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Social Worker Full-time

at Perth & Kinross Council in Utah (Published at 15-01-2020)

£17,972 - £19,652 (18 Hours per week)
Forensic Unit, Rohallion, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth

An opportunity has arisen for an integrated, 12-month fixed term, forensic social work post between the Public Protection and Adult Social Work and Social Care services.

This new integrated post will be made up of a ½ time social worker with knowledge and experience of Criminal Justice Social Work (Public Protection) and a ½ time social worker with experience from the wider Adult Social care and Social care agenda. There is an expectation that the two practitioners will bring to the post knowledge and expertise in their own field offering an opportunity for each to learn and develop in both areas as well as giving the service a more strategic review within the 12-month period as to the future of the post and how this is delivered.

The successful applicants will provide a social work service to individuals placed in a medium and low secure forensic setting, as well as the delivery of a social work service within a wider community forensic mental health team. The post will support those who are subject to statutory orders or licences imposed by both the Court and the Parole Board, in accordance with National Outcomes and Standards for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System and relevant Scottish Executive Circulars and legislation. Also, those subject to compulsory measures of care and treatment in terms of the Mental Health Act including those who live those who live in the community and are supported on an informal basis.

The post holders will also seek to define and review the role of the forensic community support worker attached to the service.

The role is defined within the Care & Learning Job Family (PR9). However, more specifically, the role requires the successful applicants to provide a comprehensive outcome focused assessment of the needs of individual service users and their carers within a wider risk management context.

You will also provide direct ongoing support to people with severe and/or enduring mental health problems and their carers to support them whilst an inpatient, support transition from inpatient into the community and/or support to help maintain them in the community.

Experience of working collaboratively with colleagues from Health, Housing and other local agencies, upholding the integrity of the profession and to promote an integrated culture in the delivery of care services would be beneficial.

You will be required to carry out assessments of risk which will contribute to the Risk management plan incorporated in the Care Programme approach and to promote service user participation and encourage partnerships with carers.

There will be a requirement to participate in the planning of modular and/or group work interventions with clients and their families as agreed with the Team Leader and to participate in team meetings and contribute to the flexible development of the service.

You will be required to maintain records in accordance with Operational Instructions and Guidance and to possess a detailed knowledge of relevant Operational Instructions, policies and objectives.

The Individual

We are seeking two enthusiastic, energetic and motivated Social Workers to fill this role. The successful candidates will have the relevant knowledge and skills to be involved in the effective management of a varied and busy caseload with a genuine interest in supporting people with a wide range of issues.

You should be highly motivated, innovative and flexible in your approach as well as clear and concise in both your written and verbal communication.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential to engage with clients and a wide range of stakeholders. You will be able to organise your workload using a systematic approach to ensure high standards are maintained. You must be able to keep accurate and up to date records.

You should have a commitment to ongoing professional development to acquire the skills and knowledge relating to the role and developing expertise to provide support to others.

The successful candidate should hold a degree in Social Work or equivalent, and be a professionally registered practitioner, as per SSSC requirements.

For further information about this position, please contact Iain Wilkie on 01738 476735.

When completing your application for this post, please ensure 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.

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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