Family Worker, The Cottages, Lewis Place, Perth (PKC04231)

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Ref no: PKC04231
Closes: Sunday, 1st April 2018
Published: Monday, 12th March 2018
Location: Lewis Place, North Muirton, Perth
Salary: £33,711 - £36,865 per year
Hours: 36.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Perth and Kinross Council
Category: Social Services / Housing / Childcare
Sub-category: Children's Social Work

Job Description

Family Worker (Permanent) - PKC04231
£33,711 - £36,865
The Cottages, Lewis Place, Perth

In Perth and Kinross we are embarking on an innovative and exciting transformation to provide services for young people who are Looked After or at risk of becoming Looked After and therefore “on the edge of care”. This initiative promotes a brand new multi-disciplinary approach to providing community based support to young people and to their families and will reduce reliance on traditional residential care options for vulnerable young people.
Young people who enter care during their teenage years traditionally spend considerable periods of time in residential care, separated from their family and local community. We know that this is detrimental to achieving their potential and in meeting key outcomes. We have recognised the need to transform our approach to supporting vulnerable young people and their families and this new service has been specifically designed to do so in a more integrated, co-ordinated way.

A vacancy has arisen for a Family Worker to join this new team to provide support to young people and their families who are Looked After and on the edge of care. This person will help shape the service and be responsible for the delivery of family- focused interventions to help young people re-build and maintain positive relationships with their families. This will include family group conferencing and family therapy to assist families to devise their own solutions using resources within the extended family.
In addition to working directly with children and families, the post holder will be expected to work closely with other professionals and staff within the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will also provide consultancy and training to other professionals within the team and across wider services where appropriate.

Working a 36 hour week and based within the HUB provision you will be part of a multi-agency Intensive Support Team delivering a frontline services to some of the most vulnerable young people across Perth and Kinross. This includes young people who are participating in high risk taking behaviours; at risk of child sexual exploitation and/or are identified as being " on the edge of care". These young people may be subject of compulsory measures of care through the Children’s Hearing, either living at home, Looked After away from home and/or are on the Child Protection Register.

When completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details (preferably e-mail addresses) for two referees, one should be your current or most recent employer. However, if you are an existing employee of Perth & Kinross Council, you are only required to provide reference details for your current employer.

For further information on this post, please contact Tracy Garland on 01738 474587

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

The Individual

You will have a degree in Social Work or equivalent as recognised by the Scottish Social Service Council.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have two years post qualifying experience working within a statutory child care setting and will have practice experience of delivering family focussed programmes and family group conferencing.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is able to engage with challenging young people and their families; contribute to a positive team ethos and work confidently in partnership with other professional agencies to minimise risk and achieve positive outcomes for young people and their families.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by Perth and Kinross Council. You must have the ability to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council within a specified timeframe.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, Perth & Kinross Council carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications, employment history, including references, and fitness to undertake the post.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.

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