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 difficulties.
Direct 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 undertake joint investigations and joint investigative interviews of children who may have been victim of sexual or physical abuse. In some cases children may be witnesses to significant incidents or victim of severe neglect.
These will be carried out with police officers from Police Scotland Public Protection Unit
You will also be required to carry out risk assessments of children and take necessary measures for their immediate protection and care.
You will be required to liaise frequently with partner agencies to plan future interventions and supports for children and their families.
A Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) qualification is essential, as is registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.
You should have considerable experience in a relevant setting.
You will have knowledge and understanding of Child and Adult Protection guidelines and information sharing protocols and experience of joint working to achieve common goals.
You will have the ability to travel throughout Fife.
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 outwith normal working hours, when necessary, subject to service user and staff availability.
There will also be a requirement to attend outwith 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.