Social Worker - Criminal Justice

West Dunbartonshire Council

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  • Reference: WDN01891

Job Description

We have 2 posts available for this vacancy which are as follows: 

Post 1 - 35 hours per week.

Post 2 - 17.5 hours per week. This is a part-time post and the salary will be pro-rata to the number of hours worked

We are recruiting 1.5 Social Workers to work within our Criminal Justice Service based in Dumbarton (within a flexible working environment). These are newly created posts and the post holders will have a Qualification in Social Work and registered or eligible to register with SSSC, have experience of Criminal Justice Social Work, experience in undertaking risk assessments/use of risk assessment tools, good written and verbal communication skills, report writing skills, an ability to
work to deadlines, an ability to prioritise work tasks and be flexible with respect to working out-with normal office hours.

The post holders report to a Senior Social Worker and within a broader framework will be required to develop and progress day to day work with a degree of professional autonomy. As members of an operational team the post holders will contribute to the front line delivery of Criminal Justice Services and achievement of operational objectives. The operational demands arise principally from Courts, the Parole Board and Scottish Prison Service in terms of assessment, allocation, risk management, review and discipline. Within this context the post holders are expected to anticipate/manage operational problems and difficulties with reference to and under the guidance of a Senior Social Worker as required. Networking with a wide range of agencies and organisations is a critical role in achieving effective delivery of the service.

The post holders will operate within a framework of criminal justice legislation, Scottish Government policy and council/partnership policy. However, the post holders will be expected to contribute to the development of innovative and pragmatic solutions to complex problems and issues which are not covered by policy or precedent and which may have significant implications for the department and the wider council in terms of the discharge of statutory obligations.



This post is considered as Regulated Work with Children & Adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 and as such membership with the PVG scheme is essential. Further details of this scheme can be found here.

Preferred applicants will be required to become members of the relevant PVG scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer being made by West Dunbartonshire Council.


The employment for which you are applying is excepted from the provisions of section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants are, therefore, not statutorily entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are "spent" under the provisions of the Act. In the event of employment any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action.

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