Social Worker, SHINE Team, Almondbank House, Perth

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Job Description Social Worker (Fixed Term until 31 March 2025) - PKC11257 £25,609 - £27,321 (21.6 Hours per week) SHINE Team, Almondbank House, Perth We have a vacancy for a Social Worker in our new...

Job Description

Social Worker (Fixed Term until 31 March 2025) - PKC11257
£25,609 - £27,321 (21.6 Hours per week)
SHINE Team, Almondbank House, Perth

We have a vacancy for a Social Worker in our new and developing SHINE team.  This team is part of Perth and Kinross Children and Young People and Families. They provide support to children and young people with ASD and/or other complex or additional needs.

The focus of the team is to provide families and other professionals with advice, support, strategies, and skills to promote positive change.  This will involve direct work on specific pre agreed outcomes.

The assigned worker will have regular contact with the young person, their family and work in a collaborative way with all involved professionals.  We operate an outcomes-focused approach to try and support the challenges that the child / young person may be facing at home, school and/or other places.  These challenges may include:

• Eating issues
• Sensory processing issues
• Sleeping difficulties
• Behaviour challenges
• Establishing boundaries and routines
• Understanding and communicating feelings
• Personal care advice e.g., toileting/ showering
• School Attendance related to transition and anxiety
• Peer relationships and socialising

At SHINE we promote collaborative working to Support families to build and maintain Healthy lifestyles and routines to promote Inclusion and Independence, using a Nurturing and Empowering approach.

We aim to support children and young people to:

• feel valued, loved, fulfilled and secure.
• feel listened to, understood and respected.
• feel safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.
• realise and reach their full potential, have ambitions and aspiration for their futures.
• to create consistency for the child/young person in all their care settings.
• to retain children and young people with their families in their communities.

You will contribute towards assessment plans and packages of support to enable children, young people their families to overcome some of the barriers and challenges they may be experiencing as a result of their disability.

You will be based in Perth, but will be supporting children and young people throughout the whole of the Perth & Kinross Council area.


You must have a recognised qualification in Social Work. You must be a qualified Social Worker (Dip SW or Degree).

A knowledge / an interest of working with children with additional needs is required.

You will have an ability to work collaboratively with other agencies and services.

You will have comprehensive assessment skills and an ability to work independently.

You will be well organised, able to prioritise and manage competing demands.

The role will also require you to be compassionate, confident and clear in your communication.

You will be able to demonstrate high standards in written work and have a clear understanding of the needs of vulnerable children and families.

You will need to be flexible, supportive and approachable.

You will have a commitment to continued professional development.

You must be registered as a social worker with the SSSC.

You must have a valid UK driving licence as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross and beyond.

The Individual

You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with professionals from other teams and services.  

You will have the ability to demonstrate high standards in written work and have a clear understanding of the needs of vulnerable children and families.  

Some experience of child protection work and previous experience or knowledge of the needs of children with additional needs is desired. 

This post may be suitable for candidates who have recently completed their Social Work Degree but have not yet graduated.  In this circumstance, a Social Work Assistant contract will be offered until you receive your qualifying certificate and are eligible to register with the SSSC as a Social Worker.

If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Kathryn Bethway, Senior Practitioner on 01738 459710 or at

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees.  One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE.  Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.  If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, any offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of mandatory checks including eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure Scotland or PVG, qualifications, references, and fitness to undertake the post.  This may also include an Overseas Criminal Records Check if you have spent time living overseas.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance.  You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender. 

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists.  Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

At PKC our values and behaviours influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer.  In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours.  Find out more about PKC and you could soon be joining our team!

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What we can do for you

If you are successful in a role with Perth & Kinross Council, you will have access to a range of benefits to help your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

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