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Experienced Social Workers

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

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The Service

Children’s Social Work Service sits within Northumberland’s Wellbeing and Community Health Services Directorate. it consists of;
– 4 Locality Safeguarding Teams
– 14+ Team
– Children’s Disability Team
– Fostering

The role

At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we are looking for experienced social workers with post qualification experience within a social work role, or social workers who have successfully completed the ASYE Programme. These social workers will be committed professionals, determined to deliver an excellent service to vulnerable individuals aged 0-25 years, within our communities. Current opportunities are available within our Locality Safeguarding Teams in Blyth, Berwick and Bedlington as well as MASH.

Please do not apply for this post if you do not meet the requirements above.

You bring the enthusiasm and dedication and in return we can provide you with the opportunity to join a progressive and innovative organisation which values its employees and provides opportunities to contribute to an effective multi agency ethos.

Our leadership team believes in order for social workers to be effective professionals, we provide a culture of opportunity which is evident within our current stable workforce.


You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account.

You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes.

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to make decisions and plans with children and their families; utilising the Signs of Safety approach.

You will have a sound knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social Work and the application of Professional Capabilities Framework which will be embedded within all elements of your practice.

You will understand the importance of performance information and your contribution to maintaining high standards.

You will contribute to the development of the service.

You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families.

You will care enough to want to make a difference – every day.

If your skill-set includes the above, come and join a progressive and innovative organisation which values all of our employees.

You will hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with the HCPC.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

We are offering:
A competitive salary up to £35,934 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits, the opportunity to develop skills and experience of different specialist teams within children’s and adults across rural and urban localities.

Management who are committed to an appropriate caseload.
Regular supervision
A supportive environment – mentoring
An extensive learning offer and career progression opportunities
A generous remuneration package
Flexible working

For further information, please email

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please email

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Rebecca Harding (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.