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Job summary

£39312 - £47065
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
IRC89537 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Determination Manager within Disclosure Scotland based in Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Disclosure Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government whose purpose is to deliver a high quality service that enhances public safety by protecting the vulnerable in society through enabling safer recruitment. The successful candidate will be part of a team which helps administer the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Membership Scheme.

Disclosure Scotland manages the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Membership Scheme and administers and maintains the lists of people barred from doing regulated work with children, protected adults or both groups as defined by the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The Protection Unit makes decisions on behalf of Scottish Ministers, following a structured decision making process, on whether individuals should firstly be considered for barring and if so on whether they are or are not barred from doing regulated work. Referrals are received from a number of sources and are managed on a case-work basis. Different case-working approaches are used. No final determination decision is made by one person and case discussions are a regular part of business.

The Protection Unit gathers information from a number of sources to assist in decision making. Some of the key stakeholders are organisations within the criminal justice field and all sectors within health and social care services. Currently the Protection Unit comprises of four linked teams each of which focuses on a specific part of the business process – 1. administration of notifications and initial enquiries 2. fast track casework team and 3. & 4. casework.

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 is currently subject of review and is entering the final stage of consultation at this time. It is anticipated that this will result in changes that will improve the safeguarding service. Disclosure Services is in the General Education, Communities and Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government. It's primary function is safeguarding. It also contributes to the Fairer Scotland agenda using it's experience and alliances with other key organisations to offer support to employers in recruiting fairly. Information about the Role Determinations Managers are responsible for making final determinations in both complex barring cases and no bar cases. They ensure both the quality, consistency and defensibility of decisions made across all teams . Determinations Managers manage groups of staff, supporting team working and staff development. They are accountable both for their team and the Unit's performance in achieving targets and goals. Determinations Managers also play a key role in driving service improvement initiating and leading developments and supporting staff to do so likewise.

Scotland is unique in having it's vetting and barring services working together. Working alongside other business areas within Disclosure Scotland and with external stakeholders from both safeguarding, criminal justice and employability agencies are key parts of the role.

Applicants should be aware that some of the information considered in the course of carrying out duties can be distressing in nature.

Essential Criteria
1. Significant experience of making decisions in relation to the risk an individual may present. Examples could include experience in child or adult protection, mental health, offender management.
2. Team management experience in which resilience in dealing with caseload deadlines and processing written information about harmful behaviours that may be upsetting was required.
3. Experience of leading service development and innovation within the context of improving operational delivery.
4. Evidence of effective communication with stakeholders to get across key messages and to receive feedback in a way which supports improvement.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil  Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Lorna Moran at Lorna.Moran@disclosurescotland.gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds. 

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot


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