Social Worker (2) (Permanent & Temporary)
£31,797 - £34,200
Post 1: 13/273 – Permanent
Post 2: 13/259 – Temporary for a period of up to 6 months
Due to the continued development of the Criminal Justice Team employment opportunities have arisen. We are looking to recruit a Social worker on a permanent basis and a Social Worker on a Temporary (6 month) basis to work with the West (Stranraer) Criminal Justice Social Work team. Although based from the Stranraer office, the areas of Wigtownshire and the Stewartry would be part of the management range expected from workers.
Criminal Justice Social Work provides a social work service to those appearing before the criminal courts, to those who have offended and who are subject to supervision in the community, and to those in prison. As part of the Social Work Department we are partners in the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
Our teams are committed to high professional standard of practice and continuous development; hence the requirement to replace staff developing their careers. Significant progress has been made in the professional areas of assessment and in the delivery of change programmes that challenge offending behaviour and support change. In addition we are partners in the management of high risk offenders through the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. Responsible to the Senior Social Worker, you will be a member of a team that is motivated by these changes.
We wish to recruit to the position of social worker (both permanent and temporary posts) covering the core duties of Criminal Justice namely the provision of a social work service to the Courts, the supervision of offenders on statutory orders, and the delivery of personal change initiatives. You will require to have good personal and professional skills and an ability to relate effectively to service users, their families, and to a range of other agencies.
A Dip SW/CQSW/CSS qualification or equivalent is essential. You must also be registered with the SSSC or be in the process of registration and willing to maintain registered status. You will have a demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to Criminal Justice Social Work.
A current driving licence is an essential requirement of these posts. However, if you have a disability which precludes you from holding a driving licence consideration will be given if alternative transport can be arranged.
Participation in the out of hours Emergency Duty Service is a requirement of these posts.
This posts are 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.
Informal enquiries to either: Andrew Westbrook, Senior Social Worker West or Gail Guest, Criminal Justice Team Manager on 01776 706167.