Aberlour
Aberlour

Charity registered in Scotland SC007991

Scotland's children's charity

 


Current vacancies

Relief Residential Workers (Days & Nights)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Sycamore Red Squirrel
  • Closing 22nd October 2021

Take advantage of our £500 new start bonus and apply today!

“The best thing about working for Aberlour is that you can make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families”

About Sycamore Red Squirrel

Our Red Squirrel house provides residential accommodation for up to three children and/or young people, based in Auchterhouse near Dundee. The house opened in April this year and was designed with the input of a group of care experienced young people. As the experts, having experienced care themselves, the young people provided an invaluable insight, helping us create a safe, comfortable home for children and young people who have experienced trauma in their early lives. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the children and young people who live with us.

What we are looking for....

Relief Workers play a crucial role in supporting our team covering for staff holidays or absence or providing additional cover during particularly busy period. Our aim is to create a safe, loving, nurturing home for the children and young people. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with the children and young people.

Children tell us they want to live somewhere they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Relief Work is offered on a casual, hourly basis to provide cove for staff holidays/absence or additional support during particularly busy periods. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children, or will have relevant transferrable skills. Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidates here.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme, including CALM Training and Child Protection Training. You will be working alongside a supportive and highly motivated team to provide a personalised service for our children and young people. This is not an easy job, but when you leave work at the end of each shift having witnessed the progress being made by the children, it is immensely rewarding. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversityhere

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Family Support Worker - Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS)

  • Full time
  • £23,086 – £26,023
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th October 2021

About Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS)(City Wide)…

Aberlour are excited to announce that we are recruiting to our new Intensive Family Support Service. Aberlour will be working in partnership with the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and other Third Sector providers to promote the wellbeing of children and young people by offering caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support will deliver the support families need, when they need it. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

What we are looking for....

As a Family Support Worker, you will work directly with families to nurture relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that works for a period of up to 12 months with families to support and enable positive change and improve outcomes. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Ideally you will hold a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, together with relevant experience of working directly with children or young people and their families.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role, you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across Glasgow City, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

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Young People’s Workers (Disability)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Options Aberdeen
  • Closing 27th October 2021

The best thing about working at Options Aberdeen is knowing what a difference your work has made for the children and the families that we support

Come and join our exciting expanded new service and take advantage of our £500 new starter bonus.

About Options Aberdeen

Our newly expanded service has been developed in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Autistic Society. We provide an exciting mix of care at home, community and residential short breaks enabling children with complex disabilities and their families to be supported through a tailored programme of activities which offer the children new experiences and the opportunity to make new friends whilst offering their family the crucial chance to recharge and refresh their batteries. The Hub also provides holistic family support through a menu of services that support and complement direct support offered to children and young people.

“Aberlour Options Aberdeen for us has been a godsend. Our lives have changed at home. They listen to your views and try and help with whatever is the problem.” Parent.

What we are looking for....

We are looking for individuals who, ideally, can bring their own experience and skills to complement those of our team. You will be enthusiastic, motivated and caring individuals who will contribute to the development of care and support plans, working in a child centred outcomes focused manner to ensure that children, young people and their families get the most out of their service. You will work closely with internal and external colleagues in a multi-agency approach to ensure that the holistic needs of children, young people and families are central to service provision.

Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidateshere.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employeesclick here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversityhere.

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Family Support Worker Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS)

  • Part time
  • £23,086 – £26,023 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th October 2021

About Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS), City Wide….

Aberlour is excited to announce that we are recruiting to our new Intensive Family Support Service. Aberlour will be working in partnership with the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and other Third Sector providers to promote the wellbeing of children and young people by offering caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support will deliver the support families need, when they need it. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

What we are looking for....

We are looking to recruit a Family Support Worker who will work 24 hours per week. As a Family Support Worker, you will work directly with families to nurture relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that works for a period of up to 12 months with families to support and enable positive change and improve outcomes. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Ideally you will hold a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, together with relevant experience of working directly with children or young people and their families.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role, you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across Glasgow City, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

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Young People’s Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • from £23,965
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 1st November 2021

Options Fife – Residential Glenrothes and Options Fife - Housing Support

Do you have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability/and or autism or relevant experience in a similar sector or work environment?

About Aberlour Options Fife Residential Glenrothes and Housing Support

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new services in Glenrothes support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both of our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife - Housing Support will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife - Residential Glenrotheswill be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

What we are looking for....

As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25 - 30 hours per week) and relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

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Lead Practitioner – Options Dundee

  • Full time
  • £28,237
  • Dundee
  • Closing 29th October 2021

Take advantage of our £500 new start bonus and apply today.

**Previous Applicants need not apply**

About Options Dundee…

Are you committed to delivering best practice to support children and young people with complex needs?

Are you ready to use your experience and skill to shape practice in delivering quality services to children and young people?

Do you feel excited about the opportunity to take your first step towards a management position?

If so, this is a great opportunity for you.

What we are looking for....

We are looking for a Lead Practitioner to work within the needs of the service between the hours of 07.00am - 10.00pm Monday to Friday and there will be the requirement to work one weekend in every 6.

As someone who has built up experience working in a care at home setting, you will have the confidence to guide and direct the provision of care to the children and young people in the service. You will play a pivotal role, working in partnership with parents and families, to meet the emotional and physical needs of children and young people with complex needs.

You will play a lead role, mentoring and supporting staff and being a role model, delivering excellence in the services we provide. You will assist in assessing, planning and delivering services, taking responsibility for ensuring that assessment and interventions are prepared, monitored and evaluated.

Engaging positively with children, young people and families you will plan and implement appropriate support for the children and young people. Sensitive and accurate reporting is a key responsibility and so you will have good written communication skills and the ability to learn how to use effectively, Aberlour’s recording system: Dynamics.

This role offers the opportunity to consolidate and build on your experience combined with the ability to enhance your skills and knowledge through training, for example, in Managing People for Growth.

As part of the management team you will play an active role in ensuring that individuals and families’ needs are completed in accordance with service guidance. Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidateshere

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Inclusion Worker - Options Aberdeen

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 29th October 2021

We are looking to recruit an Inclusion Worker to join our team. This post offers applicants the opportunity to join an established, creative and dynamic team.

In partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Aberlour Options Aberdeen Inclusion Service offers community-based education support services. We support children and young people who have complex additional support needs that impacts on their ability to engage with mainstream schooling. The team focus on promoting inclusion for young people who are either excluded from school or accessing a flexible learning pathway to address barriers to inclusion whilst working towards Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes. This is combined with a personalised therapeutic level of support to help young people reintegrate back into school or move on to other services that offer vocational learning opportunities.

The inclusion service offers bespoke, therapeutic intervention focussing on raising attainment for young people who struggle to manage the demands of a school environment. This includes developing personalised programmes of support, focussing on developing self-regulatory skills that will enable them to better manage the demands of a formal learning environment in the future.

A full driving Licence is required as the role is carried out over 2 local authority areas of Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

The aim:To reintegrate back into school or, where that isn’t possible, to prepare young people for other learning/work placements.

What the inclusion worker will do:

The personalised nature of the support means that inclusion workers can work on a 1:1 basis as well as supporting small group work that will enable young people to learn at a pace that is both realistic and sustainable for them. The service can be delivered in school, in the community and from the service base, making it a flexible and bespoke support package to best meet the needs of the young person. You will work directly with a group of young people, on a 1-to-1 basis or as part of a small groups, working flexibly and creatively towards a set of agreed outcomes. Although a proportion of this work takes place at our base in Bucksburn, our Inclusion Workers also work within the young person’s community and school settings.

What we are looking for:

Applicants will need to demonstrate flexibility and creativity in all they do. You will practice in a person centred, needs led manner, demonstrating patience, empathy and an understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children.

You will also have had experience of working with young people in a community, educational or residential setting.

What we will offer you:

  • Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.
  • A fantastic opportunity to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.
  • Access to our group pension scheme
  • Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team
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Community Development Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £23,086 – £26,023
  • North Ayrshire
  • Closing 4th November 2021

About Sustain North Ayrshire

Aberlour have been delivering our Sustain whole family support service within the localities of Kilwinning and Auchenharvie, North Ayrshire since October 2020. We support families with children from the Nursery\P1 transition through to the P7\S1 transition with a focus on early intervention and family wellbeing. We aim to be relationship based, strengths focused, capability building and community connecting.

For Aberlour whole family support begins and ends with families and communities and we aim to help build skills, confidence and belonging as an integral part of family support. We are often involved in supporting work within the wider community and as such we work with a very wide range of voluntary and statutory partners. By building the resilience and capacity of people and communities, families can feel more supported, connected, and confident in sustaining and leading change. This has always been our approach however it has been particularly effective in supporting our response to the pandemic and supporting plans for recovery.

What we are looking for....

We are currently recruiting for a Community Development Practitioner who will work 37.5 hours per week. This post is funded by the Scottish Government’s Community Recovery Fund for 6 months.

Working alongside the North Ayrshire Wellbeing and Recovery College and Raise Your Voice with Ardeer, our project partnership has been designed to help us work and learn together as we strive to support community recovery. Our new Community Development Practitioner will support the shared ambitions of all partners to work towards a holistic and inclusive approach to community recovery, where local people build on their strengths and interests, grow in confidence, learn new skills, make new connections in the community, and have the opportunity to lead and influence change.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Mentoring Co-ordinator

  • Full time
  • £27,201 – £29,305
  • Aberlour Attain Service- Renfrewshire
  • Closing 1st November 2021

About Aberlour Attain Services- Renfrewshire

Working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council this service works to improve attainment outcomes for care experienced children and young people.

The service brings together vulnerable children and young people with a mentor to build a consistent and trusting relationship and improve their opportunities. The focus in every mentoring relationship is on developing the relationship, recognising and building their strengths, and providing support and encouragement to deal with difficult and challenging situations in their lives.

What we are looking for....

As a Mentoring Co-ordinator you will help develop this vital service and ensure its ongoing success for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children we are looking for experienced and dedicated workers.

You will have demonstrable experience of supporting volunteers. You will have a good understanding of the issues facing looked after children along with experience of developing and delivering training.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8, or relevant experience and be driven to succeed.

You will work 37.5 hours per week, this is usually worked over Monday- Friday between 8am- 9pm to help induct, train and support our volunteers. There will be a requirement to work an occasional Saturday.

This post is currently funded until 31st March 2021, however we are currently seeking funding to extend our service beyond this date.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

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Accounting & Control Assistant

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st November 2021

Take advantage of our £500 new start bonus and apply today.

Do you have experience working with computerised finance system, finance ledgers, record keeping and ensuring financial controls are followed? Have you worked with credit control processes and procedures? If so we would love to hear from you.

About Aberlour

We are a values driven organisation delivering around 40 services across Scotland supporting children, young people and families.

Our central support functions are critical in ensuring our services can provide the best care possible.

What we are looking for....

We are looking for someone to join our finance department working 18.75 hours per week. Working days and hours are fairly flexible although cover on a Friday is preferred.

Using your knowledge of financial systems and proficient IT skills you will support a portfolio of services and act as their main contact within the finance department. You will raise, send and organise the payment of invoices, reconcile company accounts and chase late payments.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification or equivalent experience.

Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidateshere.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employeesclick here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversityhere.

If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

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Young People’s Workers (Youthpoint Moray - Elgin)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,987
  • Elgin
  • Closing 8th November 2021

Take advantage of our £500 new start bonus and apply today.

About Youthpoint Moray - Elgin

Using person-centred interventions to support young people and their families the team at Youthpoint Moray works in partnership with the referring statutory agency to assess, plan and implement appropriate strategies to meet the needs of young people.

What we are looking for....

We are looking for Young People’s Workers who will work as part of the team to deliver the best outcomes for the young people. Through a range of group and/or individual activities you will work with the young people supporting them to develop their self-esteem and confidence, assisting them to acknowledge, accept responsibility for and where appropriate alter their behaviour. You will support the young people to develop their problem-solving skills, enabling them to resolve conflicts, develop informed choices and relate better to their peers, families and authority figures. You will have the ability to monitor and evaluate the service to modify the programme effectively, working with the Service Manager, statutory referring agencies and other organisations to deliver changes which support more positive outcomes. A key part of the role is to motivate the young people to change and to do this you will explore with the young people and with appropriate agencies, leisure time pursuits, skills, achievements and interests that can provide incentives to achieve the required positive outcomes. The work will be delivered in service users’ homes or within other community settings.

Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidates here.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Assistant Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,458
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 25th March 2021

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable children with complex disabilities to be all they can be?

Are you ready to take a step into a management role?

Do you have knowledge and experience that can enable you to support development of our team?

If so, this could be the perfect role for you.

Options Moray has a strong reputation for delivering effective person-centred long term, shared care and short break services to children and young people with complex physical and learning disabilities. Our team provides a nurturing, safe, stimulating and trusted environment for the children we support, giving their families peace of mind while their child is in our care.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager who will work as part of the management team to support delivery of excellent services and contribute to the continuing development of the service.

Our service is registered for up to 7 young people to stay per 24 hours. With 2 single occupancy flats on site and 5 available bedrooms, for short breaks, most of our stays are on a planned basis. We also work with families to build person-centred Care at Home packages.

We take pride in delivering high quality services going above and beyond basic compliance. You will assist the Service Manager in making sure that quality measures are put in place and that organisational and external requirements are met, including from local authorities, the Care Inspectorate and also Health and Safety legislation.

You will play a key role in modelling excellent practice and supporting the team to develop and deliver best practice, providing advice and professional supervision to members of the team as required.

This is a challenging and stimulating role where the ability to build positive communication relationships and support staff to do so is crucial. We are therefore looking to recruit someone who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Aberlour’s values of Respect, acting in a way that shows we care about one another’s feelings; Integrity, doing the right thing even when no-one else is watching; Innovative, finding new, efficient ways of doing things; and Challenging, questioning ourselves and others rather than simply accepting the status quo.

There is an expectation that you will work 20% of your weekly hours offering direct support to the children and young people as part of our residential rota, this can include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over.

If you are ready to take on this exciting and rewarding role, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like further information on the Service we provide please do not hesitate to contact Sheena Main, Service Manager on 07815832395

A relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 (e.g. SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) or above is essential together with a practice qualification in the management category and the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate significant experience of working with young people in a residential setting.

This post requires you to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council and undergo PVG checks prior to taking up the role.

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Relief Young People’s Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Lothian, Prestonpans
  • Closing 19th March 2021

We are looking to build our relief pool of Young People’s Workers within our Options Lothian Service. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Sundays every week.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Availability should be specified on your application form. We need candidates to work the weekends, especially Sundays from 8am – 5pm. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

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Young Peoples Worker Disability

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,728
  • Options Aberdeen
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

Short Breaks and Care at Home services

Aberlour Options Aberdeen provides a variety of services throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire supporting people with a range of complex and profound disabilities including learning, physical and life limiting conditions and complex communication difficulties. Working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Autistic Society, we are developing a new service to expand our existing provision to provide a Hub which offers care at home, community and residential short breaks and an exciting, tailored programme of activities and support for children with disabilities and their families.

Our new centre is a hub for supporting children with disabilities and their families from across the city, giving children the chance to have new experiences and make new friends while giving their parents the vital opportunity to recharge their batteries. Our new hub-based provision is across our bases in Bucksburn and Garthdee, offering community-based outreach services, residential short breaks and care at home services. In addition to this, the Hub provides holistic family support to offer a menu of services that support and complement direct support offered to children and young people.

“Aberlour Options Aberdeen for us has been a godsend. Our lives have changed at home. They listen to your views and try and help with whatever is the problem.” Parent

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and caring individuals to join our short breaks and care at home team, working directly with children and young people with complex, multiple and profound disabilities and their families within their own homes, the community and service premises. You will contribute to the development of care and support plans, working in an outcomes focused manner to ensure that children, young people and their families get the most out of their service. You will work closely with internal and external colleagues in a multi-agency approach to ensure that the holistic needs of children, young people and families are central to service provision.

You will have experience of working with young people in a care at home, community or residential setting. It is desirable that you will also have experience of supporting children and young people with complex disabilities and associated health needs in a range of settings. You will be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council. To register you must hold or be willing to work towards a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (eg. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice.

What we will offer you:

Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.

A fantastic opportunity to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.

Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team.

Access to Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.

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Cook

  • Part time
  • £18,213 pro-rata
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 26th March 2021

We are looking for an additional Cook working 12 hours per week over 3 days (Friday to Sunday 2pm – 6pm) The job requires you to undertake planning, preparation and provision of nutritious meals for the children and young people with complex disabilities and autism who visit for short breaks or who live more permanently within the service.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality environment for the children and young people we support at the Options Moray service and involving them in the things that impact on their daily lives is an important part of how we work. In consultation with the young people and your colleagues, you will plan menus which are nutritious and meet particular dietary needs, whilst providing food that the children and young people enjoy. This could include catering for children who are diabetic, from ethnic minorities, who require fat free diets etc. The team also eat on shift as they work over mealtimes so this must also be considered in menu planning ie vegetarian, vegan etc.

You will be responsible alongside the Monday to Thursday cook for purchasing food and kitchen equipment within an agreed budget.

Given the vulnerability of our children and young people, cleanliness is a high priority and you will ensure that the kitchen and kitchen equipment is maintained at a high level in accordance with current environmental health legislation.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers and cooked foods in accordance with current Environmental Health Legislation.

You will participate in devising and planning cleaning schedules and also complete any required paperwork.

You will require to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent)

Or

Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,068 pro-rata
  • Family Support Centre, Langlees
  • Closing 24th March 2021

Aberlour Family Support Centre - Langlees works in partnership with the local council and the local community, providing a range of services to promote, positively support and strengthen the capacity of children and families to reach their full potential.

Our service supports families in the Falkirk area who may have a wide range of issues, which could include concerns for child development, social isolation and childhood trauma. The service works directly with the whole family in various settings, such as their own homes and our community-based family support centre which is registered with the Care Inspectorate.

As a community-based Service Administrator you will be the first point of contact for our families and External Stakeholders, dealing with enquiries either via telephone, email or in person. You will be able to work with high levels of accuracy across a range of mediums including Finances and Aberlour Dynamics system. An important part of the role is to provide financial administration for the service, supported by the management team and Senior Finance Officer. Experience in managing petty cash, spreadsheets, online banking, payments and orders as well as attendance at finance review meetings will be a crucial part of the job role. You will provide comprehensive administrative support for the team including reception duties, ordering of supplies, mail, maintaining electronic records and uploading sensitive records relating to young children and their families. Coordination of building and equipment needs, as required, in consultation with the management team will be a requirement.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and dedicated individual who is ready to join a passionate and experienced team to work in a busy, fast paced, front facing service. You will ideally have a relevant qualification at SCQF Level 7. You will have administrative experience gained by working within a busy office or social care environment and will be experienced in working with Microsoft Office packages including excel. Excellent communication skills and being committed to working in a relationship-based culture would be advantageous.

Why should I apply for this post?

As a valued part of our team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Protection, Moving & Handling and Fire Safety Training.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Young People’s Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • from £23,728
  • Options Borders, St Boswells
  • Closing 31st March 2021

At Aberlour Options Borders we provide a range of support services for young people up to the age of 18 years who have various disabilities. Our aim is to provide families with a short break from their caring role through the provision of high quality child-centred services which provide a positive experience for the young people we work with.

We have a strong reputation for supporting young people with high levels of complex needs, supporting them to grow, learn and maximise their potential. We believe that every child has the right to flourish. Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

We have openings for various contracts for Young People’s Workers, including temporary and permanent posts. Usual hours would be around 23 per week during term time for 42 weeks of the year and 35 hours per week for 10 weeks of the year (school holidays). You will be part of a residential respite rota which will require you to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and public holidays. There will be a requirement to do sleepover shifts with both these contracts. These will be paid at £40 per sleepover.

Please see advert on our website for further information about shifts and temporary contracts, or e-mail us at jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

A Day in the Life of a Young People’s Worker

Our day usually starts around 7.30am with the morning routine. We support our young people to get ready for their day ahead assisting with all aspects of personal hygiene. We then prepare breakfast and medications for each of our young people and organise the day’s activities. We plan mornings out, considering the health and safety requirements for each activity we undertake. After lunch we prepare an in-house activity. This also allows staff to complete daily paperwork such as weekend logs for our young people, updating care plans and review reports etc. In the evening we cook a healthy dinner considering our knowledge of our young peoples’ likes and dislikes and particularly if they have restricted diets.

"Aberlour Options provide a safe, fun and homely environment for respite for our son. He loves going to stay and asks daily when his next visit is" Parent

"Aberlour treat me like part of the family" Young Person

If you have an interest in working with young people we would like to hear from you. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, an understanding of autism, complex needs and mental health and have the relevant qualifications or will be willing to work towards these.

You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people. As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM training, Child Protection training and support completing an SVQ Level 3 in line with SSSC requirements.

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Senior Residential Worker - Sycamore Fife

  • Full time
  • £27,957
  • Fife
  • Closing 1st April 2021

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable young people to maximise their potential?

Do you feel ready to take a first step towards a management role?

Can you be an excellent role model, demonstrating your skills and experience in a leadership role?

If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Residential Worker to join our team. The current role is based in our children’s house in Kirkcaldy. Our Seniors play a pivotal role in our teams, using their skills, knowledge and expertise to support and work with their team to deliver excellent services to the vulnerable young people who live in our houses.

As a Senior Residential Worker, you will be responsible for some management tasks including providing guidance and professional supervision to team members. With the opportunity to undertake relevant training, this role will enable you to consolidate and develop your skills, looking to your future ability to move into a management role. You will also take part in the on-call rota.

You will be skilled in working with children and young people to manage the challenges that are presented to them in their daily lives whether at school, in their house or in the community. You will be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with the children and young people. Our approach is to work in a nurturing, therapeutic way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential.

Our children and young people tell us that they would like applicants who:

“Keep me safe at night”

“Are confident to play, have fun and be silly with me – who don’t sit back

and just watch”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Remembers what it’s like to grow up”

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and committed individuals who share our ambitions. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. Through a wide variety of learning and development opportunities we support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop their skills and experience, taking their first step on the ladder towards a management role.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience or contact Simone Gillespie 01592 592124.

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Community Support Practitioner (part time)

  • Part time
  • £22,857 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 2nd April 2021

Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire - Pilot

Aberlour Child Care Trust and South Ayrshire Council are piloting a new family wellbeing service, Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire. This service will work alongside families, schools, communities, and local partners to offer caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In response to referrals from schools Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire will deliver the support families need, when they need it, every day of the year. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Sustain South Ayrshire will work through relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking to recruit a Community Support Practitioner, working 22.5 hours per week. These posts are currently funded for one year.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across South Ayrshire, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

As an Aberlour employee you will:

- be part of a highly motivated and skilled team.

- receive continual personalised support.

- have access to a well-developed training programme.

- receive excellent annual leave entitlement.

- have access to our group pension scheme.

- have access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.

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Community Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • from £22,857
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th April 2021

Aberlour Child Care Trust and South Ayrshire Council are piloting a new family wellbeing service, Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire. This service will work alongside families, schools, communities, and local partners to offer caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In response to referrals from schools Aberlour Sustain South Ayrshire will deliver the support families need, when they need it, every day of the year. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Sustain South Ayrshire will work through relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help children and families build skills and confidence and strengthen community connections. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. We believe in working alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

We are looking to recruit a Community Support Practitioner, working 37.5 hours per week. These posts are currently funded for one year.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, and collaborative approach which recognises strengths and responds empathically to the needs of children, young people, and their families – this will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

To succeed in this role you will need to work flexibly within a variety of locations across South Ayrshire, including family homes, schools, and community settings in line with Covid guidance and safe working practices.

As an Aberlour employee you will:

- be part of a highly motivated and skilled team.

- receive continual personalised support.

- have access to a well-developed training programme.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,068 pro-rata
  • Sustain Angus, based in Forfar
  • Closing 1st April 2021

Working in partnership with Angus Council, Aberlour Sustain Angus provides support to enable children, young people and their families with challenges they may be facing. Sustain offers a highly flexible, responsive service supporting families by offering the help and tools they need to meet their needs. The service enables families to be supported at whatever time they need it, every day of the year.

We are seeking an experienced Administrator to join our team. Your role is to support the team with general and financial administrative tasks, as well as being the first point of contact for enquiries via phone and email. You must be comfortable with financial information, including putting together spreadsheets. You will have administrative experience gained by working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be experienced working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience. Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed to working in a relationship-based culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You will share our vision that collaborative working and relationship-based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

This is a part time role, hours can be worked flexibly although it is preferable if some hours can be worked on a Monday. For more information please feel free to contact Tracey Dammer on Service Manager on 07518 970 557

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Young People’s Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,728 pro-rata
  • Options Moray – Elgin
  • Closing 15th April 2021

Aberlour Options Moray is a community-based service for children/young people with learning disabilities offering residential, respite short breaks, family-based care and community support matched with the individual needs of every young person.

Are you interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in childcare?

Are you looking to develop your skills in a busy and ambitious environment?

Do you want to be part of a team that brings security and love to vulnerable young people?

Can you bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to your role?

If so ……we want to hear from you.

We are looking to fill a part-time post 25 hours per week, working across a residential shift pattern. Individuals need to bring a range of qualities to the role including being playful, warm and accepting and must be able to adapt their practice to appropriately meet the varying individual needs of each young person. This role can be challenging but is also immensely rewarding and provides postholders with rich opportunities to develop their own practice and understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge – both yourself and other people. We support our staff to be as effective as they can be through dedicated training and supervision. In return our staff act as exceptional role models supporting the children and young people, as well as sharing knowledge and learning with colleagues.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

Ideally, you will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, or be willing to work to this requirement as per SSSC registration.

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Residential Workers Nights

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Services Tayside
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience. We have a full time night worker post and part time day worker post available.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Fife - Housing Support)

  • Full time
  • £30,458
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As an Assistant Service Manager, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and to fully participate in the local community. Your role will support the Service Manager in the day to day management of the service and work in partnership with the young people’s families, professionals from health, education and social work.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and are valued members of their community. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of services for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Supervisor in a Housing Support Service.

There is an expectation that you will work 30 hours of your weekly hours offering direct support to the young people as part of our residential rota, this can include evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Young People’s Workers (Options Residential - McNally House)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,728
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work either 37.5 hours per week (Full Time ) or 25-30 hours per week (Part Time), working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Top job! Service Manager (Options Fife - Housing Support)

  • Full time
  • £37,518
  • Fife
  • Closing 8th April 2021

At Aberlour we understand and listen to what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife – Housing Support service based in Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community.

At Aberlour we believe every young person has the right to flourish. Our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Care at Home service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. As Service Manager, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and to fully participate in the local community.

What are we looking for?

As Service Manager, you will lead, manage and develop services for children, young people and families in line with service objectives and Aberlour’s strategic planning framework. Relevant experience and knowledge of best practice in supporting young people with autism, learning disability and/or complex health needs in a community, and an understanding of the impact of disability on inclusion are essential requirements. Knowledge and experience of child protection is essential.

You will be responsible for the development and delivery of the service to meet outcomes agreed with the local authority. You will be expected to report regularly to the service funder to evidence that we are meeting the agreed targets. You will have direct practice experience within this field and have experience of supporting and managing staff.

You will have experience of empowering, working and engaging with young people and their families in order to achieve positive outcomes. You will have previous managerial experience preferably within a residential childcare setting, an ability to motivate, support and supervise others and you will possess effective planning and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means. You are required to be registered with the SSSC and hold or be willing to work towards relevant professional qualifications to meet SSSC registration requirements.

Why should you apply for this post?

As a valued member of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child

Protection Training and moving and handling training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Top job! Child and Family Worker (Aberlour Family Service, South Ayrshire)

  • Full time
  • £21,769
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 8th April 2021

Do you want to be part of an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of Scotland’s children, young people, and families?

We are looking to recruit a Child and Family Worker to join our Family Support Service in South Ayrshire. The Family Service supports whole families where mum or dad has a learning disability, learning need or Autism. We recognise strengths and work to understand family circumstances to build confidence, improve skills and enable parents to provide a safe nurturing environment for their children.

By offering whole family support, building on capabilities and working through trusting relationships we aim to help families flourish at home, at school and in the community, minimising the need for statutory intervention.

Our service works closely with partner agencies in South Ayrshire to provide specialised support to families where parents have a learning need, and the children are aged between 0 – 16 years. You will support families to complete an assessment which recognises their own strengths and needs, deliver parenting support individually and in groups, improve parent’s knowledge of child development and help families connecting to the community\local services.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions\ strategies which support families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working, and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

We are looking to recruit a Child and Family Worker to work 37.5 hours per week, you will work these hours Monday- Friday between the hours of 8am-6pm. You may be occasionally asked to work out with these hours to facilitate group sessions with parents and families. This post will be offered on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2022.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • ongoing support , supervision and access to training
  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with a learning disability and or Autism?

We have an exciting opportunity for 2 family focused, warm friendly, resourceful and empathetic individuals to join our newly extended Disability Service as Family Workers.

At Options Fife we have been providing person centred services to children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism for over 25yrs. Our new family support workers will enhance the existing provision offered, enabling whole family support for children and families with complex learning needs.

As a Family Support Worker, you will offer emotional and direct practical help to families experiencing short- or long-term challenges. You will work with families, identifying areas where support is required, working with them to co-produce a family support plan which will be individually tailored to their child’s and family’s needs. You will agree outcomes and personal goals within the child’s plan.

The role of the family worker will be diverse and wide ranging and will include the following:

  • Promote and develop healthy routines, including sleep.
  • Provide practical support with personal care.
  • Support the development of play routines.
  • Support parents to address difficulties and reduce risks
  • Build upon parents existing knowledge and Equip them with enabling strategies and tools.
  • Support families to have positive and rewarding relationships.
  • Support families to implement structure, identify triggers and understand the function and purpose of their child’s behaviour. And reduce challenges from escalating.
  • Along with families, Liaise and work with partners and colleagues from Social Work, Health and Education to assess, review and evaluate progress.

You will have experience of supporting children and families with a learning disability and Autism. You will have up-to -date knowledge of best practice and supporting tools and interventions.

Working hours will be 37.5 per week across 7 days between the hours of 7am and 10pm. The days and hours worked will be agreed with families within the family support plan. There may also occasionally be a need to provide additional supports out with these times and to be able to respond to crisis and family stress.

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Community Support Practitioner (Aberlour Sustain Perth)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Perth
  • Closing 14th April 2021

Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues. Experience of working with children with additional support needs would be desirable but is not essential. You will work in a variety of settings including the service base, family homes, schools and community sites and deliver work either individually or with groups of children, young people and parents/carers.

A key part of the service is to be able to provide support whenever it is needed including at weekends, during the evening and on public holidays. There is a need to be adept at managing time, balancing the needs of children and families with the administrative elements of the role.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Lothian)

  • Part time
  • from £30,458 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 19th April 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Sundays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as both a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities and a Supervisor in a Housing Support Service.

There is an expectation that you will mainly be working these hours Friday-Sunday offering direct support to the young people as part of our residential rota, this will include evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake the occasional sleep over or night awake shift.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Activity Support Workers (Aberlour Options Borders)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 19th April 2021

Our service works with children and young people affected by their learning disabilities. Our Holiday Activity Club offers children the opportunity to take part in fun activities whilst enabling them to grow and learn. Summer Holiday Activity Clubs take place in Hawick, Peebles, Galashiels and Kelso.

You will be passionate about meeting the needs of children and young people and will strive to ensure that a programme of fun-filled activities and outings is available. You will understand the need for, and your responsibility to contribute to, a safe and secure environment.

You will have enthusiasm and drive, but also be patient and have a good sense of humour. This type of work can be challenging and so ideally you will have some previous experience of working with children and/or a similar client group.

The work can be physically demanding and includes moving and handling and providing personal care.

To allow us to provide a consistent, quality service it is desirable that applicants will commit to working between 10 and 35 hours per week throughout the 7 weeks of school summer holidays. Payment is made for the accrual of annual leave and will be explained further in the job pack. There is also the opportunity to join our relief pool for future work.

Prior to commencing, it is mandatory to attend training days where you will meet the rest of the team and learn about the service. Dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held over Microsoft Teams.

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Child and Family Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,086 pro-rata
  • Glasgow Family Support Service
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Do YOU want to help build a better future for Young People?

Do YOU want to be part of an organisation who really care?

Our Family Support Service supports families living in the Glasgow area, working both on a 1:1 basis and in groups in a variety of community, school and home setting, supporting the most disadvantaged families within the area to help reduce isolation and become more engaged in their community.

We are looking for someone to work within our bespoke support service to vulnerable families with children attending Miltonbank Primary School. This service is supported by the Pupil Equity Fund. You will work with the school to identify families with which you will offer personalised child development and parenting support to improve outcomes for those children within the education system. During the summer months you will continue work with the families doing outreach work.

You will have relevant experience working with children and families with strong knowledge of child development and parenting.

The post is offered as 18.75 hours per week worked on a flexible pattern to meet the needs of both the post holder and the families being supported. Work is expected to be completed within the identified school.

This post is a temporary post to cover maternity leave and is expected to end December 2021.

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Relief Residential Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Sycamore Service – Tayside
  • Closing 20th April 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

We are looking to recruit to a pool of Relief Residential Workers to work in our new residential house for children and young people in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Relief Workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional support.

Cover for staff holidays and absence

This work is offered on a casual, hourly basis to provide cover for staff holidays/absence or additional support during particularly busy periods.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care;

Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives;

Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential.

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Caretaker (Communities2Gether)

  • Part time
  • £18,525 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 6th May 2021

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Government - Investing in Communities, is trying to tackle poverty and inequality across disadvantaged North West Dumfries communities. We aim to achieve this through our newly refurbished community premises, which is open to all, and provides a range of services for the local community such as laundry, clothing, fridges and family/meeting rooms. Our aim is to build a service around the needs of the local community.

As a Caretaker you will be responsible for general maintenance, including minor repairs to the Community Hub, ensuring the relevant standards are met. You will act as a first point of contact to the local community who will be using the hub for various activities. You will work in partnership with the Community Connector to ensure that the hub is set up and organised for any community groups that may be using it.

We are looking to recruit a Caretaker who will work 16 hours per week. These hours will be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the local community which may include evenings, weekends and public holidays. This post is offered on a fixed term basis until June 2022.

We are looking to recruit someone who has had experience of working in a similar role.

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Young People’s Worker (Options Moray – Elgin)

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Elgin
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Aberlour Options Moray is a community-based service for children/young people with learning disabilities offering residential, respite short breaks, family-based care and community support matched with the individual needs of every young person.

Are you interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in childcare?

Are you looking to develop your skills in a busy and ambitious environment?

Do you want to be part of a team that brings security and love to vulnerable young people?

Can you bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to your role?

If so ……we want to hear from you.

We are looking to fill a part-time post 25 hours per week, working across a residential shift pattern. Individuals need to bring a range of qualities to the role including being playful, warm and accepting and must be able to adapt their practice to appropriately meet the varying individual needs of each young person. This role can be challenging but is also immensely rewarding and provides postholders with rich opportunities to develop their own practice and understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge – both yourself and other people. We support our staff to be as effective as they can be through dedicated training and supervision. In return our staff act as exceptional role models supporting the children and young people, as well as sharing knowledge and learning with colleagues.

Ideally, you will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above, or be willing to work to this requirement as per SSSC registration.

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Relief Family Worker - Aberlour Options Dundee

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Options Dundee Service
  • Closing 3rd May 2021

Do you share our vision?

Do you want to work in an organisation that really cares for the young people we work with?

We are looking to build our relief pool of Family Workers within our Options Dundee Service. We work in partnership with the families to offer tailored packages of support to help support families to stay together. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community.

The families we work with find our service invaluable- “I don't know what I'd do without them. I trust them, my child trusts them - we both feel safe when they're in the house…They've changed my and my child’s life.”

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Weekend and evening workers required to support the service needs. Availability should be specified on your application and will be discussed at interview. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

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Cook – Community Café

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Communities2gether, Dumfries
  • Closing 6th May 2021

We are recruiting for a Cook, working 16 hours over 2 or 3 days per week preparing and delivering our community-based emergency food provision from our FareShare project. Working with the Community Connector and Service Manager, you will help to support the development of our Community Café which will be used as a community resource.

The hourly rate for this post is £9.54. Funding for the project is currently confirmed until June 2022 but may be extended.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers, and cooked foods in accordance with current environmental health Legislation.

You will be required to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent) or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

You will build relationships with centre users, the Community Connector, wider staff team and partner agencies to support the development of a training café as we offer volunteering opportunities & placements for people to gain skills & confidence. It is important to note the Café will also be used by other partner agencies 3 days per week offering opportunities for their clients.

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Governments - Investing in Communities Fund, is committed to working with the people and communities of North West Dumfries to tackle the impact of poverty and inequality. Working collaboratively with the health and social care partnership and existing community partners we will connect with people and communities to identify strengths and support local people to lead on the development of local supports and community connections.

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Playscheme Workers/Senior Playscheme Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th May 2021

Our Aberlour Options Ayrshire service is a busy respite care unit for children and young people with special needs. As well as providing short residential breaks the service offers outreach to families and also manages and runs after school clubs and playschemes during the school holidays.

We are looking to recruit to our summer playscheme programme. Our Playscheme runs 6 days per week, Monday to Saturday, during the school holidays. You will work flexible hours as part of a team providing a programme of fun-filled activities and outings. Some previous experience in this area is preferred. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and work hard are essential. To allow us to provide a consistent, quality service it is desirable that applicants commit to working up to 5 days per week during the summer school holidays for a minimum of 12 hours per week. There will be an opportunity to work additional hours up to full time hours. Shifts are variable and cover days, evenings and weekends. Days will be given in advance. Our playschemes run in both Ayr and Girvan and staff may be expected to work at both sites. Mandatory training dates for staff will be arranged in advance of the playscheme commencing.

Depending on experience you may be offered the post of Senior Playscheme Worker, which would be paid at the higher hourly rate.

If you would like to discuss this post please contact Lauren Duncan on 07772 226641.

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Top job! Resources & Procurement Manager

  • Full time
  • £42,978
  • Office base in Stirling, but homeworking anticipated
  • Closing 10th May 2021

Aberlour is Scotland’s largest, solely Scottish children’s charity with over 40 services across Scotland. We have a strong reputation for supporting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people to achieve positive outcomes, helping them to fulfil their potential.

We are seeking an experienced professional, initially for a 12-month contract, to lead on the provision of an effective, efficient and high quality property and facilities management service and deliver an effective corporate procurement function, ensuring all purchasing is compliant with legislation, follows best practice, and delivers optimum value for money.

Aberlour has ambitious plans for a sector leading environmental strategy, meanwhile we continue to open new properties as we expand services and explore potential economies of scale across the organisation or with other third sector organisations in shared services opportunities.

You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to effect change through collaboration, negotiation and problem solving. You will be educated to degree level within a relevant field such as property management, procurement, supply chain management, logistics or business administration. You will have demonstrable wide experience of managing both facilities and premises along with procurement and supply chains.

We have an office base in Stirling, but regular travel across Scotland to services may be required and therefore we are very flexible about homeworking.

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Family Worker- Disability (2 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Options Fife- Outreach
  • Closing 14th May 2021

Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with a learning disability and or Autism?

We have an exciting opportunity for 2 family focused, warm friendly, resourceful and empathetic individuals to join our newly extended Disability Service as Family Workers.

At Options Fife we have been providing person centred services to children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism for over 25yrs. Our new family support workers will enhance the existing provision offered, enabling whole family support for children and families with complex learning needs.

As a Family Support Worker, you will offer emotional and direct practical help to families experiencing short- or long-term challenges. You will work with families, identifying areas where support is required, working with them to co-produce a family support plan which will be individually tailored to their child’s and family’s needs. You will agree outcomes and personal goals within the child’s plan

The role of the family worker will be diverse and wide ranging and will include the following:

· Promote and develop healthy routines, including sleep.

· Provide practical support with personal care.

· Support the development of play routines.

· Support parents to address difficulties and reduce risks

· Build upon parents existing knowledge and Equip them with enabling strategies and tools.

· Support families to have positive and rewarding relationships.

· Support families to implement structure, identify triggers and understand the function and purpose of their child’s behaviour. And reduce challenges from escalating.

· Along with families, Liaise and work with partners and colleagues from Social Work, Health and Education to assess, review and evaluate progress.

You will have experience of supporting children and families with a learning disability and Autism. You will have up-to -date knowledge of best practice and supporting tools and interventions.

Working hours will be 37.5 per week across 7 days between the hours of 7am and 10pm. The days and hours worked will be agreed with families within the family support plan. There may also occasionally be a need to provide additional supports out with these times and to be able to respond to crisis and family stress.

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Assistant Service Manager

  • Part time
  • £30,458 pro-rata
  • Options Lothian
  • Closing 14th May 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for children and young people to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Mondays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community/daycare or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager to work between Fridays and Mondays – this time will be split into direct work with our young people as part of our residential rota, also providing the occasional sleep over or night awake shift, and to offer managerial support to the staff during the weekends.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Young People’s Worker, Disability (2 x part time posts)

  • Part time
  • from £23,965 pro-rata
  • Options Residential Fife, based in Dunfermline
  • Closing 17th May 2021

Our Options Residential Fife service is a full-time, residential care home offering long-term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities. We provide quality living for those children and young people who can no longer live at home.

We are looking for 2 part time Young People’s Workers, each working 24.5 hours per week, to become part of our family. One post is offered on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave (until the end of March 2022), and the other is a permanent contract.

At Aberlour we feel that every child has the right to flourish and is at the heart of everything we do. As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in ensuring that our young people are working towards their goals. Not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. You will provide enabling support to ensure the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support our young people with different daily activities. These activities can include college, different hobbies and attending fun groups - each of our young people has a developed plan that helps them achieve their goals.

You will become part of a highly skilled and experienced team and will have a supported induction programme, with access to an extensive training programme which includes CALM training, Child Protection and Fire Safety.

This service operates a residential rota and as part of this, you will be expected to work evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

If you would like an informal conversation about this role please contact Helen Finnie, Service Manager, on 01383 724834.

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Top job! Assistant Directors

  • Full time
  • £55,357 – £58,752
  • Base – negotiable
  • Closing 17th May 2021

We are truly ambitious for the young people of Scotland – are you?

If you share our ambition, working for Aberlour could be the most rewarding experience of your life

Aberlour is one of the largest Children’s Charities in Scotland. Over the last year we have continued to grow in size and strength opening four new services and expanded the reach of a further five. We have two new services opening in May and a further eight in discussion. We have never been busier and need the support of professionals who share our ambitions to develop quality services to reach even more children and families.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. We have just developed our latest strategy ‘Being Brave for children, young people and families’ setting our ambitions and targets over the next five years. We are continuing to embracing new possibilities around digitalisation which we believe can enhance and support service development and advance our plans to develop the organisation.

The opportunities

We have a vacant post supporting our disability services across Fife and Lothian - residential, respite, outreach and our new housing support service.

Due to growth, we are looking for an additional Assistant Director to support services across Tayside. These cover a wide range of sectors including disability home support, residential child care and community based family support.

We may also have a further opportunity for an additional Assistant Director within Central Scotland.

The person

If you are a progressive, motivated professional who knows what it takes to develop new innovative solutions that support young people and the commissioners of services, alongside ensuring sustainability and safeguarding as priorities for all your services, we’d love to hear from you.

You will provide leadership and external management, identify opportunities for growth and work with our business development team to secure income streams to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Applicants should have management level experience within the public, private or voluntary sector with direct experience of both management of services and liaison with local government, NHS or alternative funding commissioners. You will also be driven to influence local and national strategy, policy and practice to the benefit of vulnerable people.

The successful post holder will hold a relevant professional social care or social work qualification at SCQF level 9 or above plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above. They will also have a broad current knowledge of Scottish social policy and child care legislation.

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Relief Family Worker - Aberlour Options Dundee

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Aberlour Options Dundee
  • Closing 1st June 2021

Do you share our vision?

Do you want to work in an organisation that really cares for the young people we work with?

We are looking to build our relief pool of Family Workers within our Options Dundee Service. We work in partnership with the families to offer tailored packages of support to help support families to stay together. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community.

The families we work with find our service invaluable- “I don't know what I'd do without them. I trust them, my child trusts them - we both feel safe when they're in the house…They've changed my and my child’s life.”

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Weekend and evening workers required to support the service needs. Availability should be specified on your application and will be discussed at interview. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

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Service Administrator (Dumfries)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 19th May 2021

Aberlour delivers a number of services supporting children, young people and their families across the Dumfries and Galloway area.

We help parents and children who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may be affected by a range of issues, which could include drug and alcohol use in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own and will work with children from birth.

We are looking for an experienced administrator to support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, for 15 hours per week, worked flexibly during office hours.

You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Residential Workers (Sycamore Services Tayside)

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Sycamore Services Tayside – Red Squirrel
  • Closing 3rd June 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. One of our young people in the house would really like someone who is active and likes playing swing ball. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

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Residential Workers (Nights) Sycamore Services Tayside

  • Full time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Services Tayside – Red Squirrel
  • Closing 3rd June 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

New residential house for children in Auchterhouse

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

Children tell us that they want to live somewhere where they feel safe, with adults who know, understand them and love them and who they trust. They want the adults who care for them to have fun with them, to be silly, to help them learn and grow and share memories and experiences with them. Can you help to create these experiences for children and young people?

Working nights, you will play a crucial role, providing security to the young people if any of them are unable to sleep or become unsettled during the night. This can be particularly difficult for the young people and your ability to adopt a calm and comforting approach is a key skill to help them through these difficult experiences.

Creating a safe, comfortable and loving home environment

The care experience of our children is our first consideration and by creating the home environment that makes them feel safe, comfortable and loved, this also creates a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our staff team, providing valuable development opportunities. One of the key things for working with vulnerable children and young people is to provide consistency and so it is important that you can work with the rest of the team to deliver this, whilst taking account of the changing needs of the children and communicating effectively with your colleagues.

Values based culture

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

  • Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care
  • Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives
  • Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential

We support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Lothian)

  • Part time
  • £30,763 pro-rata
  • Lothian
  • Closing 4th June 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for children and young people to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Mondays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community/daycare or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager to work between Fridays and Mondays – this time will be split into direct work with our young people as part of our residential rota, also providing the occasional sleep over or night awake shift, and to offer managerial support to the staff during the weekends.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Service Manager - Aberlour Sustain Borders

  • Full time
  • £37,894 – £40,822
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Aberlour, in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, has developed a service for families with children at ‘the edge of care’, families who are often feeling overwhelmed by the complex demands of parenting and struggling to support the needs of their children at home, at school and in the community. At what can be a highly charged and emotional time for families, Sustain Borders offers a relationship-based and strengths-focused approach.

Working collaboratively with local partners our aim is to help children and families stay together. Families experience a wide range of social, emotional and structural challenges which can impact on health and wellbeing. Our relationship-based approach is informed by an understanding of attachment and the impact of trauma. We offer whole family support and work individually and in groups with children, young people, parents, and carers. Our approach helps families to seek solutions, build on strengths, learn new skills, and grow in confidence. We work together to improve relationships, helping families to live, laugh and learn together and improving their connection with, and contribution to, life at home, at school and in the community.

In our first 18 months, we supported over 50 families throughout the Scottish Borders, with 80% of referred children and young people continuing to live at home and remain connected to their school and community. We feel our flexibility and the intensity of our Sustain support model is a key factor in this success. The service is available ‘as and when required’, including during evenings and weekends, providing families with the support they need when they need it.

“[Child] is now interacting better, is back in school, and the relationship with his mum has improved. This would not have happened without Sustain.”

“Sustain will be the voice of the young person so they are prepared to have difficult conversations with parents, teachers or anyone else when they have to.”

Social Workers

“I’m being a more stable parent now.”

“I knew I was stressed out, but I didn’t realise how bad it was. I was doing lots of avoidance and going out as much as possible to avoid being in the house with him. I am now spending much more time looking after the children.”

Parents

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed a further 4 years’ funding for this service. We are looking to recruit a dynamic and creative individual to manage, lead and develop the service further. We are looking for a manager who has had experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection. You will also have direct experience of leading, supporting and managing staff, inter-agency and partnership working and developing and managing a budget. You will work 37.5 hours per week, which will be worked flexibly in line with service need. This contract is offered on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2024.

Service Manager responsibilities include ensuring that your team delivers excellent services, evidencing the effectiveness of innovative practice and ensuring continual service improvement through effective quality assurance. You will be responsible for implementing and achieving a range of outcomes, including self-evaluation and monitoring frameworks and implementing Aberlour’s policies and procedures. You will have the ability to provide an effective role model to others, and use an asset based, person-centred approach to work with families. You will be responsible for managing the day to day operation of the service budget and line managing staff.

As part of a small team, you will ensure that the highest level of physical and emotional care is provided to our families. You will ensure that the teams understand and meet their obligations to protect and promote the welfare of service users and ensure the safeguarding role at all times.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

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Young People’s Worker (2 x Part Time Posts) - Options Fife

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 10th June 2021

Do you have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability/and or autism or relevant experience in a similar sector or work environment?

Options Fife Glenrothes provides a range of flexible support through outreach and overnight short breaks at weekends, evenings and school holidays to children and young people with complex learning disabilities and autism. We offer a high-quality child centred service providing positive and enabling experiences for the young people, supporting them through the challenges and complexities that enable them to work towards their individual outcomes and personal goals. We work closely with families and other professionals in providing support tailored around the child’s plan.

What are we looking for?

Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan, supporting children to progress within their individual outcomes. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community. You will help arrange and take our young people on fun activities within the local community such as taking our young people in the minibus to the local swimming pool.

As part of the job role a driving license is essential.

We are looking to recruit to the following posts -

  • Young People’s Worker working an average of 28.25 hours per week. This is broken down by working in both our respite and outreach services.
    • Respite- 18 hours per week for 49 weeks of the year and 37.5 hours per week for 3 weeks of the year.
    • Outreach- 11 hours per week for 40 weeks of the year and 5 hours per week for 7 weeks of the year.
  • Young People’s Worker working an average of 22.23 hours per week. This is broken down by working in both our respite and outreach services.
    • Respite- 18.5 hours per week for 49 weeks of the year and 37.5 hours per week for 3 weeks of the year.
    • Outreach- 2.75 hours per week for 50 weeks of the year. This will be a 5.5 hour shift per fortnight.

Our Outreach Service operates mainly during midweek evenings and our Respite service is currently open Friday until Sunday.

We also have options for working on a relief basis.

Why should I apply for this post?

As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Young People’s Workers - Options Fife (Residential Glenrothes & Housing Support)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 10th June 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife - Housing Support - Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes - Our new Options Fife (Residential)- Glenrothes will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25- 30 hours per week) or relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Residential Worker (Nights) – permanent

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Inverness
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Do you believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish?

Could you bring enthusiasm and fun to a young person’s life?

Are you interested in developing your skills and experience in working therapeutically with young people?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Residential Worker for a permanent post with our team in Inverness, working in a residential house which is home for up to five young people. We have a core team of Residential Workers who support these very vulnerable young people, helping them to achieve and overcome the challenges they face. At Aberlour we believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish regardless of their background and the circumstances that have brought them to live with Aberlour. The children we support are presently not able to live safely with their own families and many of them have suffered from trauma and loss in their young lives. Working therapeutically with the young people, using a Dyadic Developmental approach, our aim is to help the young people to develop their confidence and self-worth and therefore to maximise their potential and opportunities for living fulfilled and happy lives.

This is a permanent post for 70 hours per month..

Nights of working will be negotiable between the successful candidate and the manager. Working nights, you will play a crucial role, providing security to the young people if any of them are unable to sleep or become unsettled during the night. This can be particularly difficult for the young people and your ability to adopt a calm and comforting approach is a key skill to help them through these difficult experiences.

Young people have told us that they like staff who:

“Will keep me safe at night”

“Are confident to have fun and be silly with me – who don’t sit back and just watch”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Like football”

“Like makeup and fashion”

“Want to spend time with me one to one”

Our residential service in Inverness is one of two houses that Aberlour runs in the Highlands. Our experienced teams of staff seek to create a comfortable home for the young people where they can grow and flourish, participating in educational and community activities to achieve their goals.

The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. Through a wide variety of learning and development opportunities we support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

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Residential Workers

  • Full time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Service – Fife
  • Closing 17th June 2021

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

We are looking to recruit Residential Workers to join our Sycamore Services team in our homes in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline. You should be enthusiastic, warm, playful, accepting, curious and empathetic and be able to bring these qualities to your work with children and young people. Our approach is to work in a therapeutic way to support the vulnerable children and young people who live in our residential houses.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. You should be able to work in a nurturing way, enabling the children and young people to feel safe and loved. We are looking for individuals who will help us to achieve our vision, which is to:

• Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care;

• Provide the best life-long learning environment in Scotland which supports children to lead happy and successful lives;

• Be the best place in Scotland for staff to have a fulfilling work experience and to achieve their individual and collective potential.

Through a wide variety of learning and development opportunities we support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Our children and young people tell us that they would like applicants who:

“Keep me safe at night”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Can make up bedtime stories”

“Want to spend time with me one to one”

“Remembers what it’s like to grow up”

Details of the available posts are set out in the ‘Terms & Conditions’ document which is included with the adverts on our website.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Service Administrator (Family Support Centre, Langlees)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Langlees
  • Closing 18th June 2021

Aberlour Family Support Centre - Langlees works in partnership with the local council and the local community, providing a range of services to promote, positively support and strengthen the capacity of children and families to reach their full potential.

Our service supports families in the Falkirk area who may have a wide range of issues, which could include concerns for child development, social isolation and childhood trauma. The service works directly with the whole family in various settings, such as their own homes and our community-based family support centre which is registered with the Care Inspectorate.

As a community-based Service Administrator you will be the first point of contact for our families and External Stakeholders, dealing with enquiries either via telephone, email or in person. You will be able to work with high levels of accuracy across a range of mediums including Finances and Aberlour Dynamics system. An important part of the role is to provide financial administration for the service, supported by the management team and Senior Finance Officer. Experience in managing petty cash, spreadsheets, online banking, payments and orders as well as attendance at finance review meetings will be a crucial part of the job role. You will provide comprehensive administrative support for the team including reception duties, ordering of supplies, mail, maintaining electronic records and uploading sensitive records relating to young children and their families. Coordination of building and equipment needs, as required, in consultation with the management team will be a requirement.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and dedicated individual who is ready to join a passionate and experienced team to work in a busy, fast paced, front facing service. You will ideally have a relevant qualification at SCQF Level 7. You will have administrative experience gained by working within a busy office or social care environment and will be experienced in working with Microsoft Office packages including excel. Excellent communication skills and being committed to working in a relationship-based culture would be advantageous.

Why should I apply for this post?

As a valued part of our team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Protection, Moving & Handling and Fire Safety Training.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Service Administrator (Options Fife - Housing Support)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Fife
  • Closing 18th June 2021

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information, petty cash and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Service Administrator to join your new Options Fife- Housing Support service. Our new service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. You will work 12 hours per week, hours will be worked flexibly in line with service demand and availability can be discussed at interview.

You will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including the co-ordination of recruitment paperwork for volunteers joining the service. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Young People’s Worker (Part Time) - Options Fife

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Dunfermline - Lochwood
  • Closing 18th June 2021

Are you passionate, committed, resilient and have a good sense of person-centred approaches and values?

“I am a young adult who likes to spend time on my own within my own activities and I need support to be tailored to the challenges and complexities that will enable me to take the small meaningful steps in the progression of my daily living skills.

I recently moved into my forever home with a small, highly skilled team, who are working with me to manage the on-going transitions from home to home.

I am looking for a part-time staff member to join my small team, I need someone who is patient, calm and able to fill their time while I take the small steps that are imperative to keep me safe healthy and motivated.

This can be a challenging but rewarding role assisting and helping me on my lifelong journey building upon and reaching new personal goals”.

Experience and or knowledge of autism and learning disability would be beneficial. We are looking to recruit a Young People’s Worker working 22.5 hours per week, you will work as part of a residential rota which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake occasional sleep overs.

Why should you apply for this post?

As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. The post requires SSSC registration, but we support individuals to gain the necessary practice qualifications required.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours (pay rates are being review for cost of living increases expected 1st April)

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

If you would like an informal chat about this post, please contact Jacqui Kirk, Service Manager on 01592 744195.

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Family Workers (Aberlour Early Years Outreach Service /Sustain Falkirk)

  • Part time
  • £23,086 – £26,023 pro-rata
  • Falkirk
  • Closing 23rd June 2021

Aberlour has been supporting families across the Falkirk area for the last 20 years. We are currently expanding our support into new areas and have a number of opportunities.

We have part time vacancies working alongside families, communities and partners to offer caring and responsive support to children, young people and families.

Why work with Aberlour?

Aberlour strives to be an employer of choice. We are progressive in our approach to work and we encourage and support our staff to be innovative and proactive in improving what we do to get better outcomes for children.

We’re really proud of our work and our staff. We live by the values that drive our passion to ensure every child has the chance to flourish. Our values of respect, integrity, innovative and challenging reflect what we are, how we do things and where we want to be.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive a competitive salary, excellent annual leave and access to a group pension plan. We provide a supported induction, with well-developed training programmes and continual personalised support.

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Caretaker (Communities2Gether)

  • Part time
  • £18,525 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 23rd June 2021

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Government - Investing in Communities, is trying to tackle poverty and inequality across disadvantaged North West Dumfries communities. We aim to achieve this through our newly refurbished community premises, which is open to all, and provides a range of services for the local community such as laundry, clothing, fridges and family/meeting rooms. Our aim is to build a service around the needs of the local community.

As a Caretaker you will be responsible for general maintenance, including minor repairs to the Community Hub, ensuring the relevant standards are met. You will act as a first point of contact to the local community who will be using the hub for various activities. You will work in partnership with the Community Connector to ensure that the hub is set up and organised for any community groups that may be using it.

We are looking to recruit a Caretaker who will work 16 hours per week. These hours will be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the local community which may include evenings, weekends and public holidays. This post is offered on a fixed term basis until June 2022.

We are looking to recruit someone who has had experience of working in a similar role. Further details can be found in the job description on our website.

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Cook – Community Café (Communities2gether)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 23rd June 2021

We are recruiting for a Cook, working 16 hours over two or three days per week preparing and delivering our community-based emergency food provision from our FareShare project. Working with the Community Connector and Service Manager, you will help to support the development of our Community Café which will be used as a community resource.

The hourly rate for this post is £9.54. Funding for the project is currently confirmed until June 2022 but may be extended.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers, and cooked foods in accordance with current environmental health legislation.

You will be required to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent) or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

You will build relationships with centre users, the Community Connector, wider staff team and partner agencies to support the development of a training café as we offer volunteering opportunities & placements for people to gain skills & confidence. It is important to note that the Café will also be used by other partner agencies three days per week offering opportunities for their clients.

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Government’s “Investing in Communities Fund”, is committed to working with the people and communities of North West Dumfries to tackle the impact of poverty and inequality. Working collaboratively with the health and social care partnership and existing community partners we will connect with people and communities to identify strengths and support local people to lead on the development of local supports and community connections.

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Community Support Practitioner - Aberlour Sustain Perth

  • Full time
  • £22,857
  • Perth
  • Closing 1st July 2021

Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues. Experience of working with children with additional support needs would be desirable but is not essential.

Working in a variety of settings including the service base, family homes, schools and community settings, you will work either individually or with groups of children, young people and parents / carers using an asset-based approach to build capacity and resilience.

As well as being involved in planning, designing and delivering appropriate work you will also assist in assessing and evaluating the services, maintain accurate records and contribute to reports.

A key part of the service is to be able to provide support whenever it is needed including at weekends, during the evening and on public holidays. There is a need to be adept at managing time, balancing the needs of children and families with the administrative elements of the role.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

If you would like more information or wish to discuss this post, please contact Tracey Dammer, Service Manager on 07528 970557 for an informal conversation

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Child and Family Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,086 pro-rata
  • Dumfries Intensive Family Support Service
  • Closing 30th June 2021

Our service supports families in the Dumfries and Galloway area who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may have a wide range of issues, which include drug and alcohol use within the family. As a Child and Family worker you would work directly with the whole family in various settings, such as their own homes, our dedicated base and other community locations. COVID-19 precautions are currently in place within the service.

You would become the trusted person that they could talk about what they are going through at home whilst undertaking assessments to identify what support we can provide. You would work with the children and the family offering practical help in the community and family home, liaising with partner agencies, schools and nurseries. You would participate and lead our homework and other group work sessions, and attend meetings, children’s hearings and school meetings when necessary. You would help establish routines and build life skills with families. In addition to this we offer regular group sessions which help build parenting skills and confidence.

We are looking for someone to join our friendly and supportive team. You should have a sound knowledge of child development and be able to work with parents either individually or in groups to develop their parenting skills and confidence.

We are looking for a Child and Family Worker who will work 16 hours per week with the potential to be worked flexibly. Evening/weekend work may be required dependant on service need. An allowance is incorporated into the salary to support this requirement. This post is offered on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2023.

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Inclusion Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £25,905 pro-rata
  • Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 1st July 2021

We are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic individual to co-ordinate the inclusion work within the Options Aberdeen service. Aberlour recognises that some young people struggle to manage the challenges presented by being in a mainstream school environment. Our programme of inclusion work, involving bespoke therapeutic interventions, is focused on raising attainment and is designed to help the young people engage more effectively. You will lead the inclusion team in developing personalised support for the young people including helping the young people to develop self-regulatory skills, enabling them to better manage the demands of a formal learning environment in the future. We would expect that delivery of this personalised support will also ensure that Aberlour’s personalisation agenda is implemented. A full driving Licence is required as the role is carried out over 2 local authority areas of Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

In conjunction with the Service Manager you will support the assessment, planning, delivery, evaluation and ongoing reporting of the inclusion services ensuring that service based outputs are met.

As an important element of the role is to develop personalised support, you will contribute to skill matching individual team members with the young people ensuring compatibility whilst maintaining appropriate staffing levels. Working in partnership with relevant stakeholders you will seek to achieve improved outcomes for the young people.

High standards in record keeping are essential as ongoing evidence of the work carried out and also to inform reports for relevant stakeholders. Written communication skills and an ability to learn how to make the most effective use of Aberlour’s recording system, Dynamics, are therefore a key requirement of whoever is appointed.

The Inclusion Co-ordinator role is pivotal with a responsibility to develop professional and collaborative working relationships with external agencies and representing the service at multi-agency meetings.

Liaising with the Service Manager you will ensure the necessary resources are available for the inclusion team and progress opportunities for developing inclusion service provision within Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

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Cook

  • Part time
  • £18,604 pro-rata
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 8th July 2021

We are looking for an additional Cook working 12 hours per week over 3 days (Friday to Sunday 2pm – 6pm) The job requires you to undertake planning, preparation and provision of nutritious meals for the children and young people with complex disabilities and autism who visit for short breaks or who live more permanently within the service.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality environment for the children and young people we support at the Options Moray service and involving them in the things that impact on their daily lives is an important part of how we work. In consultation with the young people and your colleagues, you will plan menus which are nutritious and meet particular dietary needs, whilst providing food that the children and young people enjoy. This could include catering for children who are diabetic, from ethnic minorities, who require fat free diets etc. The team also eat on shift as they work over mealtimes so this must also be considered in menu planning ie vegetarian, vegan etc.

You will be responsible alongside the Monday to Thursday cook for purchasing food and kitchen equipment within an agreed budget.

Given the vulnerability of our children and young people, cleanliness is a high priority and you will ensure that the kitchen and kitchen equipment is maintained at a high level in accordance with current environmental health legislation.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers and cooked foods in accordance with current Environmental Health Legislation.

You will participate in devising and planning cleaning schedules and also complete any required paperwork.

You will require to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent) Or Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

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Relief Residential Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Sycamore, Fort William
  • Closing 7th July 2021

Do you believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish?

Could you bring enthusiasm and fun to a young person’s life?

Are you interested in developing your skills and experience in working therapeutically with young people?

We are looking to build our current pool of Relief Residential Workers to work in our residential service for children and young people based in Fort William. We work using a Dyadic Developmental Practice model which means that we ensure that the child/young person and their behaviour is understood and that the child or young person feels as safe as possible at home, in school and in social activities.

We are looking for individuals who will be playful, warm, accepting, curious and empathetic in their dealings with children, and to bring these qualities to help us achieve our vision, which is to:

  1. Provide the best option in Scotland for children who require to live in residential care.
  2. Provide the best life-long learning services in Scotland which support children to lead happy and successful lives.
  3. Be the best place in Scotland for staff to work and to support staff to achieve their individual and collective potential.

Our aim is to create and provide our young people with opportunities to develop and grow within a safe therapeutic environment.

By giving our young people opportunities like this we help build self-esteem and self-worth, giving children and young people the belief that they can achieve and be successful in their future.

Relief Workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community.

Young people have told us that they like staff who:

“Will keep me safe at night”

“Are confident to have fun and be silly with me – who don’t sit back and just watch”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Like football”

“Like makeup and fashion”

“Want to spend time with me one to one”

Our residential service in Fort William is one of two houses that Aberlour runs in the Highlands. Our experienced teams of staff seek to create a comfortable home for the young people where they can grow and flourish, participating in educational and community activities to achieve their goals.

This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Availability should be specified on your application and will be discussed at interview.

You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people.

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Inclusion Worker - Based in Options Aberdeen

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Based in Options Aberdeen
  • Closing 1st July 2021

We are looking to recruit an Inclusion Worker to join our team. This post offers applicants the opportunity to join an established, creative and dynamic team.

In partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Aberlour Options Aberdeen Inclusion Service offers community-based education support services. We support children and young people who have complex additional support needs that impacts on their ability to engage with mainstream schooling. The team focus on promoting inclusion for young people who are either excluded from school or accessing a flexible learning pathway to address barriers to inclusion whilst working towards Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes. This is combined with a personalised therapeutic level of support to help young people reintegrate back into school or move on to other services that offer vocational learning opportunities.

The inclusion service offers bespoke, therapeutic intervention focussing on raising attainment for young people who struggle to manage the demands of a school environment. This includes developing personalised programmes of support, focussing on developing self-regulatory skills that will enable them to better manage the demands of a formal learning environment in the future.

A full driving Licence is required as the role is carried out over 2 local authority areas of Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

The aim: To reintegrate back into school or, where that isn’t possible, to prepare young people for other learning/work placements.

What the inclusion worker will do:

The personalised nature of the support means that inclusion workers can work on a 1:1 basis as well as supporting small group work that will enable young people to learn at a pace that is both realistic and sustainable for them. The service can be delivered in school, in the community and from the service base, making it a flexible and bespoke support package to best meet the needs of the young person. You will work directly with a group of young people, on a 1-to-1 basis or as part of a small groups, working flexibly and creatively towards a set of agreed outcomes. Although a proportion of this work takes place at our base in Bucksburn, our Inclusion Workers also work within the young person’s community and school settings.

What we are looking for:

Applicants will need to demonstrate flexibility and creativity in all they do. You will practice in a person centred, needs led manner, demonstrating patience, empathy and an understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children.

You will also have had experience of working with young people in a community, educational or residential setting.

Registration:

You will be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council. To register you must hold or be willing to work towards a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (e.g. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

What we will offer you:

  • Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.
  • A fantastic opportunity to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.
  • Access to our group pension scheme
  • Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team
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Service Manager – Tayside

  • Full time
  • £37,894 – £40,822
  • Angus and Perth and Kinross
  • Closing 5th July 2021

Due to an exciting expansion of our services in Tayside, we are looking to recruit a new Service Manager to lead and manage our teams in the Angus and Perth and Kinross areas and contribute to the further development of excellent services for children and families in those areas. There will be joint responsibility with the Dundee Service Manager for developing and delivering Tayside wide projects. The Sustain services in Perth and Kinross and in Angus are supported and funded by Perth and Kinross Council and by Angus Council respectively.

Our Sustain service in Perth is an ‘Edge of Care’ service which uses early intervention to support vulnerable children who are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes. Using tailored intensive family support, these approaches mean that the children and young people are able to remain at home and avoid the children having to become accommodated.

The approach within the Angus Council area is slightly different and here, Sustain delivers a whole family approach from early intervention through to intensive family support enabling families to remain together.

Key to the success of our innovative and creative Sustain services is ensuring that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to co-produce solutions.

You should have a passion for supporting children, young people and families to build on their strengths and develop their involvement in their local communities. You should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families to enable them to stay together. You will be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders ensuring that services flex and adapt to meet the needs of the children and families in those areas.

A key part of the Service Manager’s role is to identify new opportunities for development, including potential funding partners. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will also be committed to leading and supporting your teams to develop their abilities and skills to build relationships which enable them to deliver the imaginative, person-centred services needed to ensure that the children, young people and families can maximise their potential.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 9th July 2021

Aberlour delivers a number of services supporting children, young people and their families across the Dumfries and Galloway area.

We help parents and children who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may be affected by a range of issues, which could include drug and alcohol use in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own and will work with children from birth.

We are looking for an experienced administrator to support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, for 15 hours per week, worked flexibly during office hours.

You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Young People’s Worker (Nights), Disability

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Options Residential Fife, based in Dunfermline
  • Closing 9th July 2021

Our Options Residential Fife service is a full-time, residential care home offering long-term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities. We provide quality living for those children and young people who can no longer live at home.

We are looking for a part time Young People’s Workers, working 24.5 hours per week, to become part of our family.

At Aberlour we feel that every child has the right to flourish and is at the heart of everything we do. As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in ensuring that our young people are working towards their goals. Not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. You will provide enabling support to ensure the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support our young people with different daily activities. These activities can include college, different hobbies and attending fun groups - each of our young people has a developed plan that helps them achieve their goals.

You will become part of a highly skilled and experienced team and will have a supported induction programme, with access to an extensive training programme which includes CALM training, Child Protection and Fire Safety.

This position will mainly be working nights. However, this service operates a residential rota and as part of this, you will be expected to work evenings, weekends, nights and public holidays.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Service Administrator (20 hours per week)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Aberlour Options Residential Fife, Dunfermline
  • Closing 9th July 2021

At Options Residential Fife we are looking to recruit an experienced Service Administrator to become part of our team. Our service provides a safe and loving home for up to five young people, based in Dunfermline in a purpose-built house providing full-time, long term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities.

We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator, who is comfortable with financial information and developing spreadsheets. You will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, as well as being the first point of contact for enquiries via phone and email. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be experienced working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Young People’s Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 12th July 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife- Housing Support - Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes- Our new Options Fife (Residential)- Glenrothes will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25- 30 hours per week), Young People’s Workers (Nights) (35 hours per week) and relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Assistant Service Manager - Options Lothian

  • Part time
  • from £30,763 pro-rata
  • Options Lothian
  • Closing 14th July 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for children and young people to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Mondays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community/daycare or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager who will work either 30 hours per week or 37.5 hours per week, we are willing to consider either. At least 25 hours of your contract will be worked on shift between Friday to Monday – this time will be split into direct work with our young people as part of our residential rota, also providing the occasional sleep over or night awake shift, and to offer managerial support to the staff during the weekends.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Community Support Practitioner - Aberlour Sustain Perth

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Perth
  • Closing 15th July 2021

Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues. Experience of working with children with additional support needs would be desirable but is not essential.

Working in a variety of settings including the service base, family homes, schools and community settings, you will work either individually or with groups of children, young people and parents / carers using an asset-based approach to build capacity and resilience.

As well as being involved in planning, designing and delivering appropriate work you will also assist in assessing and evaluating the services, maintain accurate records and contribute to reports.

A key part of the service is to be able to provide support whenever it is needed including at weekends, during the evening and on public holidays. There is a need to be adept at managing time, balancing the needs of children and families with the administrative elements of the role.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Young People’s Worker (Part Time) - Options Fife

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Dunfermline - Lochwood
  • Closing 16th July 2021

Are you passionate, committed, resilient and have a good sense of person-centred approaches and values?

I am a young adult who likes to spend time on my own within my own activities and I need support to be tailored to the challenges and complexities that will enable me to take the small meaningful steps in the progression of my daily living skills.

I recently moved into my forever home with a small, highly skilled team, who are working with me to manage the on-going transitions from home to home.

I am looking for a part-time staff member to join my small team, I need someone who is patient, calm and able to fill their time while I take the small steps that are imperative to keep me safe healthy and motivated.

This can be a challenging but rewarding role assisting and helping me on my lifelong journey building upon and reaching new personal goals”.

Experience and or knowledge of autism and learning disability would be beneficial. We are looking to recruit a Young People’s Worker working 22.5 hours per week, you will work as part of a residential rota which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake occasional sleep overs.

Why should you apply for this post?

As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. The post requires SSSC registration, but we support individuals to gain the necessary practice qualifications required.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours (pay rates are being review for cost of living increases expected 1st April)
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

If you would like an informal chat about this post, please contact Jacqui Kirk, Service Manager on 01592 744195.

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Seasons for Growth - Education Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Perth
  • Closing 16th July 2021

We are looking for a Seasons for Growth Education Support Worker, to work with children who have been particularly adversely affected by the impacts of the Covid-19 virus. This post is offered on a fixed term contract, working 16 hours per week during term time until January 2022. Many of the most vulnerable children in Tayside have lost the secure base provided by attending education, as well as being cut off from positive attachments within their wider family network, school life, and community connections such as attending clubs and outdoor activities. These children are experiencing heightened anxieties including fear of catching the virus, being separated from friends and family and having extended periods of time at home, particularly when housing is poor and/or there is no space for outdoor play.

You will work with children delivering Seasons for Growth programmes which provide an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and feelings within a supportive peer group setting. The programme is designed to support children and young people affected by change, loss and grief. Since its launch in 1996 the programme has helped over 40,000 children, young people and adults. Its vision is ‘A health society where grief and loss are recognised as part of life and appropriate support is available for all.’ We already successfully provide this programme to four schools in Dundee. Children benefiting from our support have told us:

“Iknow who I can go to for help now, before I just wouldn’t have asked.”

Change is OK and so is being sad.”

It helps you feel included”.

You will be skilled in engaging with children, young people and families. You will undertake Seasons for Growth training and then; support relevant school staff to identify children to participate in the programme; build relationships with teachers and other education school staff; and liaise with others involved in the care of the children/young people. You will also be required to provide evaluation reports to each school after completion of each Seasons for Growth programme.

If you would like more information or wish to discuss this post, please contact Tracey Dammer, Service Manager on 07528 970557 for an informal conversation.

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Residential Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Sycamore Service – Fife
  • Closing 22nd July 2021

Are you interested in helping children heal from the trauma they have faced in their early lives?

In Aberlour our children prefer to refer to the Residential Workers who look after them as ‘adults’, so we are looking for adults to join our teams in our Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy children’s houses who can help provide a loving home where everyone laughs, learns, grows into the future and is treasured always.

We work in a way which allows the adults and children develop strong relationships which help the children heal from the trauma they have experienced in their early lives. Our children thrive when the adults around them can be playful, loving, accepting, curious and show empathy.

You must be comfortable working in a culture based on Aberlour’s values of respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge – you must be able to work in a nurturing way, so the children and young people feel safe and loved. These qualities and values are central to Aberlour’s 2021 – 25 Strategy of Being Brave for children and families at a time where we are determined to help Scotland #KeepThePromise and work in a way which is informed by the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

A variety of learning and development opportunities are provided to support our adults to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff, which includes access to consultations provided by Dr Shona Quin, [DW1] Independent Clinical Psychologist.

Our children and young people tell us that they would like applicants who:

“Keep me safe at night”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Can make up bedtime stories”

“Want to spend time with me one to one”

“Remembers what it’s like to grow up”


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Young People’s Worker - Social Education (Smarter2gether)

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Annan
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

Our Smarter2gether service supports young people (aged 11-18) who need extra help with education. We support young people with behaviours that challenge as a result of the complicated emotions they experience by giving our young people a trusted person they can talk to, as well as someone who can support them with their learning.

Our young people may have experienced trauma in their lives and feel that no-one understands them. Some may have a chaotic home life, and are risk of being taken into care, far away from their own community. Others are already living in care, and experiencing the complicated feelings that come with it. All of these factors can cause a lot of stress and worry. In turn, this can make school a difficult environment to be in.

As a Young People’s Worker Social Education, you will work in partnership with the school and other relevant agencies to provide a holistic approach to the support we offer our young people. You will work both individually and provide group work programmes for our young people within the school setting. You will be based between Annan Academy and ourAnnan Service. You will work 24 hours per week term time, 38 weeks of the year. This post is currently funded through PEF funding from August 2021 until August 2023.

We are looking for someone who will empower our young people and give them a voice. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to young people’s rights. You will have experience of working with young people either within a community or residential setting. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above.

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Family Worker- Disability

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Options Fife- Outreach
  • Closing 21st July 2021

Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with a learning disability and or Autism?

We have an exciting opportunity for a family focused, warm friendly, resourceful and empathetic individual to join our newly extended Disability Service as a Family Worker.

At Options Fife we have been providing person centred services to children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism for over 25yrs. Our new family support workers will enhance the existing provision offered, enabling whole family support for children and families with complex learning needs.

As a Family Support Worker, you will offer emotional and direct practical help to families experiencing short- or long-term challenges. You will work with families; identifying areas where support is required, working with them to co-produce a family support plan which will be individually tailored to their child’s and family’s needs. You will agree outcomes and personal goals within the child’s plan

The role of the Family Worker will be diverse and wide ranging and will include the following:

· Promote and develop healthy routines, including sleep.

· Provide practical support with personal care.

· Support the development of play routines.

· Support parents to address difficulties and reduce risks

· Build upon parents existing knowledge and equip them with enabling strategies and tools.

· Support families to have positive and rewarding relationships.

· Support families to implement structure, identify triggers and understand the function and purpose of their child’s behaviour and reduce challenges from escalating.

· Along with families, liaise and work with partners and colleagues from Social Work, Health and Education to assess, review and evaluate progress.

You will have experience of supporting children and families with a learning disability and Autism. You will have up-to -date knowledge of best practice and supporting tools and interventions.

Working hours will be 37.5 per week across 7 days between the hours of 7am and 10pm. The days and hours worked will be agreed with families within the family support plan. There may also occasionally be a need to provide additional support out with these times and to be able to respond to crisis and family stress.

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Service Manager – Red Squirrel – Tayside

  • Full time
  • £37,894
  • Tayside
  • Closing 22nd July 2021

Can you inspire, lead and motivate people to help them provide warm, loving and transformational relationships for children and young people who need to be looked after away from home? If you are someone who has outstanding personal and professional values, drive and can help Aberlour Be Brave for children and families, we want to hear from you.

Aberlour’s values are core to everything we do and so you must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge your own and others’ practice.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with significant experience of managing and leading residential child care services to come and join us. Having recently achieved a Platinum Investors in People award, we are driving innovation to help #KeepThePromise, focussing on ensuring our children and young people’s rights, as enshrined in the United Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), are at the forefront of our practice.

What the children in the house would like:

“We want the house to be managed by someone who will spend time with us and doesn’t always sit behind their desk. Even if they are busy we would like them to make time to chat to the adults and the kids. We would like them to be kind to the adults in the house and help to look after them. Also, we would like them to be kind and happy and not grumpy. We would like them to be the right person who will stay with us for a long, long time.”

Our vision is that our children’s houses will provide a loving home where everyone laughs, learns, grows into their future and is treasured always.

When children tell us about what they want to experience where they live, they talk about feeling safe with adults who know, understand and love them and who they trust. The care experience of our children is our first consideration, and we believe that what we do provides a rewarding experience for individuals.

Aberlour expects all adults to be exceptional role models to both colleagues and young people alike building mutually trusting relationships strongly based on Aberlour’s values – this is a particular expectation of this role.

The successful candidate must be an effective contributor to our vision with unwavering commitment to the work to enable you to deal positively with the challenges and opportunities that distressed children can bring to their care experience. Importantly, we want to hear from candidates who believe that children can be understood and responded to without needing to use physical restraint, in line with our innovative approach to becoming more developmentally informed as to how best to support children when their early life experiences cause them distress.

If you want to know more, please contact John Ryan on 07854 958096 for an informal conversation.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Aberlour Options Residential Fife, Dunfermline
  • Closing 28th July 2021

At Options Residential Fife we are looking to recruit an experienced Service Administrator to become part of our team. Our service provides a safe and loving home for up to five young people, based in Dunfermline in a purpose-built house providing full-time, long term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities.

We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator, who is comfortable with financial information and developing spreadsheets. You will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks, as well as being the first point of contact for enquiries via phone and email. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be experienced working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Cook

  • Part time
  • £18,604 pro-rata
  • Options Moray - Elgin
  • Closing 22nd July 2021

We are looking for an additional Cook working 12 hours per week over 3 days (Friday to Sunday 2pm – 6pm) The job requires you to undertake planning, preparation and provision of nutritious meals for the children and young people with complex disabilities and autism who visit for short breaks or who live more permanently within the service.

We pride ourselves on providing a quality environment for the children and young people we support at the Options Moray service and involving them in the things that impact on their daily lives is an important part of how we work. In consultation with the young people and your colleagues, you will plan menus which are nutritious and meet particular dietary needs, whilst providing food that the children and young people enjoy. This could include catering for children who are diabetic, from ethnic minorities, who require fat free diets etc. The team also eat on shift as they work over mealtimes so this must also be considered in menu planning ie vegetarian, vegan etc.

You will be responsible alongside the Monday to Thursday cook for purchasing food and kitchen equipment within an agreed budget.

Given the vulnerability of our children and young people, cleanliness is a high priority and you will ensure that the kitchen and kitchen equipment is maintained at a high level in accordance with current environmental health legislation.

An important part of the role is to keep up to date, accurate records regarding food storage and the temperatures of fridges, freezers and cooked foods in accordance with current Environmental Health Legislation.

You will participate in devising and planning cleaning schedules and also complete any required paperwork.

You will require to hold a Food Hygiene certificate (REHIS intermediate or equivalent)

Or

Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

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Young People’s Worker - Out of School Club

  • Part time
  • £23,086 pro-rata
  • Aberlour Options Ayrshire
  • Closing 4th August 2021

Options Ayrshire has a busy short breaks service for children and young people with additional support needs, including severe learning and physical disabilities. In addition to this, the service offers outreach to families and is also involved in the managing and running of day care facilities for young people through an Out of School Club as well as a busy Easter and summer playscheme.

Working as part of the staff team you will ensure that the highest level of physical and emotional care is provided to the children and young people using the Out of School Club. Ideally, you will have experience of working with this group of young people.

This post is for 15 hours per week term time only (40 weeks over a full year). This post attracts a 5% unsocial hours allowance. You will be required to be on the SSSC Day Care of Children register and meet, or be prepared to gain, the qualifications requirements for this category which is at SCQF level 6 (for example, SVQ Level 3 or HNC).

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Young People’s Worker - Options Fife

  • Part time
  • £23,965 pro-rata
  • Dunfermline - Lochwood
  • Closing 5th August 2021

Are you passionate, committed, resilient and have a good sense of person-centred approaches and values?

“I am a young adult who likes to spend time on my own within my own activities and I need support to be tailored to the challenges and complexities that will enable me to take the small meaningful steps in the progression of my daily living skills.

I recently moved into my forever home with a small, highly skilled team, who are working with me to manage the on-going transitions from home to home.

I am looking for a part-time staff member to join my small team, I need someone who is patient, calm and able to fill their time while I take the small steps that are imperative to keep me safe healthy and motivated.

This can be a challenging but rewarding role assisting and helping me on my lifelong journey building upon and reaching new personal goals”.

Experience and or knowledge of autism and learning disability would be beneficial.

We are looking to recruit a Young People’s Worker working 22.5 hours per week, you will work as part of a residential rota which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake occasional sleep overs.

Why should you apply for this post?

As a Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. The post requires SSSC registration, but we support individuals to gain the necessary practice qualifications required.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

· competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours (pay rates are being review for cost of living increases expected 1st April)

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

If you would like an informal chat about this post, please contact Jacqui Kirk, Service Manager on 01592 744195.

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Young People’s Workers - Options Fife

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Residential Glenrothes and Options Fife - Housing Support
  • Closing 29th July 2021

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife - Housing Support and Options Fife - Residential Glenrothes services will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both of our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife - Housing Support - Our new Options Fife - Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife - Residential Glenrothes - Our new Options Fife (Residential) – Glenrothes service will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families.

Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25 - 30 hours per week) and relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

· competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Community Support Practitioner (Aberlour Sustain Perth)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Perth
  • Closing 5th August 2021

Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Assistant Service Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £30,763
  • Options Lothian
  • Closing 9th August 2021

At Options Lothian we offer a safe, homely environment for children and young people to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Mondays every week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community/daycare or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 7 (e.g. HNC, SVQ Level 3) and a practice qualification in a management category or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9. This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

We are looking for an Assistant Manager who will work either 30 hours per week or 37.5 hours per week, we are willing to consider either. At least 25 hours of your contract will be worked on shift between Friday to Monday – this time will be split into direct work with our young people as part of our residential rota, also providing the occasional sleep over or night awake shift, and to offer managerial support to the staff during the weekends.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a valued part of Aberlour’s management team you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Moving and Handling Training. You will support the line management of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

• competitive hourly rates with an additional 7% for working unsociable hours

• excellent annual leave entitlement

• access to our group pension scheme

• access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Education Support Workers (Sycamore Services - Kirkcaldy & Dunfermline)

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline
  • Closing 12th August 2021

The Aberlour Sycamore Services are based in Fife and are widely recognised in Scotland for providing a range of quality therapeutic residential, education and fostering experiences for some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. The Service is a national resource and as such receives referrals from throughout Scotland.

Education Support Workers (ESW) are key in supporting young people that live in our houses, to be able to attend school. Funding for these posts is made by local authorities on a case by case basis. This means that if funding is ended, either because the child moves on or because a different type of pupil support is deemed more appropriate, the need for the individual ESW may also end. When this happens, we make every effort to redeploy the ESW and we have a number of ESWs who have worked with Aberlour for a number of years. However, the needs of the individual children are of paramount importance and if there is not a child with whom the ESW can be matched, then there may be no alternative but to end the individual’s employment.

This opportunity is to support a child to engage in education, within school, working with them in our Nurture Hub, engaging in holistic learning that encompasses a range of learning methods including project-based learning, Duke of Edinburgh, Natural Connections amongst others. Our aspirations are that our children will attend a mainstream setting, at a time that is right for them, however we are aware that some children can’t manage in the mainstream environment, so we aim to support their learning through a developmental lens that focuses on building self-esteem and resilience. This role is to provide the child with personal, social and emotional support to enable them to fulfil their academic potential. We are seeking individuals for more than 1 child and therefor look to identify preferred skills and knowledge that would best support the children, these include but are not limited to the following:

  • We would be looking for an energetic individual with a very nurturing approach. With some experience with Autism and global delay as well as early life trauma.
  • This adult would feel confident to engage in role play and reach their inner child. With maturity to have fair but strong boundaries and routines.
  • Helping the child understand her reality from her fantasy world.

You will show genuine interest in the young person’s world and demonstrate curiosity about their preferences and needs.

You will build and continually develop a strong, positive, unconditional relationship with the young person as we believe that relationships are key to success. You will be committed to understanding the young person, their past and their experiences and you will be committed to the young person’s ability to grow and change.

You should be a highly motivated individual in order to support the young person to succeed. You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice. You will demonstrate the ability to think creatively and communicate at a level that encourages the child to embrace learning. This approach will be person centred whilst meeting the needs of the young person.

You will have experience of working with young people in an education, community or residential setting and hold, or be willing to work towards and gain a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (e.g. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

We encourage long term engagement between children and Education Support Workers, who are supported by the residential managers, receive regular supervision and will have access to learning and training opportunities.

We are currently looking to recruit people to work 35 hours per week (term-time only). Please see ‘Essential Information’ on our website for further details.

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Service Administrator (Options Fife - Housing Support & Residential)

  • Part time
  • £19,748 pro-rata
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 23rd August 2021

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information, petty cash and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Service Administrator to join your new services based in Glenrothes; Options Fife- Housing Support service and Options Fife Residential Glenrothes. You will work 24 hours per week split between both services. There may be an opportunity to work some of your days from home.

You will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including the co-ordination of recruitment paperwork for volunteers joining the service. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Relief Young People’s Worker - Aberlour Options Lothian

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Lothian
  • Closing 26th August 2021

We are looking to build our relief pool of Young People’s Workers within our Options Lothian Service. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. During that break, children enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of children with disabilities. Our service is very much a ‘home from home’ for the children who stay with us there. Our service is open from Fridays to Sundays every week.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Availability should be specified on your application form. We need candidates to work the weekends, especially Sundays from 8am – 12pm. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

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Community Support Practitioner - Sustain Falkirk

  • Part time
  • £23,086 – £26,023 pro-rata
  • Falkirk
  • Closing 25th August 2021

Aberlour Child Care Trust has launched a new family outreach service, Aberlour Sustain Falkirk. This service will work alongside families, communities and partners to offer caring and responsive support to young people and families. Aberlour Sustain Falkirk will deliver the support to families at the times they need it most. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Working with Social Work Services, this innovative and creative new Falkirk service focuses on supporting young people aged 12 – 18 years, who may be on the ‘edge of care’ so that they remain living with their family in their local communities.

Our Service works with young people and their families to enhance relationships, build on existing strengths and interests, help build confidence and encourage new community connections. Our aim is to help all families feel safe, confident, capable, and included. Our approach has been developed through consultation with families and partners.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about supporting young people, families and communities; who are flexible and share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for young people and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh, caring, compassionate and collaborative approach which responds empathically to the needs of young people and their families. The team supports families early mornings, evenings and weekends when needed. You will require to have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues as well as having experience of working with children and young people.

You will work within a variety of locations in the Falkirk area, including family homes, schools and community settings.

Why work with Aberlour?

Aberlour strives to be an employer of choice. We are progressive in our approach to work and we encourage and support our staff to be innovative and proactive in improving what we do to get better outcomes for children.

We’re really proud of our work and our staff. We live by the values that drive our passion to ensure every child has the chance to flourish. Our values of respect, integrity, innovative and challenging reflect what we are, how we do things and where we want to be.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive a competitive salary, excellent annual leave and access to a group pension plan. We provide a supported induction, with well-developed training programmes and continual personalised support.

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Young People’s Workers - Options Fife

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Fife
  • Closing 30th August 2021

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes and Options Fife- Housing Support

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new Options Fife- Housing Support and Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes will support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife- Housing Support - Our new Options Fife- Housing Support service will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife- Residential Glenrothes- Our new Options Fife (Residential)- Glenrothes will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

As a Young People’s worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

What will your day look like?

Like most homes, mornings can be busy. Ours usually begins around 7.30am just before our young people wake and are up choosing their breakfasts, as we help them make their plans for the day.

After having support with their personal care and medication, often it is some big decisions to make, about what to wear, how to wear their hair and what to plan for the food menu for the rest of the day.

As significant adults in their lives we use our skills and knowledge in creating timetables of activities and planned programs. We support young people to have expectations that we are listening to their views and what’s important to them.

The best part of our day is joining in with young people and sharing some flexible fun, such as playing games, watching favourite movies, nights out, bowling, crazy golf, special days out at the weekends to their favourite places and also seeing them enjoy spending time with their families. Happiness and feeling loved is a key aspect of our care, as we teach young people to build upon their skills, focusing on their strengths and what they can do. We respect their values as we build upon their confidence through a range of interventions and creative activities which will enhance their self-esteem and how they view themselves even when days can be difficult and challenging for them. We work on developing a culture of shared language using a range of communication tools and creating calm predictable and structured environments, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

Like all young people, our young people have their own individual ways of doing things, have different interests and views, have their preferred way of making choices and their own unique ways of engaging and having fun whilst building trusting relationships and friendships.

When we finally get to bedtime and young people are settled for the night, that’s when we carry out some of our paperwork ensuring it reflects plans, risk assessment, personal goals and SHANNARI assessments.

What are we looking for?

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25- 30 hours per week) or relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

Why should you apply for this post? Well that’s easy…

As a Young People’s Worker, you will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

· competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

However, most importantly although not without its challenges, working with our young people and making small steps of progress makes this role extremely rewarding.

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Child and Family Worker - Family Support Centre, Langlees

  • Part time
  • £21,987 pro-rata
  • Langlees
  • Closing 25th August 2021

Aberlour Family Support Centre - Langlees works in partnership with the local community by providing a range of services which promote, positively support and strengthen the capacity of children and families to reach their full potential.

Our service supports families in the Falkirk area who may have a wide range of issues, which could include concerns for child development, social isolation and childhood trauma. The service works directly with the whole family in various settings, such as their own homes and our community-based family support centre which is registered with the Care Inspectorate. As a Child & Family Worker you will be responsible for a caseload of up to 6 children aged between 12 months and 3 years. Additionally, you will work alongside experienced staff to deliver parenting support in a group setting, working 22.5 hours a week.

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our children. You will have the necessary skills and experience to enhance the development of under 3’s in an early years, community based setting. Experience of working alongside Health, Education and Social Work colleagues to improve life chances for children and families will be beneficial to this position.

A working knowledge and understanding of the key stages of a child’s development, including early brain development up to the age of 3, the impact of family circumstances on children’s well-being and child protection issues is required. You will be familiar with, and have experience of implementing and embedding the Realising the Ambition Guidance, and other local and national best practice documentation. Knowledge and understanding of the Five to Thrive approach would be advantageous.

This post is offered on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2021 to cover maternity leave. The hours will be worked to meet the needs of the service.

“The help & support the centre has given to me and my son over the past year has been amazing. Knowing someone is thinking of me and visiting to give practical support has been great. My son has learnt how to interact with other children and his speech has improved. Staff know what he needs and update his plan often.” - Parent

You will maintain an appropriate professional registration with the Scottish Social Services Council. Family Support Centre - Langlees is registered as Day Care of Children and you will have the necessary Early Years qualifications requirements for this category which are SVQ Level 3 or HNC.

What we will offer you:

  • Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.
  • Access to our group pension scheme.
  • Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team.
  • Access to Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.
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Service Administrator, Guardianship

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd September 2021

Aberlour’s Guardianship Service supports unaccompanied asylum seeking or trafficked children and young people to understand their progress through the asylum system, feel supported through the process, access the help they need and make informed decisions based on the available options. We help refugee children and young people, and victims of trafficking who arrive in Scotland without their parents.

“This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information, petty cash and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you. We need someone to help develop this vital service and ensure its success for these vulnerable children.

We are looking to recruit to an 18.75 hours per week post. Hours will be worked flexibly in line with service demand (availability can be discussed at interview). This post is offered on a fixed term basis with an expected end date of 31 December 2022.

You will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including the co-ordination of recruitment paperwork for volunteers joining the service. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills. Experience with finance procedures is also desirable.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Residential Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Dunfermline & Kirkcaldy
  • Closing 6th September 2021

Are you passionate about children being able to be all they can be in the face of challenging circumstances? Could you help to provide a loving, nurturing family home for children who have suffered early life trauma? Can you help Aberlour Be Brave in meeting and exceeding the needs of the children who live with us? If so, we want to hear from you.

Aberlour’s values are critical and drive everything we do, from recruitment to how we work with the children and young people who live with us and how we interact with each other. Throughout the selection process we will be looking for someone who is able to demonstrate how Aberlour’s values of Respect, Innovation, Integrity and Challenge will be visible in their practice. Can you walk the walk as well as talk the talk? If so, we need to understand how. How will you show the children that they are loved? What does being loved mean in the context of residential child care? You must be comfortable with working in an environment where Aberlour’s values are lived in practice, including being able to challenge your colleagues and/or managers when necessary. Our vision is that our children’s houses will provide a loving home where everyone laughs, learns, grows into their future and is treasured always.

Children talk about wanting to feel safe with adults who know, understand and love them and who they trust. The care experience of our children is our first consideration and we believe that what we do provides a rewarding experience for individuals who work in the houses.

In Aberlour, we want to do more than plaster over the cracks or achieve a ‘quick fix’. We aim to create genuine transformational change for the children and young people that will make a meaningful difference to their lives in the medium to long term. The work is challenging and it takes time, sometimes considerable time, before we see results. You need to be resilient and be able to recognise the quick wins that over time will build up and represent real progress.

Having recently achieved a Platinum Investors in People award, we are driving innovation to help #KeepThePromise, focussing on ensuring our children and young people’s rights, as enshrined in the United Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), are at the forefront of our practice.

Aberlour expects all adults to be exceptional role models to both colleagues and young people alike building mutually trusting relationships strongly based on Aberlour’s values – this is a particular expectation of this role.

The successful candidate must be an effective contributor to our vision with unwavering commitment to the work to enable you to deal positively with the challenges and opportunities that distressed children can bring to their care experience. Importantly, we want to hear from candidates who believe that children can be understood and responded to without needing to use physical restraint, in line with our innovative approach to becoming more developmentally informed as to how best to support children when their early life experiences cause them distress.

If you want to know more, please contact Kerry Watson: Kerry.watson@aberlour.org.uk or Simone Gillespie: simone.gillespie@aberlour.org.uk.

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Service Administrator

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Renfrewshire
  • Closing 10th September 2021

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you.

We need someone to help develop this vital service and ensure its ongoing success for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people.

At Aberlour Attain, working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, we bring together vulnerable children and young people with a mentor to build a consistent and trusting relationship and improve their opportunities. The focus in every mentoring relationship will be on developing the relationship, recognising and building their strengths, and providing support and encouragement to deal with difficult and challenging situations in their lives. This service is currently funded through the attainment fund until the 31st March 2022, outcomes of the service will be reviewed to assess ongoing funding.

As a Service Administrator you will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including the co-ordination of recruitment paperwork for volunteers joining the service. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will ideally have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

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Guardian

  • Part time
  • £27,201 pro-rata
  • Based in Glasgow (Service is Scotland wide and role will at times include travel to other Local Authorities)
  • Closing 13th September 2021

Aberlour Guardianship Service supports unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children and young people, who arrive in Scotland without their parents. The children and young people we help in the Scottish Guardianship Service have been through unimaginable traumas. Now, they must they cope with being apart from their families in a strange, new country. They face language and cultural barriers and the welfare and immigration system is very complicated and it can be difficult for them to understand.

We support these young people to understand the asylum and National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process, stand by the young peoples’ side throughout this process, support them to access the help they need and advocate when needed to ensure their views are clearly listened to. Our guardians support the young people to make informed decisions about their future and to settle into a new life in Scotland.

Could you be the person to support children to navigate and feel empowered throughout the asylum process? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team.

This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union. This post is offered until 31 December 2022.

We are looking for a candidate who has a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8 and has, or is prepared to work towards, the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner Level 2 Registration.

You will have experience of working with young people and children, dealing with child/adult protection issues, experience of advocacy work, inter-agency and partnership working and a good knowledge or experience of the asylum systems.

Why should I apply for this post?

You will receive a planned and supported induction programme consisting of an extensive training programme; including Adult and Child Protection Training and Emergency First Aid at work. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our service users.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 5% for working unsociable hours
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Residential Worker (Nights) – permanent

  • Full time
  • £23,965
  • Inverness
  • Closing 14th September 2021

Do you believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish?

Could you bring enthusiasm and fun to a young person’s life?

Are you interested in developing your skills and experience in working therapeutically with young people?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Residential Worker for a permanent night worker post with our team in Inverness, working in a residential house which is home for up to five young people. We have a core team of Residential Workers who support these very vulnerable young people, helping them to achieve and overcome the challenges they face. At Aberlour we believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish regardless of their background and the circumstances that have brought them to live with Aberlour. The children we support are presently not able to live safely with their own families and many of them have suffered from trauma and loss in their young lives. Working therapeutically with the young people, using a Dyadic Developmental approach, our aim is to help the young people to develop their confidence and self-worth and therefore to maximise their potential and opportunities for living fulfilled and happy lives.

This is a permanent post for 70 hours per month working 7 x 10 hour shifts from 10.00pm – 08.00am.

Nights of working will be negotiable between the successful candidate and the manager. Working nights, you will play a crucial role, providing security to the young people if any of them are unable to sleep or become unsettled during the night. This can be particularly difficult for the young people and your ability to adopt a calm and comforting approach is a key skill to help them through these difficult experiences.

Young people have told us that they like staff who:

“Will keep me safe at night”

“Are confident to have fun and be silly with me – who don’t sit back and just watch”

“Are honest and truthful”

“Like football”

“Like makeup and fashion”

“Want to spend time with me one to one

Our residential service in Inverness is one of two houses that Aberlour runs in the Highlands. Our experienced teams of staff seek to create a comfortable home for the young people where they can grow and flourish, participating in educational and community activities to achieve their goals.

The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge. Through a wide variety of learning and development opportunities we support our staff to be as effective as they can be, equipping them to employ best practice in their work and to be exceptional role models for the children and for staff.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Young People’s Worker Disability - Options Aberdeen

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 10th September 2021

Aberlour’s Options Aberdeen service is entering into an exciting new phase with a significant expansion of the service working across our two residential bases in Bucksburn and Garthdee in Aberdeen. Options Aberdeen has a strong reputation in providing a range of services to children and young people with complex and profound disabilities throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Our new expanded service has been developed in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Autistic Society. It expands and builds on our existing provision, creating a hub which offers care at home, community and residential short breaks enabling children with disabilities and their families to be supported though an exciting tailored programme of activities. It enables the children to have new experiences and make new friends while giving their parents the vital opportunity to recharge their batteries. As well as offering community-based outreach services, residential short breaks and care at home, the Hub will provide holistic family support through a menu of services that supports and complements direct support offered to children and young people.

“Aberlour Options Aberdeen for us has been a godsend. Our lives have changed at home. They listen to your views and try and help with whatever is the problem.” Parent

As you can imagine this work, involving as it does working with children and young people with a wide range of complex and profound disabilities, requires a team of skilled practitioners to deliver the high level of service the young people deserve and need. We therefore seek individuals who can bring their experience of working with young people in a care at home, community or residential setting to complement the skills and experience of our existing team. You will be enthusiastic and motivated with an appetite to work in all parts of our service to enhance the lives of the children. We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and caring individuals who will contribute to the development of care and support plans, working in an outcomes focused manner to ensure that children, young people and their families get the most out of their service. You will work closely with internal and external colleagues in a multi-agency approach to ensure that the holistic needs of children, young people and families are central to service provision.

You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice.

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do, and that is why I love my job” Team Member

What we will offer you:

Excellent development and training opportunities to enable you to grow and develop your skills.

A fantastic opportunity to use your imagination to develop and plan fun and positive activities for children and young people.

Continual support working as part of a small highly motivated team.

Access to Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme.

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Relief Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Fife
  • Closing 10th September 2021

We are looking for people to join our relief pool who are passionate about supporting children and young people. The children and young people who live in our houses have experienced significant trauma in their young lives and our aim is to create loving, nurturing family homes where they feel safe and cared for.

Members of our relief pool have a varied range of backgrounds and often work in different areas of the workforce. Although experience in child-care is ideal, we would also like to hear from people who may have skills from their work experience in different sectors which would be transferrable and provide a good basis from which to learn and develop their skills, utilising the range of training we provide.

The last eighteen months have been challenging for all of us and many of us are re-evaluating what we want out of life, including our working lives. Relief work enables you to test out your affinity and ability for working in residential child-care and, if you want to take things a step further, there are opportunities to move into a substantive role in the future.

Night Relief Work – if your availability is limited during the day, there is also a role for people who are available to work at night. At night there is always a ‘wakened’ night worker on shift, together with another adult sleeping in the service, who can be called upon to assist if required. Typically our night shifts are from 10.00pm until [?8.00am ] Night times can be particularly difficult for some of the children and young people who live with us. It is a time when some of their worst fears can prey on their minds, leaving them feeling especially vulnerable and in need of nurturing support. So, it is really important that adults on shift are able to comfort them and support them, so that they can settle and fall asleep.

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our teams. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Work will be offered in one of our four residential houses in Fife – three of these are in Kirkcaldy and one in Dunfermline.

If you want to know more, please contact: Kerry.watson@aberlour.org.uk or Simone Gillespie: simone.gillespie@aberlour.org.uk.

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Lead Practitioner - Options Dundee

  • Full time
  • £28,237
  • Dundee
  • Closing 15th September 2021

Are you committed to delivering best practice to support children and young people with complex needs?

Are you ready to use your experience and skill to shape practice in delivering quality services to children and young people?

Do you feel excited about the opportunity to take your first step towards a management position?

If so, this is a great opportunity for you.

We are looking for a Lead Practitioner to work within the needs of the service between the hours of 07.00am - 10.00pm over a 5-day working week across Monday – Sunday.

As someone who has built up experience working in a care at home setting, you will have the confidence to guide and direct the provision of care to the children and young people in the service. You will play a pivotal role, working in partnership with parents and families, to meet the emotional and physical needs of children and young people with complex needs.

You will play a lead role, mentoring and supporting staff and being a role model, delivering excellence in the services we provide. You will assist in assessing, planning and delivering services, taking responsibility for ensuring that assessment and interventions are prepared, monitored and evaluated.

Engaging positively with children, young people and families you will plan and implement appropriate support for the children and young people. Sensitive and accurate reporting is a key responsibility and so you will have good written communication skills and the ability to learn how to use effectively, Aberlour’s recording system: Dynamics.

This role offers the opportunity to consolidate and build on your experience combined with the ability to enhance your skills and knowledge through training, for example, in Managing People for Growth.

As part of the management team you will play an active role in ensuring that individuals and families’ needs are completed in accordance with service guidance.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

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Service Administrator (Sycamore Service – Red Squirrel)

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Auchterhouse near Dundee
  • Closing 17th September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to work in our new residential house for children in Auchterhouse near Dundee. You should be organised, used to working in a busy office environment and possess the skills to deliver a full administration service including reception duties, co-ordinating meetings, mail and maintaining manual and electronic storage and retrieval systems. You will also coordinate building and equipment needs as required in consultation with your manager.

An important part of the role is to provide financial administration for the service, supported by the Senior Finance Officer. You must be able to work with high levels of accuracy in recording and inputting data and in providing regular management information, in an agreed format and also responding to ad hoc requests as required.

You must have excellent IT skills, and experience of using the range of Microsoft Office tools on a daily basis: Word, Excel, Outlook etc. You will also need to become familiar with Microsoft Teams which is currently being used extensively during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You will be proficient in using Microsoft Word such as to enable you to support the production of a range of reports. As you will often be the first point of contact within the service for a range of social care, education and other professionals you will need to have strong verbal communication skills.

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Assistant Service Manager (Aberlour Bridges Partnership)

  • Full time
  • £30,188 – £32,521
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 20th September 2021

Do you want to be part of an organisation that really cares for their employees? Aberlour are 1 of only 2 care organisations in Scotland to achieve a Platinum Awards for Investors in People.

About Aberlour Bridges Partnership Service

The Bridges Partnership is a multi-agency team which supports Glasgow women and children affected by violence/abuse. The partnership is Aberlour Children’s Charity and Shelter Scotland, who together deliver frontline, Holistic Pathways of support to keep Glasgow women/children safe (since 2016). The service follows a gendered and rights-based approach, empowering women/ children in crisis to access safe and affordable housing alongside intensive 1:1 emotional, practical and therapeutic support.

What we are looking for....

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager to join our Expanding Bridges Partnership Service new Glasgow Equally Safe Service. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our families live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside families experiencing domestic abuse to assess risk, strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions, safety planning and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families.

Ideally you will hold a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, together with relevant experience of working directly with children or young people and their families.

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager who work 37.5 hours per week, these hours are worked flexibly to suit the needs of our families. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. You will hold a caseload and work alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Assistant Service Manager (Glasgow Early Intervention Service)

  • Full time
  • £30,188 – £32,521
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 20th September 2021

About Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support

Our new Aberlour Glasgow Early Intervention Service will work in partnership with children and young people (aged 12 years and under) and their families to develop relationship-based, strengths-focused whole family support.

What we are looking for....

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager to join our new Glasgow Early Intervention Service. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives and have opportunities to develop and grow. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of the service for children, young people and their families in line with agreed objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in working alongside vulnerable families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues. You must share our vision that collaborative working and relationship based early intervention is the best option for children and families who are feeling overwhelmed or excluded.

Ideally you will hold a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, together with relevant experience of working directly with children or young people and their families.

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Service Manager who work 37.5 hours per week, these hours are worked flexibly Monday – Sunday 8am- 10pm to suit the needs of our families. Our ambition is to help children, young people and families feel safe, confident, capable, and included, offering support when it is needed, including evenings and weekends. You will hold a caseload and work alongside families, empowering them to lead positive change in their own lives.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Young People’s Worker (Options Borders, St Boswells)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
  • Closing 17th September 2021

About Aberlour Options Borders

At Aberlour Options Borders we provide a range of support services for young people up to the age of 18 years who have various disabilities. Our aim is to provide families with a short break from their caring role through the provision of high quality child-centred services which provide a positive experience for the young people we work with.

We have a strong reputation for supporting young people with high levels of complex needs, supporting them to grow, learn and maximise their potential. We believe that every child has the right to flourish. Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

What we are looking for....

We have openings for various contracts for Young People’s Workers, including temporary and permanent posts. Usual hours would be around 23 per week during term time for 42 weeks of the year and 35 hours per week for 10 weeks of the year (school holidays). You will be part of a residential respite rota which will require you to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and public holidays. There will be a requirement to do sleepover shifts with both these contracts. These will be paid at £40 per sleepover.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

A Day in the Life of a Young People’s Worker

Our day usually starts around 7.30am with the morning routine. We support our young people to get ready for their day ahead assisting with all aspects of personal hygiene. We then prepare breakfast and medications for each of our young people and organise the day’s activities. We plan mornings out, considering the health and safety requirements for each activity we undertake. After lunch we prepare an in-house activity. This also allows staff to complete daily paperwork such as weekend logs for our young people, updating care plans and review reports etc. In the evening we cook a healthy dinner considering our knowledge of our young peoples’ likes and dislikes and particularly if they have restricted diets.

"Aberlour Options provide a safe, fun and homely environment for respite for our son. He loves going to stay and asks daily when his next visit is"Parent

"Aberlour treat me like part of the family"Young Person

If you have an interest in working with young people we would like to hear from you. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, an understanding of autism, complex needs and mental health and have the relevant qualifications or will be willing to work towards these.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Assistant Service Manager (Options Fife - Respite & Outreach

  • Full time
  • £30,763 – £33,141
  • Glenrothes
  • Closing 20th September 2021

About Options Fife- Respite and Outreach

Options Fife- Respite and Outreach provides a range of flexible support through outreach and overnight short breaks at weekends, evenings and school holidays to children and young people with complex learning disabilities and autism. We offer a high-quality child centred service providing positive and enabling experiences for the young people, supporting them through the challenges and complexities that enable them to work towards their individual outcomes and personal goals. We work closely with families and other professionals in providing support tailored around the child’s plan.

What we are looking for....

We are recruiting an Assistant Service Manager to join our experienced team. As Assistant Service Manager you will support the Service Manager in the day to day management of the service and work closely with family’s professionals including health and social work. This can be a challenging but rewarding role assisting and supporting the team’s journey, building upon and reaching new personal goals.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring our young people live their best lives. You will play a fundamental role in ensuring that our young people have the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plans. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal and emotional care. We are looking for someone who will contribute to the leadership, management and development of services for children, young people and families in line with planned objectives and assist with service review and evaluation.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability and/or autism in a community or residential setting and understand the impact of disability on social inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 8 (eg. HNC, SVQ Level 4). This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities and Support Worker in a Care at Home Service.

This post will work 37.5 hours per week, these hours will be worked flexible between management tasks and on shift as part of a residential rota which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays. There is also the requirement to undertake occasional sleep overs

Find out more information on what we are looking for in candidates here.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

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Relief Young People’s Worker - Borders

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • St Boswells
  • Closing 17th September 2021

At Aberlour Options Borders we provide a range of support both outreach and residential short breaks to for young people up to the age of 18 years, who have learning disabilities. We aim to provide families with a short break from their caring role, through the provision of high quality child-centred service which provides a positive experience for the young people we work with.

We have a strong reputation in supporting young people with high levels of complex needs, supporting them to grow, learn and maximise their potential. We feel every child has the right to flourish. Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan, supporting children to progress within their individual outcomes.

Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

What we are looking for....

Our relief workers play a crucial role in supporting our team. This work is offered on a casual, hourly paid basis to provide cover during staff absence and/or particularly busy periods. Availability should be specified on your application form. Ideally, you will have experience of direct work with children and families and/or experience of working with children or adults with a learning disability and/or an autism spectrum condition.

What we offer...

You will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and support to complete an SVQ3. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

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Do you have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability/and or autism or relevant experience in a similar sector or work environment?

About Aberlour Options Fife- Respite and Outreach

Options Fife Respite and Outreach provides a range of flexible support through outreach and overnight short breaks at weekends, evenings and school holidays to children and young people with complex learning disabilities and autism. We offer a high-quality child centred service providing positive and enabling experiences for the young people, supporting them through the challenges and complexities that enable them to work towards their individual outcomes and personal goals. We work closely with families and other professionals in providing support tailored around the child’s plan.

What we are looking for....

Due to service expansion Aberlour are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers, working 36 hours per week. These hours will mainly be worked nights, your shifts will be two 12.5 hours shifts per week (Nights) and two 4 hour shifts which will be worked on Outreach. The remaining time will be for team meetings and key worker responsibilities. As a Young People’s Worker you will play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan, supporting children to progress within their individual outcomes. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community. You will help arrange and take our young people on fun activities within the local community such as taking our young people in the minibus to the local swimming pool.

We are looking for candidates who have a passion with working with young people with disabilities. It is desired but not essential that candidates hold a relevant qualification at an SCQF level 7 or above. Due to SSSC requirements you will be required to gain qualifications after starting with Aberlour.

As part of the job role a driving license is essential.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

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Do you have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability/and or autism or relevant experience in a similar sector or work environment?

About Aberlour Options Fife- Respite and Outreach

Options Fife Respite and Outreach provides a range of flexible support through outreach and overnight short breaks at weekends, evenings and school holidays to children and young people with complex learning disabilities and autism. We offer a high-quality child centred service providing positive and enabling experiences for the young people, supporting them through the challenges and complexities that enable them to work towards their individual outcomes and personal goals. We work closely with families and other professionals in providing support tailored around the child’s plan.

What we are looking for....

Due to service expansion Aberlour are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers, working 37.5 hours per week. This may include days, nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays. As a Young People’s Worker you will play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan, supporting children to progress within their individual outcomes. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support the families in their daily living and within the local community. You will help arrange and take our young people on fun activities within the local community such as taking our young people in the minibus to the local swimming pool.

We are looking for candidates who have a passion with working with young people with disabilities. It is desired but not essential that candidates hold a relevant qualification at an SCQF level 7 or above. Due to SSSC requirements you will be required to gain qualifications after starting with Aberlour.

As part of the job role a driving license is essential.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

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Education Support Workers

  • Full time
  • £18,241
  • Sycamore Services, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline
  • Closing 20th September 2021

Sycamore Services, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline

The Aberlour Sycamore Services are based in Fife and are widely recognised in Scotland for providing a range of quality therapeutic residential, education and fostering experiences for some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. The Service is a national resource and as such receives referrals from throughout Scotland.

Education Support Workers (ESW) are key in supporting young people that live in our houses, to be able to attend school.

This opportunity is to support a child to engage in education, within school, working with them in our Nurture Hub, engaging in holistic learning that encompasses a range of learning methods including project-based learning, Duke of Edinburgh, Natural Connections amongst others. Our aspirations are that our children will attend a mainstream setting, at a time that is right for them, however we are aware that some children can’t manage in the mainstream environment, so we aim to support their learning through a developmental lens that focuses on building self-esteem and resilience. This role is to provide the child with personal, social and emotional support to enable them to fulfil their academic potential. We are seeking individuals for more than 1 child and therefor look to identify preferred skills and knowledge that would best support the children, these include but are not limited to the following:

We would be looking for an energetic individual with a very nurturing approach. With some experience with Autism and global delay as well as early life trauma.

This adult would feel confident to engage in role play and reach their inner child. With maturity to have fair but strong boundaries and routines.

Helping the child understand her reality from her fantasy world.

You will show genuine interest in the young person’s world and demonstrate curiosity about their preferences and needs.

You will build and continually develop a strong, positive, unconditional relationship with the young person as we believe that relationships are key to success. You will be committed to understanding the young person, their past and their experiences and you will be committed to the young person’s ability to grow and change.

You should be a highly motivated individual in order to support the young person to succeed. You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice. You will demonstrate the ability to think creatively and communicate at a level that encourages the child to embrace learning. This approach will be person centred whilst meeting the needs of the young person.

You will have experience of working with young people in an education, community or residential setting and hold, or be willing to work towards and gain a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (e.g. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

We encourage long term engagement between children and Education Support Workers, who are supported by the residential managers, receive regular supervision and will have access to learning and training opportunities.

We are currently looking to recruit people to work 35 hours per week (term-time only). Please see ‘Essential Information’ on our website for further details.

Funding for these posts is made by local authorities on a case by case basis. This means that if funding is ended, either because the child moves on or because a different type of pupil support is deemed more appropriate, the need for the individual ESW may also end. When this happens, we make every effort to redeploy the ESW and we have a number of ESWs who have worked with Aberlour for a number of years. However, the needs of the individual children are of paramount importance and if there is not a child with whom the ESW can be matched, then there may be no alternative but to end the individual’s employment.

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Service Administrator - Glasgow Early Intervention Service

  • Part time
  • £19,478 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 20th September 2021

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information, petty cash and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Service Administrator to join your new Aberlour Glasgow Early Intervention Service. Our service will work in partnership with children and young people (aged 12 years and under) and their families to develop relationship-based, strengths-focused whole family support.

The Service Administrator provides a key role within each of our service. As Service Administrator you will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including supporting the team using our recording system- Dynamics. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Service Administrator - Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service

  • Full time
  • £19,478
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 20th September 2021

Are you an experienced administrator, comfortable with financial information, petty cash and developing spreadsheets? If so we want to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit a Service Administrator to join your new Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support Service. Our service will work in partnership with the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and other Third Sector providers to promote the wellbeing of children and young people by offering caring and responsive support, something which is now needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Aberlour Glasgow Intensive Family Support will deliver the support families need, when they need it. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

The Service Administrator provides a key role within each of our services. As Service Administrator you will support the service with general and financial administrative tasks including supporting the team using our recording system- Dynamics. You will have administrative experience gained through working within a busy office or social care environment. You will be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages including Excel and be able to create spreadsheets and deal with numerical information. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent experience.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

· competitive hourly rates

· excellent annual leave entitlement

· access to our group pension scheme

· access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

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Young People’s Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,965
  • Options Fife – Residential Glenrothes and Options Fife - Housing Support
  • Closing 24th September 2021

Do you have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability/and or autism or relevant experience in a similar sector or work environment?

About Aberlour Options Fife Residential Glenrothes and Housing Support

At Aberlour we listen to understand what our young people want and need within our local area. As such, our new services in Glenrothes support young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live and thrive within the local community. We are looking to recruit Young People’s Workers to both of our new Options Fife Services.

Options Fife - Housing Support will be home to 4 young people aged 16 plus who will all have their own individual flat. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shifts will be longer in order to keep consistency for our young people.

Options Fife - Residential Glenrothes will be home to 3 young people age 16 plus. Working patterns will include days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Our rota has been drafted with the needs of the young people at heart, shorter shifts of 7.5 hours per day is anticipated however this may change to suit the needs of the young people.

What we are looking for....

As a Young People’s Worker, you will play a fundamental role in our young people’s lives to ensure that they get the best possible experience whilst working towards goals in their care plan. Using a person-centred approach, you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical and emotional care; supporting our young people in their daily living and within the local community.

If you have an interest in working with young people, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for Young People’s Workers to work full time (37.5 hours per week), part time (25 - 30 hours per week) and relief. Ideally, candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and disability. You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example: SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by disability as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. To have a look at our values to understand more about what we are looking for from our employees click here.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers. Find out more about our Employee Benefits and our commitment to Equality and Diversity here.

If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

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