Senior Social Care Officer (PKC07234)
£23,740 – £26,353 (28.8 hours per week)
Colonsay Resource Centre, Perth
The position of Senior Social Care Officer is based within Perth City Fieldwork Team. The team work with children, young people and their families, to ensure children and young people’s needs are met through robust assessment and implementation of children and young person’s plan and also Child Protection plans.
The role of Senior Social Care Officer is varied and ranges from providing direct support to families in need and/or at risk, this could be in the form of parenting work, support with practical tasks and 1-1 work with children and young people. You will also assess and supervise contact arrangements between children who are living away from their birth parents in kinship or foster care and their parents and others who are important to them. The team works closely with multi-disciplinary teams to support families in line with ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.
All activities in relation to work undertaken must be recorded timeously and clearly on Perth and Kinross’ data recording system. The role demands a person who can use IT and write clearly and accurately. The role includes attendance and participation at Child Protection Case Conferences, Child Protection Core Groups, Looked After Child meetings, Children’s Hearings and Child Plan meetings.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, person with good communication skills both verbally and written and the ability to work with and build relationships with a range of people from diverse backgrounds
You must have an SVQ Level 3 in Social Services (Children & Young People)
You must have a good understanding of child development and attachment theory, have knowledge of relevant legislation, processes and procedures and issues relating to the children and families.
You must be able to communicate effectively with children and families in a warm, patient and empathetic manner, recognising that all families experience difficulties at times. Being approachable, reliable and trustworthy in your work with families is essential.
You must be consistent and persistent in your work with families, recognising that it takes time to build relationships with children and their parents and that it may take several attempts to engage with families.
You must be non-judgmental and open-minded in your approach to working with families.
You should be willing to learn more about domestic violence, substance use and mental health and its impact on children and families.
You should be an organised person who can manage their workload around fixed commitments such as contact arrangements and prioritise competing demands.
You should be able to use computers to a good standard, such as completing entries in to our web based recording system, managing an electronic diary system and typing up assessments, forms and short reports.
Candidates will need to promote positive values and anti-discriminatory, non-judgmental practice and treat colleagues and customers with dignity and respect in line with the Employee Code of Conduct and SSSC Codes of Conduct.
For further information on this post please contact Linda Lawson, Team Leader on 01738 783450.
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When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.
As part of our safer recruitment measures, Perth & Kinross Council carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications, employment history, including references, and fitness to undertake the post.
A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.
Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.
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