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Children's social work careers
Why choose North Tyneside?
Thank you for taking the time to consider North Tyneside as a place to work. For me, there is nowhere like North Tyneside. It`s a great place to live with some of the best housing, transport links and schools nationally. It is a great borough that not only has a fantastic coastline, natural beauty, but is rich in its cultural heritage offer. There isn’t a better time to join North Tyneside’s Children’s Services.
We are committed to doing what’s best for children. We believe that learning - from research, from evidence based practice and from others who have made successful changes - is one of the best ways to make that happen. Furthermore, embedding that into our organisational culture and our expectations of our staff, managers and leaders is not only one of the best ways but also means we are able to innovate and try new things, because we are confident that our core practice is the very best it can be.
In October 2016 North Tyneside committed to an ambitious, service-wide implementation of ‘Signs of Safety’. This ‘strengths-based, safety-organised’ approach to safeguarding is well evidenced in a number of local authorities and will help us build on our approach with the centrality of the voice of the child and its focus in assessment and planning on strengths as well as risk.
Staff and partners continue to be heavily involved in designing the new service, and the approach of doing it with, not to, is an example of the way we approach our development. We realise that our front line workers often know better than managers and senior managers what would help us deliver better outcomes for children and families, and our approach has been to engage external partners to take an objective view, advise us on possible changes, and then work with our teams and our partners to implement those changes.
We are an energetic, lively, passionate and supportive team who really want to make a difference. If you share this approach to work then we would love to hear from you. To me there is no better place to work.
- Jacqui Old, Director of Children’s and Adult Services
There have been positive changes in respect of senior management within Safeguarding, and there is a renewed focus upon key social work values and practice improvement. This is being supported by the introduction of ‘Signs of Safety’. The views of frontline staff are being actively sought, and recruitment and retention is being given serious consideration. Within North Tyneside there are positive working relationships with partner agencies, this is particularly important and the advantage of being a relatively small authority.
From a team perspective – workers within Safeguarding are very committed and focused upon promoting positive outcomes for children. The two teams work well together and are supportive.
- Margaret Yule, Social Work Team Manager
Our commitment to care
North Tyneside Children’s Services considers itself to be a mature, learning organisation. We are never complacent about what we deliver for children, young people and their families, always believe there is scope for us to improve, and that doing what is best for the children of North Tyneside is something where we can always learn more – and learn from others. What comes across is their boundless energy and their enthusiasm for life. We hope that this rubs off on all of us who have the privilege to work with them.
As a council we are Creating a Brighter Future for our residents and focusing on three key outcome themes – People, Place and Economy. In Children`s Services, our core mission is to enable children to be healthy, cared for and have the best start to school, work and life. Working with partners, we are currently part way through our exciting transformation journey where we are seized on improving the life chances of children in the borough.
We want to ensure that person centred care is at the forefront of everything we do. For that we require the right people to drive forward our vision and to ensure the highest standards of social care are achieved.
Our commitment to you
Our biggest asset is our committed workforce who are relentless but also great fun to work with. As an employee of North Tyneside you will feel valued from the moment you join the organisation. We have a robust induction process to ensure you are supported in your role from day one. Your professional and personal development is important to us so you will have access to a vast support network. Our senior management team are extremely approachable and value your input. Your ideas and contributions are valued at North Tyneside.
In return for your valuable contribution you will receive:
- an attractive annual leave entitlement which increases with length of service
- annual pay increments up to the top of your grade
- enhanced sick pay scheme
- flexible working
- automatic membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
- childcare vouchers
- cycle to work scheme
- access to occupational health services
- access to our Learning Pool for extensive training and development opportunities
Martin Birch, Assistant Director Safeguarding and Children’s Services or
Jacqui Old, Director of Children’s and Adult Services
Telephone: (0191) 6437356 / (0191) 6437006
Children's social work contact
To find out more about our social work vacancies, or for an informal chat please call us:
(0191) 6437356 or
Martin Birch, Assistant Director Safeguarding and Children’s Services
Jacqui Old, Director of Children’s and Adult Services