Darlington Borough Council

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Darlington has a unique and ingenious history – big enough to have a lively buzz, small enough to be a real community.

One of the top ten places to live in the UK, we have a low cost of living but a high quality of life, with an average house price of just £125,000 and a choice of good and outstanding schools and colleges.

In the past year, we have seen the opening of a brand new £30 million leisure complex, with a nine-screen cinema, hotel, bars and restaurants expanding our already vibrant town centre. Our town’s theatre is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration, due to reopen in 2017, with a dedicated children’s theatre being built alongside it.

Darlington has great road, rail and transport links, as it is close to the A1 (M), as well as being a major hub on the East Coast mainline, making York and Newcastle only half an hour away.


To find out more visit www.darlington.gov.uk/socialcarecareers


Children’s Social Care in Darlington

We are passionate and relentless in our aspirations for children and young people, with the aim being for every child in the town to thrive, and this will be embedded in our new Children and Young People Plan.

Our improvement journey is fast-paced, ambitious and exciting, with our Ofsted monitoring visits endorsing:

- A senior leadership team that is highly visible
- Increased social work capacity, enabling sustainable reductions in caseloads
- Social workers who feel well supported, with regular supervision and training

Achieving the best outcomes for children is at the core of our practice, with social workers who are creative and forward-thinking. Caseloads are manageable, due to increased investment in our social work capacity. This allows time for good reflective practice, enabling out staff to focus on achieving the best possible outcomes.

Our Children in Care Council are active and engaged; they play a key role in our corporate parenting work and feel that their voice is heard. Our looked after children say that they feel safe and supported.

As a result of ongoing staff engagement we have invested significantly in improving working conditions and continue to do so. We have brought our safeguarding social work teams together, enabling better support between them, and continue to build on the successful implementation of our new case management system.


Adult Social Care in Darlington

Our adult social care transformation programme is dynamic and ambitious, strengthening our emphasis on maximising independence and well-being, with progressive reablement and independence at the core of our operating model.

We have drive and real commitment to optimising community support, enabling people to remain at home through connected networks.

We have an innovative Life Stages Service, focusing on children and adults with disabilities. Our ‘whole life planning’ approach is an integral aspect of this service, encompassing children transitioning to adulthood at the best possible time in order to maximise independence. Outcomes are achieved through personalised and tailored interventions that develop a range of life skills, enabling people to live active and engaged lives.

We are in the planning phase of our new case management system, which is planned to go live in 2017, building on the already successful children’s services implementation.


What’s in it for you?

We continue to invest in our ongoing training and development and have redesigned our induction and ongoing programme to achieve our ambitious plans. Through our improved progression model, staff are developed and have clear routes to go on to management opportunities.
We are progressive and forward thinking and it is an ideal time to join our dynamic services which support our children to thrive and be an integral part of our exciting journey!
Your reward for working at the Council goes beyond the salary you receive. Lots of the benefits are in our employment terms and conditions, such as 31 days annual leave from day one,  access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, fair pay and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave payment, to name but a few.


In addition to these, we are committed to provide a wide range of other benefits, such as:

- Additional leave purchase scheme
- Flexi-time scheme
- Childcare vouchers
- Cycle to work scheme in partnership with Halfords
- Season ticket car parking permits or subsidised Town Centre permits subject to criteria
- Access to Occupational Health, physiotherapy and counselling services
- Reduced membership to the Dolphin Centre’s Fit for Life Package



“I feel well supported by management, this is evident in my professional development. I have had the opportunity to complete my social work consolidation and practice educator modules. Darlington invests in its workforce with training. Darlington is a comparatively small authority, but this is by no means a negative.”


Joseph Robb
Social Worker, Family Interventions Team

Darlington Borough Council

“The effective and supportive multi-agency working we have in Darlington ensures that families receive a wide range of services and we have really great working relationships both inside and outside of the council.”


Sharon Crossen
Social Worker (Children’s Services)

Darlington Borough Council

“There are lots of pros to coming to work in Darlington. When I qualified, I wanted a local authority that could offer me an assessed year (ASYE) programme. I get my own ASYE assessor and supervisor to support me through the process. I’m coming towards the end of my ASYE and I’ve had lots of good opportunities within the Complex Assessment team I’m in at the moment.”


Jolene Physick
Social Worker (Adult Social Care)

Darlington Borough Council

“Working in Darlington is both rewarding and challenging, I often have to deal with crisis situations. Outside of work, Darlington is a really great place to live. I'm really into outdoor activities and we're really close to the Yorkshire Dales, the coast and the Lake District.”


Phil Jones
Senior Practitioner (Adult Social Care)

Darlington Borough Council

“I joined as a Newly-Qualified Social Worker and progressed to Team Manager. My line manager supported me during that process through training and progression. Everybody knows everybody in Darlington, so the communication is very good. The people I've worked with for a long time are very motivated to make Darlington the best it can be.”


Nicola Hopps
Team Manager (Children’s Services)

Darlington Borough Council

“When I was aspiring to be a social worker, Darlington offered me the chance to volunteer two days a week for ten months. Darlington has been very loyal to me and I am loyal to Darlington in return. I like the commitment to achieving good outcomes for children.”


Kristy Howe
Social Worker (Children’s Services)