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  • Ref no: WEL04409
  • Published: 28/9/2020
  • Closes: 12/10/2020
  • Location: Arrochar House, Almondvale Boulevard, EH54 6QJ
  • Salary: £35,964.00 - £41,069.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

This position has expired.


Fixed Term until 31 March 2022

Transition is not a single life event but rather a process of growing up that unfolds over several years and involves significant changes including; emotional, physical, intellectual and physiological. The transition of young people into adulthood cuts across a number of national policies, such as Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), Additional Support for Learning, Autism and Learning Disability.  Transitions also happen concurrently across a range of services including health, education, housing, welfare and social care.

For young people with significant and complex disability and care needs this time of transition can be particularly difficult and may result in moves from their home and potentially their communities.It is the aim and duty of West Lothian Health and Social Care partnership to have all services work together to ensure a smooth transition in line with both their legislative duty and best practice as set out within the national document published by Arc and the Scottish Government the ‘Principles of Good Transition 3’.

In 2017 the Scottish Government along with the Health and Social Care Alliance published the document ‘Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services’ which sets out a number of recommendations based on the experiences of young people and their families.  Within the document there is a suggestion that a lead professional is important in the coordinating of services as well as supporting families to understand the different expectations and thresholds of services. 

This fixed term qualified social worker position, based within the Adults with Learning Disability Team, with close winks with the Child Disability Service, will fulfill this role within West Lothian and will work with young people as they approach adulthood and move from children’s to adult services.

This is an interesting and challenging opportunity for an enthusiastic person to work with a range of individuals who require support to maintain their independence.

The worker must have an ability to work as part of a team, respond to demands of a busy service, be able to follow procedure, have excellent communication and good report writing skills.

These tasks will be carried out in partnership with service users, family members, social work colleagues and other professionals and agencies as necessary to meet need. You will be required to have a good understanding of Self Directed Support and completing needs led and outcome focused assessments.

The worker will also undertake Child Protection and Adult Support and Protection investigations in accordance with service standards.

You must have the ability to travel throughout West Lothian and hold a recognised qualification in social work and be registered as a social worker with SSSC.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment being made by the West Lothian Council

This position requires registration with the SSSC. The successful candidate will have six months from commencement in this post to register with the SSSC.  If you are already registered with SSSC you will be required to add West Lothian Council to your account.

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