Social Worker - Children in Care

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
03/12/2023 23:59
Grade 9 £33,024 - £36,648 (pre-progression) / Grade 11 £38,223 - £42,403 (post progression)
£2,500 Recruitment and Retention allowance for social workers post ASYE, £2,000 Welcome payment for NQSW
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Your normal place of work will be Abbeywoods Business Park, plus hybrid working, but you may be required to work at any Council workplace within County Durham
Post Number:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
3 Dec
Further Information
We are looking for social workers who have completed their assessed and supported year in employment to join our Children in Care teams. In this role you will work with children and young people aged 0 – 18 who are in our care whether they are living with foster carers, with family and friend carers, or in a children’s home.

If you have recently qualified and are looking to start your social work career in Durham we would still love to hear from you. Please contact one of our Social Work Academy practice leads Jane Farrell or Gladys Mante-Nyadu to discuss the opportunities available to you .You can contact Jane by e-mail at Jane.Farrell@durham.gov.uk, or by telephone on 07582665535, and Gladys by e-mail at gladys.mante-nyadu@durham.gov.uk, or by telephone on 03000 266172.

This is a fantastic role where the child will be at the heart of everything you do. You will care plan with children, their carers and family, ensuring their views are central to the plan, the child’s needs are met well, and their future is planned for.

Relationships with children and their families will be very important to you. You will spend quality time with children in our care, understanding their views and their life events. You will take a trauma informed approach, supporting the child to understand and recover from what has happened.

Your work will be informed by the Signs of Safety framework which will support you to take a strength-based approach and work towards the goals of the child and their family.

What can you expect from us?

When you work in Durham we put you first - we’re passionate about our people and offer a great working environment.

• Your team manager will provide you with support and regular reflective supervision.
• We will support you to have a great work/life balance, with hybrid working and flexible working options including compressed hours.
• We will invest in your future. When you join us you will benefit from a comprehensive induction and training programme, and as the largest local authority of the North East we can offer you lots of opportunities to develop your career whether you see your future in practice or in a management role.

You can find out more about children’s Social Work in Durham on our webpage at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/childrenssocialwork

You can find out more about the other rewards and benefits available to you when you work for us including a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days and access to the local government pension scheme at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/26895/Rewards-and-benefits

If you are looking to relocate to join us removal, lodging and separation expenses of up to £8,000 may be available to you if you live outside of County Durham and in excess of 30 miles in a straight line from your new base, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.

Are you ready to apply?

We encourage you to contact Melanie Murphy or Lisa Howard, Team Managers for an informal discussion about the role before you apply. You can contact Melanie by e-mail at melanie.murphy@durham.gov.uk or by telephone on 03000 262 230, and Lisa by e-mail at lisa.howard@durham.gov.uk or by telephone at 03000 262 254.

We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and improvements to services. As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide support throughout the recruitment process. We guarantee an interview to applicants who can show they meet all the essential criteria for the role and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or a veteran.

We expect interviews to take place during the week commencing 11 December 2023.

The successful applicants for these posts will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Durham County Council currently operates a hybrid working policy where a model of 2 days in the workplace and 3 days at home/remote will apply. This model is pro-rated for part time roles and arrangements are at managers discretion, alternatively you can work all of your contracted hours within the workplace if you prefer.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact Payroll and Employee Services via email on PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.