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Great social workers change lives

In the North East we want to grow, attract and retain the best social workers

Put Your Heart into Social Care in the North East

In the North East we want to grow, attract and retain the best social workers who can build relationships with our children, families and vulnerable adults and help them transform their lives.

We are 12 local authorities in the North East of England offering exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunities for social workers at all stages of their career.  Whether you’re starting out or stepping up, there’s an opportunity for you to really make your mark.

The 12 North East local authorities have a strong commitment to high-quality social work education and training. Through our Teaching Partnership and national programmes such as Frontline, Step Up to Social Work and Think Ahead we are working together to ensure the social workers of tomorrow have the skills and attributes they need to really make a difference in our communities. 

When you work for us we will support you in your role with regular supervision. We offer opportunities for career development though the Firstline programme for first line managers and access to high quality specialist training and CPD for experienced social workers, senior practitioners and team managers. 

And because we want to keep the most talented professionals in the North East, if you are an experienced social worker looking to progress your career, we will support you with leadership programmes to help you realise your potential.

But don’t just take it from us, find out what our social work staff say about working and living in the North East - 

“The most important thing for me is the training, progression and support and in South Tyneside this has never been an issue, they know how to help you develop and they commit to doing it! South Tyneside is very supportive in every way.  I like South Tyneside because of its size, we know who our partners are and we work closely together.” Jayne Storey, from Family Worker to Team Manager, South Tyneside Council

“I must say that since I came to Middlesbrough council a year ago I have received a large amount of good quality training that directly links to my working practice. Training is prioritised in this local authority and I see that as a massive plus. Continued professional development is crucial in social work, not just to meet our registration obligation but to continue to evolve and progress as practitioners.”  Rachel Watt, Safeguarding Adults Officer, Middlesbrough Council

“I find the work in Darlington both rewarding and challenging, I often have to deal with crisis situations. Outside of work, Darlington is a really great place to live. I'm really into outdoor activities and we're really close to the Yorkshire Dales, the coast and the Lake District.”  Phil Jones, Senior Practitioner, Darlington Borough Council

“Newcastle is a vibrant city with a diverse and varied community that offers new and developing opportunities to work children and families in holistic way. Newcastle is dedicated to ensuring that families receive the best services through a variety of innovative approaches and services. We are a friendly and exciting city that not only provides a number of opportunities to work creatively with families, but also to enjoy the shopping, food and social culture for those evenings and weekends.”  Charlotte Blenkiron, Senior Practitioner Initial Response Service, Children’s Social Care, Newcastle City Council

“The transition from student to social worker can be a worrying time, as you feel you no longer have a ‘safety net’ around you. My concerns were soon put at ease as the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) at South Tyneside provides the newly qualified practitioner with the support they need while promoting development.  I am now two years post qualified and would never think of working anywhere else. Practicing as a social worker is rewarding; it is at times stressful, but living in the North East and working in South Tyneside makes all the difference.”  Philip Brooks, Strengthening and Supporting Families Social Worker, South Tyneside Council

“I joined as a Newly-Qualified Social Worker and progressed to Team Manager. My line manager supported me during that process through training and progression. Everybody knows everybody in Darlington, so the communication is very good. The people I've worked with for a long time are very motivated to make Darlington the best it can be.”  Nicola Hopps, Team Manager, Children’s Services, Darlington Borough Council

I feel that having a good work/home life balance  is very important and Northumberland County Council ensures it is prioritized. The ability to work flexibly and  have access to technology to work from any base, really provides you with the opportunity to do this. Northumberland is one of the most beautiful counties within the country and working here gives you many opportunities to see our beautiful coastlines, rural towns in addition to working with such diverse and varied communities.   The training that is provided is excellent for both newly qualified Social Workers and more experienced workers. Having come to the County as a newly qualified Social Worker to now supporting newly qualified Social Workers through their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, I can honestly say that not only is it incredibly supportive but you really do get the confidence, peer support and development opportunities you need to progress. Carly Maddison, Social Worker Disabled Children Team Northumberland County Council 

Durham’s Social Work Academy has provided me with a level of support and reflective supervision that I never imagined I would receive during my first year as a qualified social worker. I have been given the opportunity to learn and grow in a protected and supported environment. Sarah Laws, Social Worker, Durham County Council

Redcar & Cleveland is a place that values staff and has offered me numerous opportunities for career development. I have worked as a front line social worker in children’s services, specialist social work roles, development and project work, team manager, service manager in adult services and now Principal Social Worker. The training opportunities are varied and excellent quality. I wouldn’t work anywhere else!  Louise, Principal Social Worker, Adult & Children’s Services, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Thinking about moving to the North East?

If you are not lucky enough to be living in the North East already, find out more about life in the Tees Valley and quality of life in North East England

Find out more about opportunities in North East local authorities

Darlington Borough CouncilDurham County CouncilGateshead CouncilHartlepool Borough CouncilMiddlebrough Borough CouncilNewcastle City CouncilNorthumberland City CouncilNorth Tyneside CouncilRedcar and Cleveland Borough CouncilStockton-on-Tees Borough CouncilSouth Tyneside CouncilTogether for Children Sunderland

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Join our social work talent pool

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To join the Social Work Talent Pool, you will need to register your details on the site under My Account. You can then add information to your Talent Profile about your skills, experience and work history.  You can also select the talent pools you wish to be a member of.

Employers can look for registered users within the Talent Pool and can alert you about suitable vacancies when they arise.

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