Senior Social Worker (13/86)
Regionwide – Base negotiable
£49,050 – £52,842
This is an exciting time for Children and Families Social Work in Dumfries and Galloway, we have been developing our service delivery to ensue that wherever families live across our region they will have the same opportunities for help and support. We have designed our structure to enable the best early response for families and also to progress plans for children in a timely way.
We are looking for a Senior Social Worker with a minimum of three years post-qualifying experience and the energy and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to the work of Children and Families Social Work. Supervisory experience is desirable.
You will be a self-motivated, dynamic individual, who is committed to promoting and ensuring that the children, young people and families we work with are the focus of our work. To support this, you will have a key role in developing and improving our relationship and strengths-based approach to the way we work with families, using a variety of models and tools.
You will be expected to provide leadership, direction, supervision and nurturing to a team of social workers and social work assistants. Whilst ensuring that the work of the team is undertaken in accordance with legislation and guidance, Council policies and procedures and within agreed budgets in the delivery of effective children and families practice. We are looking for somebody who is motivated and keen to work as part of a management team, and someone who is excited to drive forward change so that we can deliver the best possible service we can for our families.
You will have the skills to initiate and develop effective working relationships with colleagues and other agencies. You will recognise the importance of self-evaluation and quality assurance and have ideas about how we can imbed this into practice. You will receive good support from colleagues and managers and regular supervision.
This is an ideal opportunity to gain first-line managerial experience within a stimulating and supportive environment.
Dumfries and Galloway is an ideal place to live for those looking for a good quality of life with miles of rural woodland and coast line to explore and the advantage of a competitive cost of living. The location is easily accessible to Northern Ireland and Scotland’s Central belt.
A DipSW/CQSW/CSS qualification or equivalent is essential as is SSSC registration.
A current driving licence is an essential requirement of this post. However, if you have a disability which precludes you from holding a licence, consideration will be given if alternative transport can be arranged.
This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. From 28 February 2011, preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.
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