Social Worker(s) (Children and Families Social Care)

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
16/08/2024 12:00
£36,648 to £44,428 pa Career Grade (Bar at £38,223, £40,221 & £42,403) (Inclusive of Retention Payments, Subject to Review March 2028)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Children and Families Social Care, South Tyneside
Post Number:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
16 Aug
Further Information
Social Worker(s)
(Children and Families Social Care)
Salary: SCP 28 £36,648 to SCP 36 £44,428 pa Career Grade (Bar at £38,223, £40,221 & £42,403) (Inclusive of Retention Payments, Subject to Review March 2028)

Are you a qualified social worker?  Could you Be the difference and be part of a team to drive through our improvements?
In South Tyneside our children and families are at the forefront of everything we do.  We want every child and family to feel supported in times of need and empowered to make the right decisions.  We take pride in our social work teams, where staff are valued and supported and where we work together to drive this vision forward. 
We have social work opportunities across our Assessment Teams, Supporting and Strengthening Families Teams (SSF), Cared For Children Teams, Connected Carer Team and Fostering.
We know this work is complex and can be challenging and we want to ensure staff are safe and supported.  You will work in a small team where you will benefit from strong guidance and oversight, and access to a management team that is visible and approachable.
As a Newly Qualified Social Worker you will be well supported throughout your first year of practice which is your Assessed and Support Year in Employment (ASYE), you will have very regular supervision and will be allocated a senior practitioner as your mentor, as well as access to a substantial training programme.
We have a good training offer and all practitioners have access to an on line research and resource offer. Our staff tell us they feel listened to, valued and supported, we regularly celebrate good practice and our aspiration is to ensure you will have a caseload of no more than 16 children maximum at any one time.
If you are not yet a progressed social worker you will be supported through our career progression framework, and when ready, complete a progression portfolio, as well as access to post qualifying training, including practice education. 
Assessment Teams – The assessment teams are the first people to meet children and families and set the tone for a collaborative and supportive relationship. Working in the Assessment Team is fast paced but incredibly rewarding. For more information you can contact Operations Manager: Caroline.gill@southtyneside.gov.uk
Supporting and Strengthening Families (SSF) – We have 6 small teams who have a manager and a senior practitioner to provide oversight and support.  In the SSF teams you will work alongside families and other professionals to identify and build upon strengths, to support families to ensure the care arrangements of their children are safe. For more information please contact Operations Manager: Ravinder.haire@southtyneside.gov.uk
Cared For Children Teams – We have two dedicated teams who work with children and young people who we care for, we expect high standards and are committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people. For more information contact Practice Managers: Natalie.clark@southtyneside.gov.uk and Helen.Singleton@southtyneside.gov.uk
Connected Care – a small and specialised team that offers the opportunity to work with children and families to support the child or young person to stay within the family unit. As a social worker in the Connected Care Team, you will be responsible for assessing Kinship carers and Special Guardians during care proceedings and offering ongoing support to approved Kinship carers and Special Guardians, including post permanence support. You will be working collaboratively with your colleagues across the departments and with partners to deliver high-quality and responsive social work to Kinship carers and Special Guardians. For more information Contact Practice Manager: Lisa.Henderson@southtyneside.gov.uk  

We offer an excellent benefits package, please see our webpage to find out more and meet some of our staff: www.southtyneside.gov.uk/socialcarejobs
South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other relevant pre-employment checks.
Please note that if you apply for this role, all communication regarding your application will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, please ensure you check your junk mail.
Closing date: This has been extended further to Noon, 16 August 2024
Shortlisting and Interviews will take place on an ongoing basis.
** Please identify which Team or Team’s you are applying for within the ‘Supporting Statement’ section of the online Application form.