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Social Worker

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Job Information

Fostering Team - Social Worker 


The Council 


At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people, ensuring that they feel safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn and achieve.  


We place children and young people at the heart of all we do and aim to provide a quality service to ensure that children in care get the best possible outcomes.   Children thrive in stable and loving families. Sometimes birth parents are unable to care for their children themselves. Getting the best possible care for these children is one of our most important corporate parent responsibilities.   


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The role 


An opportunity has risen for a qualified social worker to join the Fostering Team.  We are looking for an experienced social worker with a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in statutory social work.  


The successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting, assessing, supervising, training and supporting foster carers and their placements. Your primary responsibility will be providing quality and professional services by supervising and supporting foster carers, their placements and completing necessary documentation. You will be involved in the duty rota with the expectations of this including, for example, supporting foster carers, colleagues in the social work locality teams and responding to placement needs.        


You will be part of a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic Residential & Family Placement Service.   You will work with other partners and stakeholders to make sure the voice of the child is taken into consideration. As a Service, we will provide you with excellent support and supervision together with genuine opportunities for personal development. 


We are offering:  

  • A competitive salary of £37,336 £41,418 (dependent on hours worked, grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits 

  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme) 

  • A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision 

  • Regular supervision  

  • A supportive environment  

  • Career progression opportunities  

  • A generous remuneration package  

  • Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post 

  • Flexible working arrangements  


Essential requirements: 

  • You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing.  

  • You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems.  

  • You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children, families and carers. 

  • You will always want to hear the young person's voice and ensure that this is taken into account. 

  • You will have a sound knowledge base and be able to make decisions and plans with children and their families utilising different theoretical models including the Signs of Safety approach. 

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

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

  • You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment 

  • You will be able to contribute to the development of the service.  


You must hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with Social Work England. You should also have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience. 



For further information, please contact Christine Logan or Karen Hulme – Team Managers on 01670 626262. 


We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. 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 an interview, please also let the team know. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post. 
Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications. 

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