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

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

  • Advertised from 24th June 2019
  • Sessional - no fixed salary.


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

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)

Application notes

Closing Date: Friday 30 August 2019 at noon. It is anticipated that interviews will be held between 24 September and 11 October 2019

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the national Safeguarders Panel Team. Tel: 0131 446 2321 or e mail:

To access further information on the role of a safeguarder and to apply, please visit