Social Worker

Vacancy posted: Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Salary: 31,458 - 33,861
Location: Dumfries

Closing date: 31 October 2016
Job ref. no.: DGA01735


Social Worker (13/998)
31,458 - 33,861

We require a Social Worker with the energy and enthusiasm necessary to make a significant contribution to the work of the team.

What we can offer you:

This Children and Families Team offers an interesting variety of casework as the team works with children, young people and their families from the point of referral and sustains support and intervention for as long as is required. As a result of being the first point of contact for new referrals, the team undertakes a significant amount of Child Protection work. Additionally there is the opportunity to work with children and young people who are involved in the Children's Hearing System, who are Looked After at home or accommodated and Children in Need. You will therefore have the opportunity to gain experience in an aspect of Children and Families work that interests you.

We are an authority that is committed to improving standards and service delivery to children, young people and their families. It is thus essential that you feel supported. You will receive good support and regular supervision. Whilst the working day in a children and families team can't be predicted, we ensure that you have regular time off in lieu and benefit from a long weekend. The team is committed to supporting each other and management are committed to the development of our staff.

What we want from you:

Social Worker Post:
As well as having excellent communication skills, you will be a self-motivated, dynamic individual who is committed to promoting and ensuring that children and young people remain the focus of your work. You will have the skills to initiate and develop effective working relationships with colleagues and other agencies and contribute to the development of the team and your own professional development.

An understanding of the effects that drug and alcohol misuse can have on parenting would be beneficial as would an understanding of the affects that domestic violence has on children and young people. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of poverty and social isolation on children and their families. You will need to have a sound knowledge of child development and the ability to empower parents to meet the changing developmental needs of their child.


Any experience of statutory and non-statutory interventions, Looked After Children, dealings with the Children's Hearing service is beneficial. However, you will be required to have an understanding of Child Protection, thresholds and procedures and be knowledgeable about current research and legislation.

You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours Social Work Service having gained an appropriate amount of experience and having received the appropriate training.

A relevant social work qualification is essential as is registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

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.

Informal enquiries to: Kay Forrest on 01387 273600.

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About Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest region in Scotland. It covers 2,380 square miles and has an estimated population of 148,060 - that's around 60 people a square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168.

Our Council has a clear vision:

"to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in Scotland to live, learn, work, visit and grow."

It also has a set of values that underpin all its work. These are:
• Customer First
• Continuous improvement
• Equality and diversity
• Local decision making and service delivery
• Openness and communication
• Team work and partnership
• Trust and honesty
They work to achieve that by delivering the actions in the Community Plan for Dumfries and Galloway the Corporate Plan for the Council and the Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government.

The Council delivers its services through five departments with a staff of just under 8000 people. Also included within the Council are the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

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