Social Worker (Children's Services) - Wellbeing & Justice Team - EAL10326

East Lothian Council

Social Worker (Children's Services) - Wellbeing & Justice Team - EAL10326

£30,001 - £40,000

East Lothian Council, Haddington, East Lothian

  • Full time
  • Temporary

Posted 1 week ago, 5 Jul | Get your application in now before you're too late!

Closing date: 28-07-2024 (In 13 days)

job Ref: EAL10326

Full Job Description

Vacancy Information

East Lothian Council will place newly appointed Children’s Services social workers at point 3 of the Grade 9 salary scale (£39,199) and are happy to discuss a higher placement depending on experience.

Hourly rate of pay: £20.41 - £22.74

Maternity Cover until the 1st May 2025
Days and hours of work:
Monday - Friday, 09:00-17:00
Days of work are negotiable, flexi time is applicable, and starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start asap.

East Lothian Children's Services has an exciting opportunity for a full-time, temporary position as a Social worker in the Wellbeing and Justice Team. The team consists of 1 equivalent team leader, 2 senior practitioners, 3+ equivalent social workers and 2.5 equivalent family support workers and has dedicated administrative support. We are part of the larger Children's Services team. The job can be very varied and we are lucky to share an office which aids communication and mutual support

The Wellbeing and Justice Team provides support to children and young people involved in different levels of offending behaviour, from Early Effective Intervention to children who have caused serious harm, as well as general Social Work support to their siblings and families. We use various interventions with children and families to support change and the development of positive and lasting networks to continue that support when SW is no longer needed. Training is very important in terms of tools and different sorts of intervention, some of which is carried out within individual and within group supervision, but East Lothian Council also runs regular and extensive training. Current Social Work staff have training and experience in varying risk assessment tools including START:AV, SAVRY, AIM 3 and in interventions such as Safer Lives. Experience and training in these would be highly beneficial but not essential

The successful candidate should ideally have experience of Youth Justice. We are particular keen to receive applicants from social workers with experience in Signs of Safety and Safe and Together, but this is not essential. We are continuing through a period of development within the youth justice service and this will bring exciting new opportunities for staff within the team

East Lothian Children’s Services are keen to recruit workers who are passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families. We are committed to promoting an open and trusting culture at all levels of the organisation and prioritise continuous professional development and learning. Our staff are our greatest asset and we strive to be supportive, inclusive and child centred by prioritising effective supervision, manageable caseloads and a healthy work life balance. Our vision is to support children and young people to live and learn in East Lothian and our staff are involved in developing services and implementing improvement activity around this goal. We have an accessible, on site senior management team who are committed to recruiting the best people to compliment the wide range of knowledge and experience that exists throughout the service

If you wish to discuss this vacancy or working for Children’s Services in East Lothian Council, please contact the manager Louise Humphreys -

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Job Details

To provide an effective service to service users and their families/carers, promoting a high standard of practice, in accordance with statutory obligations, policies and procedures.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Essential: Approved qualification in Social Work, and SSSC registration.
Those with international Social Work qualifications should not apply unless they are fully registered with the SSSC.

Driving Licence
Full current driving licence and access to a vehicle*
(*Where a disability precludes you from obtaining a driving licence, ELC will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability).

PVG/Disclosure Requirements
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

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