Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Social Worker
Senior Social Worker Grade 10 Level 1-4 (£40,964 to £ 46,412)
10th Dec, 2023
Job description

This is an opportunity to join Yorks Looked After Team that look after our Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC). We are looking for a Qualified Senior Social Worker, who has experience of working with looked after children and UASC.


We are looking for a Social Worker who is child focussed, passionate individual with keen interest of working with UASC, ideally you will have some knowledge of immigration law/ the process. Within this role you will case manage and ensure plans are progressive for children and young people as they transition to adulthood, ensuring they have every opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve stability.


You will have responsibility for the planning for children and young people who have recently arrived in York. The role is to support Unaccompanied Children, from point of arriving in York, until they reach adulthood and during their journey of independence and permanence. This involves undertaking age assessments and supporting children through the child looked after process.


In this exciting new role, you will have the opportunity to support and advise to other social workers around the process of working with our UASC and support other member within York City Council.



We are 5-minute walk to the train station and have a number of car schemes for social workers to use.

We offer a competitive salary with generous staff benefit such an annual pay increment.


Our model of practice includes Signs of Safety and Family seeing, social workers will have the opportunity to work directly with the co-founders of these models and embark on the journey with us.



We seek to support our children and young people to achieve their potential through having high aspirations for them.


Successful candidates will have a manageable caseload which will allow you to form strong relationships with children, young people and the team around them. Our social workers work in a high challenge and high support environment with an established and committed team.  There is regular one to one supervision as well as peer supervision.


It is an exciting time to join our team as we embark on achieving our ambition plan.  We continue to develop a  solution focussed, reflective and analytical approach to working alongside our children, young people and their families.


Candidates will need to be highly motivated and committed to ensuring timescales are met to ensure our young people receive a good quality service. The candidate will need to be able to work independently, with skills in working within timescales and with conflicting priorities.


It is critical that the candidate has excellent written and oral communication skills.  The preparation of clear, analytical and coherent reports is a requirement of this post.  Assessing need and writing children’s care plans which include the voice of children, young people and families throughout the process is essential.


If you are a dedicated professional who wants to make a difference for children and young people in our care and enjoy the rewards of this challenging work then apply now.


The Council is highly committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for this role. Each role at CYC is different and your working arrangements will be determined based on the requirements of the role and in collaboration with you and your needs as part of the recruitment process. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team.

City of York Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced Criminal Record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As this role is public facing, applicants will need to demonstrate, at interview, their competency to converse and provide advice and guidance to members of the public, in spoken English to CEFR level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly. Only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Katie Greig or Clare Hammerton.




Closing date: Sunday 10 December 2023 at midnight


Interview date:  TBC


This will be a face to face interview held at West Offices York.

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