Protecting Children Policy and practice Advisor

Hours: 35 Hours

Salary: £45,000 - £52,000

Application End Date: 26/09/2022

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

The post facilitates connections between the leadership of the profession, Scottish Government, and Child Protection Committees Scotland. It is also part of Social Work Scotland’s contribution to delivery of the protection agenda in national areas such as Equal Protection, the Age of Criminal Responsibility, Barnahus developments 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, the post provides both capacity and leadership at the national level. Reporting to our Children and Families Policy and Practice Lead, with direction from our Chief Social Work Officer Group, Children and Families Standing Committee, and Child Protection Sub-Group, the post holder has the opportunity to make a unique contribution around the 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 assists us to deliver 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 work independently yet as an integral part of the team, bring a collaborative approach to work with partners, and have an ability to identify issues, articulate workable solutions, 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 Person Specification. Please state in your application form if you are happy for us to contact referees prior to interview. Secondments are welcome.

Completed application forms and covering letters should be sent to by 08:00 on Monday 26th September.

For an informal discussion please contact

Protecting Children Advisor – Recruitment Pack – September2022

SWS Application Form – Protecting Children Policy and Practice Advisor