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Specialist Social Worker

  • Full time
  • £33,500 – £38,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th August 2020

  • Advertised from 16th July 2020
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent contract. Flexible working hours required.


Are you looking for an opportunity to work under fresh leadership contributing to the welfare and quality of life for deaf people living in Edinburgh and Lothian areas? Do you have excellent leadership skills and an acute attention to detail?

The opportunity to lead a team of social workers piques your interest? This post might be for you!

Deaf Action is a leading and rapidly expanding Scottish voluntary organisation providing a range of services for deaf people. Following a recent restructure, we are in the market for a full-time specialist social worker to focus on assessments and reviews as well as line-managing two community care workers.

We are a deaf-led charity working together for an equal and better future for all deaf people since 1835. We have a range of transformative projects and services which support our aim of improving the quality and conditions of life for deaf people in Scotland

Deaf Action is looking to recruit a diligent, dynamic, and committed individual to support the organisation to streamline our social work department.

You will have experience of working with deaf people and a high standard of interpersonal & communication skills, alongside excellent organisational, planning & networking skills in planning & delivering outcomes.

You will have a commitment to empowering deaf people, while being aware of relevant policies, legislation, and good practice.

Apply if you think you are the right person for the role and would like an opportunity to become a valued member of the team at Deaf Action.

The role reports to the Head of Operations

Key Responsibilities

· To provide a full range of assessments and reviews for all clients

· To ensure that future care planning and implementation of appropriate procedures and supports are undertaken as required

· To provide appropriate case work/care management

· Line manage 2 Community Care Assistants and provide regular supervisions

· To instruct Community Care Assistants who offer additional advice and support to clients and to other agencies working with deaf people using or wanting to use services

· To provide some advice and support to other agencies working with deaf people using or wanting to use services

· To undertake a range of statutory interventions (usually in conjunction with mainstream social workers)

· To help identify gaps in service provision and to identify ways in which these could be filled

· In consultation with your line manager, undertake necessary training or development

Additional responsibilities

· To work supportively and effectively as part of a team

· To advocate on behalf of clients where necessary, particularly in the area of deaf awareness

· To carry out such additional duties, as appropriate, as and when requested by senior management

Person Specification (Essential):

· Social Work qualification (CQSW, Diploma in Social Work or CSS)

· Level 3 in Adult Support Protection

· Level 3 in British Sign Language or Native British Sign Language user

· Experience in assessment and care management practice

· Experience of working in a social work setting eg. Practice team; residential; children and/or adult resource

· Experience of assessments and reviews in British Sign Language

Person Specification (Desirable):

· Experience of working in the charitable sector in Scotland;

· Knowledge or awareness of deaf issues and culture;

· A commitment to empowering clients

· An awareness of and sensitivity to equal opportunities policies and practices

· A flexible and creative approach to service assessment and provision

· A willingness to work occasional anti-social hours and a willingness to travel when necessary

· Full, clean driving license.

What’s on Offer

· Entitlement to join the occupational pension scheme which has employer contributions of 6% (above the minimum requirement);

· More than the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement (32 days including bank holidays) with additional leave entitlement accruing with length of service;

· Access to an Employee Assistance Programme provided by Health Assured;

· Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme;

· Access to an IT Voucher Scheme

· Support for Learning and Development through our PDR process

· BSL Classes to Level 2

· A range of flexible working practices

Application notes

Closing date: Friday 7th August 2020 at 5pm.

Provisional interview date: 14th August 2020

Application packs are available from Lisa Roy, 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY

Tel 0131 556 3128, fax 0131557 8283, textphone 0131 557 0419 SMS 07775 620757


To arrange an informal chat about the role, please contact Gordon Hay by emailing