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Lewis Place North Muirton Perth, PH1 3BD
£34,331 - £37,878 per year
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Senior Social Care Officer - PKC11306
£34,331 - £37,878
REACH, Lewis Place, Perth

REACH is an exciting initiative created to provide services for young people who are Looked After or at risk of becoming Looked After and therefore “on the edge of care”. REACH promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to providing community-based support to young people and to their families and will reduce reliance on traditional residential care options for vulnerable young people.

Young people who enter care during their teenage years traditionally spend considerable periods of time in residential care, separated from their family and local community. We know that this is detrimental to achieving their potential and in meeting key outcomes. We have recognised the need to transform our approach to supporting vulnerable young people and their families and this service has been specifically designed to do so in a more integrated, co-ordinated way.

Do you want to make a difference? If so, within this role you will deliver a frontline service to some of the most vulnerable young people across Perth and Kinross. These will be young people, aged 12- 18, who are participating in harmful behaviours; at risk of child sexual exploitation and/or are identified as being " on the edge of care".

Working within a multi-disciplinary team including Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Outreach Teacher and Youth Worker; you will be part of a team to design and deliver 24/7 packages of support to improve outcomes for young people.

Working a shift pattern to support flexible service delivery and based within the REACH provision you will be part of a multi-agency Team delivering a frontline services to some of the most vulnerable young people across Perth and Kinross. This includes young people who are participating in high risk taking behaviours; at risk of child sexual exploitation and/or are identified as being " on the edge of care". These young people may be subject of compulsory measures of care through the Children’s Hearing, either living at home, Looked After away from home and/or are on the Child Protection Register.

Are you a creative worker who can effectively build relationships; motivate others, contribute to a positive team ethos and work confidently in partnership to achieve the very best outcomes for young people and their families? If so, we would welcome an application from you.

The successful applicant will demonstrate practice experience of achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable young people and families. Ideally, this may include work within a statutory social work setting and/ or supporting young people who present as highly complex/and/ or vulnerable.

You should be able to evidence an ability to relate to and communicate with children; young people and their families.

You will be able to evidence ability in the management of change and development, specifically in regard to developing and implementing new legislation, operational guidance, training and development in the field of Childcare / Child Protection.
You will demonstrate commitment to successful multi-agency working, strong communication skills and attention to detail.



We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who demonstrates ability to engage with challenging young people and their families; contribute to a positive team ethos and work confidently in partnership to achieve positive outcomes for young people and their families. 

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate 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 Perth and Kinross Council. You must have the ability to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council within a specified timeframe.

You will hold a HNC in Social Care or an equivalent qualification and a SVQ3 in Social Services (Children & Young People). 

You must have a valid driving licence as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross.

For purposes of connection and collaboration with colleagues and with the community we serve, our full-time employees work on site for a minimum of 2 days per week with the arrangements for part time employees being agreed on a basis which will ensure that they benefit to an equivalent degree. Our FAQs on hybrid working can be found here Hybrid working FAQs ( We are committed to being a more inclusive employer - to ensure we can consider any reasonable adjustments, please either contact the recruiting manager to discuss any individual circumstances, discuss at interview or, if you prefer, after any conditional offer is made.

The Individual

If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact REACH on 01738475199.

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE.  Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.  If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, Perth & Kinross Council carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications, employment history, including references, and fitness to undertake the post.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender. 

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

At PKC our values and behaviours influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer. In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours. Find out more about PKC and you could soon be joining our team!

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If you are successful in a role with Perth & Kinross Council, you will have access to a range of benefits to help your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.   

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