Social Worker/Senior Social Worker Families First

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 16/08/2018 23:59
Social Worker £27,358 - £30,756 Senior Social Worker £32,233 - £36,153 plus £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually)
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Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
An approved location
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Closing date:
16 Aug
Further Information


Social Worker/Senior Social Worker Families First

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full time

Salary: Social Worker £27,358 - £30,756
Senior Social Worker £32,233 - £36,153 plus £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually).

We are seeking social workers who have completed their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, and senior social workers to join our Families First teams.

Posts are available in our teams based in Chester-le-Street, Consett, Durham Central, Spennymoor, Shildon/Chilton, and Seaham.

In our Families First teams you will work with our most vulnerable children, young people and families. Your expertise will support families, help keep children safe and enable them both to thrive. Our children and young people tell us that they want you to:

• Be committed
• Be approachable and easy to talk to
• Listen and make changes
• Be open minded
• Be open, honest and trustworthy
• Keep in touch
• Give reliable feedback
• Be flexible
• Show respect
• Be organised

You can read more in the attached document.

Our Families First teams are statutory teams responsible for children and young people from the point of referral to the point of permanence. In these teams you will assess risk and implement care plans for children and young people deemed to be in need of Level 4 Services on the Durham Staircase of Need. You will complete single assessments, work with children on a Child in Need basis, undertake Child Protection Work and enquiries under Section 47, as well as Public and Private Law.

The following principles will guide your work:

• Ensuring the Child’s journey and their voice remains central.
• Providing help at the earliest opportunity.
• Supporting and promoting community resilience through the provision of locally delivered services in local communities which make sense to families.
• Delivering evidence based interventions with a focus on safe escalation and de-escalation of cases.

In Durham you will benefit from:

• A senior leadership team that listens and cares about you and your work.
• Excellent opportunities for career progression, whether you want to broaden your experience as a social worker or step into management.
• Professional development pathways for every stage of your career.
• A clear professional development offer, supported by a commitment to offering you 5 days a year to spend in continuous professional development (CPD), and opportunities to access specialist training.
• A culture of high expectations, high challenge and high support.
• A culture which takes pride in, and actively celebrates social work.

You can read more about these, and other benefits of working in Durham in the attached document.

Removal, lodging and separation expenses may be available to the successful candidate if at the time of application for appointment their place of residence is outside the administrative area of County Durham and in excess of 30 miles in a straight line from the their new administrative centre, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.

Please note that the £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually) is payable only to Senior Social Workers.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Judith Rayne, Operations Manager Tel: 03000 266 318 or e-mail:

Required qualifications: Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS) & current HCPC Registration.

The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday 24th August 2018.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact the HR Operations & Data Team on Telephone: 03000 267247 (24hr answerphone). Email:

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.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.