Senior Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £31,003
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd June 2023

  • Advertised from 26th May 2023


About the Organisation:

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We are driven by our mission to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a home and a place in their community.

We provide services directly to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. We apply our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Dignity, and Support to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners.

Alongside our support services, we have a social enterprise focusing on the sustainable reuse of furniture, which provides independent income as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

We are currently recruiting a Senior Practitioner for our Young Persons Accommodation Services, Stopover, where we provide 24 hour support for 18 young people in a recently renovated building in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Role:

The role of Senior Practitioner is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

Senior Practitioners support a team of Practitioners in developing relationships, often with people who have experienced a great deal of adversity and trauma and for whom having trust in others can be difficult. Senior Practitioners use their skills in coaching and motivating to help Practitioners recognise their own strengths and work with them to build their confidence, resilience and motivation to undertake their role to the highest quality.

Alongside supporting staff, Senior Practitioners are part of the team and work directly with people using services supporting them in the way they wish to build the life they want.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To be a role model for the team in the application of Four Square values;
  • Ensures Practitioners adhere to the SSSC Codes of Practice;
  • Delivers the services in line with the Care Inspectorates Health and Social Care Standards;
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues and partners;
  • Provides regular support, supervision and appraisal to the team;
  • Supports social work students on placement acting as the Link Worker;
  • Has a good understanding of supporting young people impacted by homelessness, trauma and adversity and ensures that the service and individual support is delivered to help young people recover from their experiences;
  • Values and prioritises participation of the young people in the development of the service and wider work of the charity;
  • Ensures the team stays up to date with current research and policy developments and works with the Head of Services to integrate these into practices;
  • Can establish clear professional boundaries with the people we support and supports the team to demonstrate the same professionalism;
  • Has a commitment to strengths based practice, delivering the service in a trauma-informed and person centred way;
  • Has a commitment to their learning and development and putting this into practice and encourages the team to do the same;
  • Is a reflective practitioner and an active participant in regular reflective practice group supervision;
  • Has a commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support young people and;
  • Is engaged in the wider work of the charity enabling staff to participate in the delivery of the strategic plan.

What we expect from you:

At Four Square, we believe in upholding our values and company approach through our Senior Practitioners. We hold them to a high standard to ensure they embody these values and reflect our company's ethos.

For more information look at our full job description or email

What we offer to you:

  • 35 days annual leave entitlement rising to 40 days upon completion of 5 years' service.
  • Unlimited Access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • 15% EFI Shop discount
  • Enhanced sick pay (depending on the length of services)
  • Pension scheme
  • Closed market offers and discounts through our HR System
  • Wellbeing events

Application notes

If you wish to apply, go on our website Vacancies at Four Square

The closing date is 23/6/2023