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  • Ref no: CAI00103
  • Published: 31/7/2020
  • Closes: 10/8/2020
  • Location: Compass House, 11 Riverside Drive, DD1 4NY
  • Salary: £62,613.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 40 hours per week

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Post:                     Strategic Inspector

Location:             Flexible

Contract:             Permanent

Grade:                  CS1 £62,613 – 40 hours per week

Responsible to:    Service Manager (Strategic Scrutiny)

Join us and make a difference – for you, for everyone

As a national scrutiny body it’s our job to ensure that social care and social work services for everyone, everywhere in Scotland are as good as they can be. If you are as passionate about high-quality social services as we are, and you’re experienced in your field, we’d love to hear from you.

Our strategic inspectors work within and across four teams: justice, adults, protection and children and young people in need of care and protection.

About us

Our strategic scrutiny and assurance activities assess how well social care and social work services and partnerships are working together across local communities to meet the needs of a range of people including children and young people in need of care and protection, adults and older people and people involved with the justice system. 

We also carry out inspections around specific themes to identify good practice and barriers to positive outcomes, that everyone can learn from. We explore how individuals’ rights are promoted and upheld, and the extent to which people are enabled to exercise choice and control in how their support is provided.

We champion quality and collaborate with others to support improvement across public services. Our work plays a big role in reducing health and social inequalities between people and communities.

We are looking for talented people to join us in making a difference - specialists who understand how to put people’s needs, rights and choices at the heart of delivering public services – and how to lead improvement too. Our 600 staff work with services across the public, voluntary and private sectors. We have office bases across Scotland and many of our staff work from home.

About the role

We are seeking to recruit strategic inspectors to lead and contribute to joint inspections of social work services and strategic partnerships and to undertake a range of other scrutiny and improvement tasks. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have experience of delivering justice social work services. You will be based in one of our four scrutiny teams but will work closely with colleagues providing assurance and supporting improvement across the range of our strategic work.

You will be educated to degree level, hold an acceptable qualification in social work, health or community education/community development and be an experienced, confident practitioner with a sound understanding of the design and delivery of public services. You will have a positive track record of supporting high quality intervention and delivering improved outcomes for people experiencing care and receiving a social work service.

About you

You will be able to demonstrate:

·      Significant practice and management experience in at least one of the following: justice social work, services for adults and older people, public protection or services for care experienced children and young people. 

  • Sound knowledge of current legislation and policy relating to at least one of the following: justice social work services and the wider community justice landscape; looked after children and the care system; services for adults and older people in the context of integration; child protection and adult support and protection.

·      Experience of designing and implementing inspection or quality assurance and improvement.

·      Commitment to, and experience of, the protection of vulnerable people and reduction of social inequalities.

·      Strong analytical skills with the ability to weigh up complex information to reach fair and well-balanced conclusions

·      Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, and able to engage positively and effectively with a wide range of people.

You will need to be a strong team player, able to reflect on your own practice and willing to recognise, value and enable others’ strengths. You must be able to work flexibly to meet inspection programme requirements and to help us deliver across a broad remit. A significant amount of travel is required for this post and you must be able to stay away from home, regularly, for up to four nights at a time. Post COVID-19 approaches incorporate significant use of virtual platforms and working remotely.

Why join us?

We strive to be a great employer, knowing that competitive salary, leave and pension schemes are only part of that. We pride ourselves on the values we hold, person-centered; fairness; respect; efficiency and integrity - all supported within a culture of care and kindness.

We believe in collective leadership and innovation. You’ll have a lot of autonomy to manage your own work and use the professional skills you’ve honed during your career – but in new ways. Starting on day one, we will help you become confident in the craft of scrutiny and in supporting improvement. Because a lot of your role is about sharing effective practice across Scotland, the impact you can have on experiences and outcomes for people is significant. You will draw on management and leadership skills you’ve developed in the past. 

We’re proud to be a progressive, supportive employer – we’re happy to talk about flexible working with you and we’re members of the Disability Confident Scheme, aiming to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. 

To apply

For an informal chat about the role, please contact the HR team at and a member of the strategic scrutiny team will be in contact with you.

All applications should be sent to no later than Monday, 10 August 2020 at 8.00am.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre no earlier than Monday, 7 September 2020.