Come and join our team

Are you ready to make a difference to children’s lives? Join our supportive team and help us to make an impact in Sunderland.

We are looking for experienced children’s social workers/senior social workers and managers.

We currently have the following vacancies in Social Care:

  • Connected Care Team Manager
  • Adoption Team Manager
  • Fostering Team Manager
  • Social Workers - Locality Teams (Child Protection)

See below for further details and information on how to apply.

You can look forward to:

  • one of the most competitive salaries for children’s social work in North East England with a maximum earning potential of £40,052 per annum for a post qualified worker.
  • essential car user allowance of £1,239 per annum, paid monthly included in salary advertised
  • 2% Recruitment and Retention payment, paid monthly included in salary advertised
  • Up to £6000 ‘introduction’ payment and relocation expenses
  • no hot desking
  • free on site parking
  • a Local Government Pension
  • flexible working - we offer working from home and compressed hours working
  • manageable caseloads
  • dedicated support is available to help with demands of the day to day job from Business Administration Support for typing and filing, the Family Contact Service to facilitate supervised contacts and dedicated Child and Family Workers based within the teams.
  • a dedicated CPD programme to help grow your career
  • Child Care Voucher Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme
  • 20% discount on a new Nissan/30% discount on an Infiniti
  • reduced price membership for Everyone Active gyms with a free taster day

We know that children’s social work is rewarding, but it can be tough. We offer a friendly, supportive environment and value the contribution each member of staff brings.

We also pride ourselves on making life a little easier on our staff by offering flexible working hours, compressed hours working, homeworking and job-sharing for a better work / life balance.

It's quick and easy to apply for our social care roles:

  • Our key social care vacancies (including job descriptions and person specifications) are listed below.
  • Please visit the North East Jobs website -  https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk where you can view and apply for our vacancies.
  • You can also submit applications for vacancies outside of Social Care through the North East Jobs website.
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Connected Carer Team Manager

Salary – £44,632 - £48,581 per annum plus:

Additional payments of £1239 per annum market supplement paid monthly;
2% Recruitment and retention allowance paid monthly.

Payment of up to £3000 Re-location expenses are available.

Together for Children Sunderland are creating a Connected Carer team and are seeking to recruit a committed and talented Team Manager to lead on the development and management of this team. The team will be responsible for all elements of our work with connected carers and as such an understanding of both Fostering and Care Planning Regulations is needed.

Our Team Manager salary is one of the most competitive in the region (with progression to £49819 per annum).

You will have extensive post qualifying experience of statutory Social Work with children and families. You will show leadership in driving good practice and the management skills to create an environment where Social Workers can excel.

We want you to feel supported and confident to deliver at the highest standards and offer a range of training and development opportunities so that you have the tools to update your skills and knowledge. We will do all we can to help you achieve your professional goals.

As well as an extremely attractive salary package other benefits of working for Together for Children include:

Free onsite car parking

Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;

Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;

Annual leave - 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees).

Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.

Maternity support/adoption leave – Up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner/carer at the time of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave – Up to two consecutive weeks leave after the birth of the child

We offer the Childcare Vouchers Scheme and a Cycle to Work Scheme via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Employee Benefits: My Club Nissan Scheme - 20% off a brand new Nissan, and up to 30% off the Infiniti range.

Everyone Active – Employees and their partners will be entitled to a reduced price membership to Everyone Active gyms as well as a one free taster day available per employee.

In addition to the Company’s benefits package, we also offer support to employees in the form of:

• Free, confidential and independent face to face counselling service through the Occupational Health Service.

• Reasonable adjustments and/or redeployment where practical for employees requiring support after illness or due to disability.

• A good health and wellbeing programme, provided to all employees to help achieve healthier and safer lifestyles both at work and at home.

• A domestic violence policy to ensure support and advice is available.

• Employee Induction scheme.

For further information on careers in social care with Together for Children, please check our website: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/work-us

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Kathryn McCabe on 0191 561 3214.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of our Safer Recruitment process, should you be shortlisted for interview, references will be requested prior to interview.

Please note if you have not heard from us within six weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Closing Date 24th June 2019

Social Worker/Senior Social Worker - Locality Teams

Click to download the Job Description and Person Specification for the TFC Locality Teams

  • £29,636 - £38,813 per annum (Depending on experience and progression rules apply)plus additional payments of:
  • Essential car user allowance of £1,239 per annum, paid monthly
  • 2% Recruitment and Retention allowance, paid monthly
  • Up to £6000 ‘introduction’ payment and relocation expenses

 

Team Manager - Fostering

Salary – £44,632 - £48,581 per annum plus:

Additional payments of £1239 per annum market supplement paid monthly;

2% Recruitment and retention allowance paid monthly.

Payment of up to £3000 Re-location expenses are available.

Together for Children Fostering Sunderland have been rated by Ofsted as ‘good.’ We are currently looking to recruit a committed and talented Fostering Team Manager to continue to support and develop the team.

Our Team Manager salary is one of the most competitive in the region (with progression to £49819 per annum).

You will have extensive post qualifying experience of statutory Social Work with children and families. You will show leadership in driving good practice and the management skills to create an environment where Social Workers can excel.

We want you to feel supported and confident to deliver at the highest standards and offer a range of training and development opportunities so that you have the tools to update your skills and knowledge. We will do all we can to help you achieve your professional goals.

As well as an extremely attractive salary package other benefits of working for Together for Children include:

Free onsite car parking

Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;

Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;

Annual leave - 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees).

Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.

Maternity support/adoption leave – Up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner/carer at the time of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave – Up to two consecutive weeks leave after the birth of the child

We offer the Childcare Vouchers Scheme and a Cycle to Work Scheme via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Employee Benefits: My Club Nissan Scheme - 20% off a brand new Nissan, and up to 30% off the Infiniti range.

Everyone Active – Employees and their partners will be entitled to a reduced price membership to Everyone Active gyms as well as a one free taster day available per employee.

In addition to the Company’s benefits package, we also offer support to employees in the form of:

• Free, confidential and independent face to face counselling service through the Occupational Health Service.

• Reasonable adjustments and/or redeployment where practical for employees requiring support after illness or due to disability.

• A good health and wellbeing programme, provided to all employees to help achieve healthier and safer lifestyles both at work and at home.

• A domestic violence policy to ensure support and advice is available.

• Employee Induction scheme.

For further information on careers in social care with Together for Children, please check our website: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/work-us

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Kathryn McCabe on 0191 561 3214.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of our Safer Recruitment process, should you be shortlisted for interview, references will be requested prior to interview.

Please note if you have not heard from us within six weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Closing Date: 24th June 2019

Team Manager Adoption

Salary – £44632 - £48581 per annum plus:

Additional payments of £1239 per annum market supplement paid monthly;

2% Recruitment and retention allowance paid monthly.

Payment of up to £3000 Re-location expenses are available.

Together for Children Adoption Sunderland has a ‘good’ Ofsted rating with leadership and management recognised as ‘outstanding.’ We are looking to recruit a committed and talented Adoption Team Manager to continue to support and develop the team.

Our Team Manager salary is one of the most competitive in the region (with progression to £49819 per annum).

You will have extensive post qualifying experience of statutory Social Work with children and families. You will show leadership in driving good practice and the management skills to create an environment where Social Workers can excel.

We want you to feel supported and confident to deliver at the highest standards and offer a range of training and development opportunities so that you have the tools to update your skills and knowledge. We will do all we can to help you achieve your professional goals.

As well as an extremely attractive salary package other benefits of working for Together for Children include:

Free onsite car parking

Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;

Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;

Annual leave - 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees).

Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.

Maternity support/adoption leave – Up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner/carer at the time of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave – Up to two consecutive weeks leave after the birth of the child

We offer the Childcare Vouchers Scheme and a Cycle to Work Scheme via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Employee Benefits: My Club Nissan Scheme - 20% off a brand new Nissan, and up to 30% off the Infiniti range.

Everyone Active – Employees and their partners will be entitled to a reduced price membership to Everyone Active gyms as well as a one free taster day available per employee.

In addition to the Company’s benefits package, we also offer support to employees in the form of:

• Free, confidential and independent face to face counselling service through the Occupational Health Service.

• Reasonable adjustments and/or redeployment where practical for employees requiring support after illness or due to disability.

• A good health and wellbeing programme, provided to all employees to help achieve healthier and safer lifestyles both at work and at home.

• A domestic violence policy to ensure support and advice is available.

• Employee Induction scheme.

For further information on careers in social care with Together for Children, please check our website: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/work-us

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Kathryn McCabe on 0191 561 3214.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of our Safer Recruitment process, should you be shortlisted for interview, references will be requested prior to interview.

Please note if you have not heard from us within six weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Closing Date: 24th June 2019

Social Workers/Senior Social Workers - Locality Safeguarding Teams (Various Locations)

Locality Children’s Social Workers/Senior Social Workers

Salary - £29636 - £38813 per annum plus:

Additional payments of:

£1239 per annum Essential Car User Allowance paid monthly;
2% Recruitment and retention allowance paid monthly;
Up to £6000 ‘introduction’ payment and relocation expenses.

We are currently recruiting experienced Social Workers to join our locality Social Work Teams. Child centred, Respectful, Creative and transparent are the values around which the Company has been formed. This is what you can expect from Together for Children when you join us.

The Company is right in the middle of realising its improvement agenda and we are seeking committed and talented professionals who has successfully completed their ASYE and or are ready to progress to senior social workers to join existing colleagues in our unique Company. You will work directly with and also support children, young people and their families who are identified as Child in Need and Child Protection completing child focused assessments. With proven experience in delivering statutory children’s social care services you will have knowledge of social care children’s legislation and be confident in delivering the best outcomes and decisions on behalf of service users. You must be an excellent team player and be able to form positive relationships with colleagues and partners.

Our Social Work offer is one of the most competitive across the region including a maximum earning potential of £40052 pa for a post qualified worker who has satisfied progression plus for external applicants an additional £3000 TfC retention payment payable on commencement (or after successful completion of the probationary period, if this applies), and guaranteed no hot desking. We are a very flexible employer offering employees the opportunity to strike the right balance between home and the workplace and we offer working from home and compressed hours working for employees. Our network of IT support and provision of a smartphone, which means you can work from home or away from the office, including in a number of touchdown offices across the City.

We want you to feel supported and confident to deliver at the highest standards and offer a range of training and development opportunities so that you have the tools to update your skills and knowledge. We also offer manageable caseloads and ensure that all workers are supported through regular supervision and appraisal. Our established Senior Management Team listens to the workforce and recognises their want to make a difference to the lives of our service users. The Company uses Liquid Logic to enable manageable caseloads for teams. Dedicated support is available to help you with the demands of the day-to-day job from Business Administration support for typing and filing, the Family Contact Service to facilitate supervised contacts, dedicated Child & Family Workers based within the team.

It is also an exciting time to join us and become involved in the roll out of Signs of Safety and Safer Together practice models across the Company. You will have access to our range of employment involvement activities designed to allow you to shape how the Company develops. Your opinions are very important to us and are highly valued.

As well as an extremely attractive salary package other benefits of working for Together for Children include:

Free onsite car parking

Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;

Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;

Annual leave - 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees).

Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.

Maternity support/adoption leave – Up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner/carer at the time of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave – Up to two consecutive weeks leave after the birth of the child
We offer the Childcare Vouchers Scheme and a Cycle to Work Scheme via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Employee Benefits: My Club Nissan Scheme - 20% off a brand new Nissan, and up to 30% off the Infiniti range.

Everyone Active – Employees and their partners will be entitled to a reduced price membership to Everyone Active gyms as well as a one free taster day available per employee.

In addition to the Company’s benefits package, we also offer support to employees in the form of:

• Free, confidential and independent face to face counselling service through the Occupational Health Service.
• Reasonable adjustments and/or redeployment where practical for employees requiring support after illness or due to disability.
• A good health and wellbeing programme, provided to all employees to help achieve healthier and safer lifestyles both at work and at home.
• A domestic violence policy to ensure support and advice is available.
• Employee Induction scheme.

For further information on careers in social care with Together for Children, please check our website: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/work-us.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

 

Part Time Social Workers/Senior Social Workers - Locality Safeguarding Teams (Various Locations)

Locality Children’s Social Workers/Senior Social Workers
18.5 Hours per week
Salary - £29636 - £38,813 pro rata per annum plus:

Additional payments of:

£1239 per annum Essential Car User Allowance paid monthly;
2% Recruitment and retention allowance paid monthly;
Up to £6000 ‘introduction’ payment and relocation expenses.

We are currently recruiting experienced Social Workers to join our locality Social Work Teams. Child centred, Respectful, Creative and transparent are the values around which the Company has been formed. This is what you can expect from Together for Children when you join us.

The Company is right in the middle of realising its improvement agenda and we are seeking committed and talented professionals who has successfully completed their ASYE and or are ready to progress to senior social workers to join existing colleagues in our unique Company. You will work directly with and also support children, young people and their families who are identified as Child in Need and Child Protection completing child focused assessments. With proven experience in delivering statutory children’s social care services you will have knowledge of social care children’s legislation and be confident in delivering the best outcomes and decisions on behalf of service users. You must be an excellent team player and be able to form positive relationships with colleagues and partners.

Our Social Work offer is one of the most competitive across the region including a maximum earning potential of £40052 pa for a post qualified worker who has satisfied progression plus for external applicants an additional £3000 TfC retention payment payable on commencement (or after successful completion of the probationary period, if this applies), and guaranteed no hot desking. We are a very flexible employer offering employees the opportunity to strike the right balance between home and the workplace and we offer working from home and compressed hours working for employees. Our network of IT support and provision of a smartphone, which means you can work from home or away from the office, including in a number of touchdown offices across the City.

We want you to feel supported and confident to deliver at the highest standards and offer a range of training and development opportunities so that you have the tools to update your skills and knowledge. We also offer manageable caseloads and ensure that all workers are supported through regular supervision and appraisal. Our established Senior Management Team listens to the workforce and recognises their want to make a difference to the lives of our service users. The Company uses Liquid Logic to enable manageable caseloads for teams. Dedicated support is available to help you with the demands of the day-to-day job from Business Administration support for typing and filing, the Family Contact Service to facilitate supervised contacts, dedicated Child & Family Workers based within the team.

It is also an exciting time to join us and become involved in the roll out of Signs of Safety and Safer Together practice models across the Company. You will have access to our range of employment involvement activities designed to allow you to shape how the Company develops. Your opinions are very important to us and are highly valued.

As well as an extremely attractive salary package other benefits of working for Together for Children include:

Free onsite car parking

Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme;

Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service;

Annual leave - 25 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees).

Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.

Maternity support/adoption leave – Up to 5 days’ paid leave as a partner/carer at the time of the birth or adoption.

Paternity leave – Up to two consecutive weeks leave after the birth of the child
We offer the Childcare Vouchers Scheme and a Cycle to Work Scheme via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Employee Benefits: My Club Nissan Scheme - 20% off a brand new Nissan, and up to 30% off the Infiniti range.

Everyone Active – Employees and their partners will be entitled to a reduced price membership to Everyone Active gyms as well as a one free taster day available per employee.

In addition to the Company’s benefits package, we also offer support to employees in the form of:

• Free, confidential and independent face to face counselling service through the Occupational Health Service.
• Reasonable adjustments and/or redeployment where practical for employees requiring support after illness or due to disability.
• A good health and wellbeing programme, provided to all employees to help achieve healthier and safer lifestyles both at work and at home.
• A domestic violence policy to ensure support and advice is available.
• Employee Induction scheme.

For further information on careers in social care with Together for Children, please check our website: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/work-us.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service

Foster Carer

Together for Children (Sunderland City Council) is seeking foster carers from a range of diverse backgrounds, walks of life and with different circumstances that reflect the community of the City of Sunderland and its surrounding areas.

We need foster carers to provide loving homes for the 550+ looked after children and young people who require foster care. These young people are aged 0-17 years and are from the Sunderland area.

The children in particular that we are in need of foster carers to offer placements for are:
• Siblings – we ensure that siblings are not separated.
• Older children/young people (12 years and over).
• Long term foster carers.
• Children with Special Educational and Disabilities (SEND).

The benefits of becoming a Foster Carer with Together for Children are:
• Fees of up to £34,000 per year dependant on skills, experience and number of children cared for.
• An additional allowance to cover the foster child’s expenses.
• 24/7 support from our Fostering and Social Worker team – we have a large social work team and, as a result, there will always be someone who is available out of office hours that can provide support.
• Having a dedicated and experienced fostering social worker.
• Regular support groups, childrens’ groups and events, including our regular coffee mornings and engagement events.
• Working with an organisation that is rated Good by OFSTED.

We also host monthly fostering information evenings where you can meet with a support worker and a foster carer who can answer any questions that you may have, as well as receiving an information pack which contains material such as: FAQs and an expression of interest form. These events are free to attend and there’s no need to book, so feel free to come along! You can find the dates here: https://togetherforchildren.org.uk/events/fostering

We’d love to hear from you, if you meet the following criteria:

• You’re aged over 21.
• Have great communications skills and possess great listening skills too.
• Are patient and resilient.
• Welcome both guidance and support.
• Are flexible.
• Have a sense of humour and are also a warm and nurturing person.

To find out more, you can call: 0191 561 2223, email: fostering@togetherforchildren.org.uk or visit our website: www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/families/foster-care

Don’t forget, we are also on social media where you can read more about our work: www.facebook.com/togetherforchildrensunderland and www.twitter.com/tfcsunderland

We look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Thanks,
The Together for Children Fostering team

 

Advert end date - 19/08/2019 23:59

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