Social Work Scotland
Social Work Scotland
Social Work Scotland is the professional leadership body for social work.

Current vacancies

Top job! Adult Social Work Policy and Practice Lead

  • Full time
  • £53,000 – £62,000
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 15th April 2024

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Adult Social Work Policy and Practice Lead. With cross-party support for the development of a National Care Service in Scotland, to include a National Social Work Agency and the legacy of COVID-19 still unravelling, the next few years will present many opportunities to reassert the role and value of social work. For adult social work and social care, new structures of governance, operations and scrutiny may be built; in each domain social work must articulate what it needs in order to deliver positive change for individuals and communities. This post with Social Work Scotland will be at the centre of those national debates, helping to facilitate the engagement and leadership of our Adult Standing Committee members, Chief Social Work Officers and the Social Work Scotland Board. In partnership with colleagues in Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, this post also offers a chance to join up interdependent but disconnected policy agendas, constructing a more coherent and enabling operational environment for social work as a whole. The post will have a role in supporting national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, such as implementation of Self-Directed Support.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links across the Adult Social Work and Social Care sectors, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges. At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Adult Social Work Policy and Practice role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

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Communications and Events Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,000 – £37,000
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 7th April 2024

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be appointing a Communications and Events Manager to communicate and showcase the work we do and to highlight the issues we are concerned about. Through this post we aim to ensure Social Work Scotland’s members understand how to get involved in our activities, and are informed about what we are doing on their behalf. The role will also make sure the work we do, and our positions on key issues, are highlighted to our partners and the wider public.

We are looking for an experienced, confident individual who is at ease communicating across all mediums (with a particular emphasis on digital media, specifically producing content and running social media accounts). You’ll have experience of engaging with the news and specialist media, and of shaping, organising and running events.

You’ll need to be highly organised and share the values and principles of a social work organisation, as well as feel confident to suggest new and better ways of working. We are a small dynamic team and you’ll need to have a flexible attitude to your work as we seek to provide the best service to our members.

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Finance and Membership Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £28,000
  • Edinburgh with hybrid working
  • Closing 12th January 2024

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership body, with members coming from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to influence and inform public policy affecting social workers, social services and local communities.

Upholding the values which underpin the social work profession, we give importance to every individual’s experiences and voice, and seek to make social justice real through all that we do. We embrace change and encourage collaboration. We are committed to creating opportunities for our members and team through which individuals can develop as compassionate, creative and effective leaders.

We particularly encourage applications from care experienced, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the social work profession.

As the Finance and Membership Officer, you will manage the organisation’s regular finance and membership activities. Part of a wider ‘operations’ team, you will support colleagues to plan and deliver their business. You will process payments, payroll and member’s annual subscriptions, and link in directly with Social Work Scotland’s accountants over relevant financial matters. You will support the Operations Manager, Director and Head of Policy and Workforce with planning and team coordination.

This post is line managed by and reports to the Operations Manager.

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Administrative & Communications Coordinator (Social Work Education Partnership)

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £30,000
  • Edinburgh - Hybrid
  • Closing 3rd July 2023

As the SWEP Administrative and Communications Coordinator, you will be central to maintaining and organising the SWEP team’s activity. You will be responsible for providing administrative and communications support to facilitate effective engagement with key partners. You will be proactive, detail-oriented, and capable of multitasking in a fast-paced environment.

The role supports a dynamic team involved in many different, interconnected pieces of work. It is important that you share the values and principles inherent to social work, such as social justice, equality and individual dignity.

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Administrative Assistant

  • Full time
  • £20,000 – £24,000
  • Social Work Scotland, Mansfield Traquiar Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, EH3 6BB with hybrid working
  • Closing 9th April 2023

We are excited to be recruiting for a key member of our team. As the Administrative Assistant you will often be the first person Social Work Scotland members, the public and key partners get in touch with. You’ll need to be friendly but professional, highly organised but also flexible and responsive. The role supports a dynamic team involved in many different, interconnected pieces of work. It’s important that you share the values and principles inherent to social work, bringing a commitment to social justice, equality and individual dignity.

As Administrative Assistant, you will assist with the organisation’s daily running of the administrative and financial functions. Together with the Administrative and Finance Officer, you will support colleagues to plan and deliver their business. You will process payments, payroll and member’s annual subscriptions. You will support the Operations Manager, Director and Head of Policy and Workforce with planning and team coordination.

This post is line managed by and reports to the Operations Manager.

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Top job! Head of Policy and Workforce

  • Full time
  • £60,000 – £70,000
  • Social Work Scotland, Mansfield Traquiar Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, EH3 6BB with hybrid working
  • Closing 11th April 2023

We are excited to be recruiting for a Head of Policy and Workforce. The next few years are likely to be seminal in the ongoing development of social work in Scotland, with significant change driven by reform through the National Care Service, the Promise, Mental Health Law Review, etc. With the Director, this post constitutes the senior management of the organisation, linking in directly with Social Work Scotland’s Board, local authority Chief Social Work Officers and key partners (such as the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor) to identify, shape and participate in the national agenda for social work.

The Head of Policy and Workforce has a broad remit, providing operational social work insight and expertise across many issues, including workforce planning, leadership, learning and development, management and wellbeing. The role has responsibility for overseeing one or more national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, and line managing other members of the team. The role works closely with the Director to inform the future of the organisation, and engage in a range of key national meetings, to ensure the social work profession is properly represented, in line with the membership’s positions.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy, education and academia. You will lead a team of Policy and Practice Leads and Advisors to ensure the wider connecting themes that exist across the profession are reflected in the work that we do at the national level. Through these relationships you, and the team you will lead, will have a key role in steering the profession through its continuous process of change and development, identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation. You will be a visible representative of the profession at the national level, and you will help others to articulate Social Work Scotland’s positions.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Head of Policy and Workforce role is central to us delivering on that commitment. The successful applicant for this role will be a high achiever, able to manage multiple threads and tasks, be passionate about social work and able to instil that enthusiasm and dedication to wider groups to effect meaningful change.

To apply for this post, please submit a covering letter/email and a completed application form. Your covering letter should be between 800 and 1000 words and should set out why you want the job, and summarise how you meet the job’s ‘Person Specification’. Please state in your application form if you do want us to contact references prior to interview. Secondments welcome.

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Top job! 2 SWEP Regional Managers (North and East)

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £50,000
  • Edinburgh (Mansfield Traquiar Centre)
  • Closing 21st March 2023

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and organisational members. Social Work Scotland have been the host organisation for the Social Work Education Partnership (SWEP) Programme Office since 2020 and will continue to host SWEP staff through the partnership’s next phase of development.

That next phase involves the establishment of Regional Managers for the leadership and coordination of social work education across Scotland. In the first instance these roles will lead the stakeholder consultation, development and implementation of a new infrastructure for the planning and delivery of social work education. In years ahead, the Regional Managers will have a central role in overseeing the framework for advanced social work practice, supporting social workers through their career and professional journey.

SWEP Regional Managers will work within distinct regions of Scotland, supporting partners in that area to effectively deliver social work education and secure the future social work workforce. They will also work collaboratively alongside other Regional Managers and the SWEP Programme Office to enable effective, consistent national delivery. The infrastructure proposals identify three regions for the individual remit areas of the Regional Managers; North, East and West. (Further information can be found in the recruitment pack)

Giving cognisance to the existing structures in the West of Scotland, initially we are looking to recruit Regional Managers for the North and East areas.

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Top job! Self-directed Support Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £43,200
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th February 2023

We are excited to be appointing a Self-directed Support Project Officer to contribute to the work of a small team delivering on the Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support project, hosted by Social Work Scotland. The post holder will work closely in partnership with local partnerships, national stakeholder organisations and national government to provide implementation support and develop best practice approaches including a national model agreement for Option 1 Direct Payment.

Essential

Candidates should hold a professional qualification, have experience in the design and delivery of social care services and experience of working in a project.

Enquiries can be made to Calum Carlyle by email to: calum.carlyle@socialworkscotland.org

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

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Top job! Depute Partnership Delivery Manager

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £55,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th October 2022

In 2019 the Scottish Government and key partners established the Social Work Education Partnership (“SWEP”), to ensure continued improvement in the quality of social work education in Scotland. To facilitate and support the delivery of SWEP’s work plan a programme office was established, hosted by Social Work Scotland.

With the conclusion of SWEP’s first phase of work the programme office is now being re-set and expanded, to ensure the team is equipped to progress with the next, ambitious phase of change and development for social work education. Applications are now invited for the roles of Partnership Delivery Manager and Depute Partnership Delivery Manager.

The Depute Delivery Manager role will focus upon ensuring that SWEP’s strategic priorities are delivered at national and regional levels. They will oversee the recruitment and work of SWEP’s Regional Managers, as they establish an innovative regional infrastructure for the coordination and delivery of social work education and professional development. In the first instance the new infrastructure will facilitate a new approach for the planning and provision of social work student placements.

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Top job! Partnership Delivery Manager

  • Full time
  • £55,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th October 2022

In 2019 the Scottish Government and key partners established the Social Work Education Partnership (“SWEP”), to ensure continued improvement in the quality of social work education in Scotland. To facilitate and support the delivery of SWEP’s work plan a programme office was established, hosted by Social Work Scotland.

With the conclusion of SWEP’s first phase of work the programme office is now being re-set and expanded, to ensure the team is equipped to progress with the next, ambitious phase of change and development for social work education. Applications are now invited for the roles of Partnership Delivery Manager and Depute Partnership Delivery Manager.

The Delivery Manager role is an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead work of national significance, reshaping social work education in Scotland for a generation. You will report directly to, and take direction from, the Social Work Education Partnership, developing, refining and delivering on a programme plan of varied, interconnected projects. The initial focus will be the establishment of an effective regional infrastructure for the planning and management of social work education, with priority given to the introduction of an innovative model for the provision of student placements.

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Self-directed Support Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £43,200
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th October 2022

We are excited to be appointing a Self-directed Support Project Officer to contribute to the work of a small team delivering on the Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support project, hosted by Social Work Scotland. The post holder will work closely in partnership with local partnerships, national stakeholder organisations and national government to provide implementation support and develop best practice approaches to support the national SDS standards.

Essential

Candidates should hold a professional qualification, have experience in the design and delivery of social care services and experience of working in a project.

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Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor

  • Full time
  • £45,000 – £52,000
  • Flexible
  • Closing 26th September 2022

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and social services.

We are excited to be recruiting to our Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor. With funding provided by Scottish Government, this post plays a key role in supporting statutory social work to integrate and implement the refreshed national Child Protection Guidance.

The post facilitates connections between the leadership of the profession, Scottish Government, and Child Protection Committees Scotland. It is also part of Social Work Scotland’s contribution to delivery of the protection agenda in national areas such as Equal Protection, the Age of Criminal Responsibility, Barnahus developments and reform of Joint Investigative Interviewing of Children.

Working in partnership with local social work Child Protection leads, Scottish Government Social Work Professional Advisors and colleagues in CELCIS, the post provides both capacity and leadership at the national level. Reporting to our Children and Families Policy and Practice Lead, with direction from our Chief Social Work Officer Group, Children and Families Standing Committee, and Child Protection Sub-Group, the post holder has the opportunity to make a unique contribution around the value of social work in the provision of holistic support for children and families.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor role assists us to deliver on that commitment.

Applicants should have experience of policy development and implementation, and be confident operating at a national level.

We are looking for an individual who can work independently yet as an integral part of the team, bring a collaborative approach to work with partners, and have an ability to identify issues, articulate workable solutions, and build consensus; all with a view to social work values and principles.

The post holder will be a qualified and registered social worker with significant experience in children and families social work.

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Top job! Justice Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Flexible
  • Closing 28th June 2022

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a Justice Social Work Policy and Practice Lead. Scotland’s justice system has been subject to extensive change over recent years, and emerging from the pandemic the impetus for reform has never been stronger. The implications for Justice Social Work are likely to be significant, and this post will be critical in ensuring the voice and expertise of social work is heard in national debates; including, but not limited to, the ongoing development and expansion of community justice, the organisation and delivery of justice services locally, and implications of a National Care Service. The post will help facilitate the engagement and leadership of our Justice Social Work Standing Committee members, Chief Social Work Officers and the Social Work Scotland Board. In partnership with colleagues in Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, this post also offers a chance to join up interdependent but disconnected policy agendas, constructing a more coherent and enabling operational environment for justice social work.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links across the justice sector, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges. At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Justices Social Work Policy and Practice role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

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Top job! Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th June 2022

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor. With support from Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care (TEC) programme and Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, and in partnership with a range of national and local partners, the post will lead efforts to strengthen operational social work’s involvement in relevant technological developments. The post will build connections between social work teams and the TEC programme, ensuring national plans are shaped by the profession’s unique role and responsibilities. And the post will help create the conditions for extending the use of technology and digital services across all domains of social work and social care (i.e. children and families, justice, adults, older people, drugs and alcohol, etc.).

Social Work Scotland exists to promote the unique contribution and role of professional social work, with individual social workers balancing responsibilities to promote social justice and empowerment with those around public protection. This post, combined with our existing work programme, should create opportunities to explore how technology can enhance the profession’s work. Through the connection of this post to our membership, committees and sub groups, and with partners such as the Scottish Association of Social Work, our aim is that social work can better shape and direct the ongoing national work in this area, ensuring it is of real relevance and value to the critical roles that social workers hold.

The role of Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor within Social Work Scotland will continue our contribution and strategic influence on the advancement of social work principles and practice in the developing national programme of work around technology and digital solutions to strengthen the introduction and mainstreaming of these areas within social work and social care.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of social work in Scotland, across operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links with Scottish Government, voluntary sector and private sector colleagues, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges. At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assist the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor role will make a valuable contribution to us delivering on that commitment.

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Top job! Self-directed Support Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £43,200
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st June 2022

We are excited to be appointing a Self-directed Support Project Officer to contribute to the work of a small team delivering on the Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support project, hosted by Social Work Scotland.

The post holder will work closely in partnership with local partnerships, national stakeholder organisations and national government to provide implementation support and develop best practice approaches including a national model agreement for Option 1 Direct Payment.

Essential

Candidates should hold a professional qualification, have experience in the design and delivery of social care services and experience of working in a project.

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Senior Administrative and Finance Officer – Maternity Cover

  • Full time
  • £24,000 – £28,000
  • Mix of working from home and office-based (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Closing 28th March 2022

As Social Work Scotland’s Senior Administration and Finance Officer (Maternity Leave Cover), you will oversee the organisation’s administrative, financial and HR management functions. With the support of the Administrative Assistant, you will support colleagues to plan and deliver their business. You will process payments, payroll and member’s annual subscriptions, and link in directly with Social Work Scotland’s accountants over relevant financial matters. You will support the Director and Head of Policy and Workforce with planning and team coordination.

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Top job! Justice Social Work Policy and Practice Lead

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Mix of working from home and office-based (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Closing 18th August 2021

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership body, with members coming from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to influence and inform public policy affecting social workers, social services and local communities.

Upholding the values which underpin the social work profession, we give importance to every individual’s experiences and voice, and seek to make social justice real through all that we do. We embrace change and encourage collaboration. We are committed to creating opportunities for our members and team through which individuals can develop as compassionate, creative and effective leaders.

As Social Work Scotland’s Justice Social Work Policy and Practice Lead you will provide operational social work insight and expertise across the diverse range of issues currently facing justice social work in Scotland. Supporting the Justice Standing Committee’s Chair, you will be a visible representative of the profession in national discussions about policy, funding and reform. You will link in directly with Social Work Scotland’s Board, local authority Chief Social Work Officers and key partners (such as the Scottish Government’s Justice Directorate and Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor) to inform, influence and deliver the national agenda. You will assist colleagues and Social Work Scotland members to realise our organisation’s core objectives.

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Top job! Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor. With funding provided by Scottish Government, this post will play a key role in supporting statutory social work to integrate and implement the refreshed national Child Protection Guidance.

The post will help facilitate connections between the leadership of the profession, Scottish Government and Child Protection Committees Scotland. It will also contribute extensively to Social Work Scotland’s work around delivery of the Promise, and national discussions relating to Equal Protection, the Age of Criminal Responsibility, incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and reform of Joint Investigative Interviewing of Children.

Working in partnership with local social work Child Protection leads, Scottish Government Social Work Professional Advisors and colleagues in CELCIS, etc., the post will provide both capacity and leadership at the national level. Taking direction from our Chief Social Work Officer network, Child Protection Sub-Group and Children and Families Standing Committee, the post holder will have the chance to assert the unique contribution and value of social work in the provision of holistic support for children and families.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

Applicants should have experience of policy development and implementation, and be confident operating at a national level.

We are looking for an individual who can identify issues, articulate solutions that are workable, and build consensus; all with a view to social work values and principles.

The post holder will be a qualified and registered social worker with significant experience in children and families social work.

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Top job! Adult Social Work - Policy and Practice Lead

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services. We are excited to be recruiting for a new Adult Social Work Policy and Practice Lead. With cross-party support for the development of a National Care Service in Scotland, and the legacy of COVID-19 still unravelling, the next few years will present many opportunities to reassert the role and value of social work. For adult social care, new structures of governance, operations and scrutiny may be built; in each domain social work must articulate what it needs in order to deliver positive change for individuals and communities.

This post with Social Work Scotland will be at the centre of those national debates, helping to facilitate the engagement and leadership of our Adult Social Care Standing Committee members, Chief Social Work Officers and the Social Work Scotland Board. In partnership with colleagues in Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, this post also offers a chance to join up interdependent but disconnected policy agendas, constructing a more coherent and enabling operational environment for social work as a whole.

The post will have a role in supporting national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, such as implementation of Self-Directed Support.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links across the Adult Social Work and Social Care sectors, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges. At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Adult Social Work Policy and Practice role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

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Top job! Children & Families Social Work - Policy and Practice Lead

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Mix of working from home and office-based (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Closing 21st June 2021

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Children & Families Social Work Policy and Practice Lead.

Scotland is at a critical moment in the evolution of its services and support for children and families, with change likely to be particularly significant for social work. Realisation of the Promise, incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility, reform of Secure Care – just a few strands from a tightly interwoven agenda, within which each distinct part offers real opportunity for progress, and considerable operational challenge.

This post with Social Work Scotland will be at the centre of these national developments, helping to facilitate the engagement and leadership of our Children & Families Standing Committee members, Chief Social Work Officers and the Social Work Scotland Board. In partnership with colleagues in Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, this post also offers a chance to join up interdependent but disconnected policy agendas, constructing a more coherent and enabling operational environment for social work as a whole.

The post will have a role in supporting national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, such as reform of Joint Investigative Interviewing of Children. If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links across the Children & Families sector, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges. At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Children & Families Social Work Policy and Practice role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

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Top job! Head of Policy and Workforce

  • Full time
  • £55,000 – £64,000
  • Edinburgh - Mix of working from home & office-based (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • Closing 21st April 2021

Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Head of Policy and Workforce. The next few years are likely to be seminal in the ongoing development of social work in Scotland, with significant change driven by the adult social care reform agenda and the Promise (children’s services), among others.

With the Director, this post constitutes the senior management of the organisation, linking in directly with Social Work Scotland’s Board, local authority Chief Social Work Officers and key partners (such as the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor) to set and participate in the national agenda. The Head of Policy and Workforce has a broad remit, providing operational social work insight and expertise across all issues, but primarily workforce planning, leadership, learning and development, management and wellbeing. The role has responsibility for overseeing one or more national projects currently hosted by Social Work Scotland, and line managing other members of

the team.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. Through these relationships you will have a key role in steering the profession through its continuous process of change and development, identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation. You will be a visible representative of the profession at the national level, and you will help others to articulate Social Work Scotland’s positions.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Head of Policy and Workforce role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

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