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  • Ref no: KIB00116
  • Published: 10/12/2019
  • Closes: 23/12/2019
  • Location: 1 Goudie Street, Paisley, PA3 2LG
  • Salary: £25,641.58 - £36,318.84 per annum (SCP 23 – 35) dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week

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Who are we?

Kibble is Scotland’s specialist provider of services for at risk children and young people. By providing a range of integrated services, we help build positive futures for children and young people aged 5 plus, with complex social, emotional and educational needs. 

Job Purpose:

The post involves direct working with young people who, because of difficulties in the community (e.g. offending), are unable to remain at home and who, at the instruction of a Children’s Hearing or a Court, must be accommodated by Kibble.

Main Duties:

The direct work with children and young people follows a general pattern that must be tailored to the particular needs and requirements for each individual. This pattern involves 3 main areas;

1. Admission of the child or young person

·     Reading relevant reports and records

·     Identifying any particular medical, social, religious or dietary requirements

·     Ensuring that next of kin are aware of the location and telephone number of the establishment as well as contact names(s) and visiting times

Ensuring that child or young person:

·     Understands the reason for admission

·     Is aware of the social and educational programme he/she will be undertaking

·     Is shown all the facilities of the school

·     Understands visiting and home contact arrangements

·     Understands the rules and regulations of the school

·     Is aware of procedures to contact staff over personal concern and complaints

·     Understands the roles of those involved in his/her care plan.

2. The Care Programme

The Child and Youth Care Worker will;

·     Have direct responsibility for the care and development of a number of children and young people. Each child or young person will have a placement programme involving social and educational targets, which will be regularly reviewed.

·     Require to liaise with all relevant members of the multi-disciplinary team within the Centre to ensure a mutual understanding of these targets and to monitor and facilitate their achievement.

·     Require to liaise with the area team social worker to ensure that there is both a mutual understanding of the school’s social and educational targets and a linkage between these targets and the tasks being undertaken by the social worker.

·     Meet with the parent(s) or other relative(s) of the child or young person to ensure that family contact is continuing, to seek their co-operation in achieving social and educational targets, to ensure that home leave is viable and to assist the linkage between the school’s work and the area team social worker’s tasks. Therefore, a driver’s licence is essential for this post.

3. Recording and Reporting

·     The Child and Youth Care Worker is responsible for ensuring that the placement plan for the child or young person is recorded in the format required by the Centre.

·     The Child and Youth Care Worker is responsible for ensuring that the reports required by the Reporter to the Children’s Panel or the Clerk of the Court or the Procurator Fiscal and the area team social worker are provided within the required timescales.        

Worker Profile

The Child and Youth Care Worker will be able to;

·     Relate to children and young people in a way that promotes their trust and involvement in meeting the requirements of the Children’s Hearing or Court and the social and educational targets of the school.

·     Respond positively and calmly to physical and verbal aggression,

·     Understand the dynamics of relationships between the young people in the unit and in the community, ensuring that action is taken to stop bullying, prevent isolation, avoid unhelpful friendships or pressure for sexual activities or substance, drugs and alcohol misuse.

·     Establish relationships with young people within which incidents of physical, emotional or mental abuse can be revealed.

·     Understand the roles and responsibilities of all individuals, groups and organisations that are involved in the care of the young people both within and outwith the Centre.

·     Work unsupervised and on own initiative.

·     Communicate clearly and precisely orally and in writing both within the Centre and with external agencies.

·     Co-work with representatives from other agencies e.g. social work, educational psychologist, psychiatrist. The co-working will involve objective and clear representation of the needs and progress of the child or young person as well as the policies, procedures and practices of the Centre.

·     Display a knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation. In addition, the Child and Youth Care Worker will understand the stages of human growth and development, the causes and outcomes of offending behaviour and the dynamics of inter-personal relationships.

·     Manage and motivate self in forming and sustaining relationships with children and young people, in working with internal and external colleagues and in undertaking administrative and allied duties.

Eligibility Criteria

·     As a minimum you will have an HNC in Social Care or an SVQ Level 3 in Care or equivalent.

·     Be registered with the SSSC, either conditionally or unconditionally.   Preference will be given to those candidates who are already eligible for unconditional registration with the SSSC. 

·     Two years’ experience of working within the social care sector is essential.

·     Previous experience of working within residential child care is desirable.

·     Be willing to work in any Service including the Safe Centre and Community Based Services.

·     Possess a full driving licence, and be willing and able to drive school transport, unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances.


  1. This job outline reflects the main tasks and responsibilities discharged by the postholder at the present time, however, Kibble reserves the right to alter or amend the content of this job outline to reflect changes to the job or services provided, while maintaining the overall character and level of responsibility for the post.

2.   Notwithstanding any information or statement described within this job outline, all duties must be carried out in a way that promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and respect for all individuals and which is consistent with Kibble’s stated policy on equal opportunities.

3.   The successful candidate will be subject to PVG Scheme Membership. Having previous convictions will not automatically disbar you from working at Kibble (with the exception of offences against children or other vulnerable groups) and every case is taken on an individual basis.

4.   Prior to commencing in post, you will be required to undertake a 4 day Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training course. The successful candidate must be able to participate fully in this training and be prepared to put this training into practice.

Appointments will be subject to a twelve-month probationary period.

Interviews:               Week Commencing 13 January 2020

Should you be successful at interview you will be required to attend a 4-day Safe Crisis Management training on either of the following dates Tuesday 21- Friday 24 January or Tuesday 11-Friday 14 February.


Pension, holidays (up to 40 days per year) and employee benefits including cash4health, employee assistance programme, free parking, free meals, gym membership plus access to onsite physio.

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