"Changing the course of children's lives is the most rewarding part of the job. I feel really well supported by my managers and peers"

Hayleigh Ashley


Ready to progress your social work career?

Our website explains all you need to know about life as a social worker, team leader or member of support staff working with children and families in Northamptonshire.

You can also search and apply online for current vacancies.

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Our specialist teams are recruiting experienced social workers, advanced practitioners, team managers and support staff to community and head office bases countywide.

Read more about our teams and current vacancies by clicking the links below.

Children's services are transforming

We encourage ambitious, experienced professionals to bring their good practice to Northamptonshire and join our Trust.

Be part of Northamptonshire's improvement journey - our new Children's Trust

Our staff are making a difference to local children, young people and families. We are on an improvement journey and we want you to be part of it.

In Northamptonshire we have established a Children’s Trust that delivers children’s social care and targeted early help services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

The Trust will:

  • aspire to deliver outstanding social care services for children and young people in Northamptonshire
  • create an environment that enables and supports staff to be innovative and creative
  • aim to become a centre of social work excellence where outcomes for improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people are achieved
Find out more about the Trust

We have a new career and pay structure for qualified social workers to enable candidates to join us, grow with us; enhancing skills, experience and careers whilst providing good practice to enhance the lives of children across the county.


​Working for the Children’s team in Northamptonshire you will have access to a generous benefits package.

Training and development opportunities

Training and development opportunities

Work towards qualifications, develop new skills and gain experience.

Generous annual leave entitlement

Generous annual leave entitlement

26 days annual leave with extra days gained with longer service.

Purchase extra annual leave

Purchase extra annual leave

Option to purchase an additional five weeks per year.

Flexible working

Flexible working

Options include part-time working, compressed hours, job share, term-time working and flexible working hours.

Occupational maternity leave

Occupational maternity leave

Additional 12 weeks at up to 50% of salary.

Local government pension scheme

Local government pension scheme

Option to join subsidised scheme.

More 4 U offers and discount scheme

More 4 U offers and discount scheme

A range of savings and discounts available on well-known brands.

Employee discounts

Employee discounts

​Access to KAARP benefits plus access to organisations and shops who offer county council employee discounts on services and products.

​Our training and development offer

High quality learning and development opportunities are available to our staff, including practice development and management and leadership skills.

We have also developed new training programmes for social workers, team managers and service managers, which are in line with the new national social worker accreditation scheme.

Training and development

Team locations

Our specialist teams are based in offices around Northamptonshire:

​CorbySafeguarding ​North 6 and 7​Gainsborough Road, Corby, NN18 OQP
​Daventry​Safeguarding South 7 and 8Daventry District Council offices, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP​
​KetteringSafeguarding North 1 and 5​William Knibb Centre, Kettering, NN16 8AE​
​Northampton (countywide service)Disabled Children's Team​One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED​
​Northampton (countywide service)First Response Teams / MASH / Front Door / EDT​Criminal Justice Centre, Northampton, NN4 7SL​
Wellingborough​​Safeguarding North 2 and 4​Penrith Drive Children's Centre, Wellingborough, NN8 3XL
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Why Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire is ambitious, forward-looking and keen to make things happen.

We have serious appetite for growth, welcoming employment and housing development, and are perfectly situated at the heart of the country.

Within a one-hour drive-time of London, we offer affordable homes in both urban and rural locations, with an attractive average house price of £226,478.

We are also one hour from Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham, and have one of the highest levels of employment in the country, which means good people get really good jobs.

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​Ready to make a difference?

  • Relationship-based, solutions-focused 'Signs of safety' training
  • Supportive team environments, flexible and family working arrangements and manageable caseloads
  • Generous annual leave allowance (up to 40 days) and local government pension scheme
  • Up to £4,000 recruitment bonus
  • Up to £8,000 towards relocation
  • Up to £36,597 for qualified social workers with 2 years' experience
  • Up to £53,494 for team managers

Apply now

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