Permanence Consultant - 51223

University of Strathclyde
£39,324 - £48,327 per year
17 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

In this important and exciting role, you'll be joining the influential Permanence and Care Team (PaCT) at CELCIS, a group of dedicated people working to ensure that looked after children in Scotland are settled in their permanent home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

You will work closely with local authorities and partner organisations to deliver tailored services as part of our PaCT work, as well as playing a key role in co-delivering the Permanence and Care Excellence programme with Scottish Government.

With solid experience of working within permanence and/or the looked after children's sector, you will also demonstrate a deep understanding of, and commitment to, effective permanence planning as a means of reducing drift, delay and unnecessary disruption in young people's lives.

You will have sensitivity and the strong relationship-building skills required to lead, support and encourage systemic and strategic change in permanence practices. With our partners you will demonstrate experience and understanding plus the practical skills needed to lead improvement and support implementation of new innovative and evidence based permanence processes.

You will have a relevant degree and/or an appropriate professional qualification, plus substantial practical experience and evidence of successful collaborative working.

The post is initially funded until 31st March 2017, with indicative funding for a further 2 years.


At CELCIS our ultimate goal is simple. We want to make a big difference. All of our work is dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the lives and experiences of looked after children and young people.

We work in close partnership with carers, social workers, teachers, health professionals, charities, the police, local authorities, and the Scottish Government, sharing our collective skills, knowledge and expertise to develop the best possible systems and practice for children in and on the edges of care. We always work towards making positive and enduring improvements through our innovative evidence-based implementation approach.

Our real strength is in our people. Team CELCIS are a friendly and skilled group of people who offer a shared commitment to making a real and lasting difference in children`s lives.


Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.


Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Aileen Nicol, Permanence and Care Team Lead ( 444 8314).

An offer of appointment will be subject to a medical assessment by Occupational Health. An individual who accepts an offer of employment must complete a confidential medical questionnaire and forward it to the Occupational Health Nurse within 5 days of receipt. If further information is required the individual may be contacted by the OHN or a Medical Advisor and a personal appointment with the individual may be arranged. An unconditional contract of employment will not be issued until Human Resources receives confirmation that applicant is fit to undertake the duties of the post.

Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 12 month probationary period.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.

Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.

Formal interviews for this post will be held on Thursday, 24 November 2016.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.