Newcastle Upon Tyne

Senior Practitioners

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£39,571 - £42,614 per annum

As we approach our third year of embedding a relational and restorative practice culture across our service, we are looking for motivated, child-centred Senior Practitioners to join our skilled and passionate workforce. If you want to join a service which is rated good in all areas, and is committed to working with families, rather than doing to them, then Newcastle is the place for you.

The Roles

We are looking for Senior Practitioners, who have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience and are committed to providing the best outcomes for the children of our city. We are currently looking to recruit to the following teams:

The Initial Response Service undertakes assessments when children are first referred to Children’s Social Care, as well as providing some short-term support to children in need.

The Long-Term Social Work Service provides support to children and their families when a longer-term plan is required, including those subject to Child Protection Plans.

Who we are looking for?

We are passionate about achieving the best outcomes for the children in our city, and you should be too. We are looking for Senior Practitioners who are committed to working with children, young people, and their families in a relational and restorative way.

We are lucky enough to have most of our teams based in one office, meaning that working relationships are strong and we pride ourselves on our ability to work together in the best interests of children and families. So, we are looking for team players who want to work in an environment that prioritises relationships and champions social work values.

Why Newcastle Children’s Social Care?

In February 2022 Newcastle Children’s Social Care was rated as GOOD across all areas by Ofsted.

“Social workers are positive about working for Newcastle. They feel well supported through their induction and speak of supportive and available managers.”

We are implementing a relational and restorative approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners, focusing on strengths and values.

You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles, as well as hear first-hand from our social workers at

Why we think there’s nowhere better:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• A generous Flexi Scheme

• Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential advice and support

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to a home electronics scheme and vehicle leasing scheme

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage, even if you indicate otherwise.

We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.

If you want to know more about the opportunities we have, why not come to our virtual information event on 12th October at 5:30pm? This will be a chance to meet with staff from our service to get to know us, and what we are all about. Please email to register your interest, or to ask any other questions you may have.

Apply online at, select 'Apply Now' and complete our online application form.


Closing date:

18 October 2022

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