CELCIS
CELCIS

Charity registered in Scotland SC015263

At CELCIS our ultimate goal is simple. We want to make a big difference. All of our work is dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the lives and experiences of children living in, and on the edges, of care. We work in close partnership with carers, social workers, teachers, health professionals, charities, the police, local authorities, and the Scottish Government, sharing our collective skills, knowledge and expertise to develop the best possible systems and practice for children in and on the edges of care. We always work towards making positive and enduring improvements through our innovative evidence-based implementation approach. Our real strength is in our people. Team CELCIS are a friendly and skilled group of people who offer a shared commitment to making a real and lasting difference in young lives.

Current vacancies

Top job! Research Associate

  • Part time
  • £32,817 – £40,322 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 14th May 2021

Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

We’re looking for an experienced researcher to help inform our evidence-based work to improve the lives of children and young people.

As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, and their families and carers, by supporting people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in services and in the practices and skills they use.

We’re looking for someone to join our Research team who’ll bring the skill and motivation to an exciting new participative project, working with young people with care experience to develop and carry out action research that will help provide solutions to the challenges of engagement and participation in Scotland’s Children’s Hearings System.

Are you passionate about generating knowledge and applying evidence to strengthen policy and practice? Do you have care experience or have worked in a care setting? Are you proactive, approachable and collaborative? If so, this could be the role for you.

Central to the role is delivering and co-ordinating research for this study but there will also be the opportunity to contribute to a range of research and evaluation projects relating to the work of CELCIS’s different teams at different points in time, such as on protecting children, permanence and care, improving care experiences, and continuing care into young adulthood, sharing insight, practice and evidence to support the changes we all want to see.

The role would suit candidates who have experience of being an independent researcher and a pragmatic and keen team member, knowledgeable about all aspects of research design, and work well with colleagues to integrate empirical evidence and evaluative learning.

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with experience of contributing to an organisation’s collective goals by supporting research and evaluation activities across the organisation.

Does this sound like you? We are working across the country, at local and national level, to help realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review. Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers.

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Top job! Permanence Consultant

  • Full time
  • £41,526 – £51,034
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th May 2021

Change-makers sought!

Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

We’re looking for an experienced professional to help us to improve the lives of children and young people by supporting the stability and security children and young people in need of care and protection have a right to.

As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, and their families and carers, by supporting people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in services and in the practices and skills they use.

We’re looking for someone to join our Permanence team who’ll bring passion, insight and understanding to our work focussed on ensuring children in need of care and protection are settled and well cared for in their permanent home as quickly and effectively as possible. Home could be with parents, with kinship carers within extended family or friends, with long term permanent foster carers, within residential care or with adoptive parents.

Do you have experience of working within the children’s care and protection sector? Can you demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to trauma-informed assessment and care planning, and respecting lived experience of care? Are you passionate about using improvement approaches to limit the disruption in the lives of infants, children and young people? If so, this could be the role for you.

Central to the role is the ability to use experience, understanding and practical skills to lead improvement and support implementation of new innovative and evidence-based care planning processes and practice. Working closely with local authorities and partners, you will build on this work to develop and deliver service change through improvement, and by sharing practice, evidence and experiences to support the changes we all want to see.

The role would suit candidate with compassion, sensitivity and the strong relationship-building skills required to lead, support and encourage systemic and strategic change in practices.

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with substantial practical experience and evidence of successful collaborative working, including experience of using an improvement approach.

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Top job! Head of Evidence and Innovation

  • Full time
  • £52,560 – £59,135
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd May 2021

A unique opportunity to lead evidence-based change

CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, is an internationally recognised leading improvement and innovation centre based in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. Dedicated to applying evidence-based practice change and knowledge exchange to services, we embody the University’s motto of ‘the place of useful learning’.

Focused on improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection and their families and carers, we support people and organisations responsible for their care to make long-lasting changes in services and in the practices and skills they use. An organisation committed to the use of evidence including lived experience, we lead international research on alternative care; work with policy-makers, decision-makers and advocacy organisations throughout Scotland, the UK and the world; generate, analyse and interrogate data; and we work with organisations and people across Scotland at local and national to level to realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review (2020).

Our Head of Evidence and Innovation leads on how we assist central and local governments, organisations, interest groups and communities of practice to develop purposeful and evidence-based ways to drive change and improvement in services and practices. The team covers research and data, policy and stakeholder engagement, participation, and international partnerships. This post will work with University colleagues in establishing opportunities for joint research projects.

You will have an appropriate Phd, with significant experience of directly relevant roles and considerable experience of leadership and management contributing to and realising an organisation’s strategic and business objectives. You will also have extensive experience of leading projects and funding bids for research, research translation and knowledge exchange work.

A member of our Strategic Management Team, you will share responsibility for the planning and delivery of CELCIS’s strategy which prioritises supporting improvements in early help, effective decision making, and quality care, all underpinned by valuing the voice of lived experience. We are seeking a motivated individual with strategic management and leadership experience who can contribute to how we deliver our strategy and meet and exceed key stakeholder expectations.

You will be working remotely at home until CELCIS and the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow).

Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agreeing the indicative level for the next two years.

Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers.

Apply now.

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Consultant: Improving Care Experiences

  • Full time
  • £41,526 – £51,034
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 28th May 2021

Change-makers sought!

Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

We’re looking for experienced, innovative and values-driven professionals to help us to improve the lives of children and young people living with their extended family (kinship care), foster carers or in residential homes and schools.

As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, and their families and carers, by supporting people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in services and in the practices and skills they use.

We’re looking for two new consultants to join our Improving Care Experiences team who’ll bring the passion and motivation to build on what we know matters to children, families and carers, through our exciting partnership work with local and national agencies.

Are you skilled in supporting change and improvement? Have you done this by using best evidence, and the voice of those with lived experience? Are you experienced at facilitating and supporting the learning of others? If so, this could be the role for you.

Central to the role is developing ways of working that enables workforces to build relationships and care deeply for children and families in their care. You will support the development of partnerships, groups and forums such as ‘communities of practice’ to share practice and evidence to support the changes we all want to see.

The role would suit candidates who have a strong knowledge of current social work, child development or child care practice; are committed to their own continuous learning; and are open to develop their own understanding and skills.

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with significant experience of directly relevant roles, considerable experience of management, leading projects, and contributing to and realising an organisation’s strategic and business objectives too.

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