Top job! Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2021

  • Advertised from 28th May 2021


Social Work Scotland is the professional body for social work managers and leaders. We are a membership organisation with over 350 individual and corporate members. We exist to promote and support the development of the social work profession, and to inform, influence and improve public policy and public services.

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor. With funding provided by Scottish Government, this post will play a key role in supporting statutory social work to integrate and implement the refreshed national Child Protection Guidance.

The post will help facilitate connections between the leadership of the profession, Scottish Government and Child Protection Committees Scotland. It will also contribute extensively to Social Work Scotland’s work around delivery of the Promise, and national discussions relating to Equal Protection, the Age of Criminal Responsibility, incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and reform of Joint Investigative Interviewing of Children.

Working in partnership with local social work Child Protection leads, Scottish Government Social Work Professional Advisors and colleagues in CELCIS, etc., the post will provide both capacity and leadership at the national level. Taking direction from our Chief Social Work Officer network, Child Protection Sub-Group and Children and Families Standing Committee, the post holder will have the chance to assert the unique contribution and value of social work in the provision of holistic support for children and families.

At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor role is central to us delivering on that commitment.

Applicants should have experience of policy development and implementation, and be confident operating at a national level.

We are looking for an individual who can identify issues, articulate solutions that are workable, and build consensus; all with a view to social work values and principles.

The post holder will be a qualified and registered social worker with significant experience in children and families social work.

Application notes

To apply for this post, please submit a covering letter/email and a completed application form.

Your covering letter should be between 800 and 1000 words and should set out why you want the job, summarise your relevant experience, and explain how you meet the job’s ‘Person Specification’. Please state in your application form if you do want us to contact references prior to interview. Secondments welcome.

Completed application forms and covering letters should be sent to by 08:00 on Monday 21 June 2021.