Aberlour, in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, have developed a service for families with children at ‘the edge of care’, families who are often feeling overwhelmed by the complex demands of parenting and struggling to support the needs of their children at home, at school and in the community. At what can be a highly charged and emotional time for families Sustain Borders offer a relationship based and strengths focused approach which helps build confidence and skills and supports connection to school and community.
Working collaboratively with local partners our aim is to help children and families stay together. Families experience a wide range of social and emotional challenges which can impact on health and wellbeing, our relationship-based approach is informed by an understanding of attachment and the impact of trauma. We offer whole family support and work individually and in groups with children, young people, parents and carers. Our approach helps families to seek solutions, build on strengths and learn new skills, whether that is learning to play together or supporting a young person to take their first steps back into school.
In our first 18 months, we have supported over 50 families throughout the Scottish Borders, with 80% of referred children and young people continuing to live at home and remain connected to their school and community. We feel our flexibility and the intensity of our Sustain support model is a key factor in this success. The service is available ‘as and when required’, including during evenings and weekends, providing families with the support they need when they need it.
“Sustain have helped young people to trust again and showed them that teachers and other professionals are trying to help.”
“Sustain will be the voice of the young person so they are prepared to have difficult conversations with parents, teachers or anyone else when they have to.”
Scottish Borders Council have confirmed a further 4 years’ funding for this service. We are looking to recruit a dynamic and creative individual to manage, lead and develop the service further. We are looking for a manager who has had experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection. You will also have direct experience of leading, supporting and managing staff, inter-agency and partnership working and developing and managing a budget. You will work 37.5 hours per week, these hours will be worked flexibly in line with service need. This contract is offered on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2024.
Service Manager responsibilities include ensuring that your team delivers excellent services, evidencing the effectiveness of innovative practice and ensuring continual service improvement through effective quality assurance. You will be responsible for implementing and achieving a range of outcomes, including self-evaluation and monitoring frameworks and implementing Aberlour’s policies and procedures. You will have the ability to provide an effective role model to others, and use an asset based, person-centred approach to work with families. You will be responsible for managing the day to day operation of the service budget and line managing staff.
As part of a small team, you will ensure that the highest level of physical and emotional care is provided to our families. You will ensure that the teams understand and meet their obligations to protect and promote the welfare of service users and ensure the safeguarding role at all times.
You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.
Our Options Borders service offers an exciting range of short break residential and non-residential services for children and young people living in the Scottish Borders who have a significant learning and/or physical disability. The support we offer includes residential short breaks, outreach within the local community and summer holiday activity clubs. This service not only provides families with a short break and time to ‘recharge’, but it brings together children with significant learning disabilities living within the Scottish Borders Council area. It offers them a programme of activities which are fun, stimulating and safe, creating an opportunity for them to make friends and pursue leisure activities out with the school and family environment.
What is Aberlour to us....... quite simply a lifeline. It is what keeps our family together and sane. I know my child is happy to be with Aberlour and he has fun. You guys have taken the time and care to get to know him and know what he wants and needs on his visits with you. This means we can relax knowing he is happy and safe no matter what challenges he presents you with. We are so grateful for the support you not only give our boy but provide to us as a family – Parent
As Service Manager you will lead, manage and develop services for children, young people and families in line with service objectives and Aberlour’s strategic planning framework. You will be responsible for the development and delivery of the service, working collaboratively with families, community partners and our Local Authority colleagues. You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability in a community or residential setting, and an understanding of the impact of disability on social inclusion are essential requirements.
You will have demonstrable experience of empowering, working and engaging with young people and their families in order to achieve positive outcomes. You will have previous managerial experience preferably within a residential child care setting, an ability to motivate, support and supervise others and you will possess effective planning and organisational skills.
As part of a small team, you will ensure that the highest level of physical and emotional care is provided to the children and young people. Applicants will have an understanding and commitment to children with a learning disability. You will ensure that all workers understand and meet their obligations to protect and promote the welfare of service users and ensure the safeguarding role at all times.
You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above, plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above, or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means. You are required to be registered with the SSSC and hold or be willing to work towards relevant professional qualifications to meet SSSC registration requirements.
REACH Lanarkshire Autism was established in 2012 to bridge the gap in services throughout Lanarkshire.
As part of our ongoing commitment to create services for children and young people with Autism and their families, we are looking for a part time (job share) Neighbourhood Development/Activity Co-ordinator to work within the Whitlawburn and Springhall area of South Lanarkshire. Their role will be to engage with families and support them to access our services such as play therapy, peer support, sport and social activities. By having dedicated workers in the area, it will help to remove any barriers which families feel might prevent them from accessing additional support as well as raising additional awareness of the services that REACH provide in the local area.
Experience of Autism is desirable but not essential as it is your willingness and enthusiasm to support our families and enable them to access the necessary support that we are looking for.
This is a five-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund; the contract expires in February 2023. The deadline for completed application forms will be Monday 27th July 2020 with interviews taking place soon after. Only those shortlisted for interview will be notified. The successful applicant will be required to register with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
If you are interested in applying for the above post, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an Application Form. The Job Description/Person Specification can be downloaded from the advert.
Does the thought of working with a committed, values led team attract you? Are you a natural innovator, skilled at working through barriers and helping people get much needed support that really works for them?
Established in 2016, Future Pathways was set up to help people who experience abuse or neglect in care, in Scotland to live full, healthy and independent lives.
With compassion and empathy, Support Coordinators build trusted relationships with in-care survivors, helping people identify what matters most to them and facilitating access to resources, services and activities, forging new links and developing innovative approaches in partnership with other professionals and organisations.
A good listener with excellent communication skills, you will have substantive experience in a related field (learning disability, mental health, occupational health etc.) including trauma related work with experience of outcomes focused approaches to assessment and support.
Passionate about the principles of personalisation and collaboration, you will be good at juggling competing priorities. Knowing how important wellbeing is to resilience, you will prioritise self-care and hold boundaries in all areas of work and encourage others to do the same.
You will require a clean driving licence and access to a car, since travel will be expected, for which a standard mileage rate will be paid. Flexibility in working hours will also be expected in order to meet the needs of people we work with.
You should be a member of the PVG scheme.
We are currently seeking to appoint a nursery worker for our Child & Family Centre in Govan.
Glasgow City Mission’s Child & Family Centre provides a number of valuable services to the local community from nursery provision and parenting support classes, to counselling and confidence building activities. Working with over 100 children and their families, our aim is to break the poverty cycle and give children in Govan the best start in life. By investing in safe guarding and supporting families, we help children and parent alike grow to become confident and ‘life equipped’.
The nursery worker will work as part of a team and be jointly responsible for the provision of a safe and stimulating environment for children attending the Child & Family Centre nursery.
Applicants should be qualified to SVQ III or equivalent in childcare and should have experience of working with children in a nursery setting. Candidates should be in sympathy with the Christian aims and ethos of Glasgow City Mission.
We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.
We are currently recruiting for an experienced social work practitioner to join our team. Your role will require you to have direct contact with service users, their relatives and carers in respect of their concerns about their mental health and/or the care and treatment they receive. You will also be required to carry out investigation work and deal with casework pertaining to your allocated area. While the role is based in Edinburgh, you will be attached to a team covering a particular geographical area of Scotland and will be required to visit services across the whole of Scotland. You must be qualified as a social worker with MHO status and have experience of operating at senior practitioner level. You must be able to communicate effectively with service users, carers, advocates and service providers and have exceptional influencing skills.
For information on our current working arrangements due to Covid-19, please refer to the Employment sheet in the job pack.
We are looking for candidates who have experience of working with women with complex social needs. You will be working as part of Another Way/CLiCK, a service that works with women who sell or exchange sexual activity. This role will have a focus on engaging with women who are advertising online, and ensuring that they have access to specialist support services.
CLiCK is a new partnership initiative funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, through the Tampon Tax Fund. This two year project will engage with women advertising online and provide one-to-one outreach support in the community. Sacro’s Another Way service is one of the delivery partners in this new initiative.
You must also have experience of providing assertive outreach to ‘hard-to-reach’ groups, as well as an excellent understanding of the support needs of women who sell or exchange sexual activity. You will need to be an effective communicator, highly organised and have effective casework management skills. It is essential that support provided is non-judgmental and respects the wishes of the women we engage with.
You will work closely with other partners and agencies and be expected to ensure the continued development of good partnership working. Experience of working with women who sell or exchange sexual activity is desirable.
Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme is a requirement this post.
Fife Women’s Aid are looking for a counsellor for our Children and Young People’s counselling service. The counsellor will provide direct counselling to children and young people who have experience of domestic abuse.
The post is currently funded until August 2021.
The successful applicant will be qualified to Counselling Diploma level or above and will have excellent counselling skills, having had 2 years’ experience of working in a similar environment.
Fife Women’s Aid is a feminist organisation and strives to be a supportive and empowering employer offering competitive terms and conditions.
Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme is a requirement for this post.
If you would like further information about the post, please contact Gill Birtley on 07714 609365.
Aberlour Family Outreach Dundee provides support to families who are struggling to cope as a result of drug and alcohol use within the family. We give children a trusted person they can talk to, while supporting parents to create a safe environment for their children through addressing their dependency and improving parenting confidence.
“The Aberlour Family Outreach Dundee worker visited me regularly and she was really friendly. She encouraged me to ask for help when I needed it. She introduced me to other people and got me involved in other services that could help me" – Parent
Do you want to help make a difference to the lives of the families we work with?
We are looking to recruit a full time Child and Family Worker. This contract is currently offered on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2021. We are looking for an energetic, creative and compassionate individual to join our friendly, supportive team. We value skills such as providing children and young people with a wide range of fun activities and experiences to enrich their lives as well as supporting families to actively participate in shaping and defining the support we offer.
You will hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (for example, SVQ3 Care plus an HNC) together with relevant experience of working with children or young people. You must also be able to demonstrate awareness of the key elements of working with people affected by substance use as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, young people’s rights.
As an Aberlour employee, you will:
• receive a supported induction
• be part of a highly motivated and skilled team
• receive continual personalised support
• have access to a well-developed training programme, including Person Centred Planning
and Graphic Facilitation
• have access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
Because People Matter
Turning Point Scotland is a national social care charity providing services to people with addictions, learning disabilities, mental health issues, those in the criminal justice system and those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Glasgow Residential Stabilization Service
We aim to provide a 4 to 6 weeks residential service for individuals who are no longer managing their support within a community setting.
Our team of social care, nursing and medical staff will provide treatment and support to individuals who are deemed to be engaging in high risk drug and/or alcohol use with complex needs. Collaboratively working within a Recovery Orientated System of Care (ROSC) to address the individuals’ physical, mental, social and emotional needs. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering a range of interventions in 1:1 and group work settings to support, encourage and motivate individuals to assist them to gain some stability back in their life.
Turning Point Scotland Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre
The Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre is a busy 24/7 service for drug users, combining a Methadone Clinic, Needle Exchange service and a 12 bedded Residential Unit. Its multi-disciplinary teams comprise social care workers, nurses and medical staff, who encourage and support Service Users to find ways of making their drug use less problematic and to achieve a better quality of life. Many Service Users will be unable to cope and be at risk, but whatever the issue Turning Point Scotland is committed to rehabilitation and recovery through effective person centred support.