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  • Ref no: FIF16178
  • Published: 28/5/2020
  • Closes: 11/6/2020
  • Location: Rothesay House, Glenrothes, KY7 5PQ
  • Salary: £23,483.00 - £26,768.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description

Work Location: Based at Rothesay House, Glenrothes but working Fife Wide

Interview Date: Tuesday 30 June 2020

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Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland and become a member of the relevant PVG scheme.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Social Work Assistant post in the Permanence Mentoring Service.

The role of the Permanence Mentoring Service is to progress plans for children who are unable to be safely cared for within their own birth family. This may be through the mentoring of C&F Social Workers or by assuming case responsibility for the child.

We are looking to recruit a Social Work Assistant who has experience of working with Looked after and accommodated children, knowledge of child development, attachment and the impact of early life experiences, and an interest in promoting permanence plans for vulnerable children. 

The role involves a high level of intensive support to colleagues in the Permanence Mentoring Service and across the C&F Area Teams. The Permanence Mentoring Service works closely with colleagues in the Adoption Team and C&F Social Work Teams to ensure better outcomes for children.

Our highest priority is the protection of children who may be at risk of harm, and the support of families to allow children to remain at home wherever possible. Where this is not in children’s best interests, our focus is on providing the best quality of care away from home for children and young people.

Social Work staff work closely with colleagues in other services and agencies in providing an integrated approach that seeks to meet the range of different and complex needs that vulnerable children and their families experience.

The Individual

The successful candidate will:

Support the Senior Practitioner to assess birth parents' lifestyle, gather evidence and information and where appropriate progress permanence plans.

Observe and assess parental capacity and accurately record supervised contact sessions to inform decision making.

Secure contact venues and prepare contact schedules. Work in partnership with the foster carer to minimise possible disruption to the child's routine.

Be a valued member of the Team around the child, contribute to Children's Hearings, LAC reviews and Court proceedings.

Complete Permanence Health Assessment paper work and attend permanence health assessments providing background information to the Medical Advisor.

Mentor and support inexperienced and newly qualified Social workers to arrange PHA and complete required documents.

Undertake direct work with children to prepare them for moving placement, age appropriate life story work to help them gain an understanding of their circumstances and prepare memory boxes if required.

Support siblings and birth parents, keeping them informed and wherever possible building a positive working relationship during what is undoubtedly an uncertain and difficult time for families.

Work in partnership with the Adoption Team to match children with adopters within Fife Council.

Where appropriate use the Link maker system to explore adopters and possible matches from external agencies within Scotland and the UK.

Attend Adoption Exchange days and Activity days, advocating for children to maximise the likelihood of finding a potential match.

Attend and contribute to Linking meetings, Permanence Panels and Co-ordination meetings.

As part of the Team around the child support the adoptive placement.


The ability to travel throughout Fife is essential.

The pattern of working hours will be determined for individual remits and on occasions may include evenings and weekends.

There will be a requirement to attend meetings out with normal working hours, when necessary, subject to service user and staff availability.

There will also be a requirement to attend out with normal working hours for development, training, registration compliance etc. when necessary.

Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland.

Essential Experience:

Experience in a Children and Family setting, preferably C&F Social Work Team

Knowledge and understanding of Child and Adult Protection guidelines and information sharing protocols.

Experience of joint working to achieve common goals.

Desirable Experience:

Knowledge and understanding of theory underpinning practice in relevant areas of Social Work.

Experience of undertaking life story work with children

Experience of Permanence Planning

Experience of multi-disciplinary working and liaison with a range of agencies

For further information please contact: Linda Fraser on 03451 555 555 ext: 480317 or e-mail

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