Further Information

Children’s Social Work Service sits within Northumberland’s Wellbeing and Community Health Services Directorate. it consists of;

– 4 Locality Safeguarding Teams
-Front door service
– 14+ Team
– Children’s Disability Team
– Family placements

The role

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we are looking for experienced social workers with post qualification experience within a social work role, or social workers who have successfully completed the ASYE Programme. These social workers will be committed professionals, determined to deliver an excellent service to vulnerable individuals within our communities. Current opportunities are available within our Locality Safeguarding Teams in Blyth, Berwick and Bedlington as well as The Front Door (Based in Bedlington) Please note – Northumberland is geographically vast however Locality Teams work within their particular areas therefore travel is actually minimal!


You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account.

You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes.

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to make decisions and plans with children and their families; utilising the Signs of Safety approach.

You will care enough to want to make a difference – every day.

If your skill set includes the above, come and join a progressive and innovative organisation which values all of our employees.

You will hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with the SWE.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. It is a criminal offense for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

We are offering:
A competitive salary up to £39,493 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits.
Essential car user allowance
Management who are committed to an appropriate caseload
Regular supportive supervision
A supportive learning environment with career progression opportunities?
Flexible working
Pension – We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;
Sick pay – We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;
Annual leave – 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.
Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees). Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.
Access to car lease scheme following the probation period
Free parking at council offices

Please take a moment to hear our social workers views about working for Northumberland:

Mel – https://youtu.be/T9vkj_F2HVQ

Paul – https://youtu.be/TaX5JHVcA_Q

Charlotte – https://youtu.be/3jRM8sYsYA0

Northumberland – https://youtu.be/xdI-zRQZDY4

For further information, please email childrenssocialcarejobs@northumberland.gov.uk

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

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