Post Title: Social Worker (Various Services)
Location: Highland wide
Salary: £33,160 - £36,254 p.a. (Pay Award Pending)
Salary placing will normally be at the first point of the scale.
Social Worker posts are under represented in males. Applications from males are encouraged.
Contact Person: Karen Ralston, Tel: 01463 702799
Job Purpose: Highland Council is seeking frontline social workers and health care workers for a variety of exciting roles within its integrated service for children and families.
The Highland Council
When it comes to integrated working in children’s services, Highland Council is the Authority that sets the pace in Scotland. Its Highland Practice Model has brought social workers, health visitors, head teachers and police together to provide early support for families with stunning results. The model has halved social work caseloads, dismantled the barriers between professionals and, most importantly of all, enhanced outcomes for children by preventing needs from escalating. The model has proven so effective that it’s now being replicated across Scotland.
Making the Switch
For social workers coming to Highland from outside Scotland, the council offers support to familiarise them with the Highland Practice Model and Scottish legislation. On top of the support with the transition to working in Scotland, Highland Council also offers a relocation package worth up to £6,500. Once in post, Highland offers plenty of other benefits too from flexible working, working from home, competitive pay and training and development opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
A Wonderful Life
As might be expected for an predominately rural Authority accounting for one third of Scotland’s land mass, issues of rural deprivation and isolation are a major focal point but it would be a mistake to typecast the area as homogenous. Highland is a large and diverse authority so working on an island like Skye is a very different experience from working in an urban community such as Inverness. For children’s social workers and health workers interested in joining Highland, that means it is important to think about what kind of area you want to work in.
“Highland is a large and diverse authority, so working on an island like Skye is a very different experience from working in an urban community such as Inverness,” says Bill Alexander, Director of Care and Learning. “We offer the whole range of experiences and that includes working in remote, rural communities as well as working with young people experiencing urban deprivation. For those who want these experiences, Highland is a wonderful place to live and work. You’ll get all the benefits of living in the most wonderful environment in the UK, while working alongside some of the most committed, passionate and skilled practitioners around”.
Interested in learning more about coming to help improve the lives of children and families in the Highland Council? Find out more about our offer and register your interest in permanent positions with the Highland Council.
Please APPLY ONLINE by clicking the 'apply' button. If you are unable to apply online and you wish to request an offline application pack, please contact Business Support, T: 01955 608279 (24 hour voicemail) quoting post the reference number above.
You should be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council on the ‘Social Worker’ part of the Register and as such hold a qualification that is recognised by the SSSC as being equivalent to the Diploma in Social Work (DipSW).
You will be expected to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Highland to meet the operational requirements of the Service.