Job Title: Social Worker – LAC (Looked After Children)
Location: Scarborough area. Flexible work bases and hybrid working
Salary: Up to £38,296 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Hours: Full and part time hours available. Flexible working can be discussed
North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for Social Workers across our Looked After Children Team. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate.
Our team works with children and young people who are cared for by the Local Authority who are ‘Looked After’ or those who are placed with their family and supported under a Child in Need basis who may have been subject to court proceedings which have concluded. Our Looked After Children’s team also undertake court proceedings, picking these up from the Family Assessment and Support Team (FAST) from the second court hearing. This means we cover all aspects of the court process, a good understanding of this or a willingness to learn is vital.
We have high aspirations for our young people and always strive to work collaboratively with families and young people, working strongly with the belief that each child and young person has a network around them which is essential to work alongside and tap into. We have a high investment in training for our Social Workers including family network and practice models and approaches to support good Social Work practice. This includes specific practice model training which cover systemic, signs of safety, restorative and family networking approaches.
The role is very varied, no two days look the same for workers, one day you maybe completing words and pictures with a family or the next supporting a young person with pathway planning to independence. We work with all young people from birth up to the age of 18 having strong links with other agencies externally and teams in North Yorkshire.
The team consists of a Team Manager and Practice Supervisors to support all our Social Workers in the team. The team have dedicated business support to enable Social Workers to spend more time with Children, Young People and their families. We have a well defined supervision policy which includes regular group supervisions, individual supervisions and opportunities to participate in County Wide practice model sessions, and engage in appreciative enquiry and conversation café’s about practice with our Principal Social Worker.
The team is creative in the ways we work with families and no two plans look the same. The Social Workers are supported by new technology which means that time is freed up to spend it away from the computer and with young people.
We are looking for Social Workers with a ‘can do’ attitude who are child focussed, like to think outside of the box and are creative in their planning with children. It doesn’t matter whether you are starting out in your social work career, returning to practice or an experienced worker looking for a new challenge either in a different field or new authority.
The town of Scarborough offers the chance to experience a vibrant town centre and beach culture, while also living close to the North York Moors National Park and North Riding Forest Park.
Scarborough also has plenty of local facilities and attractions to cater for residents of all ages, transport links providing easy access to York, Leeds and Middlesbrough. Scarborough has great links where you can travel to Leeds, Northallerton, Middlesbrough and Hull (75 mins) and York (45 mins).
Scarborough has an abundance of retail therapy options for all tastes and budgets. The recently refurbished Market Hall is full of small independent retailers and unique shops.
For an informal conversation, we would welcome you to contact Portia Staveley (Team Manager) by emailing [email protected]
If you are interested in a career in Social Work and would like more information about this, please contact Samantha Clayton (Head of Effective Practice & QA) on [email protected] We have many opportunities to support people wanting to become Qualified Social Workers.
For more information about working in Children & Families Service in North Yorkshire County Council, please see our dedicated campaign page
Closing Date –Sunday 9th April 2023
Interview Date – TBC
We look forward to exploring your interest and receiving your application.
The pay advertised is applicable from 1st April 2023, should you start prior to this date pay rates for 2022/2023 will be paid and differ to those advertised and will be notified during the offer process.
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.