• Advertised from 9th September 2020
  • plus £1,500 additional payment for undertaking Registered Manager status; On-call payment of £11 per night.

Role

Four Square have an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced female to become our new Senior Practitioner with Registered Manager status to lead the teams in our Women’s Services. The role is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring every woman staying with us feels safe and secure and has the opportunity and support to recover and move on to a positive future. Our aim is that women can make a home and have a place in their community and a develop network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

To carry out this role you will need to be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject i.e. social work, social sciences, psychology etc. and be a confident, dynamic and creative leader with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude who can inspire this in others. You will need to be focused on service excellence and lead a team of Practitioners to achieve this goal. You must have an in-depth knowledge of gender-based violence in all its forms, homelessness, trauma and supporting women with complex needs.

This role is located in the city centre of Edinburgh.

The Role:

The role of Senior Practitioner with Registered Manager status in our women's refuge, Keymoves is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring every woman staying with us feels safe and secure and has the opportunity and support to recover and move on to a positive future. Our aim is that women feel able to get a home, have a place in their community and a develop network of positive relationships that support them to build the life they want.

The role is to 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 is 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 working directly with people using services and are part of a shift pattern which includes evenings and weekends.

Senior Practitioners tasks include gathering and evaluating feedback and any complaints, data entry and monitoring quality of the data recorded on CRM and other IT systems by Practitioners and preparing quantitative and qualitative data reports regularly to demonstrate the impact of the service and highlight improvements required. Senior Practitioners are also integral to designing and implementing service improvement plans.

The Senior Practitioner will also be responsible for managing staff absence, rotas, completion of reports for commissioners and a grant funder, promoting the service to all stakeholders. Another important role and responsibility are to undertake the role of Registered Manager with the Care Inspectorate and all the tasks that ensure information is uploaded to the portal and the services are measuring their care against the Health and Social Care Standards and acting where areas need to improve.

The Senior Practitioner will be part of an on-call rota providing overnight support to all the accommodation and community support services. This will include covering for an absent worker should there be no other staff available to cover the shift or attending a service where there is a significant incident or accident or building issue. An allowance will be paid with any worked hours of the on-call period paid as with time off in lieu.

To be a Senior Practitioner with Registered Manager status within Four Square’s Women’s Services you will need:

  • 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;
  • Experience of managing refuge or supported accommodation for adults;
  • In-depth understanding of gender-based violence, domestic abuse, homelessness, trauma and adversity and how it impacts life outcomes for those we support and ensure the staff team stays up to date with research and policy developments;
  • A commitment to learning and developing and putting this into practice;
  • Be a reflective practitioner and be an active participant in regular reflective practice group supervision;
  • A commitment to individual supervision and appraisal processes and motivated to action the personal development plan;
  • To support staff to engage in supervision and appraisal process and collaboratively design a CPD programme for supervisees;
  • To ensure all new staff undertake the induction programme;
  • To provide staff with regular casework review meetings to ensure people are receiving the service stated to them and monitoring of caseloads;
  • Ensure services’ meet and aim to exceed the standards set down by the Organisation, Care Inspectorate and funders;
  • Membership of regulatory bodies required of the role and application of the codes and standards to their practice;
  • To ensure the staff team is registered with SSSC and always adheres to the Code of Practice;
  • To demonstrate leadership skills and is an active participant of the wider management team;
  • To be engaged in the wider Organisation’s activities and encourage this in the staff team;
  • A commitment to working in partnership with other organisations and professionals to support people;
  • To demonstrate honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and be respectful to all – colleagues, people they support, partners, commissioners etc and encourage this in the staff team;
  • Be committed to excellence and engage in improvement plans for the services or Organisation;
  • Be creative in their approach to supporting people and coach staff to do same;
  • And have a good standard of English and maths and able to produce clear written communications in the form of case notes, reports, diary entries, case studies timeously.

Requirements:

  • Must be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject I.e social work, social sciences, psychology etc;
  • Possess a management qualification at SCQF9 or be willing to work towards this;
  • To comply always with Four Square’s Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regards 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.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Working 35 hours per week, flexibly between Monday to Sunday to ensure the services meet their contractual requirements;
  • £28,000 per annum plus £1,500 additional payment for undertaking Registered Manager status;
  • On-call payment of £11 per night;
  • 35 days annual leave entitlement rising to 40 days upon completion of 5 years' service.

Application notes

If you are an exceptional candidate looking for a challenging and exciting role a job description and application form can be downloaded from our website or by emailing traceys@foursquare.org.uk

Closing Date

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th October 2020 at 12.00pm.

Interviews

Interviews will be held on Friday 16th October 2020 at our Head Office in Edinburgh or via Teams.

Disclosure

Due to the nature and context of the work, there is an occupational requirement for all members of our staff within this service to be women.