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Council Offices Kirkwall Orkney, KW15 1NY
£56,266 - £61,321 per year
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Full Time
35 hours per week


Children, Families and Justice Services

Service Manager (Children and Families Authority Wide Services)

35 hours per week
£56,266 - £61,321 / £30.83 - £33.60 per hour (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Orkney Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to improving outcomes for our children, young people and families, and to delivering Scotland’s Promise.

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to the post of Service Manager (Authority Wide Services) within the Children and Families team, with specific responsibility for our fostering, adoption, kinship, residential (including residential short-breaks) and reviewing services along with a responsibility for improvement and Quality Assurance.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual with considerable experience of working within a children and families setting. You will also have skills, or show potential ability, in leadership and management and will be willing to take on the challenge of managing all aspects of the Authority Wide Service within the Children and Families Service.

You will provide leadership and ongoing management support across the full range of the Children and Families Service and will be responsible to the Head of Service (Children, Families and Justice Services). This is a significant role within the Children Services management structures.

In addition, the Service Manager will have the ability to support and develop staff to ensure services are delivered to the highest standard and will be a key contributor to the broader development of Social Work services in Orkney. We have invested time and finances into our approaches, including developing social pedagogy and systemic practice along with an ambition to be trauma informed across the service. We are committed to encouraging and supporting our staff to develop their career through local and national training opportunities and have a continuing professional development pathway which focuses on supporting Social Workers to progress their professional knowledge and skill in line with their personal aspirations.

We are seeking someone with strong communication and interpersonal skills who has the ability to manage change and can evidence managing multidisciplinary teams. You will demonstrate a record of success in the delivery of organisational change and partnership working, will be qualified in Social Work (degree, post graduate diploma or equivalent) and be registered with the SSSC.

Living in Orkney brings its own benefits, being an archipelago of 70 beautiful islands, of which 17 are inhabited. As a genuinely wonderful place to live, Orkney offers unique wildlife, amazing scenery and real opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural and sporting activities. There is something for everyone; state-of-the-art leisure facilities, various clubs and societies, and an excellent education system creates our strong community spirit. It’s no surprise that Orkney has been voted the best place to live in Scotland for eight years running.


This post is classed as a politically restricted post under the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended).

You should be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various locations within Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

This post is subject to membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with adults and children.

For further information please contact Maureen Swannie, Interim Head of Children, Families and Justice Services, on 01856 873535, extension 2611 or 

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in week commencing 15 January 2024.

Closing Date: Sunday 7 January 2024

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post, in accordance with Council Policy.

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