Senior Social Work Practitioner (Children with Disabilities Team)

Children, Education and Skills

Newcastle upon Tyne

Senior Social Work Practitioner (Children with Disabilities Team)

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

£41,496 - £44,539 per annum (Pay award pending)

37 hours per week

(other working patterns available)

Do you have a passion for social work? Are you an experienced and dynamic social worker? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?

If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are looking for Senior Social Work Practitioners who are committed to providing excellent services to children and families to join our Children with Disabilities Team.

Through our innovative work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read about our work with the DfE and Leeds City Council) we are implementing the Family Valued approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners. Family Valued is a relational and restorative approach to services, focussing on strength and values. If you want to continue to develop and grow your skillset now is the time to join us!

To support our vision for children and families we are looking for social workers who can bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to their work. Joining our specialist Children with Disabilities Team you will support children and young people with complex additional needs to have the same opportunities and experiences as other children and young people. You will act as the lead professional in statutory work - including child protection, care proceedings, children in care, and transition planning - and also undertake the full range of social work tasks with disabled children, young people and their families. You must be driven and ambitious - both for yourself and for children, young people and families.

Experience of working with children and young people with disabilities and their families is an advantage but not essential.

As an enthusiastic team player, you will benefit from a dedicated and supportive workplace culture where we will support you to succeed. Our social workers tell us “Newcastle is such a good authority to work for” where “our shared vision and values are really rooted in our practice” (feedback from staff members 2021). You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles at

We offer a comprehensive range of training and professional opportunities, overseen by our Social Work Centre of Excellence, that evolves and develops to meet the needs of our workforce at every stage of their career. We are committed to our staff receiving the opportunities they need to develop and flourish at all stages of their career. At Newcastle “social workers feel well supported” and practice improvement is delivered “creatively and innovatively” (Ofsted Focus Visit Outcome Letter 2019).

We will encourage you to be creative and progress your career making social work at Newcastle a profession that is yours to own.

In addition, you will receive:

• 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

• Access to wellbeing initiatives

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes

• Generous relocation package.

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team of excellent and dedicated social work professionals? Apply today. If you want to find out more about the role you can speak with our Children with Disabilities Team Manager Andy Chambers on

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. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

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.

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


Closing date:

30 May 2023

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