Social Worker (Family Team) needed at Highland Children’s Social Work Services, Scotland

Are you compassionate, kind and empathetic? Do you have experience in working with children and families? Are you seeking to advance your career as a social worker? Highland Children’s Social Work Services has just the right role for you.

Highland Children’s Social Work Services is on a journey of change, improvement, and transformation through our Families 1st vision – to safely keep as many children as possible within their families and connected to their Highland communities.  Families’ 1st is underpinned by the Highland STAR aimed to bring all our collective resources to help keep children and families – Safe, Together, Achieving with Rights & Relationships respected.

We shall continue to build on our GIRFEC strengths, while we also fully embrace the transformational change in all calls for action to achieve the fundamentals of the Promise, which will be at the heart of everything we do. We are investing in our children’s services to provide the rocket fuel to get from talk to action.  We want strong social work practice to flourish in the Highlands and this means that we are serious in recognising that best practice is our most powerful tool and top priority.  We recognise the importance of the learning journey, reflective supervision, encouraging you to be part of communities of practice, and promoting your professional development within our Family Teams.

As a bottom line, we know that you must have the time to build kind and compassionate relationships with those children and families whose lives you touch and so we must create the space to enable the relational direct work you came into social work to do. We agree with the Promise, knowing that we must collectively ‘hold the hands of those who hold the hand of the child’.

We take your social work journey seriously and we want to attract a diverse range of social workers who share our passion and ambitions to fulfil Highlands Promise.  Additionally, you also get to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK!  If all of that is for you, we would love to hear from you.


  • Social Workers (Family Team)


  • £41,386 – £44,790 per annum

Job Schedule

  • Full Time


  • Portree, UK


  • Work positively with colleagues to provide an integrated Service to children and families.
  • Undertake professional assessment of client need and the consideration of available options and resources.
  • Provide care and protection interventions to children and families, fulfilling mandatory guidance and statutory requirements.
  • Ensure the implementation of child plans, acting as lead professional when appropriate with children, carers and other partners to the plan.
  • Maintain accurate records relating to work with service users including the input of information to the social work database in accordance with Highland Council policy
  • Prepare reports for the Children’s Reporter, the courts and in relation to children who are looked after or on the Child protection register, or any other reports as required.
  • Attend and participate in child plan meetings, Children’s hearings, court hearings as required.
  • Prepare for and participate fully in supervision with the appropriate Practice Lead (Care and Protection)
  • Participation in multi-disciplinary team business and development meetings.
  • The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties appropriate to the level of the post


  • Be familiar with Violent Incident and Accident reporting Procedures and comply with them.
  • Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council on the ‘Social
  • Worker’ part of the Register and as such hold a qualification that is
  • Recognised by the SSSC as being equivalent to the Diploma in Social Work (DipSW).
  • Experience of working with children and families.
  • Ability to work in partnership with children, families and other professionals.
  • Ability to follow and implement legal and procedural requirements.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Skills in assessment, analysis and intervention, in planned and in emergency circumstances.
  • Counselling skills.
  • Knowledge of range of services and resources available.
  • Ability to work in an imaginative and creative way.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • IT skills.
  • You will be expected to travel efficiently and effectively between various Work locations within Highland to meet the operational requirements of the service.


  • Competitive salary
  • Pathways to ongoing professional development
  • Flexibility in terms of location and working hours
  • Flexible working options

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should kindly CLICK HERE to learn more about the job and the application process.


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Application Deadline

May 20, 2024