Northumberland County Council Careers

PAMS / Specialist Assessment Advanced Practitioner


About the role

West Locality – Northumberland
Full time – 37 hours per week
£40,478 – £44,539

Are you an experienced social worker looking to specialise in assessing parents?


Have you visited the vast countryside and towns of Northumberland? Why not take a look and see what it would look like working in such a beautiful County.

The Service.

Currently using the PAMS model, this role is developing to look at other resources and tools to assess parents in a more holistic way. Northumberland is a family and child focused Authority, with strong and effective management and leadership (Ofsted reported!). Known for being supportive of staff and with a strong ethos for flexibility, working in Northumberland Children’s Services is like having a second family (so say our staff).


The role of Advanced Practitioner is to lead the way, role model good practice and offer guidance and support to the social work team in working with children and families in need and in crisis. We are looking for an experienced social worker with a passion for assessing parents in safeguarding children. This is a real opportunity to develop you social work skills further!

The Role.

Do you want to join one of our many social work teams as an Advanced Practitioner? There is an opportunity to join the developing Parenting Assessment team currently undertaking PAMS across the County, from Rural Northumberland to the Urban areas.


Now is the time to come! There is a vacancy as an Advanced Practitioner in Northumberland within the PAMS team, which is developing around the tools used in assessing parents, the role of Advanced Practitioner is also developing to support career progression and recognize the skill and experience you have. You could be part of this.

We are offering.

• Essential Car User allowance

• A competitive salary of £40478 – 44539

• A commitment to flexible working and flexibility around family and caring commitments

• A generous Pension scheme

• A generous annual leave package of 25 days increasing to 31 after 5 years service

• Access to the BlueLight Card Scheme

• Access to a wide range or staffing networks and advanced emotional wellbeing support

• Hybrid working

Further information.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

We want to ensure that all employees, future employees and applicants are treated equally regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. If you require any additional support or adjustments to help you make an application, please contact us at

Ready to apply?


Step 1:

Apply using the link below


Step 2:

We’ll contact you for a phone interview


Step 3:

We’ll carry out a face to face interview


Step 4:

We'll let you know if you've been successful or not within 7 days!

PAMS / Specialist Assessment Advanced Practitioner