Implementation Officer (GIRFEC) (fixed term)

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Aberdeenshire Council
£36,487 - £38,095 per year
15 Sep 2016
29 Sep 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on the attachments below. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for.

This post fulfils a key pivotal role leading the development and implementation of all aspects of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) within the Education and Children's Services through universal and targeted supports/services, working in partnership with other services and agencies.

Contribute to the development and promotion of strategies across health, education, social work and the voluntary sector for the better integration of children’s services, in line with Aberdeenshire’s Children’s Services Plan and Education Service Plans, with specific regard to universal supports/services in Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).

There is a responsibility for the post holder to demonstrate a commitment to quality service delivery through continuous improvement for the benefit of the Service and the organisation

This post is regulated work with children and/or protected adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check. Where an individual has spent a continuous period of 3 months or more out with the UK in the last 5 years, an Overseas Criminal Record Check will be required. You will be required to provide this check. A confirmed offer of employment and commencement in the post will be subject to the outcome of both these pre-employment checks being deemed satisfactory.

The majority of posts within Aberdeenshire Council fall into one of the categories as detailed on the Worksmart website -  

This post has a minimum requirement of one reference which must be your current or most recent employer.

Duration: For a period not exceeding 07/08/2018

Informal Enquiries to: Bryony Revell, tel 01358 720033


Support development and successful implementation of all aspects of GIRFEC statutory requirements within Education:

  • Co-ordinate and review Education service information and guidance to support GIRFEC compliance
  • Share and disseminate good practice
  • Support the work of the GIRFEC Strategic Group and wider partnership activity, working in partnership with officers reviewing current and future service development in line with Aberdeenshire’s Children’s Services Plan
  • Organise, support and deliver staff learning and development events as directed, promoting through staff development activities, strategies which encourage prevention and early intervention, inclusion and integration
  • Co-ordinate GIRFEC activity across the Education Service to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people
  • Support work lead by the GIRFEC Service Transformation Manager as it pertains to the Education Service’s contribution and responsibilities under GIRFEC
  • Contribute and lead on continuous improvement activities including impact assessments, self-evaluation, quality assurance, programmed self-evaluation and promoting child-focussed practice
  • Participate in and support workstreams progressing Service and Partnership priorities including consultation and engagement activity and collating, analysing and interpreting information and data
  • Ensure Education leads are kept informed of national developments, including legislative, policy changes, regulations and research.
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of inter-agency guidelines, policies and procedures through the Education Service, reviewing their effectiveness and developing systems, processes and procedures to ensure local and national requirements are met
  • Advise, support and challenge staff, senior management teams and Head Teachers across establishments, in the implementation of priorities linked to GIRFEC
  • Maintain robust monitoring and reporting arrangements including ensuring performance indicators are fit for purpose
  • Work in co-operation with quality improvement officers, and others in the Education Service, to raise standards and ensure compliance with statutory regulations in schools.

The Individual

Essential Criteria

  • Registered teacher/ qualified social worker or equivalent qualification
  • Involvement in significant change management
  • Report writing experience
  • Proven track record in managing projects to meet timescales and deadlines and secure improvement
  • Proven track record in multi-agency planning and development
  • IT skills
  • Ability to travel within Aberdeenshire
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Knowledge of other agencies
  • Collaborative approach
  • Ability to influence change at a senior level and articulate a clear vision for organisational improvement in specific contexts relevant to Getting it Right for Every Child
  • Flexible self-motivated individual with the ability to prioritise own workload, work on own initiative and contribute collaboratively as part of a team

Desirable Criteria

  • Post graduate in Leadership
  • Diploma in Management skills
  • Masters in Management
  • Masters in Education
  • Experience of assessing training needs, managing and delivering relevant training
  • Information analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Participation in authority or national initiatives

See also:
Applying for a job with Aberdeenshire Council.pdf