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Social Worker (Respekt Women's Worker)
East Neighbourhood Centre

Salary: £30,563 - £36,499
Hours: 36 per week

Respekt is a domestic abuse project for the Polish community in Edinburgh, run by the City of Edinburgh Council and funded by the Scottish Government’s Violence Against Women And Girls Fund. It provides a behaviour change programme for abusive men and a support, advocacy and safety planning service for their partners. The service is provided by Polish speaking social workers.

The purpose of the Women’s Worker post is to provide a pro-active, holistic service to women whose partners or former partners are Polish men attending the Respekt men's programme. To provide a supportive and flexible service, offering to meet with women on their own terms, seeking to empower them to increase their safety and in working towards determining their own goals.

The post holder may also be required to work with the partners of non-Polish men who are attending the mainstream voluntary or court-mandated domestic abuse service.

It is a full time, permanent post.

This post is open to women applicants only, who are fluent in Polish and English. Applicants must have a BA (Hons) Social Work or equivalent qualification recognised by the SSSC and should hold a current registration with the SSSC.

Because of accepted professional standards for this work, the post holder is required to be a woman. This post is exempt under section 7e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. Applicants must also be in sympathy with the importance of working with men who abuse.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment being made by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Closing date for applications is 23 September. To find out more please contact Stephen Madill or Victoria Kerr on 0131 469 3408 or email or


Stephen Madill or-
Victoria Kerr
0131 469 3408