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

Top job! Strategy & Research Lead

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Home-based/Office-based (15 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP)
  • Closing 12th December 2021

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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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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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.

Please download our full Job/person description below.

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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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