Days and Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
To start ASAP
East Lothian Children’s Services has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Practitioner to join the Wellbeing and Justice Team. The team consists of a team leader, 2 senior practitioners, 3+ equivalent social workers and 2.5 equivalent family support workers and has dedicated administrative support.
The Wellbeing and Justice Team provides support to children and young people involved in different levels of offending behaviour, from Early Effective Intervention to children who have caused serious harm, as well as general Social Work support to their siblings and families where appropriate. We use various interventions with children and families to support change and the development of positive and lasting networks to continue that support when SW is no longer needed. Training is very important in terms of tools and different sorts of intervention, some of which is carried out within individual and within group supervision, but East Lothian Council also runs regular and extensive training.
We aim to further develop EEI and offence-focussed interventions across the remit. We also aim to start Restorative Justice work. Current Social Work staff have training and experience in varying risk assessment tools including START-AV, SAVRY, AIM 3 and in interventions such as Safer Lives. Experience and training in these would be highly beneficial, but not essential.
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.
If you wish to discuss this job vacancy or working for Children’s Services in East Lothian Council, please feel free to contact the recruiting manager:
Susan Dudley, 07929836277.
To provide and promote a high standard of practice within Children’s Services and in multi -agency settings, through the provision of a service to vulnerable children, young people and their families/carers, in accordance with statutory obligations, 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.
Post qualifying award in Child Protection and Welfare or Practice Teaching or
Securing Children’s Future: Good Practice in Permanence Planning and Family Placement
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]
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