Senior Social Worker - (Perm / Full Time) - REF:HSCP / 80140 - INV05433


Senior Social Worker - (Perm / Full Time) - REF:HSCP / 80140 - INV05433

£40,001 - £50,000

INVERCLYDE COUNCIL, Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde

  • Full time
  • Permanent

Posted 1 week ago, 7 Jun | Get your application in now before you're too late!

Closing date: 23-06-2024 (In 6 days)

job Ref: INV05433

Full Job Description

Job Description

Senior Social Worker                                                                                 REF: HSCP/ 80140

Salary: Grade 7 - £48,963 - £51,914                                                           PORTAL REF: INV05433

Location: Greenock Prison

Hours: 37 hours per week


Based within Inverclyde HSCP, the Justice Social Work team provides statutory justice social work services to residents of Inverclyde, one of Scotland’s smallest local authority areas. The service benefits from having both HMP Greenock and Greenock Sheriff Court within its boundaries offering staff opportunities to experience both prison and court- based justice social work practice alongside opportunities to work with a full range of community-based disposals. The service also maintains strong links to our established Community Justice Partnership which is working to address offending and re-offending across the Inverclyde community.  While this post is primarily based within HMP Greenock at present, the small size of the team means that a willingness and ability to work flexibly across varying settings and physical locations is essential.

HMP Greenock is a small, community facing prison with a current capacity of 263. The current population consists of male and female prisoners serving a range of sentences. HMP Greenock provides a ‘national top-end’ facility offering opportunities for community-based testing for long term and life sentenced prisoners.

The successful applicant for this role will be expected to hold full line management responsibilities for both qualified social work and paraprofessional staff, including providing supervision, guidance and quality assurance of work. They will form part of the management team for the service alongside other Senior Social Workers and will be asked to assume responsibility for specified areas of operational service delivery; practice development and training and strategic planning and development both relating to the delivery of prison based social work services and wider service development. A degree of weekend working is required to support the delivery of unpaid work services.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Gail Hughes, Service Manager on or


Inverclyde Council offers a wide range of benefits to employees including flexible working opportunities, attractive pension schemes, a Buy and Bank Annual Leave Scheme, career development and health and wellbeing support.

You can find out more in our Employee Benefits Booklet which is available on our website Employee Benefits - Inverclyde Council


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  • Inverclyde Council is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all members of the community. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups including LGBT people, Black and minority ethnic people and disabled people. We also recognise that women are underrepresented at some pay grades.


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Flexible Working

Inverclyde Council recognises the mutual benefits of having a flexible, effective workforce to deliver the best services to our community, whilst enabling employees to balance their personal, home and work responsibilities more effectively, with a view to achieving greater job satisfaction, motivation, morale and productivity. 

Employees are able to apply for a range of options including Part-Time Working, Job share, Compressed Hours, Homeworker, Hybrid Working and Flexible Retirement. More detail can be found in the Flexible Working Policy, linked in the download section of our Employee Benefits web page.