Children 1st
Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

Children 1st is Scotland's National Children's Charity. We help Scotland's families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

Current vacancies

Top job! Policy Manager (maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and lead Children 1st’s policy, campaigning and influencing work. Ensuring every child and family in Scotland gets the support they need to cope through Covid and repair and recover from the impact of lockdown, will be a key priority. The successful candidate will ensure policy, practice and communications are closely aligned to deliver strategic impact.

If you are an experienced public affairs professional with a passion to ensure children’s rights are realised so they are safe, grow up in strong, resilient families and have access to early help and support when they need it, we want to hear from you.

For further information and to apply, please visit children1st.org.uk/jobs

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week for 12 months to cover a period of maternity leave.

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Top job! Service Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Giffnock
  • Closing 24th May 2021

So why are we looking for a Service Manager?

Children 1st has worked in close partnership with colleagues in East Renfrewshire HSCP, Education, Health and GP practices over the past 4 years to develop and implement the Family Wellbeing Service. Together, we co-designed a service which adopts a new approach to help children affected by emotional distress, stress and anxiety and relational disconnection, and their families. Our Service Manager has been pivotal in the on-going development of the service, ensuring high quality support for children and families, supporting and developing staff, and in working with partners to evidence impact. We are delighted for her that she will be adding to her family later this year, so will be taking some time away from the service. In order to continue the development of the service, ensure high quality supports, and maintain excellent partnership relationships, we are looking for an experienced Manager to work with the team and partners.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

What kind of person will make a great Family Wellbeing Service Manager for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • has experience of leading and developing services
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Family Wellbeing Service Manager will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform children’s lives
  • determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • is compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone who will do the right thing for children and their families at every turn.

Base

You will be based in our Children 1st premises in Giffnock and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.

Further Information

This is fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, to cover a period of maternity leave, initially until 31 May 2022.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team getting alongside children, young people and their families in East Renfrewshire who are experiencing emotional distress, to offer early help and build strong relationships.

As a member of the East Renfrewshire Family Wellbeing Service team you will offer children and families the space and time to tell their stories and with them agree how we can best help. As a team of staff and volunteers with a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience we are able to offer families support which best meet their needs including intensive whole family support; group/peer support and befriending/mentoring support.

Working at Children 1st you will embrace our relational and restorative approach to practice to help families make sense of their difficulties and help life feel better. Working closely with children, families, colleagues and partners in the local community – relationships will be at the heart of everything you do.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week to cover a period of maternity leave, initially until 31 May 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families, regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

Working alongside families in their homes and in community settings to support and deliver one to one, group and whole family support to children, young people and families.

As a positive link between educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will provide practical, social and emotional support to families to meet a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of child development with experience of delivering attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

This post is 35 hours per week.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, families, and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Project Worker- Family Group Decision making

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 19th March 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service is funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with children and families to ensure they play a key and central role in the decisions made around their lives.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision-making forums. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work, Education and Health colleagues, leading innovation and supporting restorative approaches to working with families.

You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but must show commitment to complete accredited training. This training will be provided.

If you have experience of working within child protection processes, are committed to restorative approaches, and meaningfully involving children and families, we want to hear from you.

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This vacancy has now closed

Family Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 26th March 2021

Full time and part time opportunities available

We have exciting opportunities to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families by working alongside them, building strong relationships empowering individuals to meet the various challenges they face.

Working as part of the Glasgow Supporting Families Team based in the southside, you will provide a range of emotional and practical supports to both children and parents, impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting poverty, isolation and trauma.

Our team demonstrates commitment, creativity and flexibility on a daily basis, and we are looking for like-minded individuals who will be excited by the opportunity to work alongside families responding to their changing needs and helping to strengthen local communities.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ level 3/HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then.... we want to hear from you.

We have two full time, fixed term posts of 35 hours per week and one part time post of 17.5 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2022. Hours to be worked flexibility, which means that some evening and weekend work will be necessary in order to offer the appropriate level of support to individual families.

Please mark your preference for full time or part time on your application form.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 26th March 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The post will be based in Girvan, however the successful candidate will be expected to travel across the Locality to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

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This vacancy has now closed

Sessional Support Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 8th April 2021

Children 1st are looking for Sessional Youth Workers and Sessional Peer Support Workers!

We have exciting opportunities available within our Midlothian service, supporting children, parents and their families in a predominantly group-based environment. You will complement our team of Peer Support Workers, Project Workers and Administrator to provide activities and some 1:1 support for children and their parents in various settings to promote opportunities for fun, increased confidence, positive mental health and stronger family relationships.

What kind of person will make a great Sessional Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • understands the importance of supporting the positive mental health of parents
  • has a sense of fun, is creative and adaptable
  • enjoys working outdoors with families, connecting with nature
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of sessional worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform children’s lives
  • determined to support children to feel safe
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and trust
  • is compassionate and understands the impact of trauma
  • facilitative and inclusive – supporting children and their families to design their own activities
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone who will do the right thing for children and their families at every turn.

Base

You will have a nominal base in our Hub in Dalkeith; however the support will be delivered at venues across Midlothian, including outdoors.

Hours

The number of sessional hours offered will be dependent on current and future COVID-19 restrictions and as such will be variable based on these. As restrictions ease, we anticipate projects recommencing in the evenings and weekends predominantly, though there may be some opportunities for daytime support also. This will also depend on the partnership projects recommencing which were operational pre-COVID.

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Media and Marketing Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th April 2021

The successful candidate can be based Scotland-wide

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable children and their families to recover from the far-reaching impact of the pandemic? Are you a confident, dynamic and fast-moving media and marketing professional with particularly strong experience in selling in stories to print and broadcast media? Do you also have experience across brand, digital and internal communications? Can you get to the heart of a story and produce compelling editorial, visual and video content which will inspire our audiences to join with us and the families we work alongside to keep children safe, families strong and ensure we can support them to cope and recover from the impact of this pandemic.

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

As you join our team at Children 1st you’ll develop and deliver integrated media and marketing plans as we respond to the urgent and emerging needs of children and families by transforming children’s services, revolutionising systems of support and changing local and national government policy.

You’ll make full use of your creative flair, talent for storytelling and powers of connection with children, families, the media, partners and supporters, so that we can reach every child and family in Scotland in need of our support.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week.

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Project Worker (Safeguarding in Sport)

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 9th April 2021

The successful candidate can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high-quality service providing support to Scottish governing bodies of sport so that children and young people can stay safe and have fun in sport. This service works nationally, and you will be engaged in providing aspects of support, training, information, and advice to Scottish governing bodies of sport and sports clubs across Scotland.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Safeguarding in Sport?

  • is passionate about children’s rights
  • has an excellent understanding of child wellbeing and protection
  • has experience of working or volunteering in sport
  • is a strong communicator who enjoys helping others

If you have the above and are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling, or other appropriate qualification, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part time role of 28 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022.

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Project Worker Kinship Support

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 23rd April 2021

We are recruiting a Kinship Support Project Worker who will become part of a small team offering support to Kinship carers across East Lothian. Kinship carers have a unique role in caring for their children. In this role you will provide emotional and practice support, advocacy and financial advice and signposting, one to one work with children and young people who are supported by our carers.

We are looking for someone who shares out core values (see website) and a passion for advocating the rights of families. In this role you will also developing supporting Kinship peer support groups as part of a small team, and link in with wider Kinship support services and resources.

This is a new role and we welcome someone who has the drive and vision to develop and shape a new small service. If you would like to discuss this further, please refer to our website for contact details.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.

This is a part time, fixed term role of 28 hours per week until 01 April 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.

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Product Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd April 2021

Children 1st Fundraising is going through a period of growth as part of our three-year fundraising strategy. To support in the delivery of our strategic aims we are looking to develop and test new products that will continue to engage and inspire different audiences.

The Product Development Manager will lead on the development and operational implementation of new products, and the evaluation of existing fundraising activities to ensure their continued effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker with a strong grounding in delivering effective fundraising, an analytical approach with an eye for detail and the ability to manage complex operational challenges. Experience of working with product development, project management and continuous improvement methodologies would be desirable.

This is permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. The successful candidate can be home based with access to bases in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 30th April 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The successful candidate will be expected to travel across South Ayrshire to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded initially until 31 January 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing (part time)

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 30th April 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The successful candidate will be expected to travel across South Ayrshire to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 21 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Dundee
  • Closing 26th April 2021

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

This an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st within our Dundee Service.

At Children 1st we work with the whole family and we see our relationships as the key to our approach to improving wellbeing. We are seeking a Family Support Worker (Fixed Term) who is compassionate, highly skilled and experienced in working with children and their families and has the personal resilience for the role. We offer whole families space and time to tell their stories, make sense of their difficulties and help them to find their solutions.

You will have a sound knowledge of the impact of trauma and adversity on parenting and on children and you will work with the of our creative, committed and flexible team to plan our work with children and their families, in order to promote children’s safety and wellbeing. You will also have experience of working in partnership with other Agencies, within the Child Protection processes and Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, are committed to Children’s Rights and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7, we want to hear from you.

Further Information:

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week and funded until 31st March 2022.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.

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