Social Work Assistant (Temporary)

Favourite Dumfries & Galloway Council
Ref no: DGA03194
Closes: Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Location: Social Services Office,122-124 Irish Street
Salary: £23,331 - £25,116 per year
Hours: 36.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Temporary
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Dumfries & Galloway Council
Category: Social Services / Housing / Childcare
Sub-category: Adults and Children Social Work


Social Work Assistant (Temporary) (16/265)
£23,331 - £25,116

This is a unique post which provides an exciting opportunity to intensively support families to create change for their children. Whilst you will have a team base, your main focus/work will be in the family’s home assessing, modelling and enabling parents and carers to better understand how to parent in an effective and nurturing way. You will be supporting families at a time of crisis and create a bespoke package of support to ensure effective, lasting change for children. Given the nature of the work there is a requirement for flexible working at times families will need support early morning, evenings and weekends in addition to usual office hours.

There will also be opportunities to develop early intervention approaches through the creation of targeted group work such as parenting programmes, resilience building for children and young carers.

All applicants must have direct experience of working with children and young people and be able to form effective relationships with children and their families. Any group work experience would be an advantage as would an understanding of the impact of neglect on Children and Families. Good problem solving skills, the ability to undertake assessments and the ability to undertake a strengths-based approach to challenges will be essential. Knowledge of existing Council Information systems (Mosaic) would be an advantage. You will be energetic and flexible, able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and able to use your initiative and experience to help provide an effective service.

Social Work Assistants must have Standard Grade English (Grade 3 or above) or equivalent.

Induction training will be provided and there will be regular support, supervision and team meetings.

A current driving licence is an essential requirement of this post. However, if you have a disability which precludes you from holding a driving licence consideration will be given if alternative transport can be arranged.

This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. From 28 February 2011, preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.

These posts are temporary for a period of up to 18 months. This post may be suitable for attachment. Agreement from your line manager must be sought before applying for this post.

Informal enquiries to: Sharon Fry on 01387 273625 or 07834 567 877.