Social Worker

North Ayrshire Council

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To work with people who use social services to assess and respond to their care requirements ensuring that they receive the support they need, within the context of relevant legislation and the reserved functions of the Social Worker, registration requirements, Council policies and procedures and recognised best practice.


 Corporate Responsibilities

To manage/deliver the Service in accordance with the Council’s corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategy provision. To manage/deliver the service outcomes, in the most efficient and effective way, that delivers the Council’s Strategic Priorities within the Council Plan and contributes to the production of Directorate Plans. To manage and monitor Capital and Revenue budgets as assigned and contribute to budget development. To lead, or contribute to, the preparation of cross-service business development plans, as required. To ensure the effective management and leadership of employees, where appropriate. To prepare and co-ordinate reports for the Council, its Committees or working parties and to attend these meetings as required. To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

 Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

Carry out the role of the registered Social Worker in statutory interventions.

Note: The publication ‘The Role of the Registered Social Worker in Statutory Interventions: Guidance for Local Authorities’, available on the Scottish Government website (, details the tasks required of registered Social Workers in statutory interventions.

Assume care management responsibilities, carrying out assessment of service users’ needs and risks, following Service procedures, delivering direct interventions to individuals and small groups as part of a programme of interventions, participating in structured consultation / supervision sessions as required, recording, maintaining and filing appropriately all text and digitally recorded information in accordance with North Ayrshire Council policies and procedures and the Data Protection Act. Carrying out enquiries and making recommendations where necessary as to whether or not a person requires to be the subject of compulsory protection measures. Investigate, assess and develop risk management plans which must be subject to regular and robust review. Where required, prepare reports and make recommendations to hearings, courts or tribunals, as appropriate. Practise within the relevant legislative framework, ensuring that national and local guidance, policies and procedures are adhered to. Provide advice and guidance to individuals and families, liaising and if necessary advocating on behalf of Service Users, with other Council employees / services, as well as external organisations. Promote and raise awareness of the service, as well as examples of good practice, to colleagues and wider stakeholders Maintain accountability for their own continuous professional development, competency and performance through self assessment and self evaluation, analysing personal practice and performance, in consultation with Line Manager, and progressing development activities identified as a result. Work to the Personalisation Agenda including self directed care & co-production. Adhere to and promote the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers and North Ayrshire Council’s Code of Conduct.






Education and Qualifications









Diploma / Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification recognised by the SSSC Mental Health Officer Roles Only: Mental Health Social Worker (Mental Health) Award, or equivalent qualification recognised by the SSSC

Relevant post qualifying award recognised by the SSSC Application Form Interview


Experience of working with service users Experience in planning and delivering evidence based support Caseload management Family Placement Roles Only: Experience in fostering & adoption Evidence of working in a Children & Families role MAPPA Roles Only: Experience in managing high risk offenders Experience in reviewing risk assessments Experience of contributing to Risk Management plans

Experience of working with service users in Service specific setting Experience in delivering groupwork Experience in undertaking risk assessments MAPPA Roles Only: Experience of using quality assurance systems Application Form References Interview

Specialist Knowledge

Knowledge of the policy and legislative context of the delivery of Social Services Understanding of issues which affect service users MAPPA Roles Only: Knowledge and experience of Risk Management tools Experience in the planning and writing of strategic reports Knowledge of MAPPA Trained in relevant risk assessment tools

Criminal Justice Roles only: Trained in specific case management procedures MAPPA Roles Only: Knowledge and experience of specific Risk Management tools, Risk Matrix 2000, Stable and Acute 2007 Application Form Interview Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)


Skills and Abilities

Able to apply theory to practice

Verbal and written Communication skills

Able to work on own and as part of a team

Networking skills

Organisational skills

Decision making skills

Interpersonal skills

IT Skills

Report writing skills

Able to work under pressure and to timescales

MAPPA Roles Only:

Negotiating and influencing skills

Ability to inspire collaborative working

Assertive and able to challenge appropriately


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Ability to travel throughout North Ayrshire and outwith as required

Required to join the PVG Scheme for this type of regulated work

Registered or in the process of registering with the SSSC

Flexible with regard to working hours

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Pre/Post Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council’s website.




We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


Provide excellent customer services Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers. Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these. Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

Take ownership of our own actions and performance. Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved. Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities. Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money. Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas. Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities. Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

PVG (both)

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 or protected adults

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit


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