Social Worker, Community Connect @ Rattray, Blairgowrie

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Job Description Social Worker - PKC11287 £42,683 - £45,536 Community Connect @ Rattray, Blairgowrie In line with principles of ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ the successful post holder will undertake assessments of need and...

Job Description

Social Worker - PKC11287
£42,683 - £45,536
Community Connect @ Rattray, Blairgowrie

In line with principles of ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ the successful post holder will undertake assessments of need and risk, and work with partner agencies to ensure that care and protection plans are implemented.

You will undertake statutory responsibilities related to care experienced children and young people whom looked after and accommodated within the care system.

Key duties are noted below:

  • Undertake assessments of need and risk and take a lead role in the implementation of plans to deliver care, protection and support to children, young people and their families, and promote their wellbeing in the community.
  • Work collaboratively with partner agencies to build the capacity of people using services.
  • Make assessments in relation to child protection referrals, carry out investigations and make recommendations related to child protection procedures.
  • Assess and make recommendations about whether compulsory measures of supervision are necessary.
  • Assess and make recommendations about whether a child should be accommodated away from home.
  • Assess and make recommendations for children who may require permanent alternative family care.
  • Provide the social work contribution to any review of the needs of children and young people, including recommendations on behalf of the Council to Fostering and Permanence Panel, Children's Hearings and Court.
  • Plan rehabilitation and provide support to care experienced children and prepare written reports and retain records as required.

It is important that the successful candidate can:

  • Take account of service users’ views in all aspects of work.
  • Practice in line with the Council’s Equalities Policies.
  • Take responsibility for any pieces of work delegated to others in their absence.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and improving your knowledge and skills, and undertake professional development as identified.
  • Awareness of the need for safe lone working practice.
  • Promote Equality & Dignity at Work.
  • Commitment to treat customers/clients & colleagues in accordance with Council’s policies on equalities and dignity at work.
  • Maintain electronic records in line with Children and Families Services guidance.
  • Achievement of Results.
  • Meet required timescales in respect of reports, assessments etc.
  • Maintain and promote high standards of Social Work practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of the service and your individual role within this.
  • Work as part of a team and contribute to the effective operation of the team.
  • Work in an integrated way with partner agencies.

Requirements

Essential:

  • A degree in Social work or equivalent as recognised by the SSSC.
  • Knowledge of child-care law and policy.
  • Relevant/Transferable experience.
  • An ability to undertake collaborative work with other disciplines.
  • An ability to work within professional boundaries.
  • An ability to work well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to undertake ‘risk assessment‘ of activities.
  • Ability to analyse information and draw out recommendations.
  • Ability to work towards resolving problems independently.
  • Understanding of when to refer problems to the appropriate person.
  • An ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.
  • Registration with the SSSC.

You must have a valid UK driving licence and use of a vehicle as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross.  Occasional travel out-with Perth and Kinross will also be required.

Desirable:

  • Child protection experience.
  • Experience of direct work with children and families.
  • Experience of working in a rural community.
  • Post qualifying certificate in Child Protection or a willingness to undertake this in future.

The Individual

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 Lesley Reilly, Senior Practitioner on 01250 871346 or at LReilly@pkc.gov.uk

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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