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Randall House Macmerry Business Park Macmerry, EH33 1RW
£30,859 - £34,545 per year pro rata
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Part Time
28 hours per week

Vacancy Information

The salary advertised is full time (35 hours per week).  Part-time hours will be pro-rated accordingly.

Hourly rate of pay: £16.91 - £18.93

Days and Hours of Work:
4 days between Monday - Friday, working 09:00-17:00
Days of work are negotiable, flexi time is applicable, and starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start 1st August 2023.

The TAC Team provides a range of support to previously looked after / looked after and accommodated young people in their transition to independent living across East Lothian. We are looking to recruit a Family Support Worker who has extensive experience in providing a social work service to this group of  young people. This should include experience of working within the Child Protection Guidelines, as well as a working knowledge and experience of the relevant legislation, policies and procedures relevant to the children and families social work role.

The TAC Team in East Lothian provides a specialist and needs led service to young people with a range of complex issues including mental health problems, offending behaviour, isolation and limited life choices. Many struggle to build and maintain healthy relationships after many years within statutory services. The young people have often experienced significant trauma and loss and face a range of challenges including homelessness, unemployment and poverty. The successful candidate should be committed to improving outcomes for young people and be motivated to go the distance to support young people to reach positive and sustainable destinations.

This is an exciting area to work in, having a pivotal role case managing and ensuring that young people who are ready to move on, move towards positive destinations and are equipped with the skills to successfully achieve this. The post-holder will play an essential role in facilitating the return of young people to their home community, as much as possible and moving towards independence. You will receive regular support, supervision & training; and as an essential part of the role, will have the opportunity to develop specialised interests within the remit of the service.

We are currently working with an increasing number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, an area that our team is committed to delivering. Experience would be beneficial but not essential.

Applicants should have a sound value base, excellent communication and report writing skills and a comprehensive knowledge, understanding of children and families social work role and responsibilities.

East Lothian Children’s Services are keen to recruit workers who are passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families. We are committed to promoting an open and trusting culture at all levels of the organisation and prioritise continuous professional development and learning. Our staff are our greatest asset and we strive to be supportive, inclusive and child centred by prioritising effective supervision, manageable caseloads and a healthy work life balance. Our vision is to support children and young people to live and learn in East Lothian and our staff are involved in developing services and implementing improvement activity around this goal. We have an accessible, on site senior management team who are committed to recruiting the best people to compliment the wide range of knowledge and experience that exists throughout the service.

East Lothian Children's Services are committed to supporting and implementing "The Promise"; to bring about transformational changes to the lives of children, young people and families in or on the edges of care.

If you wish to discuss this job vacancy or working for Children’s Services in East Lothian Council, please feel free to contact the Team Leader on the details below:  Gerry Chapman 01875 824369

Job Details

To carry out direct case work and to provide support and assistance to young people towards whom the local authority has responsibility under the Throughcare and Aftercare legislation, under the supervision and direction of a Senior Practitioner/Team Leader.

To work as part of a team, contributing to a flexible, sensitive and integrated delivery of social work services to vulnerable young people and their families in East Lothian. 

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
HNC in Social Care or equivalent to meet SSSC Registration requirements.

SSSC registration as a support worker in a housing support service is an essential requirement of this role. If you are appointed and are not already a member of the relevant section of the SSSC Register, you will be required to apply for registration as soon as possible and this must be achieved within six months of your start date.

Driving Licence
As the duties of this role require you to effectively travel to successfully undertake the full remit of the role, you must hold a current driving licence and have access to a vehicle.*
(*Where a disability precludes you from obtaining a driving licence, ELC will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability.)

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.

Additional Information

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Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail).  All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form.  Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form. 

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