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 Justice Social Work Policy and Practice Lead. Scotland’s justice system has been subject to extensive change over recent years, and emerging from the pandemic the impetus for reform has never been stronger. The implications for Justice Social Work are likely to be significant, and this post will be critical in ensuring the voice and expertise of social work is heard in national debates; including, but not limited to, the ongoing development and expansion of community justice, the organisation and delivery of justice services locally, and implications of a National Care Service. The post will help facilitate the engagement and leadership of our Justice Social Work Standing Committee members, Chief Social Work Officers and the Social Work Scotland Board. In partnership with colleagues in Social Work Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor, this post also offers a chance to join up interdependent but disconnected policy agendas, constructing a more coherent and enabling operational environment for justice social work.
If successful in securing the post, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with the leadership of the social work profession in Scotland, in operations, regulation, advocacy, policy making, education and academia. You’ll also build or strengthen links across the justice sector, 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 assisting the profession be the best it can be for the individuals, families and communities who need social work or social care support; the Justices Social Work Policy and Practice role is central 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 want us to contact references prior to interview. Secondments welcome.