SLA04762 - Team Leader (Criminal Justice)

South Lanarkshire Council

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Job Description

Social Work Resources

Location: Regent House, 9 High Patrick Street, Hamilton, ML3 7ES

Hours: 17.5 hours per week

Fixed Term until 31 March 2020

Closing Date 23rd October 2018

Social Work Resources are committed to providing services for children, young people, families, adults and older people who are in need of care and protection.

South Lanarkshire Council has successfully secured funding from the Scottish Government to deliver the Caledonian System. The Caledonian System is an integrated way of working to address risks associated with perpetrators of domestic abuse. The system has three elements: a men’s service, a women’s service and a children’s support service. South Lanarkshire Council is required to deliver on all three elements in the programme. The men’s service provides a two year programme comprising of 14 one to one sessions, pre-group preparatory sessions and 25 group work sessions. The work involves facilitating an understanding of the harm caused and approaches that can be adopted to change behaviours. Over a 17 month period the men’s programme aims to support 70 men subject to Community Payback Orders, 50 women and 75 children affected by domestic abuse. 

We are recruiting for a part -time Team leader who will be located within Children and Justice Services and will be expected to provide a professional service to our client groups. Funding for delivery of the Caledonian System has been awarded for a 17 month period however; the successful candidate will be recruited on a permanent contract to work within South Lanarkshire Council Justice Services.

We would welcome applications from registered Social Workers who have experience of delivering justice services and/or groupwork programmes.

You will work as an effective member of the Children and Justice Services management team, helping us to make a positive difference in the Community. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has experience of delivering Justice Services, sound knowledge of managing risks and an understanding of the impact of domestic abuse and associated offending behaviour on children and families.



You will provide an effective assessment and case management service incorporating any relevant statutory duties. You will be responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary Caledonian System Delivery Team and in charge of establishing this new service across South Lanarkshire. You will support and supervise staff to deliver the men’s service. The Team Leader’s responsibilities include having oversight of staff carrying out all aspects of Justice Social Work including Reports for Courts, Supervision of Community Payback Orders and delivery of the Group work programme. The Team Leader will link with Public Protection Bodies and ensure assessments effectively manage the risks and impact of domestic abuse on individuals and families. You will play an important role for the ongoing service, managing performance developments and maintaining accurate records for the collation of statistical information. All duties will be carried out in line with the South Lanarkshire Council’s policies and the Caledonian System requirements. The role requires occasional involvement in evening work. You will be afforded opportunities to undertake Caledonian System training and support in line with the Social Work Resources’ continuous improvement commitments.

You will be involved in partnership working and providing professional advice and guidance to individuals, families and groups within the community. You should have excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to complete all formal, informal reports and case notes which need to be of a high standard.

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them get the best from our services. You should be able to deal with a variety of situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed. You will need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgmental way. All applicants must be registered or in the process of registering with Scottish Social Services Council and hold Degree in Social Work qualification or equivalent. 


Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.

This post is excepted in terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 2003.

This post is considered Regulated Work with 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 protected adults. 

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by South Lanarkshire Council.

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South Lanarkshire Council are Equal Opportunities employees and encourage applications from all members of the community. As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum competency/behaviour requirements for the position.


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Closing Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018.

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