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5 Reasons Why Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is a Great Place to Develop Your Social Work Career

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​Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was launched in November 2020 to deliver children’s social services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. The trust aims to transform children’s services in Northamptonshire, focusing on a journey to being outstanding and enabling staff to make a real difference in their role, supporting children and young people in Northamptonshire to be the best they can be.

Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to develop your existing social work career, here’s why Northamptonshire Children’s Trust could be the perfect place for you:

1.An opportunity to thrive

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is focused on creating an environment where staff are supported and feel empowered to achieve the best outcomes for the children, young people and families that rely on their support.

As well as developing a culture of support, respect, challenge, and reflection and offering opportunities for career progression and flexible working, the trust also has its own social work academy to provide guidance, support and mentoring to newly qualified social workers at the beginning of their social work career journey.

2. Strong leadership and clear direction

The trust is led by chief executive, Colin Foster, former director of Bedford Borough Council’s children’s services. The strong permanent leadership team have a clear direction for the future of the organisation and are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Northamptonshire. Being a trust means that the organisation can focus solely on children, young people and families and build best practice around this.

 3. Pathway to success

Every social worker’s goal is to improve the lives of the children they support. This sentiment lies at the heart of the trust, with staff and leaders committed to delivering the best possible outcomes. The trust recognises the challenges previously faced by children’s services in Northampton and is providing a new opportunity to build a journey to improvement.

4. Be a part of the journey

The trust recognises the hard work and dedication of its staff and the key role that they play in the improvement journey. Joining the trust now provides an exciting opportunity for social workers to be a part of this journey, see the changes first hand and make a real difference, building the foundations for a successful and rewarding long term career.

5. The added benefits

As well as excellent opportunities within the trust, Northamptonshire is a great place for those looking to start somewhere new. Within an hour’s drive of London and with an average house price of £231,035, Northamptonshire is the ideal location for those looking for a perfect mix of urban and countryside areas without venturing too far from the city.

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is seeking dedicated and driven children’s social workers to join them on their journey to being outstanding and provide the best possible support to children and young people in Northamptonshire.

With vacancies in a variety of teams from Duty and Assessment, to MASH and Children in Care there’s an opportunity for wherever you want to develop your social work career.

To find out more about Northamptonshire Children’s Trust and the opportunities available, speak to a member of our social work team on 03301 242800 or email