Consultant Social Worker - Aberdeen

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Consultant Social Worker - Aberdeen. Salary: £40,327 - £46,099. Location: Various locations in Aberdeen City. Duration: Permanent. Ref: ABC03069.

Aberdeen is an exciting place to live, work and visit and it’s a very exciting time to join Aberdeen City Council – Together we are changing Children’s Social Work in Aberdeen: the way we work with each other, our partners and most importantly our families in need. We are cutting bureaucracy and redesigning our services to enable staff to work systemically and collaboratively in small Social Work Units.

The Reclaiming Social Work model is a whole system redesign of social work services for families in need in Aberdeen City.

Social work employees play a really important part in helping and supporting families in need and we want to make sure that they are free to focus on this work. This is why we have made a number of changes to enable social workers to work more collaboratively and concentrate on social work, not unnecessary bureaucracy.

We are currently implementing our change process, our first Units started in February 2016 and full implementation is anticipated by the end of 2017. We are seeking a number of Consultant Social Workers to lead each of the Social Work Units which will go ‘live’ in the next phase of our programme.

The Consultant Social Worker is an exciting role, leading and managing staff within the Unit whilst still being involved and participating in work with families.

If this sounds like the sort of challenge you’re looking for, please read on; we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Job Purpose

To lead a group of social work and clinical practitioners, and work directly with children and families, leading case management and working within a systemic framework to provide a comprehensive and effective integrated social work service. To be fully accountable for all work undertaken in a timely manner for children and families allocated to the social work unit. This will be achieved by assessing need, planning and delivering focused intervention to safeguard children and develop appropriate plans for children and families to promote positive outcomes.


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

  • BA in Social Work or equivalent i.e. CQSW/DipSW.
  • Systemic Practice Qualification or working towards as directed by the Council.
  • Post qualifying experience working with children and families.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development including systemic practice.
  • PVG Scheme membership or willing to join
  • SSSC registration.

The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to the principles of the Social Work Unit model
  • An ability to lead and manage the unit by supporting and motivating staff to work purposefully and cohesively in order to promote positive outcomes for children and families
  • An understanding of relationship management and the capacity to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships across organisational, functional and unit boundaries to ensure high quality practice is consistent
  • The ability to create a rapport and build relationships with children and families
  • A high level of consultative, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills including the ability to deal with complex issues
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate complex information to produce high quality, concise reports to inform quality casework and business decisions
  • The ability to provide, formulate and implement focused and purposeful social work interventions with families with explicit aims and objectives about desired outcomes
  • The ability to develop co-operative working relations which impact on more than one social work unit to enable efficient and timeous benefits without delay to the benefit of children and families.

For further information and to apply, click here or contact 01224 523939.

NB: Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.


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