Careers and Employability Service

I want to work with Children

Career Options

Companies

  • Children & Young People Now Jobs: Job opportunities and careers advice covering health, social care, education, childcare, youth work, youth justice
  • Charity Job: Charity worker, fundraising, NGO and not for profit jobs
  • Education:Check local authority web pages for support roles
  • Times Educational Supplement (TES): Opportunities in teaching and other roles in schools and colleges
  • Recruitment agencies handle many jobs in schools including teaching and support roles
  • Local Government Jobs: Listing job opportunities in local authority social services, youth services and some educational settings
  • NHS Jobs: Job opportunities including trainee positions across all aspects of the NHS
  • National Citizen Service: Summer opportunities to work with young people
  • Social Work Local authority websites
  • Frontline: Employed route to train as a social worker for children and families

Find out more

  • Charity Job: A job board enabling exploration of careers and jobs in charities
  • Charity Choice: Search for charities across the UK involved in working with children, not all can afford to post on job boards
  • Local Government Jobs: Listing job opportunities in local authority social services, youth services and some educational settings
  • National Children's Bureau: Umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England & Northern Ireland
  • National Citizen Service: Summer opportunities to work with young people
  • Get into teaching: Explore training routes, application advice and funding
  • NHS Jobs: Job opportunities including trainee positions across all aspects of the NHS
  • Health careers: Information on all aspects of careers in the NHS including a course finder for accelerated graduate courses for health professions
  • Open University: Courses and advice on skills for childhood and youth careers
  • Target jobs: Education Alternatives details the many alternative careers in education such as playworker, museum education, careers adviser, working with offenders, therapy roles and many others.
  • Working with Kids: Tips, advice and opportunities to work with children

DBS checks

For all work with children, young people or vulnerable adults you will need to get a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Usually the company/organisation, you are working for apply for the DBS check but you can apply as an individual.
Access DBS overview for further information.

Page updated January 2021

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Last Updated: 04/03/2022