Young Person's Practitioner

  • Part time
  • up to £23,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Closing 29th May 2020

  • Advertised from 18th May 2020
  • up to £23,000 pro rata dependent on experience 25 hours per week.


How Action for Children works

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children across the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 301,000 children, young people and their families – but for every child who needs help to get help, there's plenty more to do. That's where you come in.

The role

Edinburgh EH1 is a commissioned service that work with young people and their families providing additional support alongside Edinburgh Young Peoples Service (Youth Justice Social Work Team) and the locality teams. Youth Justice. The post holder will be part of team of Practitioners and Service Co-ordinator providing 1:1 contact with young people aged 12-17yrs to avoid family breakdown, reduce escalation into the care system, and to address the risk and highlight consequences for a range of behaviours including offending, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and promote personal safety. We are looking for a Young Person Practitioner to work 4 days in Edinburgh and Lothian.

The difference

You'll significantly improve young people's lives:

· By managing a full caseload, planning contacts / direct work and attending professional meetings as required.

· By working to support young people to engage with other activities, support / specialist services which enables them to reach their full potential and which enables them to sustain their home or other care placement.

· By building strong working relationships with multi-agency partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to deliver the best outcomes for young people and their families.

· By ensuring that the Service complies with all Action for Children and Edinburgh City Standards and Procedures and with regard to case file recording / paperwork, incident and accident reporting, safeguarding and health and safety Practitioners will use Action for Children E-Systems to identify needs, interventions and outcomes and with use Edinburgh SWIFT to record case notes etc.

· By attending regular team meetings and participating in training and learning.

The person

You'll need:

· SVQ 3 Health and Social Care or equivalent.

· Relevant and recent practitioner experience working with young people and families and with a working knowledge of safeguarding practice and social care standards.

· Sound understanding of issues affecting young people and families.

· Experience of working with creative approaches and methods to engage with hard to reach young people and families.

· Proven assessment skills and experience of working towards outcome focused care / service plans.

· Excellent communication skills - verbal and written and IT.

· Willingness to work flexibly with young people and families; which will include some evening and weekend working.

· Car driver with access to a vehicle and business insurance

How we reward you:

We have a first-rate employee benefit package including but not restricted to;

· Competitive salary – based on defined job roles and grades.

· Excellent paid holiday allowance- minimum 29 days (pro-rata) plus additional public/bank holidays

· We support you and welcoming new additions to your family – flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages

· We have a contribution scheme that matches a maximum of 7% employee and 7% employer contributions which includes a death in service benefit.

Application notes

Closing date: 29 May 2020

To apply, please visit our website

This is a current and live role and we shall be progressing as normal with our recruitment for this position. To comply with social distancing, we intend to interview remotely for the time being. Details will be discussed with applicants who progress to interview stage.

For more information on this opportunity please email and quote reference number 3554.