Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotlands only national independent, representative organisation for care experienced people. We represent care experienced people through independent advocacy (up to 26 years of age); membership and influencing work.  Our vision is for care experienced people to feel equal to their non-care-experienced peers. A crucial part of our representative role comes from the voices of our Membership as well as the experiences of those we support through advocacy.

Current vacancies

Top job! Director of Engagement and Influence

  • Full time
  • £46,381 – £57,977
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 13th June 2022

Established in 1978, Who Cares? Scotland is the national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced children, young people and adults and has the bold and ambitious vision for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people

To realise this ambition and ensure we continue to support and enable Care Experienced people to use their collective voice and experience to influence both systemic and cultural change, we are looking for a solutions and collaborative leader to become our new Director of Engagement and Influence

Working as part of the Senior Management Team the postholder will lead on membership engagement and local/national influencing based on the views of our members. This will ensure Who Cares? Scotland continues to influence and transform the legal, policy, practice and cultural contexts on which our members are dependent.

Developing, implementing and delivering a creative engagement and influencing strategy that enables and empowers more Care Experienced people to share their experience and views you will build and maintain effective networks and relationships, at both a local and national level and ensure Who Cares? Scotland continues to play a leading role in developing and shaping policy and ultimately secure better outcomes for Care Experienced people. As a key ambassador for the organisation, our new Director of Engagement & Influence will promote and enhance the positive profile of Who Cares? Scotland and ensure recognition of its impact and ongoing influence on the conversation on care across Scotland.

Operating at senior management level and with relevant experience of engaging and influencing in a complex political environment, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their energy, drive and enthusiasm for the role and a commitment to Who Cares? Scotland’s vision for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people

As we move towards the launch of our new strategic plan, this is a tremendous time to join Who Cares? Scotland.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • Midlothian and South East Region
  • Closing 5th June 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Edinburgh and South East Region
  • Closing 5th June 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South-East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Participation and Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £29,321 – £32,579 pro-rata
  • Flexible across North Scotland
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder’s core focus is to build on our ambitious, collaborative approach to participatory opportunity and collective voice for Care Experienced children and young people across the North. You will be working closely alongside the Who Cares? Scotland team in the North, and nationwide. You will help us build on the rich network of partnerships that exist across the area, from leading arts and activity organisations, to youthwork and Community Development teams.

You will have a particular focus on big, bold and beautiful collaborative projects that inspire, connect and reach into community whilst carrying out line management responsibilities. Powerful examples of the impact of that approach include Journeys in the North, Care Day 21, and Being the Light - the Festival of Care 2021

You will be working and managing within the North Team at an exciting time, with diverse and collaborative approaches to opportunity, having significant impact across the region. The voices of those with experience of care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. The North Team is a growing and dynamic team in Who Cares? Scotland, and very much part of the nationwide organization and UK Charity of the Year 2018-19 for its role in creating the conditions for transformational change.

The right candidate will have work experience and skills which are transferable and valuable to this role. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

A full driving licence and access to a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North on 07971 072 983.

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Policy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Base - Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to influence the relevant policy landscape in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and ensuring that our influencing work leans on a robust and meaningful participation strategy which includes the delivery of our Annual Participation Programme and support to our National Representative Body.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences, have experience in bridging the gap between lived experience and policymaking, and delivering evidence-based campaigns. You will also have experience of developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people and have experience of working with marginalised groups.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Shetland Islands
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working on Shetland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, and we are working on ambitious collaborative projects such as Being the Light - the Shetland Festival of Care 2021 and creating connection, inspiration and change.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Shetland’s Care Experienced children and young people are heard to make positive change, where needs are met and opportunities created, we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07971 072 983.

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Evidence and Impact Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to strengthening how the organisation takes a human rights-based approach to data collection and how we use our extensive evidence base to help influence policy and practice for our Care Experienced membership.

Additionally, the post holder will lead and have responsibility for a small team, and will ensure that the evaluation of Who Cares? Scotland’s activities are in line with the organisation’s key priorities, demonstrating impact and ensuring we continually learn from our work.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret, and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences. You will have a background in impact evaluation or academic experience in a discipline involving social research skills and understand the importance of having a robust evidence base in helping to influence positive change.

If this sounds like you, and you want to be part of delivering change for Care Experienced people across Scotland, we’d love to hear from you.

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Development Officer SOUTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Kilmarnock – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

South West Region (Kilmarnock)

Local Authorities East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire)

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

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Development Officer NORTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Glasgow – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

North West Region (Glasgow)

Local Authorities Argyll & Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and residential schools in Renfrewshire

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

For further information on this post and to download an application form, please visit our website whocaresscotland.org/get-involved/vacancies

To arrange an informal conversation about this opportunity please email Jamie McAnally, Advocacy and Participation Manager (North West), at jmcanally@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Central team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. This is a new post following an increase in service provision and you would join an existing team within the West Lothian advocacy service

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Julie McTaggart, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07769326101.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Glasgow National Office Based with home working flexibility
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Central Scotland – Local Authorities: Falkirk, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Stirling

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate for this post will provide leadership and direct management of Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Workers (APW) within the Central regional team, working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. You will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people and will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and you will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced children and young people support positive change and where needs are met and opportunities are created, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Denny Ford, Director of Advocacy and Participation on 07702500709.

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Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 8th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The Training and Education Officer will work as part of the Training and Education Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Training and Education Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; and to design and deliver projects and activities to Corporate Parents, relevant stakeholders and Care Experienced people, that will help drive positive lasting change for Care Experienced People in Scotland.

You will be joining the Training and Education Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland who collaborate with colleagues to support the influencing of policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to create opportunities for people with lived experience of care.

The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator and presenter and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in interesting and engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector.

The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, at cdobson@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Edinburgh – South East Region
  • Closing 1st September 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefore will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Angus – North East Region
  • Closing 29th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefor will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Nicki Matthew, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North East on 07764 145126.

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National Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for care experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for care experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of care experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunities for care experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside corporate parents and various communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the care experienced population in Scotland, working together with others to build on the aspirations of The Promise.

The National Development Officer will work as part of the Policy and Participation Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Policy and Participation Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the design and delivery of participation opportunities which ensure our care experienced members across Scotland are enabled to get involved with national and international influencing priorities. In designing such opportunities, the post holder will have a crucial role in contributing to our offer of independent collective advocacy for children, young people and adults with experience of care.

You will be joining the Policy and Participation Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland. The right candidate will have experience of developing and implementing project plans, delivering participation and development opportunities with the intention of empowering care experienced people and influencing change, developing and delivering events, and writing for a variety of audiences, including accessible report writing. You will also have the ability to work effectively as part of a team, including cross-team working, and working with marginalised groups.

The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

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Business Support Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 7th November 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for care experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for care experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of care experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunities for care experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside corporate parents and various communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the care experienced population in Scotland, working together with others to build on the aspirations of The Promise.

The Business Support Officer will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and business support tasks, working alongside teams and staff across the organization, supporting all different aspects of Who Cares? Scotland’s work.

The right candidate must be highly organised, demonstrate an attention to detail and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They must be trustworthy and reliable, with a willingness to learn, and be able to form positive relationships with young people and colleagues. Previous experience of working in a business support role is desirable.

The post holder will be based in in the Who Cares? Scotland National Office with flexibility around home-working. Working practices may change in line with government guidelines relating to travel and work restrictions in response to COVID-19. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City - Office base location to be confirmed, travel required
  • Closing 5th December 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This role will focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people with and without experience of care, in an advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach where possible to ensure meaningful engagement. We facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience and be able to form positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Development Officer (Champions Board/ Communities that Care)

  • Full time
  • £23,439
  • East Lothian / Edinburgh - Travel required
  • Closing 23rd January 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our East Lothian region through East Lothian Champions Board and our ‘Communities that Care’ approach in Edinburgh. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The post holder will support a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities such as fun connection and belonging activities, issue based group work; creative based group work; and focus groups, forums and events, both one-off and longer term in duration. The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

The right candidate will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience and be able to form positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Development Officer WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Glasgow – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 23rd January 2022

West Region (Glasgow)

Local Authority - North Ayrshire

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Digital Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 6th February 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The Digital Training and Education Officer will work as part of the Training and Education Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Training and Education Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; designing and delivering projects and activities to support their knowledge and understanding of Corporate Parenting as defined by the Children and Young people (Scotland) Act 2014. They will mobilise quickly to respond to a range of policy and practice developments and ensure that Corporate Parents and relevant stakeholders understand how to effectively support Care Experienced people.

The post holder will adopt a hybrid approach, both delivering training and education sessions and

developing digital projects and associated resources. The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator, and presenter, and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in interesting and engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential, as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector, and having excellent digital creative skills, with experience in producing and editing short films.

You will be joining the Training and Education Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland. Utilising Each and Every Child framing, the post holder will play a key role in Who Cares? Scotland’s anti-stigma approach for Care Experienced people.

The location of the post holder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For further information about the Training and Education team’s work, please see corporateparenting.org.uk.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, at cdobson@whocaresscotland.org.

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Events and Communications Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,470 – £23,087
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 20th February 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The Events and Communications Support Officer will work as part of the Communications and Public Affairs Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of events, with an internal and external focus, across the organisation. The events we deliver are an important component of our ‘participation and belonging’ offer to Care Experienced people and are crucial in our attempts to build community and influence those in power. Covid-19 has impacted on our ability to deliver in-person, engaging events, and this role will be crucial in helping us to rebuild this offer with creativity, organisation, and flexibility.

Additionally, this role will contribute to the development of our national membership offer by ensuring it remains appealing and relevant to our current members and any potential new members. While the membership offer is an organisation-wide responsibility, this role will be key in delivering consistent, creative communications to our members, keeping them informed.

The right candidate will be highly organised, have an attention to detail, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They must be trustworthy and reliable, with a willingness to learn. An events qualification or previous experience of working in an events role, as well as creative digital skills are desirable for this role.

The location of this post is at our National Glasgow office with flexibility, however the post holder will be expected to travel across Scotland regularly to fulfil the remit of this role. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Katie MacMillan, Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator, at kmacmillan@whocaresscotland.org.

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Receptionist

  • Part time
  • £18,470 – £23,087 pro-rata
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 20th March 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The post holder will be a member of the Business Support team who are the team responsible for managing the organisation’s resources, technology, physical spaces, administrative and reception functions. The post holder will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and reception tasks to support this team, and you will be the first point of contact for anyone who gets in touch with Who Cares? Scotland by phone, email, or in person.

The post holder will bring a warm and friendly manner and a keen interest in working in a sociable, busy environment. They will be compassionate, empathetic, and understanding of others, offering a safe, inclusive environment for anyone contacting the office. They will have a passion for ensuring Care Experienced people receive a lifetime of equality, respect and love, whilst also be trustworthy, reliable, and able to work as part of a team.

The right candidate will demonstrate good IT skills, have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will be highly organised and be able to manage their time and workload effectively to meet deadlines. Previous experience of working in an office in an administrative or reception capacity is desirable.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please email Rebecca Kayne, our Business Support Coordinator, at rkayne@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • North West region/Glasgow
  • Closing 27th March 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North West locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

Travel and weekend work required.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Jamie McAnally, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North West on jmcanally@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager (North Region)

  • Full time
  • £34,144 – £40,170
  • Flexible base - hybrid working model - Highland, Moray, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Western Isles
  • Closing 6th April 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based, lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The Advocacy and Participation Manager will provide leadership and management to our independent advocacy services, and the engagement and empowerment of Care Experienced people who are part of the Champions Boards within the North. The post holder will manage a large team and oversee the development of our community-based participation and inclusive work, schools work and our volunteer model in the North Region, as well as overseeing crucial work of The Promise and its commitment to independent and lifelong advocacy, whilst working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. The post holder will also work proactively with the Fundraising Team for the benefit of the region, identifying and following up on local sources of additional funding.

The right candidate therefore will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts, including managing budgets and performance targets, reporting as necessary internally and to other stakeholders such as local and national funding bodies. You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and you will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. Some travel, as well as some evening and weekend work, is required due to the remit of the post.

If this sounds like you and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced people help support positive change, and where needs are met and opportunities are created through our participation and our lifelong advocacy work, then we would love to hear from you.

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Participation Assistant East Lothian Champions Board

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh and East Lothian
  • Closing 28th April 2022

Are you Care Experienced and want to make a difference to the Care Experienced Community in East Lothian and beyond?

Are you looking for an exciting developmental opportunity to work alongside East Lothian’s Champions Board whilst being supported to gain an SVQ qualification?

Then this could be the role for you!

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we are looking to recruit a Participation Assistant in East Lothian.

This role provides an exciting developmental opportunity where you will help empower Care Experienced people within the work of the East Lothian area and Champions Board, whilst also developing your own skills as a Participation Assistant and being supported to gain an SVQ qualification.

The Participation Assistant will help to enable children and young people with care experience to feel empowered, championed and supported to explore their views and voice, and raise them within the work of the Champions Board, so that real change can happen to improve the lives and opportunities of care experienced children and young people.

The successful candidates will join our friendly East Lothian team and will be supported to develop their confidence as a Participation Assistant. The post holder will be involved in a range of external facing work and activities which will include campaign, training, awareness raising, partnership development and lobbying work, using a range of existing and yet to be developed activities and methods.

The right candidate will be someone who is open to new ideas, who has good communication and group working skills, and is excited to build important relationships within the community. The post holder will be trustworthy, reliable, and have good organisational skills in order to promote and support all aspect of the work of the team and the Champions Board in East Lothian.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of The Promise and the issues that affect Care Experienced people, whilst being passionate about empowering young people to have their voice heard and drive change.

If this sounds like you and would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Jordan Croan at jcroan@whocaresscotland.org.

To be eligible for this role you must be care experienced.

The term ‘Care Experienced’ refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care. This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as: Kinship care, looked after at home, residential care, foster care, secure care – living in a secure unit, and adoption.

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Top job! Assistant Director of Advocacy

  • Full time
  • £41,476 – £45,185
  • National Across Scotland - Flexible Office Base
  • Closing 2nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based, lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The Assistant Director of Independent Advocacy will support the Director of Advocacy and Participation to ensure the highest quality of independent advocacy nationally for Care Experienced people across Scotland. The postholder will work with regional APMs (Advocacy and Participation Managers) and national office support functions to ensure our workforce development, practice and standards are consistently applied across the country ensuring Who Cares? Scotland remains a sector leader in this field.

The post holder will be a strategic thinker and will work alongside the Influencing Team to ensure our advocacy evidence shapes our national influencing activity and that our advocacy teams are informed about policy developments. They will provide effective leadership ensuring their team is skilled and engaged and able to thrive in a culture which promotes equality and diversity; opportunities for Care Experienced people; and is trauma informed; whilst overseeing crucial work of The Promise and its commitment to independent and lifelong advocacy.

The post holder will support the Senior Management Team with organisational governance, financial control, risk management, and strategic and operational direction. Supporting and securing sustainment of funder relationships is an important and significant part of this role as you will be required to negotiate and secure funding from local and national officials, as well as local and national funders. You will be required to track and report on progress on this and support the strategic and operational oversight for financial planning, budgetary performance and the effective deployment of resources across your service areas, whilst working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility.

The right candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and will have a proven record of managing budgets and performance targets, reporting internally and externally to other stakeholders such as local and national funding bodies. You will be resilient and work well under pressure, and you will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, whilst being committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. Some travel, as well as some evening and weekend work, is required due to the remit of the post.

If this sounds like you and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced people help support positive change, and where needs are met and opportunities are created through our participation and our lifelong advocacy work, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Denny Ford, Director of Advocacy and Participation, at dford@whocaresscotland.org.

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Development Officers (North East & South West) Youth Work

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Dundee or Kilmarnock
  • Closing 8th May 2022

2 posts

Area: North East - Aberdeenshire and Tayside

Base Location: Flexible, Dundee Office base is available

Area: South West – Ayrshire and Glasgow

Base Location: Kilmarnock Office

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland. At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Purpose of the post

The post is focused on facilitating the participation and belonging of care-experienced children and young people from the region in the development of activities and will create an environment where the voices, views and experiences of care experienced children and young people are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The post holder will utilise and create opportunities for participation and belonging activities and projects with care experienced young people - whilst supporting a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities. Core belonging and participation activities will involve: fun connection and belonging activities, issue based group work; creative based group work; and focus groups, forums and events, both one-off and longer term in duration. The post holder will support volunteers and students on placement to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

The post-holder will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, hope and change. They will be joining a growing and dynamic team.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City)

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
  • Closing 22nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North-East region, with a primary focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Dundee)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Dundee
  • Closing 22nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North-East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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