Children & Families Practitioner - MID03323

Midlothian Council
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Job Description

This position is for a Children and Families Practitioner within our Early Intervention and Prevention team. We are looking for a Practitioner who can provide a high quality social work service to children; young people and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines. You will be responsible for work undertaken with children and families, which will include being on a duty rota to manage intake and new referrals; assessing needs; assessing risk; planning and delivering outcome focused interventions to safeguard and promote better outcomes for children and young people. This will include a case load of voluntary and statutory cases including child protection and looked after children. You will be responsible for direct work with children, young people, parents and other professionals. The role requires a Practitioner with good organisational skills, initiative and willingness to work with vulnerable and challenging clients. Relevant induction, supervision and workplace training is provided to support workers to be an active part of the team.

 

Essential:

You must be educated to HNC social care and SVQ Level 3 (children and young people) or equivalent with a relevant discipline, or be working towards the required qualifications for registration with the SSSC.

You will have sound knowledge base in relation to working with children and young people, attachment promoting, trauma based therapy, etc.

Travelling is integral to this role and you will be required to travel across Midlothian either using public transport, or your own car if appropriate, as required.

The job holder also needs to be able to demonstrate an understanding or experience of:

Legal frameworks and the Local Authority’s statutory responsibilities relevant to the service area; National and local practice, policy, procedure and legislation relevant to the post; Have knowledge and understanding of a range of systemic interventions and methodologies such as attachment, child development, systemic support, relationship-based approach, motivational interviewing techniques and the impact of trauma.

Desirable:

Experience working with children and families; A working knowledge of motivational interviewing techniques or demonstrate a commitment to work towards it.

 

Requirements

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit www.disclosurescotland.gov.uk

CLOSING DATE - Monday 25th May 2020

INTERVIEW DATE - Friday 5th June 2020

Requirements

Position Title: Children and Families Practitioner

Position Number: 7102

Directorate: Education, Communities and Economy

Location: Eskdail Court

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 36

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday - Flexible

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £31,483.32.

Responsibilities

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children and protected adults.

Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit www.disclosurescotland.gov.uk

The Individual

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing attached documentation, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team, stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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