SSAFA – Senior Social Work Practitioner


Up to £35,000 per annum 

37.5 hours per week 


Fixed term until 30 June 2020 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Senior Social Worker to join the Health and Social Care Team at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.  This is a fixed term role until 30 June 2020 and is based in the Falkland Islands.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, supports the person behind the uniform; any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us. Every year, SSAFA helps more than 73,000 people from the Forces family to get back on their feet; those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families. Support is there for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no one’s service is ever forgotten. We give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes to get that person’s life back to where they want it to be.

About the role

You will be delivering a contractual professional service that provides emotional and practical support to the serving personnel and their families in the Falkland Islands. You will be the subject matter expert in safeguarding children and adults and will need to advise the safeguarding partnership board and command on these issues and provide safeguarding training levels1-3 to appropriate personnel.

You will work in partnership with other military welfare agencies and the role is seen very much as integrated within welfare team. However, keeping our independence is crucial to ensure that service users that do come to see us for whatever reason, need to know that they are receiving an impartial service advice and support independent of the chain of command.

You will live on the base within the community that you serve, there will be a need for working flexibly, out of hours and potential travel within the Falkland Islands to deliver this service.

A full relocation package is available.

About the team

SSAFA Social Work and Personal Support Teams are dispersed across UK, and overseas in Cyprus, Brunei and Gibraltar and so it is important that there is a central point. Your initial central point will be with the Cyprus Health and Social Care Team. Here, you will be provided with regular supervision, support and learning and development opportunities. You will also have a connection with SSAFA Central Office at regular intervals. The people that we work with are committed, hardworking and flexible. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds: ex-military/police, social workers from UK local authorities, some specialise in mental health, or fostering. We believe early partnership intervention is crucial and therefore we help/support or protect children/young people and adults at risk at the right level as soon as we can. 

About you

To carry out this role successfully you will have a track record of providing professional social work and personal support service in a diverse community and be able to utilise these skills within a military context.

You will have a sound knowledge and practice in safeguarding children and adults at risk and be able to demonstrate this to the safeguarding partnership board and other forums within the Falkland Island context.

You will be able to form positive working relationships with service users and advocate on their behalf and work with other agencies relevant to the individual’s situation.

You will be able to work independently representing SSAFA and at the same time be part of the wider military community promoting the service and getting involved in events,

Finally, you will be resourceful, be aware of your own well-being and know when to seek advice from others as this is an isolated post that is unique in many ways.

SSAFA is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

No agencies please. Any unsolicited submissions from agencies will be accepted as a direct application from the candidate and no fees will be payable.

For further information  

If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about this role, please contact Janice Danson on 00357 2596 2064 for an informal discussion.

To apply, visit SSAFA’s website

Closing date: Midnight on 18 July

Interviews: Week commencing 05 August 2019

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and uses the Disclosure & Barring Service. SSAFA is committed to safeguarding and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you wish to apply for any of our vacancies you will be asked to answer some screening questions before completing an application form and uploading your CV.  Personal data to progress your application for employment is covered under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Article 6 Section 1b and Article 9 2b and c. Your details will not be used for any other purpose or shared with a third party without your permission.  Data on unsuccessful candidates will be retained for one year from the vacancy being filled. If you take up employment with us, your information will be held for the duration of your employment plus six full calendar years. Further details are contained in SSAFA’s Privacy Statement at


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