Current Vacancies

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We currently have vacancies for;


  • Educational Psychologist
  • Social Worker - Localities
  • Child & Family Worker

To find out more information, please see below. To apply, please visit North East Jobs




Educational Psychologist

Educational Psychologist
Full time – 37 hours
part time will be considered
Permanent post
Salary – Soulbury Scale A, Points 3 – 8
Plus, up to 3 SPA’s to reflect experience and skills
£40,949 to £50,159 with SPA’s up to £55,040
Locations within Sunderland Council.

Sunderland City Council has worked collaboratively with its partners and the DfE to establish Together for Children – Sunderland to deliver Children’s Services from 1 April 2017.

Together for Children recognises and values the contribution and diversity of Educational Psychologist roles and seeks to expand this resource by appointing a dynamic and innovative team-oriented practitioner. You will join a Service at an exciting time with opportunities to make a difference, enhance the well-received Service Level commissioned offer and expand new Corporate and Service working practices, pathways and interventions.

Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to develop specialist knowledge and skills linked to ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ frameworks, across all ages and transition stages.

The Educational Psychology Service is committed to providing high quality child-centred, evidence based practice. This will include a commitment to providing relevant and purposeful assessment linked to educational and psychological principles, theories and research to affect significant change, IMPACT educational achievement and psychological well-being.

In conjunction with its Statutory responsibilities you will be part of a team that seeks to deliver responsive commissioned services to schools and other settings, with scope to offer a rich, and diverse portfolio of activities. This will incorporate early intervention strategies, consultative approaches, psychometric investigation, therapeutic techniques and training to support children, young people and families using individual, group and organisational systems and processes. A desire to engage in research and development is expected of you to maintain high levels of service and personal growth.

We offer an induction package plus supervision and peer support. Opportunities to engage in CPD activities are flexible and valued.

Sunderland is conveniently located for road, rail and air travel.

Candidates will possess an honours degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society and a post graduate qualification in Educational Psychology. You will be required to be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council by 1 September 2021.

For further informal discussion please contact:

Miss Karen Watson. Principal Educational Psychologist: or contact Sandra Ward, Business Support on

Closing date Noon Monday 3 August 2020

Interviews are expected to take place 14th August

Locality Children’s Social Workers/Senior Social Workers

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 £4000 ‘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 have 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 £40828 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.

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:

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.

Closing date 3rd August

Interviews are expected to be held 10th / 11th August

Child & Family Worker

Child & Family Worker
Grade 5 £23836 - £26317

Child and Family Workers within the Children with Disability Team manage a caseload of children and young people who are in receipt of a Care Package of Support as a result of their assessed needs.They also work alongside social workers within the team to provide family support and intervention.

You will have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Children’s Social Care procedures, Together For Children safeguarding procedures, knowledge of social, emotional and developmental needs of young people and have a commitment to achieving the best outcomes for children & their parents and their families.

You will have experience of working with children in need and their families, working in a team, have good communication skills and customer service. You must be able to demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills, report writing and recording skills.

You must be comfortable working at pace within a busy team environment, manage work demands, be self-motivated and committed to excellent work practice.

Experience of working previously in a Social Care environment would be an advantage

This position requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Closing Date 10th August

Interviews will be held on the 17th August

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