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Assessment and Planning Worker

  • Full time
  • £28,981 – £31,709
  • Balerno
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

  • Advertised from 19th November 2021
  • Depending on qualifications and experience


Harmeny Education Trust is a sector-leading children’s charity providing therapeutic care and education for children with complex additional support needs. We work with children of primary up to early secondary stage, both on a day and all-year-round residential basis, with exciting plans to extend our service offering to an older age group.

Harmeny is situated in a beautiful 35-acre woodland estate, which includes residential and education accommodation, community garden, orchard, wildlife habitats, children’s play areas and a mountain bike track. Harmeny is located in Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh, at the foot of the Pentland Hills; we are easily accessible by bus and there is ample parking.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assessment and Planning Worker to join our Care Team on a full-time employed basis. Candidates will be expected to lead on the consistent assessment and planning work for all children within the cottages, and to maintain and build on the excellent standard recognised through care inspections. The post holder will support the Care Management Team to raise awareness, understanding and upskill the Residential Care Teams in the assessment and planning process.

Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to gather and summarise complex information and write in a well-structured, transparent way. A relevant qualification in line with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) requirements for Residential Child Care Workers and experience of working with children with additional support needs are essential requirements for this role.

Candidates will be required to safely drive children and staff to and from outings, activities and external meetings via fleet vehicle; as such a driving licence is essential.

The post holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, working five days from seven, according to a rota system. Evening and weekend work is required.

Successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and register with the SSSC.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join an established and successful organisation. The post holder, together with colleagues in Care, Education and Support Services, will have the opportunity to contribute positively to the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable children, ensuring that Harmeny continues to offer an excellent service.

Harmeny is a values-led organisation and a good fit with our ethos is as important to us as having relevant experience.

A fuller job description and person specification can be found using the link below.

An excellent benefits package is offered including the following:

  • competitive salary of £28,981 to £31,709 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience
  • Pension scheme
  • Enhanced sick pay of up to 13 weeks (after probation)
  • Policies and practices that promote health and wellbeing, including massage therapy, access to fitness equipment and a wellbeing space

We are highly committed to the professional development of all our staff and the post-holders will have access to comprehensive training and development opportunities as well as other employee benefits.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact, Lynsey Moncrieff, Service Manager, on 0131 449 3938.

Application notes

To apply, please complete the application form via our recruitment section at Alternatively, you can request an application pack by email at or by telephone on 0131 449 3938.

We welcome applications from individuals wishing to job-share.

Closing date: Friday 3 December 2021 at 12pm

Interview date: Thursday 9 December 2021