Public Protection Advisor (Child Protection) – NHS Scotland – Kilmarnock

NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

An excellent opportunity has arisen within the Public Protection Team (Child Protection) for highly motivated and enthusiastic Health Visitor, Midwife, or Registered Nurses to undertake the duties of Public Protection Advisor (Child Protection).

The Public Protection Health Service consists of 3 key teams, Child Protection Team, Adult Support and Protection Team and Multi- Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). The initial focus for this post will be within the Child Protection Team however there will be a requirement for further education and training to develop the role of a Public Protection Advisor.

To apply you must be educated to a degree level with (or be working towards) a specialist Post Graduate Qualification in Child Protection such as a Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Child Protection. We are seeking applicants who have evidence of professional development and who have an interest in Child Protection work.

We are a passionate, supportive and progressive team who are committed to service improvement. The team is made up of a Chief Nurse for Public Protection, Lead Nurse for Child and Adult Protection, 7.4 WTE Child Protection Advisors, 2 Adult Support and Protection Advisors and 2.5 administration assistants. We offer a robust mentorship programme to support new members to the team. You will be allocated a mentor to support your learning and practice for a period of time which will be mutually agreed. Following this mentorship period you will work with minimal supervision but within a team who adopt a supportive and reflective learning culture and peer supervision models to support the complex nature of this work.
We are committed to staff wellbeing and supporting professional development.

The Public Protection Advisor role aims to ensure all staff within both adult and children’s services in NHS Ayrshire and Arran recognise their role and responsibility in protecting children and Vulnerable adults and can respond appropriately. The post will require the successful candidate to work closely with other health professionals as well as those from other agencies in an area of practice that is challenging and emotionally sensitive and as such applicants should be emotionally attuned to the impact of the work on others.

You will be operationally managed and receive professional and clinical leadership from the Lead Nurses. A car driver/owner is essential. ​​​​​​​

Membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme is a condition of this post and the successful applicant(s) will require to join the scheme prior to appointment. Further information can also be found at

Applications are welcome from UK, EEA and non-EEA candidates.
EU Settlement Scheme – EU, EEA or Swiss nationals are strongly encouraged to join the EU Settlement Scheme prior to 30th June 2021. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to produce proof of your EU Settlement status from 1st July 2021 to demonstrate your Right to Work in the United Kingdom. Further information: Existing employees may be asked to provide evidence of their EU Settlement Status from 1st July 2021

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