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Various locations within Dumfries and Galloway, Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD
£35,607 - £38,310 per year
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Full Time
36 hours per week

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Social Worker (13/408)
Various Locations in Dumfries and Galloway
£35,607 - £38,310

This post is within the Dumfries and Galloway team within the region.  Youth Justice is a region wide service working within a continuum of offence related criteria. At one end, is early effective interventions underpinned by GIRFEC and at the other, statutory work with both Looked after Children and those who have become involved in the Criminal Justice system.

We work with children, young people, their families, carers and other professionals. 

As part of our restructure we are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated social workers. You will be lead professional with case responsibility for Looked after Children and often those who are supported within the GIRFEC process. You will complete assessments and reports for the Scottish Children’s Reporter’ Administration. You will provide support to young people in the Court environment, secure accommodation and youth detention centres.

As our local authority moves into our smarter working agenda, we envisage that successful applicants will provide services across Dumfries and Galloway. As part of your application we would welcome your involvement in progressing the Scottish Government’s priorities for Youth Justice under the Whole Systems Approach and how Early Effective Intervention can play a key part. You will be guided by the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Justice Strategy.

We are an authority that is committed to improving standards and service delivery to children, young people and their families. It is essential that you feel supported. You will receive a high level of support and regular supervision. The team is committed to supporting each other and management are committed to the development of our staff. 

What we want from you - as well as having excellent communication skills, you will be a self-motivated, dynamic individual who is committed to promoting and ensuring that children and young people remain the focus of your work. You will have the skills to initiate and develop effective working relationships with colleagues and other agencies and contribute to the development of the team and your own professional development. 

An understanding of the effects that drug and alcohol misuse can have on parenting would be beneficial as would an understanding of the affects that domestic violence has on children and young people. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of poverty and social isolation on children and their families. You will need to have a sound knowledge of child development and the ability to empower children, young people and the adults who care for them. Any experience of statutory and non-statutory interventions, Looked after Children, dealings with the Children’s Hearing service is beneficial.  You will be required to have an understanding of Child Protection, thresholds and procedures and be knowledgeable about current research and legislation. 

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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. 

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.

Informal enquiries to:  Martin Loughrey, Senior Social Worker on 030 33 33 3000 or by email: 

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