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Hayfield House, Hayfield Lane, Lerwick, ZE1 0QD
£13.30 - £15.17 per hour
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Social Care Workers - Various Hours

Part time and Full time permanent Contracts 

Residential care for children and young people is a unique, complex and challenging area to work in and requires a competent staff team to provide enduring commitment to ensure consistency of care and to meet the individual needs of children and young people who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Children and Young People's Residential Services is part of Children’s Social work and provides a vital resource for children and young people who are unable to live at home, and a return to family has been discounted.

The children and young people who access these services will have varying degrees of social, emotional or behavioural needs, and often require intensive support packages to be in place. The aim of this service is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for this vulnerable group, by giving them a sense of felt security, valuing the individuality of children and young people and supporting them in a healing process throughout their care journey, both physically and emotionally, to allow them to overcome diversity and reach their potential.

Children and Young People's Residential Services currently has various properties in Lerwick and in a rural setting.   In total, the service can currently provide long-term care for up to seven young people across the various homes.   This includes providing services on a 1:1 basis, where staff will be lone working, as well as properties where children and young people share living accommodation.

In order to provide consistency of care and more natural, homely rhythms and routines, staff care for children and young people within a 24 hr shift system. This includes sleeping in overnight and entails both weekday and weekend working.

The service responds to assessed needs for either short-term task focused work within residential or long-term placements. Additional properties are often sourced and set up to provide opportunities for young people to safely and confidently move on to have independent lives.

This vacancy is being advertised as a Career Graded post, which is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade document attached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route.  The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.

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More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.


Additional Information

  • The grade of this post is G/H
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.2415 per hour
  • Permanent Full Time & Part Time post for 52.18 weeks per year  
  • Preferred candidates will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to a formal offer of employment being made
  • The successful candidate will have to complete registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within 6 months of the agreed start date
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • Ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited.
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

These posts will be based in the residential care home properties across various locations including Lerwick, Dunrossness and Tingwall. 

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Paul Williamson, Team Leader on 01595 745307 or email

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

If you’re a kind, compassionate person who’d like to make a difference to people’s lives, then social care could be the right career for you.

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Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here



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