Days and Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday, 09.00-17.00
To start December 2020
East Lothian Children’s Services have an exciting opportunity for a senior social work practitioner to join the duty team. The team undertakes initial assessment and response for all referrals within our local authority area. Workers contribute to a duty rota on certain days to respond to incoming referrals. In addition each team member carries an individual short-term caseload of children who they may work with for a period of up to around three months. Currently, the team has two dedicated team leaders, 3 senior practitioners, 4 social workers and 4 family support workers. The team also has dedicated administrative support.
We are starting the process of redesigning Children Services in order to make sure that we are delivering the best service and meeting the needs of those children and families we are involved with. This redesign is starting with our duty team and there may well be changes to the design of the team within the next six months and could include staff moving to other areas of the service.
Applicants should have a sound value base, excellent communication and report writing skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of children and families social work role and responsibilities.
East Lothian Children’s Services are keen to recruit workers who are passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families. We are committed to promoting an open and trusting culture at all levels of the organisation and prioritise continuous professional development and learning. Our staff are our greatest asset and we strive to be supportive, inclusive and child centred by prioritising effective supervision, manageable caseloads and a healthy work life balance. Our vision is to support children and young people to live and learn in East Lothian and our staff are involved in developing services and implementing improvement activity around this goal. We have an accessible, on site senior management team who are committed to recruiting the best people to compliment the wide range of knowledge and experience that exists throughout the service.
Candidates should work well under pressure and be able to manage competing demands.
We are particularly keen to receive applicants from social workers with experience in Signs of safety and Safe and Together.
If you wish to discuss this job vacancy or working for Children’s Services in East Lothian Council, please feel free to contact the recruitment manager on the details below:
Phil Brown – [email protected]
To provide an advanced level of practice that ensures appropriate services are provided to meet client needs within the department’s statutory obligations and departmental policies and procedures.
Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under ‘Job Attachments’) for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every ‘essential’ criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.
Essential: Approved qualification in Social Work, and SSSC registration.
Posy qualifying award in Child Protection OR Practice Teaching OR Mental Health
Full current driving licence and access to a vehicle*
(*Where a disability precludes you from obtaining a driving licence, ELC will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability).
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.
Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.
For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/nonteachinginfo
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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on [email protected]
Please note: we do not accept CV’s. There is no function to allow you to upload a CV to MyJobScotland and we do not accept CV’s by post or email. All our vacancies must be applied for by completing the on-line application form.
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