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  • Advertised from 8th September 2023
  • 35 hours per week, between Monday and Sunday with hours determined by the Accommodation Services Rota
  • Annual leave entitlement of 35 days, rising to 40 days upon completion of 5 years' service.


About the Organisation:

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity that has been working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values upon which the organisation is based.

These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services, we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

The Role:

The role of Practitioner in is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Practitioners recognise people’s strengths and work alongside them to build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation and help them feel safe and to heal from trauma they have experienced. Practitioners also support people to develop practical skills, maximise their income, develop healthier coping skills, problem solving skills, social skills, and employability skills that will assist them in creating the life they want.

This role will be within one of our women's accommodation services and will require shift working.

To be a Practitioner within Four Square, you will need:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, and confident;
  • Experience of working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet and email;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity, and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues, and partners;
  • Good understanding of gender-based violence, homelessness, trauma, and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • Apply trauma-informed approach
  • Work in a people -centred way
  • An understanding of benefits, housing processes and legislation;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivation to action the personal development plan;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • Experience as a keyworker and commitment to undertaking all duties required of this role;
  • Experience of completing case files to ensure they are up to date with clear and concise information;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Regular attendance at reflective practice group sessions;
  • Engagement in regular casework review meeting with the Senior Practitioner or Service Manager;
  • Engaged in the wider organisation’s activities;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners and all other stakeholders;
  • Committed to excellence and engaging in improvement plans for the services and wider organisation;
  • Keep up to date with and follow and apply policies and procedures, standards and codes of practice;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people;
  • Able to produce clear written communications in the form of case notes, reports, diary entries, and case studies timeously.


  • Have SVQ 3 or equivalent as a minimum in a social care subject that allows registration with SSSC and meets the standards of the Care Inspectorate or be willing to work towards this;
  • Commitment to learning and development;
  • An understanding of the impact of homelessness, trauma, adversity, gender based violence, mental health, exclusion and isolation, offending, substance use, poor relationships on people;
  • Coaching and motivating people who have experienced trauma and adversity;
  • Assessment and support planning skills and use of outcome measurement tools;
  • Working successfully in a team;
  • Using IT systems and word processing packages;
  • Following and applying policies and procedures, standards and codes of practice.
  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Regular support and supervision;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD action plan;
  • Engage in organisational review and development plans.

The Organisation’s Offer to Practitioners:

  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Regular support and supervision;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD action plan;
  • Opportunities to engage in Organisational review and development plans.

Application notes

Please send your CV and cover letter to by 22/09/23. Please specify whether you are applying for a day or a night role.