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Ref no:
PKC09398
Published:
16/9/2022
Closes:
2/10/2022
Location:
Strathmoor Family Focus and Contact Team, Harley Place, Perth, PH1 5DP
Salary:
£18,165 - £20,159 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent
Position Type:
Part Time
Hours:
21.6 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description

Senior Social Care Officer - PKC09398
£18,165 - £20,159 (21.6 Hours per week)
Strathmoor, Perth

This is an exciting opportunity to join Services for Children, Young People and Families in our Family Focus Team. 

We are recruiting for a permanent 21.6 hours, Senior Social Care Officer post.  In line with the ethos of ‘The Promise’, Perth and Kinross Council is moving towards more flexible and family-friendly delivery of services.  This means that there will be a mixture of daytime and evening working; including some weekends. 

The role of Senior Social Care Officer is important, varied and vital to delivering direct support to children, young people and families.  You will work closely with social workers to meet the identified needs of children, young people and families.  This can range from individual work with children and young people, the supervision and assessment of the time looked after and accommodated children and young people spend with their families and transporting children and young people. 

Senior Social Care Officers provide direct parenting support to parents, expectant parents and carers to help them feel confident and better able to parent their children and young people.  Senior Social Care Officers will also support parents, expectant parents and carers to address their own needs; such as through attending to their mental health or addressing problematic substance use.  Senior Social Care Officers work closely with plan partners from health and education to support families in line with ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’. 

Ensuring that there is a clear and accurate record of work undertaken is a statutory requirement and Senior Social Care Officers need to be able to use IT systems to do this.  Senior Social Care Officers have an important contribution to make in planning for children and young people.  They are therefore routinely invited to attend and participate in Child Protection Case Conferences, Child Protection Core Groups, Looked After Child meetings, Children’s Hearings and Child Plan meetings.

The Individual

You must have an SVQ Level 3 in Social Services (Children & Young People) or equivalent.  If you are suitably experienced or qualified in other ways, you must be willing to complete the SVQ3 qualification within a designated period.

Flexibility is key in these roles as no two days are the same and sometimes plans need to change quickly in response to the needs of children and families. 

You must have a good understanding of child development and attachment theory, have knowledge of relevant legislation, processes and procedures and issues relating to the children and families.

You must be able to communicate effectively with children and families in a warm, patient and empathetic manner, recognising that all families experience difficulties at times.  Being approachable, reliable and trustworthy in your work with families is essential to making positive change to children, young people and families.

You must be consistent and persistent in your work with families, recognising that it takes time to build relationships with children and their parents and that it may take several attempts to engage with families.

You must be non-judgmental and open-minded in your approach to working with families. You should be willing to learn more about substance use and mental health and its impact on children and families.

You should be an organised person who can manage their workload around fixed commitments such as contact arrangements and prioritise competing demands. 

You should be able to use computers to a good standard, such as completing entries into our web based recording system, managing an electronic diary system and typing up assessments, forms and short reports.

Candidates will need to promote positive values and anti-discriminatory, non-judgmental practice and treat colleagues and customers with dignity and respect in line with the Employee Code of Conduct and SSSC Codes of Conduct.

Previous applicants need not apply. 

For further information about this post please contact Lesley Whyte, Team Leader on 01738 454321 or 07788 362886.

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

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.

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.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

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. 

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

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