Children 1st
Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

Children 1st is Scotland's National Children's Charity. We help Scotland's families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

Current vacancies

Top job! Ministerial Appointment Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Throughout Scotland
  • Closing 30th August 2019

Safeguarders are appointed by Scottish Ministers and have a unique and important independent role in children’s hearings and related court proceedings. They can inform and influence decisions to improve lives of the most in need. Children 1st is contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

On behalf of Scotland’s children and young people we seek individuals who can:

· Maintain an unwavering focus on the child or young person’s interests in Children’s Hearings and related court proceedings

· Be attuned to the child or young person in the assimilation and analysis of information to make clear, reasoned and justifiable recommendations

· Work effectively as an individual and alongside others connected to the role

· Have the values, skills and experience to uphold the vision of the national Safeguarders Panel to be excellent, transparent, consistent and respectful for children and young people

Applications are now invited from individuals motivated to undertake this key role.

As a national recruitment campaign there will be positions across Scotland but we would particularly welcome applications from individuals who are able to take up Safeguarder appointments in the areas of Dumfries & Galloway; Argyll & Bute and the Highlands.

Q and A recruitment sessions

We are running a number of questions and answer sessions and details of these can be found in the related documents at children1st.org.uk/who-we-are/about-children-1st/jobs/safeguarder

The position does not attract a fixed salary. Fees and expenses for reasonable travel and subsistence costs are available for each appointment. Please note: There is no payment for attending Pre-appointment Assessment and Training, support sessions and on going requisite training (Children 1st Safeguarders Panel webpages provides further details)

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Top job! Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,882 – £43,363
  • Moray
  • Closing 30th August 2019

We are looking for a new leader to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to provide strategic and operational leadership for Children 1st.

We are seeking a leader who is passionate about doing the right thing for children with an in-depth understanding and experience of operational management of services in the field of child wellbeing and child protection. You will be driven by a strong value base that puts children at the centre and have personal resilience for the challenges ahead. With a proven track record as a leader you will bring, service development experience and an ability to operate at a strategic level while ensuring quality service delivery at an operational level.

The post holder will drive the development and reach of our trauma sensitive supports for children, young people and families in the Moray area. Building on our existing presence in this local authority and seeking new partnerships, the post holder will ensure that Children 1st play a key strategic role in the planning and design of service delivery ensuring a high quality and creative range of supports to achieve real change for children. The successful candidate will work alongside our senior leaders to identify new opportunities, partnerships and innovations in line with key strategic priorities and to make a lasting difference for the children and families we support.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 25th August 2019

The Family Wellbeing Service is in an exciting period of growth and development. Over the next three years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP and The Robertson Trust, we are expanding our service to provide support to families across the whole of East Renfrewshire.

We engage with families to help strengthen their relationships; reduce emotional distress and to enhance their capacity to function more effectively. The team provides intensive, collaborative support; focusing on the family’s strengths and resilience. Relational, restorative, reflective and trauma-sensitive practice guides workers to develop a relationship with family members characterised by trust, respect, honesty and open communication where families can then be linked with community-based networks of support.

We are looking for a Team Leader to join our leadership team within East Renfrewshire. In this position you will play a crucial role in the on-going development of the service and contribute to its expansion. Building relationships and the ability to communicate effectively internally as well as with external partners and agencies is at the heart of everything we do.

You should have experience of working in a leadership role; of offering reflective support and supervision to a team of staff and able to confidently respond to and manage risk.

This is a demanding role which requires tenacity, commitment and flexibility. No two days are the same!

Applicants should have a professional qualification (e.g. Social Work) and should have previous lead

This a fixed term, full time 35 hours a week post, funded until 31 May 2022.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Moray
  • Closing 23rd August 2019

Join the Children 1st team and make a lasting difference to the children and families across Moray (Elgin based).

We are looking for a special Project Worker who is passionate about protecting children, with a strong value base and personal resilience. We seek a Project Worker who will put Children first but also be mindful and respectful of families.

At Children 1st we work with the whole family and we seek Project Workers who are compassionate, skilled and experienced in the whole family systems approach, with a sound knowledge of the impact of trauma and adversity on parenting and on children. You will have a lead role within the team in the assessment of children and families and creating meaningful plans of work that promote children’s safety and wellbeing. Your practice will be underpinned by children’s rights will offer practical and emotional supports to families, doing whatever it takes in all the complexity to engage with families to build on their strengths and capacity. You will be skilled in building strong relationships with children, families and partners and a strong ambassador for Children 1st.

In turn you will join a relational, connected organisation that prioritises quality and supports its workforce to deliver this through strong relationships, as we realise this is what makes the biggest difference to children and families.

If you have suitable experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week, to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Bathgate
  • Closing 6th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join our established Children 1st Service in West Lothian. As part of our Family Group Decision Making Team, you will be involved in empowering families to support children and young people currently accommodated to return to their community and enable families to create plans that support children at risk of accommodation.

Family group conferencing draws on the strengths of the wider family and friends in deciding how best to care for a child, giving families the opportunity to participate in the decision making processes and find their own solutions to difficulties.

We are looking from someone with the experience and skills that are able to get alongside families and their children at really difficult times to support them in creating positive plans that ensure the safe care of the children. We are looking for someone with experience in Family Group Conferencing, or who has relevant experience working collaboratively with families, alongside a range of professionals and with a sound understanding of child protection.

You should be an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work or other appropriate qualification.

This is a fixed term, full time, 35 hour post, funded initially until 31 March 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, evenings and weekends as required.

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 20th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new service, supporting families to prevent children being accommodated. This service will work alongside our Family Group Decision making team, empowering families to create their own solutions to their problems.

This service will support families to develop their strengths and draw on their wider family network to keep their children safe and at home.

You must have experience of working with children and families within the community. You also need an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7.

This is a fixed term post of 35 hours per week until 01 October 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the families (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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Team Leader

  • Part time
  • £30,708 – £36,121 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity within Children 1st to support the development of a Family Group Decision Making service and a new Family Wellbeing Team. As Team Leader you you’ll provide leadership, operational management support to the team.

Family Group Decision Making draws on the strengths of the wider family and friends in deciding how best to care for a child, giving families the opportunity to participate in the decision making processes and find their own solutions to difficulties.

You will have a lead in supporting staff to work with vulnerable families and families in crisis. You will have the opportunity to shape the development of a new service, manage quality and support the evaluation of the service. You must have experience of managing teams who work within child protection.

If you are an experienced professional with a degree level qualification relating to Social Work, Psychology or other appropriate qualification, we want to hear from you.

This a fixed term, 28 hours per week post, initially funded until 01 October 2021

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Administrator

  • Part time
  • £17,579 – £19,759 pro-rata
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 20th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to underpin the support we offer to families and children in East Lothian As part of a busy and friendly team, you’ll bring excellent administrative, IT and financial skills to enable delivery of core business support, reporting to the Service Manager.

If you are an experienced administrator with knowledge of Social Work, Community Work or a similar work environment we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, part time post of 21 hours per week.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Lothian, Macmerry
  • Closing 20th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join our established Children 1st Service in East Lothian. As part of our Family Group Decision Making Team you will be involved in empowering families to be able to create plans that support children at risk of accommodation.

Family Group Decision Making draws on the strengths of the wider family and friends in deciding how best to care for a child, giving families the opportunity to participate in the decision making processes and find their own solutions to difficulties.

We are looking from someone with the experience and skills to get alongside families and their children at really difficult times to support them in the positive creation of safe plans. If you are an experienced Family Decision Making coordinator, or have a range of experiences of working collaboratively with families, as part of a team and alongside a range of professionals, with a sound understanding of child protection then we would like to hear from you.

It would also be preferable if you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work or other appropriate qualification.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week until 01 October 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, evenings and weekends as required.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • Bathgate
  • Closing 6th September 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out a leadership role, to support the Service Manager in the operational management and leadership of our Children 1st Services in West Lothian. This role will contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for children, young people and families living across West Lothian.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision making. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work, Education and Health to lead in the development of the innovative trauma informed and restorative approaches to working with families.

The role will also involve supporting staff across the range of Services in West Lothian including Family Group Decision Making Service, Young People’s Service, Kinship Care Support and Supporting Families with Money Worries Service.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time, 35 hour post until August 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, evenings and weekends as required.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 21st July 2019

The Family Wellbeing Service is in an exciting period of growth and development. Over the next three years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP and The Robertson Trust, we are expanding our service to provide support to families across the whole of East Renfrewshire.

We engage with families to help strengthen their relationships; reduce emotional distress and to enhance their capacity to function more effectively. The team provides intensive, collaborative support; focusing on the family’s strengths and resilience. Relational, restorative, reflective and trauma-sensitive practice guides workers to develop a relationship with family members characterised by trust, respect, honesty and open communication where families can then be linked with community-based networks of support.

We are looking for a Team Leader to join our leadership team within East Renfrewshire. In this position you will play a crucial role in the on-going development of the service and contribute to its expansion. Building relationships and the ability to communicate effectively internally as well as with external partners and agencies is at the heart of everything we do.

You should have experience of working in a leadership role; of offering reflective support and supervision to a team of staff and able to confidently respond to and manage risk.

This is a demanding role which requires tenacity, commitment and flexibility. No two days are the same!

Applicants should have a professional qualification (e.g. Social Work) and should have previous lead

This a fixed term, full time 35 hours a week post, funded until 31 May 2022.

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This vacancy has now closed

Project Worker - Community and Volunteer Engagement

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 12th July 2019

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to join our growing team in an exciting new role.

The Family Wellbeing Service is in an exciting period of growth and development. Over the next three years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP and The Robertson Trust, we are expanding our service to provide support to families across the whole of East Renfrewshire.

We engage with families to help strengthen their relationships; reduce emotional distress and to enhance their capacity to function more effectively. The team provides intensive, collaborative support; focusing on the family’s strengths and resilience. Relational, restorative and trauma-sensitive practice guides workers to develop a relationship with family members characterised by trust, respect, honesty and open communication where families can then be linked with community-based networks of support.

Working alongside families and the team you will lead on the development of peer support networks; group support for families; enabling families to have their voices heard; recruiting and supporting volunteers and develop new opportunities to enhance links within the local communities.

We are looking with someone who recognises the importance of relationships, in all aspects of the role. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to get alongside children, young people and families to enable them to influence the development of the service.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community Work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification, we would like to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time 35 hours a week post, funded until 31 May 2022.

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This vacancy has now closed

Money Advice Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • East Region
  • Closing 12th July 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to work with Children 1st to help tackle poverty across our East Region services. We work with children and their families from low-income and vulnerable homes by offering a range of money, debt and welfare advice to those impacted by poverty and inequality. This support will be delivered in schools, homes and local communities and seek to increase families’ financial resilience by offering a range of income maximisation work, debt management advice and support around housing, energy efficiency and other financial matters.

This role is varied in and offers integrated support to families that is child-centred, relationship-focused and seeks to work alongside families to promote the learning and attainment of children and young people.

If you have experience of income maximisation, money and debt advice and welfare rights we want to hear from you

This is a 35 hours, 12 months fixed post. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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Project Worker

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 21st July 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes. The team offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you are a reflective practitioner and have experience of trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting then we want to hear from you.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then… we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, 21 hours per week post until 31 March 2020. This post requires evening and occasional weekend work in order to be flexible and suit the needs of the service and the school.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 21st July 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes. The team offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you are a reflective practitioner and have experience of trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting then we want to hear from you.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then… we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time 35 hours per week post until August 2020. This post requires evening and occasional weekend work in order to be flexible and suit the needs of the service and the school.

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Top job! Head of Fundraising Development and Operations

  • Full time
  • £37,882 – £43,363
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 12th August 2019

We are entering a new and exciting time for fundraising at Children 1st. We have just launched our new fundraising strategy which is designed to inspire people in Scotland to put children first.

This post will play a critical role in achieving our goals of delivering outstanding supporter experiences, reaching new and engaging existing audiences. To achieve this we need a leader with strategic vision, an innovative approach, an understanding of marketing and the ability to translate plans into action.

This is a permanent, full time 35 hours a week post, based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 19th August 2019

We are looking for two enthusiastic and dedicated Participation and Children’s Rights Workers to join our new Bairnshoose Implementation Team. Barnahus, or Child’s House, is a multi-agency and child-focused response for victims and witnesses of violence. Children 1st use the name Bairnshoose to identify the model of Barnahus as it will apply in Scotland.

Working with our Bairnshoose Policy and Practice Lead you will capture the voices of children, young people and their families with lived experience of child protection and justice processes, to ensure that the Barnahus model that is developed for Scotland is child centred and developed in partnership with children and young people.

You will play the vital role of ensuring that the feedback, views and experiences of children and young people are systemically gathered at various points of their experience of the child protection and/or justice processes. One post will be based in Glasgow, and gather feedback and capture stories from agreed local authorities in the West, the other post will be based in Edinburgh with similar responsibility for capturing stories in the East of Scotland.

As this is a new project, the geographic areas and remit of the roles may vary across the lifetime of the project, however initially there will be particular focus on gathering feedback from children and young people who have experienced Joint Investigative Interview, forensic examination, and/or given evidence in court, including the High Courts in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

As well as supporting children and young people to share their stories, a key aspect of your role will be to collate the feedback, support the evaluation of key messages and enable these to be shared using different mediums; within a wide range of meetings, events and forums. You will also support young people and parents or carers to develop Bairnshoose advisory groups, to enable ongoing engagement in the development of the model across Scotland.

This is a fixed term, full time 35 hours a week post, funded initially until 31 May 2021. One post based in Edinburgh, one post based in Glasgow.

For further information and an informal discussion please feel free to contact Anna O’Reilly on email: anna.oreilly@children1st.org.uk or 077386 42617

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Finance Assistant

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th August 2019

This is a chance to be part of the Children 1st’s Finance Team at an exciting time for both the department and organisation. Joining a small team you will provide support to the whole organisation by providing an efficient and effective financial assistance ensuring that accurate financial information is provided to both internal and external customers and stakeholders. This role covers all the aspects that you would expect a finance team to cover; namely purchase and sales ledgers, cash and banking and general accounting information.

If you have experience of working in an office or finance team environment we would like to hear from you.

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Fundraising Finance Administrator

  • Full time
  • from £17,579
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd August 2019

Children 1st are Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

We are looking for a confident, well-organised administrator to provide administrative support to the Fundraising Department.

You will be expected to process and acknowledge donations, maintain procedures, process direct debits, reconcile income, keep accurate records and become competent using our fundraising database as well as other general administrative duties.

We are looking for someone with meticulous attention to detail who is reliable, numerate and enjoys working as part of a team. You should be an organised administrator, confident in the use of databases, excel and word packages and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours a week, initially until 31 March 2020

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Volunteering

intandem Volunteer Mentor - Argyll and Bute

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Befriending / Mentoring

5th July 2019

intandem is Scotland’s national mentoring service for children aged 8 - 14 who are looked after by the local authority but still living at home. Funded by the Scottish Government, in partnership with Inspiring Scotland, Children 1st deliver the intamden mentoring service across … Read more

Helpline Volunteer with Children 1st's Parentline - based in Edinburgh

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Advice / Information Giving

6th June 2019

Our Helpline Volunteers are the front line of the service. They listen to those who contact us and offer support, information and advice and, where appropriate, signpost to other agencies. Our aim is to put the child at the heart of every contact and to support people to decide f… Read more

Helpline Volunteer

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Advice / Information Giving

6th June 2019

Volunteers are the front line of Parentline, our national family support service. This includes providing support and advice by phone, webchat and email; working in partnership with helpline supervisors to ensure that safety and well being of children is a central focus of all co… Read more

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