The Social Work Service offers two types of help to children and their families in Fife:
Assessment of need and risk
: Time with a social worker who may provide information, advice and a planned, assessed analysis of difficult situations in order to improve a child's and/or family's difficultiesDirect service provision:
Care, protection, support and accommodation (including residential houses and family placements with foster carers)
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.
You will manage a team delivering assessments and both short-term and long-term social work services to children and young people who require protection and/or support, and their families.
You will be responsible for the performance and quality of work of the team and the management of the team resources including the budget.
The job involves management of Child Protection Investigations, allocation of work and ensuring quality assessments are completed.
You must hold a professional qualification in Social Work.
You must have extensive post qualifying experience with children and families and previous management experience.
It is essential to have experience in managing Child Protection work, staff supervision and appraisal, staff recruitment and selection, chairing complex inter-agency meetings and managing complaints.
May be a called upon to undertake other duties as required by the exigencies of the service. This may include cover for other teams due to sickness or other absence.
Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland, in addition to which registration with the Scottish Social Services Council is essential.