Practitioner – Four Square Services

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,800
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th February 2023


  • Advertised from 17th January 2023
  • Various roles available: Day practitioner (Mon-Friday), Weekend practitioner, Night Practitioner (pro rata for part time)

Role

The role of a 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 in building the life they want.

Practitioners recognise peoples' strengths and work alongside them to build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience and motivation. They help people develop practical skills, maximise income, develop healthier coping skills, problem-solving skills, social skills and employability skills.

Practitioners use a flexible approach to work with people using services, ensuring they receive the support they want and need to have the best chance of getting and keeping a home and living their best life in a community.

To be a Practitioner within Four Square, you will need the following:

  • To be proactive, highly organised, a problem solver, have a positive outlook, be approachable, friendly, patient, and confident;
  • Experience in working within a safeguarding framework working with vulnerable people who may have complex support needs;
  • Proficiency in using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including using case management systems and Microsoft Office applications;
  • Strong personal and professional values that align with our organisational values of integrity, excellence, dignity and support;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people who use our services, colleagues and partners;
  • Understanding of homelessness, trauma and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting this into practice;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivation to action the personal development plan;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • Experience as a keyworker and commitment to undertaking all necessary duties of this role;
  • Experience in completing case files to ensure they are up to date with clear and concise information;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting knowledge and skills into practice;
  • Regular attendance at reflective practice group sessions;
  • Engagement in regular casework review meetings with the Senior Practitioner or Service Manager;
  • Engaged in the wider organisation's activities;
  • Commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful to colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners and all other stakeholders;
  • Committed to excellence and engaging in improvement plans for the services and broader organisation;
  • Keep up to date with and follow and apply policies and procedures, standards and codes of practice;
  • Be creative in your approach to supporting people;
  • Have a good standard of English and maths and able to produce clear written communications in the form of case notes, reports, diary entries, and case studies timeously.

Requirements:

  • Have SVQ 3 in health and social care or a related subject at this level to allow registration with SSSC or be willing to work towards it;
  • To comply always with Four Square's Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regard to the maintenance of professional relationships between colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to Four Square's Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy;
  • To adhere to Four Square's policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion when working with colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to and maintain all health and safety standards;
  • To work in accordance with Four Square's core values and mission statement.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed (including providing cover for colleagues, as directed);
  • To comply always with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure;
  • To attend conferences/seminars/training, as required.

The Organisation's Offer to Practitioners:

  • Induction and core training programme relevant to the role;
  • Regular support and supervision;
  • Annual appraisal and CPD action plan;
  • Opportunities to engage in Organisational review and development plans.

Experience:

  • social care: 2 years (preferred)
  • supporting women and young people who have experienced violence and homelessness: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: Edinburgh

Application notes

How to apply: email olgak@foursquare.org.uk with a CV and covering letter.

Closing date: 14/2/2023