Forces Children Scotland
Forces Children Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC038722

As Scotland oldest military charity, we have over two hundred years experience in supporting children and young people. Our charity was founded just four days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, which provided accommodation, education and trade skills to children and young people whose parents were killed or experienced life-changing wounds during the Napoleonic Wars.

Current vacancies

Ruby Boots | Peer Buddy Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £29,000
  • Home based covering Fife area
  • Closing 19th December 2022

Support children and young people from families making the transition from armed forces to civilian life, through our Ruby Boots Buddy Support Service.

Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has enabled Forces Children Scotland to turn an idea which was generated by a group of young people from armed forces and veteran families into an exciting new service.

Join our team to co-produce the support service for children and young people who are transitioning to becoming veteran families in Fife. Work directly with team members, as well as children and young people, from armed forces and veteran families, to co-develop, mobilise and promote the service across Fife.

Recruit, train and supervise young people, who have already made the transition, to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to support peers who are going through the same journey. Work within the community to establish working partnerships with military and civilian professional sectors to promote the service and enhance referral pathways to the service.

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The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families to co-produce projects and services to better understand and respond effectively to unique challenges experienced with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, participation and the pursuit of positive futures. Our Youth Forums serve to nurture confidence and provide a national platform to speak up and champion change for what matters most to Armed Forces young people. We facilitate lifechanging experiences, which develop new skills and confidence as well as forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support serving personnel and veteran families who have experienced considerable financial hardship throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as Armed Forces young people with caring responsibilities and those attending college and university.

About the role of Participation Worker

In this role, you will implement a co-production approach to work directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families to develop, design and deliver a broad range of participatory and engagement projects. You will establish and maintain a network of forum groups, within Central Scotland, which enable Armed Forces young people to forge new friendships and contribute unique experiences, creativity and voice to shape campaigns which raise awareness of many positive aspects and unique challenges experienced by Armed Forces young people today, influence policy-making, and recruit further beneficiaries. In addition, you will work in partnership with colleagues within the Armed Forces community as well as schools, colleges and third sector organisations to promote the impact of our projects and services as well as recruit children and young people to participate in our activities.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for the role of Participation Worker you will require a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience. In addition, you will need a minimum of two years experience working within either a youth work, community work or education setting. You will be required to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planing activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of child protection, GIRFEC as well as an awareness of and understanding of issues around children and young people participation. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people.

This post will cover Central Scotland and will include a significant amount of travel. Therefore, a full driving licence and access to a car is required.

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About Royal Caledonian Education Trust

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reserve and veteran families to co-produce services to better understand and respond effectively to unique challenges experienced with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, participation and the pursuit of positive futures. Our Youth Forums serve to nurture confidence and provide a national platform to speak up and champion change for what matters most to Armed Forces young people. We facilitate life-changing experiences, which develop new skills and confidence as well as forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support serving personnel and veteran families who have experienced considerable financial hardship throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as Armed Forces young people with caring responsibilities and those attending college and university.

About the role as Children and Family Services Manager

Bring your passion, commitment and drive to lead and develop services to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from serving personnel and veteran families across Scotland. You will be responsible for the operational management of our Your Mind Matters Project, which is working directly with Armed Forces children and young people to co-produce new mental health and wellbeing services. You will provide supervision support to our Your Minds Matter Digital Participation Officer as well as work with the wider to team to monitor and prepare reporting to our external funder. You will develop, mobilise and manage new service delivery and support models to address the needs of Armed Forces children, young people and families in relation to mental health and wellbeing. This is likely to include developing a Trauma Informed Family Support model, individual, group and peer support models. And all the while working to ensure a coproduction approach underpins all new and existing children and family serve models.

In the absence of our Grants Manager, you will also be responsible for the administration of our grant-award programmes. You will ensure correct assessments are undertaken to identify children’s and families’ needs and provide direct support based on those assessments and, with the criteria agreed by the CEO, taking responsibility for making decisions on financial assistance awards up to a pre-agreed level of funding. In addition, you will maintain accurate records and contribute to reports, monitoring and evaluation.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for the role of Children and Family Services Manager you will need to hold a relevant professional qualification within health, education, social care or equivalent and possess a minimum of five years experience working within children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services. You will need proven experience co-producing and mobilising new services with children and young people as well as experience delivering trauma-informed services and working within a child protection framework. You will need strong interpersonal and organisational skills to work effectively within our small team, proven experience working with external partners and be able to use your own initiative and manage workload commitments to achieve outcomes. A strong breadth of knowledge within the field of mental health is essential as well as proven experience with regard to staff supervision and support.

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About the Royal Caledonian Education Trust

Our vision is to make Scotland a place where all children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families can thrive, realise their potential and aspire towards a wide range of positive futures. We aim to become the sector leading children and young people’s Armed Forces charity; we listen to their experiences, respond to many unique challenges faced and provide empowering opportunities to amplify their voice to inspire lasting change at a local, regional and national level.

We are the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families. We co-produce services based on unique challenges experienced with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, youth participation and the pursuit of positive futures. We nurture confidence and provide a platform to help others understand what children and young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland are going through and help bring about big changes locally, regionally and nationally. We facilitate life-changing experiences, so our children and young people can learn new skills, develop in confidence and forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support growing numbers of young people who may be caring for loved ones, experiencing financial hardship or gaining qualifications at university or college. We listen and put their unique experiences first. We’re there for them every step of the way as they overcome significant challenges and we celebrate their success as they thrive and progress towards positive futures.

About the role of Participation Worker

You will implement a co-production approach to work directly with children and young people to develop, design and deliver a broad range of participatory projects. You will develop a network of forum groups, within the Highland & Moray region, which enable Armed Forces young people to forge new friendships, develop new skills and contribute their unique experiences, creativity and voice to shape campaigns to provide a platform to raise greater awareness and influence policy making processes at a local, regional and national level. In addition, you will work in partnership with colleagues within the Armed Forces community as well as schools, colleges and third sector organisations to promote the impact of our projects and services as well as recruit children and young people to participate in activities.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for this role, you will posses a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience.

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Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,000
  • Home based with travel throughout the West of Scotland.
  • Closing 27th September 2021

Our vision is to make Scotland a place where all children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families can thrive, realise their potential and aspire towards a wide range of positive futures. We aim to become the sector leading children and young people’s Armed Forces charity; we listen to their experiences, respond to many unique challenges faced and provide empowering opportunities to amplify their voice to inspire lasting change at a local, regional and national level.

We are the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families. We co-produce services based on unique challenges experienced regarding mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, youth participation and the pursuit of positive futures. We nurture confidence and provide a platform to help others understand what children and young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland are going through and help bring about big changes locally, regionally and nationally. We facilitate life-changing experiences, so our children and young people can learn new skills, develop in confidence and forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support growing numbers of young people who may be caring for loved ones, experiencing financial hardship or gaining qualifications at university or college. We listen and put their unique experiences first. We’re there for them every step of the way as they overcome significant challenges and we celebrate their success as they thrive and progress towards positive futures.

About the role of Wellbeing Worker

You will play a crucial role in the development of our Your Mind Matters project, which is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. You will connect with children, young people and their wider family to support them overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing. You will have the knowledge, skills and passion to build trusting relationships by providing safe listening spaces for children and young people in one-toone, group work or community-based supports. The role will require you to adopt a traumainformed approach and will rely heavily on the power of connecting with young people, shaping services and delivering supports to meet their mental health needs.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for this role, you will possess a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience.

Further qualifications or training relating to evidencing an understanding of mental health and wellbeing or service delivery will be desirable. In addition, you will need a minimum of two years’ experience working in a youth work, community work, mental health or an education setting with experience of delivering direct emotional and mental health support to children and young people.

You will need to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people, coproducing projects and planning activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of children’s mental health and wellbeing, the impact of adversity, child protection, GIRFEC and a clear understanding of how best to support young people struggling emotionally. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people.

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Youth Participation Worker (North)

  • Full time
  • £23,500
  • Home based
  • Closing 12th November 2021

About Forces Children Scotland

Our children and young people may experience a range of positive and challenging experiences during life in a serving, reservist, and veteran family. We help children and young people to grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences to forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging and shared experience. We amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those supporting them or making important decisions about their future, better understand what they're going through and bring about big changes. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways. We support children and young people caring for a loved one or a member of the local community or gain a qualification at college or university.

About the role of Participation Worker (North)

Please note: Funding has been secured for this role to June 2024.

You will implement a co-production approach to work directly with children and young people to develop, design and deliver a broad range of participatory projects. You will develop a network of forum groups, within the Highland & Moray region, which enable Armed Forces young people to forge new friendships, develop new skills and contribute their unique experiences, creativity, and voice to shape campaigns to provide a platform to raise greater awareness and influence policy-making processes at a local, regional and national level. In addition, you will work in partnership with colleagues within the Armed Forces community as well as schools, colleges and third sector organisations to promote the impact of our projects and services as well as recruit children and young people to participate in activities.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for this role, you will possess a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience. In addition, you will need a minimum of two years’ experience working in a youth work, community work or education setting. You will need to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planning activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of child protection, GIRFEC as well as an awareness of and understanding of issues around children and young people participation. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people.

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Learning & Development Worker Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Home-based/ Office-based (15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP)
  • Closing 12th December 2021

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone highly skilled, dedicated, and passionate to lead our external learning and development work which supports children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families overcome unique challenges to education and learning.

Our children and young people can encounter both positive and challenging experiences as part of a service family and we help them grow in confidence, develop new skills, and gain valuable experiences. We do this by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships and help develop a sense of belonging. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

About the role

You will work directly with children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families to support them overcome unique challenges to education and learning, as well as help educational and other professionals better understand the lives they lead. You will work with children, young people, professionals, and strategic partners to co-produce a wide range of online/offline resources as well as develop and manage our new Advisory Service which will support professionals, parents, carers, and academics. You will also contribute your knowledge, skills, and experience to work with strategic partners to plan, develop and deliver a series of initiatives which serve to inspire young people to enrol in further/higher education pathways towards positive futures. You will work closely with the team to develop our education and learning section of the charity’s new website as well as provide your expertise, knowledge, and experience to support future funding applications to further develop our professional education and learning services, evidenced by the needs of children, young people, and a wide range of professionals.

About the person we are looking for

To apply for this role, you will need professional graduate level qualification and experience working with in a relevant field, such as health, education, social care, or community education. You will need to have experience of developing and delivering online/offline digital learning events, resources, and initiatives, as well as being able to demonstrate how you have used a variety of learning approaches and methods to achieve impactful outcomes for children, young people and/or professionals. In addition, you will need a strong understanding of trauma, adversity and attachment, experience of working with a child protection framework and experience of using co-production principles to develop new education and learning resources.

Please download our full person specification for further information.

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Marketing, Communications & Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Home based/15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3JP
  • Closing 20th December 2021

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone creative, dedicated, and passionate, to join its Marketing, Communications and Development Team to help achieve the charity’s strategic ambition to support greater numbers of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland.

Our children and young people encounter both positive and challenging experiences as part of a service family and we help beneficiaries to grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging and shared experience. We amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those supporting them or making important decisions about their future, better understand what they’re going through and bring about big changes. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

About the role

You will support the Marketing, Communications and Development Manager deliver core operational tasks with regards to marketing, communications, fundraising and development which serve to communicate impact of our projects and services as well as enhance reputational capital to recruit beneficiaries, strategic partners, develop compelling fundraising applications and general supporters. In addition, you will work closely with our Chief Executive and wider team to ensure a consistent approach to external/internal communications is achieved across all our channels, publications, and engagement activities, as well work with creative agencies and beneficiaries to co-develop campaigns to support the achievement of our new ambitious strategic vision.

About the person we are looking for

We’re looking for someone with a minimum of two years’ experience working in a marketing, fundraising, communications, or journalism role and/or a relevant qualification. In addition, you will need experience working either within a team and/or creative agencies and beneficiaries to produce online/offline campaigns which served to communicate impact, enhance reputational capital, recruit beneficiaries and/or generated income. What’s more, we’re looking for someone who can bring creativity, energy, and passion to deliver a portfolio of communications to a wide variety of stakeholder audiences, including press/media, beneficiaries, strategic partners, and supporters. Please download our full person specification for further information.

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Sessional Wellbeing Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Home Based - Travel through the West of Scotland
  • Closing 12th December 2021

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone passionate in supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing.

Our children and young people encounter both positive and challenging experiences as and we help beneficiaries to grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging and shared experience. We amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those supporting them or making important decisions about their future, better understand what they’re going through and bring about big changes. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

About the role

You will be a key addition to the ‘Your Mind Matters’ project, connecting with Armed Forces Children and Young People across the West of Scotland to support them with their mental health and wellbeing as and when required by the service. You will have the skills and passion to build trusting relationships by providing safe listening spaces for children and young people in one-to-one, group work or community-based supports. The role will be worked with a trauma-informed approach and will rely heavily on the power of connecting with young people, shaping services, and delivering supports to meet their mental health needs. Please download our full person specification for further information.

About the person we are looking to join our team

To apply for this role, you will possess a relevant qualification or experience in relation to supporting young people. This could be an SVQ / HNC in Social Care or relevant qualification or could be a qualification or experience relating to direct mental health support. In addition, you will need a minimum of one years’ experience working in a youth work, community work, mental health or an education setting with experience of delivering direct emotional and mental health support to young people. It would be desirable to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planning activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of children’s mental health, the impact of adversity, child protection, GIRFEC and a clear understanding of how best to support young people struggling emotionally. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people.

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Top job! Strategy & Research Lead

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Home-based/Office-based (15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP)
  • Closing 28th January 2022

Are you a strategic thinker? Do you have experience of leading systems change? If so, this might be the perfect role for you at Forces Children Scotland.

About the role

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone with the expertise, passion and drive to help support change across the sector. We are looking for someone to help the charity realise its strategic vision of becoming the sector-leading charity when it comes to supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. Our children and young people can encounter both positive and challenging experiences as part of a service family and we help them grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences. We do this by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships and help develop a sense of belonging. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

You will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, deputising as required, as well as ensuring external policy direction and research influences our work internally within Forces Children Scotland. You will champion our work and maximise its impact by sharing knowledge across organisational functions, our communication channels and externally with strategic partners, government, and professional sectors.

About the person we are looking for

To apply for this role, you will need to hold a professional qualification to post graduate level and have significant experience in a relevant field, such as health, education, social care. In addition, you will need a minimum of eight years’ experience in working with children and young people in a multi-agency capacity. You will need to evidence strong experience of facilitating systems change across multiple sectors related to children and young people as well as experience of establishing and leading cross sector partnerships and translating strategy and policy into practice, based on research evidence including data analysis and voices of lived experience. You will also need to experience of working with academic establishments across the UK and beyond in commissioning and disseminating research as well as experience of working with and influencing Scottish and/or UK Government and policy. Furthermore, you will need to possess experience of managing staff as well as project and service delivery. The role will also require a strong breadth of experience in the fields of mental health and wellbeing and education, as well as an understanding and experience of coproducing new service delivery models.

Please download our full person specification for further information.

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Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Assistant

  • Full time
  • £23,750
  • Home based/15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3JP
  • Closing 28th February 2022

We are looking for a Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Assistant to join the team!

There has never been a better time to join the team at Forces Children Scotland as we launch our ambitious new strategy forward to become the sector-leading charity which supports children and young people from serving and veteran families across Scotland.

What’s this role about?

We’re looking for a clear passion to apply specific knowledge and skills to help reach greater numbers of children and young people, supporters, and strategic partners. Creativity and flair are essential to deliver engaging content to amplify the voice of children and young people and get it on the radar of our strategic audiences. This role is also about working effectively with people and we are looking for someone who can work with beneficiaries, the wider team, and creative agencies.

Who should consider applying for this role?

We feel this role will be perfect for someone who has recently graduated with a degree-level qualification in either marketing, communications, or journalism. The role will provide a fantastic platform to learn new skills, develop in confidence and apply theory into practice across a broad range of productclient areas. Candidates will also need to evidence essential elements within the job description through either voluntary work, placements, or previous employment.

Here’s a couple of essential elements we will focus on during the shortlisting process:

• Working in a team environment, with creative agencies or with end-users.

• Making effective contributions towards digital/offline campaigns.

• Understanding of internal/external communication channels.

Please download our job/person specification for a full listing of the essential/desirable elements for the role of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Assistant.

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Children and Family Services Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • Home based/15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3JP
  • Closing 7th March 2022

Are you passionate about improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people, and families from serving, reservist and veteran backgrounds?

There has never been a better time to join the team as we launch our ambitious new strategy to become the sector-leading charity supporting children and young people from serving and veteran families across Scotland.

Here’s your chance to realise your potential and step up to contribute your knowledge, skills and experience to enhance our ways in best supporting the lives led by serving and veteran families across Scotland.

The role is fast-paced, providing responsibility for managing a range of existing projects and services as well as a platform to implement new service models to help Forces Children Scotland realise its strategic aims.

Who should consider applying for this role?

  • Here’s a selection of some of the essential elements:
  • A Professional qualification and background in a relevant field e.g. health, education, social care etc.
  • Possess a minimum of five years’ experience working within children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Strong children and young people’s service delivery experience, including family support models and project management.
  • Strong breadth of experience on the field of mental health and wellbeing, including an understanding of the current research/evidence base.

Please our download job/person specification below for a full listing of our essential/desirable elements.

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Top job! Deputy CEO and Policy Lead

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Home-based/Office-based (15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP)
  • Closing 15th April 2022

Are you a strategic thinker? An experienced campaigns and policy lead with a proven track record of influencing and bringing about big systems changes?

If so, we might have the perfect role for you at Forces Children Scotland.

About the role

Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone with the expertise, passion and drive to help support change across the sector. We are looking for someone to help the charity realise its strategic vision of becoming the sector-leading charity when it comes to supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. We need someone with experience of developing and leading campaigns and with strengths in leading policy and influencing work.

Our children and young people can encounter both positive and challenging experiences as part of a service family and we help them grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences. We do this by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships and help develop a sense of belonging. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.

You will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, deputising as required, as well as ensuring external policy direction and research influences our work internally within Forces Children Scotland. You will champion our work and maximise its impact by sharing knowledge across organisational functions, our communication channels and externally with strategic partners, government, and professional sectors.

About the person we are looking for

To apply for this role, you will need to hold a professional qualification to post graduate level and have significant experience in a relevant field, such as health, education, social care. In addition, you will need a minimum of eight years’ experience in working within the children and young people’s sector in a multi-agency capacity. You will need to evidence strong experience of bringing about change through influencing and campaigning, across multiple sectors related to children and young people. Our ideal candidate will also have experience of establishing and leading cross sector partnerships and translating strategy and policy into practice, based on research evidence including data analysis and voices of lived experience. You will also need to have experience of working with academic establishments across the UK and beyond in commissioning and disseminating research/reports as well as significant experience of working with and influencing Scottish and/or UK Government and policy. Furthermore, you will need to possess experience of managing staff. The role will also require a strong breadth of experience in the fields of mental health and wellbeing and/or education.

Please download our full person specification for further information.

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Administration and Fundraising Assistant

  • Part time
  • £22,500 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th May 2022

Do you have a passion for keeping administrative processes in order?

Do you love putting spreadsheets together and getting involved with databases and the behind-the-scenes tasks to ensure a charity keeps moving forward?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to both questions, you should think about joining the team at Forces Children Scotland as our new Administration and Fundraising Assistant. Don’t worry of you have answered ‘no’ to our second question; this role will prove ideal for someone with transferrable knowledge and skills, who hasn’t previously worked within the charity sector too. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to join the team and help achieve our ambitious strategic aims to reach and support greater numbers of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.

A little about the role

Work independently, as well as collaborate with colleagues, trustees and supporters to effectively manage and enhance our administrative processes. The Administration and Fundraising Assistant will support our Grants manager manage our financial assistance programme and work closely with the fundraising team to steward supporters at various phases of their donor journey.

The role will be responsible for preparation of audit information, budgetary summaries and reports as required by colleagues and trustees, as well as to ensure income is recorded, banked and receipted in a timely, safe and secure way.

Additional duties will include ensuring the charity’s key documentation and information systems are set up and maintained according to policies as well as processing of staff employment information (leave, sickness and absence) on our digital portal.

Please download our full job/person description for further information

What we’re looking for

To apply for the role of Administration and Fundraising Assistant, applicants will need a relevant administration qualification or at least two years’ experience in a similar role.

Applicants will also require the following:

• Excellent levels of competency in administrative, IT and financial skills.

• Ability to maintain diaries, schedule and coordinate meetings

• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships at all levels.

• Excellent Organisational Skills and attention to detail.

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Mindful Connections - Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • home-based/community based with travel for team meetings
  • Closing 15th July 2022

Would you like to support children, young people and parents from veteran families to realise their potential and thrive? Forces Children Scotland has received funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund to launch its Mindful Connections Project.

Through Mindful Connections, this newly created role will provide support which makes a real difference to veteran families directly in their own homes and within the community. Our holistic family support model will help the families to work together to make the important transition from serving to veteran life, to overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, galvanise family relationships as well as deliver activities and events to promote greater understanding and integration in local communities across Central Scotland.

Some of the essential criteria of what we’re looking for:

• At least three years’ experience of working in mental health service delivery.

• Experience working with whole family unit to support mental health and wellbeing.

• Experience developing and delivering mental health and wellbeing support for families, with an emphasis on children and young people.

• Experience working within suicide prevention or actively working towards gaining a qualification in this area.

Please read our job description below for further details.

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Lighthouse Project - Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,000
  • Queen Victoria School in Dunblane
  • Closing 15th July 2022

Would you like to support children and young people from Armed Forces and veteran families to realise their potential and thrive?

Forces Children Scotland has received funding from ABF: The Soldiers Charity to launch its Lighthouse Project, in partnership with Queen Victoria School in Dunblane. Through the Lighthouse Project, this newly created role will work with children and young people from Armed Forces and veteran family backgrounds, who attend and board at Queen Victoria School, to pilot one-to-one, peer support and mentorship outreach activities to help promote greater understanding and enhance mental health and wellbeing. In addition, the role holder will work directly with children and young people to co-produce learning materials and resources for educators and professionals to help them to better support unique needs of pupils, when it comes to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, and much more.

Some of the essential criteria of what we’re looking for:

  • At least two years’ experience of working in a mental health service delivery/support work context.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable children and young people to support mental health and wellbeing.
  • Experience co-producing projects with children and young people in a mental health and wellbeing context.
  • Experience developing and delivering mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Please read our job description for further details.

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Learning & Development Worker

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Home-based with occasional travel across Scotland
  • Closing 28th September 2022

Would you like to support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families to overcome unique challenges to education and learning, to realise their potential and pursue positive futures?

Work directly with children and young people from armed forces and veteran families in schools and community settings across Scotland to co-produce innovative digital and physical resources which help peers overcome unique challenges to education and learning. Support educators and professionals to better understand the lived experience of this community and enhance practice in meeting their unique support needs.

Develop and deliver a bespoke Advisory Service for children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families and those around them, creating a safe, non-judgemental space for exploration around children’s rights, entitlements, advice and signposting relating to any aspect of their lives, such as the transition between wider UK and Scottish education systems.

Ensure those who support them better understand their lived experience and adopt a children’s rights approach in achieving meaningful change for over 12,500 children and young people from armed forces and veteran families within Scotland. Contribute towards a growing, compelling evidence base which enhances our reputation at a local, regional and national level through our policy, influencing and campaign work.

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Youth Participation Worker (North)

  • Full time
  • £23,500
  • Home-based with travel around Highland/Moray
  • Closing 7th October 2022

Would you like to support children and young people from armed forces & veteran families to co-produce impactful projects & campaigns which amplify lived experience and lead towards meaningful change for over 12,500 peers across Scotland?

Work directly with children & young people from armed forces & veteran families across Highland & Moray to co-produce innovative projects & campaigns which serve to amplify lived experience, develop new skills, build confidence & forge new connections.

Provide a platform for children & young people to proactively co-produce resources and initiatives which help peers to overcome many unique challenges presented by life in a serving, reservist or veteran family, when it comes to education and learning, mental health and wellbeing and so much more.

Ensure those who support them or make important decisions about their future better understand their lived experience and adopt a children’s rights approach in achieving meaningful change for over 12,500 children & young people from armed forces & veteran families within Scotland.

Contribute towards a growing, compelling evidence base which enhances our reputation at a local, regional and national level through our policy, influencing and campaign work.

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Policy and Parliamentary Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Home-based (occasional travel)
  • Closing 31st October 2022

We are committed to making big changes to ensure the voice of children and young people is heard in future policymaking.

Many children and young people have told us they feel that many of their unique experiences of life in armed forces and veteran families are not on the radar of those making important decisions about their future.

That’s why we have created a new role to ensure their voice is heard in the design of future law, policy, and practice.

Forge connections within Scottish and UK parliaments as well as with strategic partners within military and civilian professional sectors to champion a children’s rights approach to developing a strong evidence base that leads to meaningful change for over 12,500 children and young people in Scotland.

Are you looking for a rewarding career in campaigning and influencing? Tired of searching for policy jobs? Stop your job search - you’ve found the perfect role right here!

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Wellbeing Worker | Your Mind Matters

  • Full time
  • £26,000
  • Home based, service will be delivered on a daily basis in the West of Scotland, primarily Helensburgh area
  • Closing 21st November 2022

Support children and young people from armed forces & veteran families to better understand and overcome challenges to mental health and wellbeing through our Pilot Project, called Your Mind Matters.

Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has enabled Forces Children Scotland to pilot face-to-face mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people from armed forces and veteran families in the West of Scotland.

The role holder will deliver one-to-one, peer, and group mental health and wellbeing support to pupils from armed forces and veteran families in Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh as well as develop community outreach strands within the region.

Forces Children Scotland is committed to ensuring the lived experiences of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and the role holder will work directly with this group to co-produce learning resources for several audiences.

The role holder will also work collaboratively with the wider team, as well as children and young people, to develop online mental health and wellbeing resources and tools to enhance our Your Mind Matters Digital Platform.

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Sessional Wellbeing Worker | Your Mind Matters

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Home based, service will be delivered on a daily basis in the West of Scotland, primarily Helensburgh area.
  • Closing 21st November 2022

Support children and young people from armed forces & veteran families to better understand and overcome challenges to mental health and wellbeing through our Pilot Project, called Your Mind Matters.

Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has enabled Forces Children Scotland to pilot face-to-face mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people from armed forces and veteran families in the West of Scotland.

The role holder will deliver one-to-one, peer, and group mental health and wellbeing support to pupils from armed forces and veteran families in Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh as well as develop community outreach strands within the region.

Forces Children Scotland is committed to ensuring the lived experiences of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and the role holder will work directly with this group to co-produce learning resources for several audiences.

The role holder will also work collaboratively with the wider team, as well as children and young people, to develop online mental health

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Youth Participation Worker | Moray

  • Part time
  • £23,500 pro-rata
  • Home based with service delivery in and around Lossiemouth, Elgin, Forres, and Kinloss.
  • Closing 28th November 2022

Support children and young people from armed forces & veteran families to co-produce projects, services, and campaigns that develop new skills, build confidence, forge new connections, and much more.

Work directly with children and young people in schools and community settings within Moray to enable them to share lived experiences, listen and provide peer support, explore interests and participate in fun-based activities. Develop fun-based, innovative methods for children and young people to share their creativity, ideas, and lived experience to co-produce impactful projects, campaigns, and resources that amplify their lived experience, transform attitudes and make big changes. Deliver life-changing experiences which provide a platform for children and young people to have a say in what matters most, to help others better understand the lives they lead, and to champion meaningful change for over 12,500 peers across Scotland.

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Youth Participation Worker | Highland

  • Part time
  • £23,500 pro-rata
  • Home based with service delivery in and around Inverness, Culloden and Nairn areas.
  • Closing 28th November 2022

Support children and young people from armed forces & veteran families to co-produce projects, services, and campaigns that develop new skills, build confidence, forge new connections, and much more.

Work directly with children and young people in schools and community settings within Highland to enable them to share lived experiences, listen and provide peer support, explore interests and participate in fun-based activities. Develop fun-based, innovative methods for children and young people to share their creativity, ideas, and lived experience to co-produce impactful projects, campaigns, and resources that amplify their lived experience, transform attitudes and make big changes. Deliver life-changing experiences which provide a platform for children and young people to have a say in what matters most, to help others better understand the lives they lead, and to champion meaningful change for over 12,500 peers across Scotland.

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