Digital Policy and Practice Advisor

Hours: 35 (full time)

Salary: Within the range £50,000 to £60,000 per annum (depending on experience).

Application End Date: 27/06/2022

We are excited to be recruiting for a new Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor. With support from Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care (TEC) programme and Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, and in partnership with a range of national and local partners, the post will lead efforts to strengthen operational social work’s involvement in relevant technological developments. The post will build connections between social work teams and the TEC programme, ensuring national plans are shaped by the profession’s unique role and responsibilities. And the post will help create the conditions for extending the use of technology and digital services across all domains of social work and social care (i.e. children and families, justice, adults, older people, drugs and alcohol, etc.).

Social Work Scotland exists to promote the unique contribution and role of professional social work, with individual social workers balancing responsibilities to promote social justice and empowerment with those around public protection. This post, combined with our existing work programme, should create opportunities to explore how technology can enhance the profession’s work. Through the connection of this post to our membership, committees and sub groups, and with partners such as the Scottish Association of Social Work, our aim is that social work can better shape and direct the ongoing national work in this area, ensuring it is of real relevance and value to the critical roles that social workers hold.

The role of Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor within Social Work Scotland will continue our contribution and strategic influence on the advancement of social work principles and practice in the developing national programme of work around technology and digital solutions to strengthen the introduction and mainstreaming of these areas within social work and social care.

If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of social work in Scotland, across operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links with Scottish Government, voluntary sector and private sector colleagues, within Scotland, the UK and internationally. You will be a visible representative of the profession, and you will help Social Work Scotland’s members to realise opportunities and resolve challenges.  At the core of Social Work Scotland is a commitment to assist the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Digital Social Work Policy and Practice Advisor role will make a valuable contribution to us delivering on that commitment.

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 not want us to contact references prior to interview. Secondments welcome.