Adult Social Care and Integrated Services

Newcastle upon Tyne

Social Worker (Pre Birth 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

Unprogressed £32,020 - £35,411. Progressed £36,298 - £40,478

As part of our ongoing commitment to improve pre-birth practice and outcomes for children and families in Newcastle we are developing a dedicated Pre-Birth Team within Children’s Social Care. The newly developed Team will provide intensive support during pregnancy to parents by completing holistic assessments of need and risk and providing specific, goal orientated support. Parents will be supported to achieve and sustain change, enabling them to provide safe appropriate parenting to their baby. The primary aim of the Pre-birth Team is to support parents from the earliest opportunity so that they can safely care for their child from birth. This is done via intensive intervention from social workers, family support workers and other professionals. Robust pre-birth assessments are completed alongside this work to allow evidence-based decisions to be made.

Do you want to be part of an exciting new development that will make a difference to children’s lives? Do you have a passion for relational social work? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you, in a service that is GOOD across all areas?

If so, then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are extremely proud of our recent Ofsted report which recognised “a stable and permanent workforce is in place and, in the majority of teams, there are manageable caseloads and good management support.”

We are looking for social workers who are committed to providing excellent services to children and families and be part of our newly developed Pre-Birth Team.

Through our innovative work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (…) 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 experienced social workers who are able to bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to their work. Joining our newly developed Pre-Birth Team you must be driven and ambitious - both for yourself and for children, young people and families.

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

Social workers are positive about working for Newcastle. They feel well supported through their induction and speak of supportive and available managers. There is a clear workforce development strategy and workforce development plan which ensure that workers are offered a range of training and development opportunities, and progression is supported and encouraged. There are low rates of agency staff and there is stability in the workforce. This ensures that children have stable, allocated social workers they can develop relationships with. (Ofsted, 2021).

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.

You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles at Or you can speak with Sarah Croft, Team Manager on or Warren Petitjean Service Manager email 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.

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Closing date:

25 January 2023

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