Social Worker opportunities in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

We are seeking social workers to work on the beautiful east coast of North Yorkshire (Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale).

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.

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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 the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area

As a social worker you will cover one of these areas to really make a difference to the children and young people. The Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area offers high diversity, with a great lifestyle and is located near the trendy City of York.

As well as the main towns of Scarborough and Whitby, the area is dotted with many smaller settlements and villages, offering an affordable lifestyle in a great environment. Not only is this a very special part of the world, it has great education, safe communities and low crime.

If the outdoors is your thing, you have an entire coastline to explore, as well as being at the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This offers many attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, for example, Dalby Forest offers one of England’s best mountain biking venues.

For live music and the arts, you’ll find two theatres in Scarborough, as well as outdoor live music events which in recent years attracted a wide range of artists, from the Kaiser Chiefs to the Beach Boys.

When it comes to nights out, you can choose from the busy atmosphere of the bars and pubs of Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, or the numerous country inns and restaurants in rural villages. As a popular tourist destination, our area boasts a selection of boutique hotel and award winning restaurants for those special nights out.


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

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.

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. 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 £30,451 to £32,910
  • Experienced Social Worker, Grade K - salary £32,910 to £35,745
  • Advanced Practitioner - (external candidates) Grade L - salary £35,745 to £39,880 
  • Advanced Practitioner - (internal opportunities) via career panel - Grade L - salary £35,745 to £39,880
  • Practice Supervisor, Grade M - salary £39,880 to £43,857
  • Team Manager, Grade N - salary £43,857 to £47,782

*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...

Role summary

Job title: Social Worker 
Grade: J-L
Salary: £30,451 to £39,880 per annum, pro rata
Location: Various locations within the locality. 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 and part-time hours available
Contract: Permanent 

Role details

Opportunities in Scarborough, Whitby or Ryedale

As a 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. 

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 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.

We very much welcome you to contact us to find more out these opportunities an informal conversation:

We look forward to exploring your interest and receiving your application. Upon receipt, we will be in touch! 

Key documents


Advanced practitioner - apply

Newly qualified / experienced social worker - apply

An enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for appointment to this post.

We 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.

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We look forward to hearing from you!