Adoption Social Worker

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
£30,451 - £35,745 per annum pro rata 
26 Oct 2020
15 Nov 2020
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type


Harrogate base – Starbeck (80 High Street Starbeck) 

Selby base – Sandpiper House

Grade: J-K

Location: Harrogate or Selby. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work from the bases listed above, as well as working from home. 

Hours: Flexible – full or part-time

Contract: Maternity cover until December 2021

We are looking for experienced or newly qualified adoption Social Workers to join our highly regarded and consistently high performing children’s social care team.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Adoption Service is part of One Adoption North and Humber Regional Adoption Agency. We are looking to appoint a temporary adoption social worker based from either of our Harrogate or Selby hubs.

As an adoption Social Worker, you will support children and their families to ensure that their needs are met in a safe and timely manner.  You will be part of a highly-acclaimed supportive service that has a comprehensive programme to ensure new recruits have a thorough induction, receive ongoing support from managers and have the opportunity to progress in your career.

The work involves the recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters, providing training and support, family finding for children with an adoption plan and offering support to families when children are placed, both pre and post the making of an Adoption Order.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, “can do” social worker to join our team and help make a difference to the lives of adopted children and their families. Your caseload will cover both the recruitment and assessment of prospective adoptive parents and post adoption support, which involves assessing families’ needs and making plans for intervention. If you are enthusiastic and committed to improving outcomes for children and able to meet the requirements of the post, we would love to hear from you.

As a service, we are committed to creating a healthy culture where social workers feel that they have a forum to share their views about the organisation and environment in which they work. We pride ourselves on our confident workforce who feel safe and their practice has been further enhanced by the mapping of cases which is core to this model.  We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards.

As a national leader we have been recognised as an exemplar through the award of Partners in Practice status, our Signs of Safety model is highly regarded nationally and is demonstrated across the county effectively to assess and manage risk, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families. We have achieved this through a clear workforce strategy and practice leader forums which continue to develop and embed the model in teams.

“My role gives me a sense of belonging and I am proud to work for North Yorkshire. The Authority has allowed me to grow and develop as a professional and has helped me form my identity as a social work professional” - Children's Social Worker

We clearly demonstrate that the voice of the child and family shape the service we provide and is evidenced throughout practice. We understand the quality of our practice and practice outcomes and have a clear delivery mechanism for building on strengths and responding to risks and issues to drive through improvements which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

We welcome any interested applicants to contact Rosie Appleby (Service Manager) on 07970 438 692 or by email  

Or Claire Dimmey (Assistant Team Manager) 07970 679 611 for an informal conversation.

We're proud to support the Local Government Association's Return to Social Work programme, offering former social workers free training so they can return to social work. 


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Job Description.docx
Reward Booklet.pdf

Key dates

Closing date: 15th November 2020

Interview date: 27th November 2020

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.