Current vacancies

Top job! Assistant Director

  • Full time
  • £53,472 – £56,751
  • Covering central Scotland, Lothians and Fife Base can be negotiated, we have several options across the region.
  • Closing 24th June 2019

We are truly ambitious for the young people of Scotland - are you?

If you share our ambition, working for Aberlour could be the most rewarding experience of your life

Aberlour is one of the largest Children's Charities in Scotland and we have ambitions to reach even more children and families. Our values drive our strategy and our practice,and we are confident that our practice is people centered and helps improve the lives of young people and families. We are proud that we are embracing new possibilities around digitalisation which we believe can enhance and support service development and advance our plans to develop the organisation.

If you are a progressive, motivated professional who knows what it takes to develop new innovative solutions that support young people and the commissioners of services, alongside ensuring sustainability and safeguarding as priorities for all your services, we'd love to hear from you.

You will provide leadership and external management to a range of social care services,identify opportunities for service growth and change, secure income streams to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Applicants should have management level experience within the public, private or voluntary sector with direct experience of both management of services requiring a strong focus on safeguarding and liaison with local government, NHS or alternative funding commissioners.You will also be driven to influence local and national strategy, policy and practice to the benefit of vulnerable people.

The successful post holder will hold a relevant professional social care or social work qualification at SCQF level 9 or above plus a management qualification at SCQF level 8 or above. They will also have a broad current knowledge of Scottish social policy and child care legislation.

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Young People’s Worker (Options Borders)

  • Part time
  • £23,037 pro-rata
  • Borders
  • Closing 1st July 2019

We are looking to recruit energetic Young People’s Workers who are reliable and committed to ensuring young people with complex needs and their families get the break they need. Our staff need to be compassionate about supporting young people to experience new things and creative around problem solving and prioritising.

“I was employed to work with Aberlour’s play scheme 16 years ago and had such a wonderful summer that I remained on the relief pool and then gained a contract shortly after. I cannot put into words how rewarding this job is. Watching the young people grow, change and experience new things is great”

We have various positions available:

  • 23 hours per week for 42 weeks of the year and 35 hours per week for 10 weeks during holiday periods (2 Posts)
  • 15 hour waking night for 42 weeks of the year and 35 hours per week for 10 weeks during the holiday period
  • 15 hours per week within our Care at Home Service (Nights) (Between Duns and Galashiels)
  • Relief posts within our Care at Home Service (Between Duns and Galashiels)

Ideally candidates will have social care experience, understanding of autism, complex needs and mental health and have the relevant qualifications or willing to work towards these.

We have a strong reputation in supporting young people up to 18 with high levels of complex needs to have fun, experience new opportunities and socialise with other young people. This break away from family life allows parents and carers to spend time with siblings, time for themselves or a much needed rest from their 24 hour caring role. Therefor a commitment to providing this is essential.

Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where we aim to provide the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

Every day the joys and challenges are different and a balancing act between working directly with the young people and updating paperwork to ensure their safety, good practice and recording.

Why should I apply for this post?

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Assistant Service Manager

  • Full time
  • up to £27,094
  • Dunfermline
  • Closing 30th January 2019

Aberlour Options Residential Fife

Based in Dunfermline in a purpose-built house providing full-time, long term residential care for children and young people with complex learning and physical disabilities, our service is a national resource and is widely recognised by both care professionals and parents. We provide quality living for those children and young people who can no longer live at home.

You will contribute to the leadership, management and development of services for children, young people and families in line with planned objectives and assist with service review and evaluation. You will play an important role in the overall management function of the service.

You will have relevant experience of working with children and young people with a disability in a community or residential setting, and understand the impact of disability on social inclusion. You are required to meet the qualifications requirement for this post which is at SCQF Level 8 (eg. HNC, SVQ Level 4). This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

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Community Support Practitioner

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,649
  • Sustain Perth and Kinross
  • Closing 14th February 2019

Sustain Perth and Kinross

Aberlour Child Care Trust has launched a new family outreach service, Aberlour Sustain, in the Perth and Kinross area. Aberlour, with support and funding from Perth and Kinross Council, will work with children, young people, families and local partners to develop a highly responsive service for children and families. Aberlour Sustain will deliver the support families need, when they need it, every day of the year. The aim of the service is to ensure that children and young people can continue to flourish at home, at school and in their local community.

Using personalised and person-centred approaches and principles, the aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

We are looking to recruit dynamic and creative individuals to deliver flexible, person-centred services with vulnerable children and families.

Our current vacancy is for 37.5 hours per week; however we are willing to consider part time applications.

Candidates should be enthusiastic, flexible and share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are experiencing difficulties.

Not afraid to test new ways of working, you will bring a fresh and collaborative approach in a way which responds to the needs of the families when they need it – this will include early mornings, evenings and weekends. You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues as well as having experience of working with children with additional support needs.

You will work within a variety of settings area including the service base in Perth city, family homes, schools and community settings.

As an Aberlour employee, you will:

  • receive a supported induction
  • be part of a highly motivated and skilled team
  • receive continual personalised support
  • have access to a well-developed training programme, including Person Centred Planning and Graphic Facilitation
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme

If you would like more information or wish to discuss this post, please contact Liz Nolan (Assistant Director) on 01786 450 335 for an informal conversation.

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Young People’s Worker - Options Fife

  • Full time
  • £22,474
  • Fife
  • Closing 18th February 2019

At Aberlour Options Fife we provide a range of support both outreach and residential short breaks to for young people up to the age of 18 years, who have learning disabilities. We aim to provide families with a short break from their caring role, through the provision of high quality child-centred service which provides a positive experience for the young people we work with. We currently have two house offering weekend and holiday residential respite, one situated in Glenrothes and the other in Dunfermline.

We have a strong reputation in supporting young people with high levels of complex needs, supporting them to grow, learn and maximise their potential. We feel every child has the right to flourish. Our Young People’s Workers play a fundamental role in ensuring that the young people they work with have the best possible experience in working towards their objectives in line with their care plan, supporting children to progress within their individual outcomes. Whilst not without its challenges and demands, this is a highly rewarding role, where the work we do has a demonstrable impact on each young person's progress. Using a person centred approach you will provide enabling support ensuring the highest level of physical, personal, and emotional care to support children in their daily living and within the local community.

A Day in the Life of a Young People’s Worker

Our day usually starts around 7.30am with the morning routine. We support our Young People to get ready for their day ahead assisting all aspects of personal hygiene. We then prepare breakfast and medications for each of our Young People and organise the day’s activities. We plan mornings out, taking into account the health and safety requirements for each activity we undertake. After lunch we prepare an in house activity, this also allows staff to complete daily paperwork such as weekend logs for our Young People, updating care plans and review reports etc. In the evening we cook a healthy dinner taking into account our knowledge of our Young People’s likes and dislikes and particularly if they have restricted diets.

“We enjoy building relationships and working with our young people and families the service supports. Aberlour had helped to support us in our role through the extensive training opportunities and supportive management. Aberlour Options Fife have created a ‘home away from home’ for both our young people and staff team”.

Why should I apply for this post?

As Young People’s Worker you will receive a planned and supported induction consisting of a varied training programme; including CALM Training, Child Protection Training and Fire Safety Training. You will be working alongside a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for our young people.

As an Aberlour employee, you will receive:

  • competitive hourly rates with an additional 9% for working unsociable hours,
  • excellent annual leave entitlement
  • access to our group pension scheme
  • access to the Aberlour Rewards retail discount scheme
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Befriending Programme Manager

  • Part time
  • £35,044 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd February 2019

Aberlour Befriending Service – Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking children

Aberlour, in partnership with the University of Stirling and with funding from the Social Innovation Fund which is supported by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government, are developing a new innovative befriending pilot service for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Scotland.

Unaccompanied children have a range of social needs including: social isolation, loneliness, poor mental health and integration. These are made more acute due to their separation from family, friends and communities.

Befrienders can support the integration and interaction of these children with others in their new communities. They can help with language skills, build resilience through accessing social activities and provide consistent emotional support.

To help develop this vital service and ensure its ongoing success for these vulnerable children we are looking for an experienced manager.

You will have demonstrable experience in leading, supporting and managing both staff and volunteers. You will have delivered a successful befriending programme and have a good understanding of child and adult protection issues as well as knowledge of the asylum-seeking process.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 and be driven to succeed.

Our 5% allowance recognises that the post holders may work out-of-hours, evenings and weekends to induct, train and support volunteers.

The service is a new pilot scheme being funded initially for 12 months. The post is for 22.5 hours per week (3 days) although hours can be worked flexibly.

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Befriending Coordinator (2 full time posts)

  • Full time
  • £25,634
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd February 2019

Aberlour Befriending Service - Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking children

Aberlour, in partnership with the University of Stirling and with funding from the Social Innovation Fund which is supported by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government, are developing a new innovative befriending pilot service for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Scotland.

Unaccompanied children have a range of social needs including: social isolation, loneliness, poor mental health and integration. These are made more acute due to their separation from family, friends and communities.

Befrienders can support the integration and interaction of these children with others in their new communities. They can help with language skills, build resilience through accessing social activities and provide consistent emotional support.

To help develop this vital service and ensure its ongoing success for these vulnerable children we are looking for experienced and dedicated workers.

You will have demonstrable experience of supporting volunteers. You will have a good understanding of the issues facing children within the asylum-seeking process along with experience of developing and delivering training.

You will have a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8 and be driven to succeed.

Our 5% allowance recognises that the post holders may work out-of-hours, evenings and weekends to induct, train and support volunteers.

The service is a new pilot scheme being funded initially for 12 months.

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Participation Officer

  • Part time
  • £25,023 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 13th May 2019

Aberlour continues to aspire to be a leading voice for the children, young people and families we support across Scotland. Our participative and personalised approach aims to ensure that children, young people and families are empowered to inform and shape the care and support they receive. We are looking for someone to help us continue to ensure the voices and experiences of children, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do.

Supporting and promoting the meaningful participation of the children, young people and families we work with is a key part of our personalisation agenda. Our children’s rights focus aims to ensure children, young people and families have their rights supported and promoted and their voices listened to and acted upon. All our work as an organisation, from service delivery to strategic planning, is influenced and shaped by the experiences of children, young people and families and by what they tell us.

Working alongside the Policy and Participation Officer, you will plan, develop and deliver a range of participation and engagement activities to support, promote and represent the views and experiences of children, young people and families we work with across Scotland, to inform Aberlour’s policy and campaigning work, as well as ensure those views and experiences help shape and influence the design and delivery of services and wider organisational developments.

You will have an awareness of the current Scottish political system and social policy relating to children, young people and families. You will ideally have experience working in one or more of the following areas: youth work; working with children and young people with disabilities or additional needs; working with care experienced children and young people; working with children and young people who have experienced adversity or trauma. You may yourself be care experienced. You will have a track record in planning and facilitating direct consultation and engagement with children and young people.

You will have the ability to think creatively, network successfully, form positive relationships and work in collaboration with others.

This post is offered on a fixed term basis until November 2020. This half-time post working 18.75 hours per week will work on a flexible basis meeting the post holder’s availability and the needs of those being consulted with.

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Prison Link Family Workers (2 posts)

  • Part time
  • from £22,192 pro-rata
  • Based in Dumfries
  • Closing 13th May 2019

This is a brand-new role working within a newly establish service – Families2gether, an Enhanced and Integrated Throughcare Family Support Service.

This pilot service will take a whole family approach to achieving the sustainable reintegration of prisoners and their families. Posts will be dual located within Dumfries Prison and the service base.

The service will be targeted at prisoners whose liberation/family address is within Dumfries & Galloway. It will be for Short-Term Prisoners (sentence < 4 years). The post holders will also support prisoners returning from Barlinnie Kilmarnock to the area, this part of the work may involve travel once a week or fortnightly. The post holder will have access to a car and hold a full UK driving licence.

The posts are for 30 hours per week with the potential to be worked flexibly over 4 or 5 days per week, evening/ weekend work may be required dependant on the service need. An allowance is incorporated in the salary to support this requirement.

You will have experience of direct work with vulnerable families; undertaking assessments to identify needs; providing direct support within family homes and in the community and experience of interagency working. Knowledge of, or experience working with, the Scottish Prison Service or in criminal justice would be an advantage. You will have a sound knowledge of child development and be able to work with parents either individually or in groups to develop their parenting skills & confidence.

Posts are offered on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2021.

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Quality Improvement Officer

  • Full time
  • from £34,209
  • Based in Stirling (but can be flexible)
  • Closing 7th June 2019

It’s a proven fact that those who experience childhood trauma and neglect have a higher risk of dying before the age of 25 than other young people. In Aberlour we believe that a bad start in life shouldn’t mean a bad end!

Our Aberlour services offer bespoke support to children, young people and their families across Scotland. It’s important that we maintain our exceptional quality and standards while meeting all regulatory requirements.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with our services to continuously improve the quality of the support we provide. You will ensure that effective quality assurance systems are monitored and maintained; support best practice; offer guidance on health and safety requirements, and support effective use of recording systems

You will have significant experience in the delivery of care, protection and safeguarding, and have had responsibility for health and safety matters. You will hold a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 9 or above or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means.

Aberlour will support relevant training and qualifications to help you succeed in the role.

If you would like any further information about this post before applying, please contact Helen Jones on 07738753484. Our Quality team are based in our Stirling office but we do have another office in Glasgow which can be available.

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