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Job Purpose: Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of ...

Job Purpose:

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.

Location: Mastrick Social Work Office, Greenfern Road, Aberdeen
Duration: Permanent, Full Time

Roles that require PVG Membership - Please note that with effect from 1 April 2023, where a role requires PVG membership, candidates will be required to meet the cost of the PVG membership. This applies only to roles with a full time equivalent salary of £30,000 and above. (Teaching roles and jobs at Grade 11 and above (currently £30,727 per annum / £15.97 per hour)
The Council will pay for the PVG membership cost initially, either £18 for existing PVG scheme members, or £59 for non-members, and this cost will be deducted from an employee’s first FULL month’s salary payment.

job purpose/about the role

Provide a high quality social work service within a social work team to respond to the needs of children and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines. Be accountable for work undertaken with children and families, which includes
assessing needs, planning and delivering focused interventions to safeguard children and developing plans to promote positive outcomes. An exciting opportunity has become available to join a highly motivated and supportive workforce based at Mastrick Social Work Office delivery high quality interventions, assessment and support to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for involvement from statutory children social work. We work with children and young people who are either living with parents or members of their family network or who live within foster care and children's homes and where there are identified concerns for a child or young person's wellbeing. The role involves working in a lead professional role ensuring that interventions are delivered within a multi agency context and that outcomes for children, young people and families are optimised through collaborative working and information sharing. At Mastrick we have a strong culture of mentoring and support where early career social workers benefit from learning on the job, being exposed to the task alongside more experienced colleagues. More experienced workers can experience the rewards of supporting more early career colleagues. We are firmly committed to investing in our social workers through learning and development opportunities, providing high quality reflective supervision and making sure that workers never feel alone with the work. This post is suitable for both newly qualified and experienced social workers.

For further enquiries please contact Susanne Somerville Service Manager at

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

BA Social Work qualification or equivalent DipSW, CQSW
SSSC Registration

The postholder is able to demonstrate:

A Commitment to the principles of the Social Work Unit model
The ability to assess and balance risk and protective factors within a child protection
The ability to assess needs, formulate and implement effective social work interventions
The ability to prioritise tasks, manage own workload and be accountable for quality case work with children and families to achieve positive outcomes
The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and build rapport
with a range of individuals including children and families and other professionals
The ability to negotiate effectively to reach a resolution and successfully implementing
The ability to deal with complex issues in a sensitive and appropriate manner
The ability to use information management systems to maintain accurate management information and high quality data
Ability to analyse and evaluate complex information to produce high quality concise
reports to inform quality casework and business decisions
Ability to participate in responding to unplanned calls or events within the Unit and the
Partner Unit
The ability to provide social work interventions to children and families and present
concise reports about complex information as required to internal, external audiences
including presenting in Court
Ability to use research findings and statutory guidance to inform social work practice.

About Us

Please see Job Profile for further details.

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families:  We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at

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