We are now pleased to be offering the opportunity to join our highly acclaimed service and help us continue to offer an excellent provision.


An exciting position has arisen for an enthusiastic, well-motivated Practice Supervisor to join the Care Planning and Support Team in Scarborough for a permanent full time post. You will be working in a team that is constantly trying to improve outcomes for safeguarding children and supporting their families. The team is committed to work with children and their families/carers, using a range of solution focussed, strength based relationship practice models, including Signs of Safety, Systemic theory and the Family Finding approach. We are looking for an individual who can help us continue to offer a unique service and truly make a difference to the young people of our county.


One of the primary aspects of the role of the Practice Supervisor is to supervise Social Workers on a day to day basis to ensure the delivery of an effective social work service to children and their families in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures.


Another significant part of the role is to manage risk and to support Social Workers in managing risk, developing practice, as well as leading and mentoring colleagues in reaching appropriate decisions. Your key tasks will also include quality assurance and performance management, care planning, as well as chairing multi agency meetings and attending child protection conferences.


You will be suitably qualified (DIPSW/CQSW/Masters/Degree in Social work) and preferably have supervisory or management experience as well as being able to evidence skills and knowledge in line with the job specification. You will have a passion for working with young people and creating brighter futures for them and their families and contribute to the on-going development of our high standards of practice.


In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, you can expect to receive various employee benefits including flexible working hours – including the ability to work from home, - generous leave entitlement and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes numerous high-street retail discounts. We are also committed to providing ongoing support in what we appreciate can be a rewarding yet challenging role.


If you are committed to delivering a high standard of practice, we would love to hear from you. For an informal discussion about this role please contact Rosie Appleby (Team Manager – Scarborough) on –  we would very much welcome an informal conversation.


Help us continue to drive positive change and join our skilled and dedicated team – we look forward to receiving your application.


Key dates:

Closing date: 1st July

Shortlisting date: 4th July 2022

Interview date: proposed date 8th July 2022

Key documents:

 Job Description/Person Specification (pdf / 460 KB)

 Total Rewards (pdf / 382 KB)

Apply Here!

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


NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

 A great opportunity to join our excellent organisation as an Apprentice Social Worker!

·     Are you currently working with children and families and think you might want to become a social worker?

·     We are looking to recruit 5 Apprentice Social Workers to work across our four teams based in the Scarborough locality. These include the family assessment and support teams and the children in care teams covering the east of the county (Scarborough and surrounding areas).

·     Join us as a ‘child and family officer’.  You will undertake a three year social work degree (as an Apprentice Social Worker) in a team where you will remain for a minimum of two years once you qualify.


What do you need?

·         Experience of working with children and their families. You must be able to evidence that you have developed relevant social work values, knowledge and skills (as these will be assessed at all stages of the recruitment and selection process). Click here for more details.

·         The minimum academic requirement is Maths and English Language at GCSE grade C (or equivalent).

·         A full driver’s licence (with use of a car).

·         An understanding of North Yorkshire and its communities.

·         You will need an enhanced DBS dated within one year prior to starting the programme.


What will you get from us?

·         Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to complete a BA (Honours) Social Work Degree (via the Open University) whilst you work and learn.

·         £25,418 - £28,226 per annum pro rata.

·         Great support from our social work professional learning team alongside the team you are placed in.

·         Experienced practice educators and opportunities across a range of teams.

·         A solid understanding of the social work role and social work practice within North Yorkshire.

·         Extensive training opportunities to build your skills and knowledge.


Key Dates

·         We are offering an information session for you to learn more (with the Open University) on the 5th July at 10am.  This will be on-line through MS Teams.  If you would like to join this session please contact Greta Hofman (Social work Professional and Development Team) at to register your interest.

·         Please be aware that the closing date for application forms (which will be discussed on the 5th July) is the  17th July 2022.

·         If you are successful and reach the next stage you will be asked to attend an interview (Assessment Day) on either the 21st or the 22nd July 2022.  The location will be at County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton. DL7 8AD. How to get to County Hall in Yorkshire by Bus or Train? (



For an informal discussion about the role or to find out more please contact:

Janet Cox (Social work Professional Learning and Development Team):

Greta Hofman (Social work Professional Learning and Development Officer):

Samantha Clayton (Head of Effective Practice):

Apply Here!

Job Title: Social Worker, Advanced Practitioner & Practice Supervisor – Children & Families

Salary: £30,983 - £44,624 per annum pro rata + relocation support

Grade: J-M
Location: Various locations across North Yorkshire

Hours: Full-time/ 37 hours

Contract: Permanent

We are looking for experienced or newly qualified Social Workers, Advanced Practitioners and Practice Supervisors to join our highly regarded and consistently high performing children’s social care team.


We are dedicated to developing our community of employees within the Council and you will have many opportunities to progress within your career which could include, Advanced Practitioner along with Practice Educator, Practice Supervisor & management opportunities. 


As a Children & Families Social Worker, your focus is to support children, their family

and network to achieve positive change that continues after we no longer need to be  involved. Together we will create conditions that allow relationships to flourish. Our practice system is built to deliver this outcome. Keeping children safe and families together, the right intervention at the right time in the right place.

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 practice 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.


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, 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.  

We welcome any interested applicants to contact Heidi Scott-Nelson (Group Manager) on for an informal conversation:


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. 


ASYE - We welcome ASYE applications for our positions.


We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information please see our Relocation Policy

Key dates
Closing date: Sunday 17th July 2022
Interview date: TBC


Key documents


 Job Description – Advanced Practitioner (pdf / 799 KB)

 Job Description – Practice Supervisor (pdf / 467 KB)

 Total Rewards Brochure (pdf / 382 KB)


Apply here!


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


NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Walking in the shoes of children in and on the edge of care, with Martin Kelly OBE

We were delighted to be a guest on Stories of Change - a podcast hosted by social work charity Frontline. In this episode, our Assistant Director for Children and Families, Martin Kelly OBE, spoke to social worker and host Beth Vecchione. They discussed North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door Model and the successes the approach has had to date for children and young people in and on the edge of the care system. Listen below...

Application tips

Before completing your application please ensure that you read the job description and person specification carefully - the information within these documents can be used as a guide for you to complete your supporting evidence section within your application. This section is very important and will play a key role in the success of your application so please take you time when completing it. Please note to be successfully shortlisted, Managers will use your supporting evidence and will not consider any CVs uploaded.

If you are having any difficulties completing your application and would like some advice on this please contact Resourcing Solutions via

We look forward to hearing from you!