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Social Worker / Senior Social Worker

City of York Council
York, North Yorkshire
Grade 9 or 10 Level 1- 4 (£35,737 to £46,412 per annum) (dependent on experience).
Closing date
3 May 2024

Job Details

We are pleased to be inviting applications for a Social Worker to join our team supporting children and young people in our Safeguarding Interventions Service. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is committed to supporting children and young people achieve their potential.

The opportunity has become available as a number of social workers have been successful in moving to specialist positions within the wider service, as we have a strong culture in York of ensuring workers are able to develop their careers. This is a full time position.

We welcome applications from newly qualified social workers through to those with more experience. If you have more than three years post qualifying experience may offer to directly recruit you as a Senior Social Worker at a higher pay grade. Please speak to us if this is of interest.

It is an exciting time to join York as successful candidate will be involved in driving a strong value base of good practice in York with embedding our new practice model, Building Brighter Futures.  We are on an 18-month journey of implementation of Signs of Safety led by Andrew and Pene Turnell; as well as bespoke training in Family Seeing with Kevin Campbell, with training planned throughout 2024.  Successful candidates will receive continuous training, access to knowledge banks and will be part of the leadership group to driving the Building Brighter Futures practice model forward.

The Safeguarding Interventions service support children with child in need plans, children subject to child protection plans as well as those involved in care proceedings.  We thrive to ensure their voices are heard, they achieve their goals and have a sense of belonging in their families and communities. 

The successful candidate will have a manageable caseload to allow you to form strong relationships with children, young people and the team around them. Our social workers work in a high challenge and high support environment with an established and committed team.  There is regular one to one supervision as well as peer supervision.

Candidates will need to be highly motivated and committed to ensuring timescales are met to ensure our young people receive a good quality service. The candidate will need to be able to work independently, with skills in working within timescales and with conflicting priorities.

It is critical that candidates have excellent written and oral communication skills.  The preparation of clear, analytical, and coherent reports is a requirement of this post.  Assessing need and writing children’s plans which include the voice of children, young people and families throughout the process is essential.

If you are a dedicated Social Worker who wants to make a difference for children and young people, then apply now.

This post is a hybrid role with a blend of working from council offices as well as remotely. Each role at York is different and your working arrangements will be determined based on the requirements of the role and in collaboration with you and your needs as part of the recruitment process. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team.

City of York Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced Criminal Record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As this role is public facing, applicants will need to demonstrate, at interview, their competency to converse and provide advice and guidance to members of the public, in spoken English to CEFR level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly.

The Council is highly committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

The council is currently unable to sponsor working visas.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact

Safeguarding : Gill Bays, Service Manager

Mobile:  07983 955470


JD- Social Worker (0081 1110).pdf

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


The City of York has a rich history stretching back nearly 2000 years; George VI once said that: 'The history of York is the history of England'. York has a wealth of heritage and history. York attracts over four million visitors a year and popular destinations include York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Tourism is an important industry in York and the city also has a thriving bioscience, technology and research sector, centred on the City's Science Park. Other major employers include Nestle, City of York Council and York Hospitals NHS Trust. York has excellent transport links, being on the East Coast Mainline and close to the A1M. From York seaside resorts such as Scarborough, Whitby and Filey or the North York Moors National Park are a short journey by road or rail.

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01904 551550
City of York Council
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North Yorkshire

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