Senior Social Worker (13/859) (Fixed Term)
£42,345 – £45,612
This is a time of significant change for the Social Work Service in Dumfries and Galloway. There are real opportunities to contribute to service delivery and development.
This temporary post offers real opportunities to contribute to service delivery and development within Adult Services on a single and multi-agency/disciplinary basis. The post will require you to work 36 hours per week. You will be based in Dumfries within the Adult Duty Team, Nithsdale.
Your primary responsibility will be to assess the needs and risks of/to service users under the age of 65 in the community. This is done in conjunction with service users, their families and/or carers and partner agencies including health and police. Knowledge of community services for younger adults in the statutory, third and independent sectors would be beneficial.
You will be expected to practice using protective legislation, in particular the Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, in addition to Community Care legislation. A good working knowledge of Self-Directed Support is also required.
You will need to have excellent communication, assessment, IT skills, case management, analytical and co-ordination skills. You should have a good ability to complete assessments of need and risk and be able to prepare plans that flow from these within time frameworks. You will be committed to evidence-based practice and will receive good support, regular supervision and opportunities for development.
A DipSW/CQSW/CSS qualification or equivalent is essential as is registration with the Scottish Social Services Council. Participation in the out of hours Emergency Duty Service is a requirement of this post.
You will also have good organisational and administrative skills, be able to build and sustain professional relationships across all of our partner agencies and be able to work productively and effectively in a team context. Finally you will also have a clear understanding of the impact of disability on our service users and their carers and also be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of advocacy services.
This post is fixed term for up to 10 months to cover a Maternity leave.
This post may be suitable as a secondment opportunity; however, you must seek authorisation from your Line Manager.
The post is within the Adult Duty Team, however, in accordance with service need there may be occasions when you are asked to support one of our other Social Work Teams.
This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or 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.
A current driving licence is an essential requirement of this post. However, if you have a disability which precludes you from holding a driving licence consideration will be given if alternative transport can be arranged.
For further information please contact Caroline Ronaldson on 030 33 33 3001
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