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Various locations within Dumfries and Galloway Council Offices English Street Dumfries, DG1 2DD
£32,907 - £35,289 per year
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Full Time
36 hours per week


Senior Family Support Worker - Kinship Team (6)

Dumfries and Galloway

£32,907 - £35,289



Dumfries & Galloway Children and Families Social Work Service has an opening for six senior family support workers to join and support our new Kinship Team. All positions are permanent and fulltime (36 hours per week). The Kinship Team will provide a comprehensive service to kinship carers region-wide, delivering a high level of ongoing support and training, to ensure children and young people receive the best possible care.


This is an exciting opportunity to join our Kinship Team and develop a new service whilst working collaboratively across children’s services to achieve positive outcomes and support children and young people to remain living with their families.

The nature of these roles will require flexible working, which will include some mornings, evenings and weekends, however the persons appointed will be involved in supporting the development of the service and planning any hours out-with core hours with the managers of the service. As a Senior Family Support Worker you will be expected to provide excellent support to kinship families in their homes, partake in the delivery of support groups and training for kinship carers, work with a range of partner agencies, and be committed to ensuring the best possible service.

The ideal candidates will be proactive team players and have the ability to work flexibly, collaboratively and independently. You must have a good working knowledge of child protection, legislation and regulations in relation to looked after children, and young people, and an understanding of the challenges they, and their families face. The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, the ability to be creative and challenge with sensitivity.

If you are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to supporting a team to work with children and young people, their families and carers, and can manage the challenges this can pose, we would love to hear from you. Experience within children and families social work is desirable.

We can offer you a commitment to your own learning and professional development, and ensure regular reflective one-to-one supervision, group supervision, peer support and regular team meetings and development sessions.


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A current driving licence is an essential requirement of this post. However, if you have a disability which precludes you from holding a driving licence consideration will be given if alternative transport can be arranged.


This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. From 28 February 2011, preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.


Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.



An HNC or SVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent is essential.



For further information please contact Sharon Fry Team Manager, 07775827460 or

Leanne Young, Locality Manager, 07917070516,

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