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Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
£39,289 - £44,387 per year pro rata
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Job Purpose:

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.

Location: Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen

Duration: Fixed Term, Full Time

Roles that require PVG Membership

Please note that with effect from 1 April 2023, where a role requires PVG membership, candidates will be required to meet the cost of the PVG membership. This applies only to roles with a full time equivalent salary of £30,000 and above. (Teaching roles and jobs at Grade 11 and above (currently £30,727 per annum / £15.97 per hour)

The Council will pay for the PVG membership cost initially, either £18 for existing PVG scheme members, or £59 for non-members, and this cost will be deducted from an employee’s first FULL month’s salary payment.

Provide a high quality social work service within a social work unit or team to respond to the needs of children and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines. Be accountable for work undertaken with children and families, which includes assessing needs, planning and delivering focused interventions to safeguard children and developing plans to promote positive outcomes.

We are looking for passionate and motivated social worker to join our supportive Children and Families Team (Don Team one cover the central area of Aberdeen).You will be supported by an experienced Team Manager and colleagues to work directly with children, young people and their families, responding to their needs within statutory guidelines. This includes Looked After children, children subject to child protection registration, as well as working within the legal framework of the Children’s Hearing system. The team has a focus on learning and development and would welcome applications from newly qualified social workers that are starting their journey and are committed to developing their skills and knowledge.

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

BA Social Work qualification or equivalent DipSW, CQSW
SSSC Registration

The post holder will be expected to:
participate in responding to unplanned calls or events within the Unit and the Partner Unit

The postholder is able to demonstrate:

A Commitment to the principles of the Social Work Unit model
The ability to assess and balance risk and protective factors within a child
protection framework
The ability to assess needs, formulate and implement effective social work
The ability to prioritise tasks, manage own workload and be accountable for quality
case work with children and families to achieve positive outcomes
The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and build
rapport with a range of individuals including children and families and other
The ability to negotiate effectively to reach a resolution and successfully
implementing change
The ability to deal with complex issues in a sensitive and appropriate manner
The ability to use information management systems to maintain accurate
management information and high quality data
Ability to analyse and evaluate complex information to produce high quality concise
reports to inform quality casework and business decisions
The ability to provide social work interventions to children and families and present
concise reports about complex information as required to internal, external
audiences including presenting in Court
Ability to use research findings and statutory guidance to inform social work

About Us

Please see Job Profile for further details.

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families:  We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at

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  • Equally Safe at Work - Bronze
  • Scottish Living Wage
  • Carer Positive Employer in Scotland - Engaged