Living in Northamptonshire

​Why Northamptonshire?

We know that if you’re considering working here, there’s more to consider than just the job. There are lots of reasons why you’ll love Northamptonshire.

Commutability

Northamptonshire is situated in the South East of England, in the middle of excellent transport links.
We’re an hour from London, Oxford, Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, and Cambridge.

  • Road: 3 M1 Junctions, M40, A43, A14
  • Rail: Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Long Buckby
  • Air: Less than an hour to Luton, East Midlands, 1h15 to Heathrow

Commutable counties include Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire.
Northamptonshire’s main towns are Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Daventry, Towcester, Brackley, Wellingborough, Thrapston, and Oundle.

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​Rural and Urban

Northamptonshire was recently rated 3rd in the country by the Halifax Quality of Life Survey. Our county is steeped in history and home to some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Stately homes, historic villages and a network of working canals contribute to Northamptonshire’s renowned heritage while our market towns bring a more vibrant flavour.

We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and have responded with ambitious town centre developments including striking regeneration schemes, innovative business support services, new build housing developments, and forward thinking infrastructure and education strategies.

​Attractions and things to do

Northamptonshire has more historic country houses than any other county, a thriving arts and culture scene, lots of public green spaces and waterways, and is home to some of the top sporting teams and venues in the country, including Northampton Saints, Northampton Town Football Club, Silverstone Race Circuit, Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 team, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, and Towcester Racecourse.

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21/02/2018 00:00
Our team focuses on Children with Disabilities (CWD) and our work is varied, complex and rewarding. Our social workers work with a number of agencies and are expected to have the skills and knowledge to work with children and young people who are CIN, subject to CP, safeguarding and adoption. We have a very strong team ethos, sharing skills and knowledge at all levels. Strong supervision and visible leadership is very important, and evident, and, as with the rest of our social care colleagues, we have the opportunity to take advantage of a significant number of training courses. We are currently implementing Signs of Safety at Northamptonshire County Council, an internationally successful model that will transform the way we work with children and families. The Children with Disabilities fieldwork team is one component of the Children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities Service. We work closely with a wide range of colleagues which include the Education Health and Care Team, Specialist Support Services, Sensory Impairment Service, Educational Psychologists, Short Break and Residential homes as well as a wide range of health professionals including Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. We expect all staff to place children and young people at the centre of all we do. The recent SEND Area Inspection (May 2017) stated that • The local area has embraced co-production, consulting with children, young people and their families in order to improve services. • The voice of the child is typically captured well in EHCPs • Local area leaders display a clear commitment to co-production with children, young people and their families • At individual level, the ‘one page profile’ is proving an increasingly useful tool for capturing the voice of the child and identifying provision that will meet their needs effectively. Northamptonshire County Council is committed to ensuring caseloads are of manageable level. We are also committed to monthly supervision and access to continuing professional development with a variety of progression routes for our Social Workers. For an informal discussion please call Jane Watson (Children with Disabilities Team Manager) 07738 636 720 or Jo Bradley (Service Manager) 07912 891 835. We look forward to hearing from you. Salary package up to £34,277 plus £3,000 recruitment bonus. Relocation package available. For full details on Northamptonshire’s story, our teams and our pay and rewards, please click here.
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Are you an experienced social worker? Start your bright future now by joining us in one of the following teams: • First Response Teams • Safeguarding and Care Planning Teams • Looked After Children and UASC Teams • Children with Disabilities Team • Connected Persons Team Salary package up to £34,277 plus £3,000 recruitment bonus. Relocation package available. Permanent roles, fixed term roles and internal secondments are available. Please specify your preference in your supporting statement. We are an innovative county council, with a fresh, energetic approach that has delivered profound improvements in children’s social services. Last year Ofsted said we had improved across all areas of children’s services and lifted us out of an inadequate rating and into ‘Requires Improvement’. We are now determined to bring the same innovative thinking to achieve the Good rating which we know is within our grasp. The County Council has built a modern, vibrant, energy efficient head office, known as One Angel Square in Northampton town centre, providing our employees with a new and exciting flexible work environment. All social work teams based at One Angel Square have now moved in to the building. As a social worker with us, you will know that Northamptonshire County Council is on your side. We give you the support, training and freedoms you require to deliver change to children and families and deliver lasting improvements to our services. We value our social workers and offer very competitive salary packages which are among the best in the region. But more than that, here in Northamptonshire we are committed to our excellent training and development. You will have our support and opportunities to develop your learning through excellent professional development. Don’t just take our word for it. On hearing about the outcome of our latest Ofsted report the country’s chief social worker Isabelle Trowler tweeted: “Great news for Northamptonshire County Council. I have been very impressed with the political and senior dedication to supporting social work practice.” By working with us you will help to create brighter futures for the children of Northamptonshire. You will work closely with children, young people and their families, foster carers and other professionals in finding solutions and creating change. You will use your skills to carry out assessments and make evidence-based recommendations and decisions for interventions to support children, young people and their families. Together we will build a bright future for the children of Northamptonshire, and a bright future for you. This is the time to join us. Apply now. Please indicate which team you are interested in working for at the start of your personal statement. For full details on Northamptonshire’s story, our teams and our pay and rewards, please click here. This is a rolling campaign and shortlisting will be undertaken on a regular basis Enhanced DBS clearance and HCPC registration required All posts in MASH and First Response (s47) teams are based in the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) and are therefore subject to annual vetting by Northamptonshire Police. This clearance is required to undertake the role.
07/02/2018 00:00
Are you a newly qualified social worker? We're hiring! We are offering a highly competitive pay and benefits package with generous annual leave and bespoke learning and training opportunities. Northamptonshire County Council is proud of its Social Work Academy, which has supported over 100 newly qualified social workers in their crucial first year of practice. What is the Northamptonshire Social Work Academy? We have revolutionised the way we work within our Children’s Services and launched the academy to guide and steer newly qualified social workers through that crucial first year of practice. Only the most promising and passionate advocates of children and young people will be selected to take part in this year long intensive support and mentoring programme. The academy programme will be refreshed for the 2018 intake with a renewed focus on best practice. Our aim is for you to feel both valued and supported in an environment that places a real emphasis on developing quality in social work practice. What to expect from the Northamptonshire Social Work Academy Let’s face it, being a social worker is not an easy job. The academy will provide guidance and support as you embark on a challenging and hugely rewarding career helping to support children and families. You will be equipped and highly trained to become the best possible social worker with a phased approach to the volume and complexity of your workload. You’ll have the support of a strong leadership and management team who will work with you to identify training and development opportunities. What else to expect • Smaller caseloads – to help you settle into your role • Hands-on learning with high levels of support and mentoring • Extensive training and qualification opportunities • Strong mentors overseeing your development • Practice learning opportunities working closely with HR and HEIs. What we are looking for? We have created an academy that we are proud of and we need brilliant social workers who inspire and deliver change all around them. That's why we’re looking for talented, ambitious and passionate people like you to come and join us. You will need to be a social work graduate with the following attributes: • A passion to improve the lives of children • Ambition and motivation • You must be committed to continuously developing your social work practice • Have pre-qualified children’s social care work experience • Be degree qualified in Social Work • Be up to date with current legislation/policy/procedures around child protection • Able to work under pressure, excellent organisational ability; and • Have knowledge/understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research. Please note; you will need to be available to attend an assessment centre in the week commencing 14th May 2018 and available to start with us on 28th August 2018, when the next cohort joins the academy. Why Northamptonshire? Northamptonshire is a great place to live. It is strategically positioned to take advantage of excellent rail and road links and is located half way between Birmingham and London. Our county has a vibrant mix of historic villages, towns and great countryside. This is the ideal place to bring up a family with affordable house prices and great local amenities. Enhanced DBS and HCPC registration will be required by the Academy intake date.