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”.

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 from some of our colleagues about working in children's social care...


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.

Our social work opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Job Title: Social Worker - Safeguarding 
Grade: J-L
Salary: £30,451 - £39,880 per annum pro rata
Location: North Yorkshire House, 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 & Part-time hours available
Contract: Permanent 

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. 

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

Apply

Apply: Advanced Practitioner

Apply: Newly Qualified / Experienced Social Worker

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure 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.

Job Title: Social Worker – LAC Team (Scarborough)
Grade: J-L
Salary: £30,451 - £39,880 per annum pro rata 
Location: North Yorkshire House, Scarborough. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home. 
Hours: Part-time 
Contract: Permanent 

As a Looked after Children (LAC) 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:

Helen Healey (Team Manager) on Helen.Healey@northyorks.gov.uk

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

 

Key documents

 

Apply

Apply - Advanced Practitioner

Apply - Newly Qualified / Experienced Social Worker

 

Key dates

 

  • Closing date: 22nd March 2021
  • Shortlisting date: 23rd March 2021
  • Interview date: 30th March 2021
     

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure 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.

Social work is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers: Would you like an opportunity to qualify as a Social Worker within NYCC?

Step Up to Social Work is an intensive full-time, fully funded, Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work training programme that allows you to become a qualified social worker in just 14 months.

North Yorkshire County Council have offered this route into social work since 2010 (through the University of Salford).  
We are looking for individuals who are committed to making a difference for disadvantaged children and families.  You need to have a willingness to learn, be emotionally resilient and be able to undertake this challenging yet hugely rewarding academic degree programme.

  • Applications are now open for Cohort 7 (the programme will commence in January 2022).
  • The deadline to apply is the 7th April 2021 with the interviews taking place in June/July 2021.
  • Please apply via the DfE Website.  

About the programme

The Step Up to Social Work programme:

  • Is an intensive 14-month full-time programme;
  • Offers you a £19,833 tax-free bursary during the programme;
  • Requires you to complete 170 placement days of hands-on social work within NYCC whilst completing academic learning through the University of Salford;
  • Gives you a postgraduate diploma in social work and enables you to register as a qualified social worker with Social Work England.
  • You will be guaranteed an interview for a social worker post in children and young people’s services (statutory social work) at the end of the programme.

What is the essential criteria to be able to apply?

This is a postgraduate programme, so you will need:

  • A degree-level qualification in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institute or an approved overseas equivalent;
  • A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, an honours degree or a graduate certificate, or, a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) for example, a master’s degree or a postgraduate certificate/ postgraduate diploma;
  • To have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent) and be able to evidence your qualifications (certificates) at the application stage.  If you cannot find your certificates you can order replacements online. It may take up to a month to get your replaced certificates so please apply for them well in advance of any interviews;
  • To have a minimum of 6 months full-time (or equivalent) direct experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and their families, either in a paid or voluntary capacity;
  • To hold a driving licence (with use of a vehicle); 
  • To complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Live in England
  • Possess the right to work and study in the UK (including access to public funds) for the duration of the programme (until March 2023)
  • Not already have a social work qualification

For more information and case studies please go to Children's Social Work Matters;

For a list of FAQs please click  here (pdf / 488 KB).

What is the application process?

Make an initial application online  and ensure that you have completed all the sections on the application form especially providing information about having significant experience of working or volunteering with vulnerable children and families for a period of at least 6 months.

If selected you will be asked to attend an assessment centre. During the pandemic, the assessment centre may be virtual.  We will let you know whether it will be virtual or face to face if you are shortlisted for interview.

The key assessment process components will involve:

  • A formal interview with a course academic member of staff and a social work manager
  • Role play or group exercise
  • An interview with a service user/carer
  • A written exercise

Do you feel you could make a difference?

If so, please go to Gov.uk site to start your application.

Please bear in mind, we particularly encourage applications from male and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as we aspire to make the programme, and the profile of social work practitioners, more diverse and representative of the children, families and communities they support.

What happens after I have applied?

If you are successful at the initial application stage you will

  • Be invited to a regional assessment centre (in person or virtual);
  • Need to bring/show on screen the original certificates of all your qualifications for the assessment centre;
  • Need to bring/show on screen the originals of all identification documents;
  • If you do not have your original qualification certificates or identification documents; you need to order copies of your certificates/ documents now to avoid the risk of being unable to complete the assessment centre.

Please contact StepUp@capitaras.co.uk if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to complete the online application form. When completing the application form, you will be able to include details of any reasonable adjustments that will be required if you are invited to the assessment centre stage of the recruitment process.

If you would like to discuss the above in more detail before applying please contact Greta Hofman on greta.hofman@northyorks.gov.uk to arrange an informal discussion. 
 

Apply

 

Further Information:

 Step Up to Social Work - Communications Pack (pdf / 1 MB)

 

Job Title: Practice Supervisor (Safeguarding) – Scarborough North, Whitby and Ryedale Team
Grade: M
Salary: £39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata 
Location: North Yorkshire House, 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 

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 Safeguarding Scarborough North, Whitby and Ryedale Team 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 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 Team Manager, Vicki Barber on 01609 534153 (ext 4153) or by email victoria.barber@northyorks.gov.uk – 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: 14th March 2021
Interview date: 25th March 2021
 

Key documents:

 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 467 KB)

 Total Rewards Brochure (pdf / 380 KB)

 

Apply

 

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.