SSAFA – Senior Social Work Practitioner


Up to £32,0000 per annum 

37.5 hours per week 

British Forces Cyprus

Fixed term until 30 June 2020

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Senior Social Work Practitioner to join the Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. This role is 37.5 hours per week and for a fixed term until 30 June 2020.

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. Working as part of a team across the island you will be a dedicated social worker at one of the bases, carrying out both statutory and non-statutory duties. Working both independently and alongside the MOD welfare and community support networks

Our community in Cyprus responds to the diverse and unique needs of the British Forces community through our complete and integrated range of services from health and social care. SSAFA is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

About the team 

There are three full time dedicated Senior Social Worker posts on island. Travelling across island is required to offer support to colleagues as needed. The team also work alongside the Personal and Family Support team, Victim and witness support team, Solutions relationship support, Community Volunteers, Childminder Coordinator and Fostering service. You will be expected to participate in the on-call rota.

About you

As a professionally qualified and registered practitioner with HCPC, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and an in-depth knowledge of safeguarding issues.  You will have experience of working with children and family’s services and ideally have adult social work experience.  You will be expected to show competence in working in a culturally diverse environment. Demonstrating experience in undertaking child protection enquiries.

To succeed you will be a registered Social Worker with relevant experience.  You should also have the ability to work effectively without direct supervision and possess excellent interpersonal, communication and I.T. skills. Ability to undertake S47 enquiries and using ABE. A full, clean, current driving licence with the ability to drive manual cars is essential.

So, if you are able to work on your own initiative and simultaneously manage varied tasks whilst contributing positively to a team, we would like to hear from you.

SSAFA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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 Yvette Schemet on 00357 25962161 for an informal discussion.

For full details please see job description and person specification.

To apply, visit SSAFA’s website

Closing date: Midnight on 18 August 2019

Interviews: 22 August 2019

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to using the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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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