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

Project Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th July 2020

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 nursery and school and included in the community.

As part of our team you will lead the delivery of one to one, group and whole family support – especially with families who have children in their earliest years attending nursery, early years centres and lower primary school.

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 be responsible for delivering responses to 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 the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, 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 and to support team colleagues in developing and delivering such approaches. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Community Work, Early Years, 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 post is flexible to p/t and f/t applicants, full time hours are to 35 hours per week.

Post is funded until 31st March 2022

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

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Project Worker - Community and Volunteer Engagement

  • Full time or Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th July 2020

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.

The Community and Volunteer Engagement role will ensure the voices of those most disadvantaged families across our city i.e. care-experienced families, BAME populations and those living in areas of multiple deprivations are listened to; that their stories and lived experiences are heard, included and influence the wider story of our city and all who live here.

As part of our team you will lead on the development and delivery of peer support networks; group-work with children and families and recruiting and supporting volunteers and peer mentors to develop new opportunities to enhance links within the local community.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of relational and participatory practices to enable children, young people and families to have their voices heard and represented.

Successful candidates require an understanding of the contemporary local and national social policy context and complex needs of vulnerable and marginalised children and families. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use group and community-based approaches to get alongside children, young people and families and lead in the development of volunteer and peer mentoring support.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Community Work, Social Work, Teaching, 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 post is flexible p/t or f/t hours to meet the needs of the service. Full time hours = 35 hours per week.

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

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Project Worker – Maximise Early Years

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th July 2020

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.

Maximise! Early Years service is a partnership project between Children 1st and Community Health and Advice Initiative (CHAI) and funded by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. In collaboration with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council Early Years team we will target pockets of persistent, entrenched worklessness and poverty by promoting families’ financial resilience, health and wellbeing.

The successful candidate will work with an Advice Worker and Employability Worker from CHAI to provide integrated, community-based advice and support in partnership with 5 Early Years Centres in North Edinburgh.

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 be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of needs including social, emotional and behavioural issues, school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of relational practice and enabling children, young people and families to have their voices heard. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the poverty and deprivation and the ability to use restorative and systemic group and community-based approaches to get alongside children, young people and families. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Early Years partners to support embedded learning and evaluation.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Community Work, Social Work, Teaching, 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 post is 35 hours per week. This post is funded until 31st July 2022.

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

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Project Worker – Armed Forces Families

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th July 2020

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.

As a member of the team, you will work alongside Firrhill High School, Longstone Primary School and Colinton Primary School to provide a dedicated support to children and young people from Armed Forces families. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

The Covid-19 period has placed many additional challenges on families and this role will support the return to school by promoting the learning, engagement and participation of Armed Forces families in school and at home. To do this you will provide a range of one to one, group or family learning approaches in school and provide practical, social and emotional support for families in homes and the local community.

You will be able to demonstrate an ability to lead and deliver restorative and whole-family approaches to get alongside children, young people and families to improve attainment and learning. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with school and other Armed Forces partners.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Community Work Teaching, 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 post is 35 hours per week and is initially funded until 31st June 2021 Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required).

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Support Manager – Safeguarders Panel Team

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 30th July 2020

We are looking for relational, child-centred, and motivated individuals to be part of an effective team that supports and monitors Safeguarders, works with partner agencies and delivers all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is now established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape. We have recently been successful in winning the new contract for the Safeguarder’s Panel Team until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024). Children 1st is contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

In the role of Support Manager, you will work directly with Safeguarders to support them to work to our Practice Standards and contribute to the shared vision of best practice - an excellent, transparent, accountable and respectful service for children and young people.

You must have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System, an understanding of child development and an ability to support people in a challenging role. You will:

  • support and monitor a cohort of Safeguarders using our performance and support monitoring framework
  • work with other team members to ensure the day to day operation of the service
  • build relationships with partners in your region.

Safeguarders are located across all areas of Scotland and the post will require working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. However, Children 1st operate a time off in lieu system to accommodate the flexibility required by the role and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

Please note that this post will require travel throughout the West of Scotland, therefore the base is negotiable.

This is a full time, 35-hour a week fixed term post, starting as soon as possible and funded initially until 30 June 2022.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th July 2020

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 and the team you will support and deliver one to one, group and whole family support – especially with families those who have children in their earliest years attending nursery, early years centres and lower primary school.

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 the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, 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 – particularly Early Years - 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 is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th July 2020

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 and the team you will 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. Post is initially funded until 31st June 2021 with further funding anticipated.

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

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Moray
  • Closing 24th January 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our new Family Wellbeing Service working alongside children and their families in Moray (Elgin based) who are experiencing emotional distress, to offer early help and build strong relationships.

We are looking for a special Project Worker who is passionate about protecting children in the context of their families, with a strong value base and personal resilience.

At Children 1st we work with the whole family and we see our relationships as the key to our approach to improving wellbeing. For this we seek a Project Worker who is compassionate, highly skilled and experienced in working systemically 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 play a lead role within the team in planning the work with children and their families, creating meaningful plans that promote children’s safety and wellbeing.

In turn you will join a relational, connected organisation that prioritises quality and supports its workforce to deliver this through strong relationships, as we realise this is what makes the biggest difference to children and families.

If you have suitable experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching, 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 permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week, to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.

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This vacancy has now closed

Executive Assistant to Director of Children and Family Services

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th January 2020

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.

Are you someone who thrives in a dynamic organisation? Who enjoys not having two days the same? Can you remain calm and collected whilst juggling multiple projects? Do you put people first whilst enjoying being task focused and using your tenacity to ensure you deliver what is expected? Do you love working as part of a team?

Strong administrative business support enables Children 1st to be as effective and efficient as possible in the delivery of our work to support Scotland’s most vulnerable children. Due to an internal promotion Children 1st is now looking to recruit to this key Executive Assistant post.

You’ll bring your excellent track record of leading on the delivery of comprehensive, high quality administrative and secretarial support. We will value your well developed planning and organisational skills, your ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines, your strong attention to detail and your ability to analyse and improve processes.

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Sessional Group Workers (x2)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Dalkeith
  • Closing 3rd February 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to support our Midlothian service, with children, young people and their families in a group based environment. We are looking for enthusiastic, warm, creative and relational workers to complement our team of Peer Support Workers, Project Workers and Administrator to provide activities for children in the setting of the Woman’s Supper Club and also to help us launch our weekend family activity sessions for families impacted by parental substance use and ACES.

Experience of working with young people and their families is essential. You will be supporting young people from birth to 18 using a variety of approaches predominantly in a group work setting.

You will be expected to take a lead role in planning the activities, completing risk assessments and ensuring that resources are kept up to date and linking with the Midlothian team.

We are keen to recruit more than one person to provide flexibility in service delivery, and provide cover for sickness, holidays etc.

So, if you consider yourself to be compassionate, creative and committed, and have experience in activity based support for children and their families, we’d love to hear from you.

*Hours :

3 hours on Thursday evenings 4 – 6.30pm with 30 mins planning time out with the session.

4-8 hours on a weekend: this is to be confirmed dependent on activities undertaken.

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Peer Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £17,579 – £19,759 pro-rata
  • Dalkeith
  • Closing 3rd February 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to parents impacted by substance use and poor mental health and their families. You will be skilled in “getting alongside” parents with a compassionate approach, using your own lived experience of substance use or ACES to form trusting relationships, facilitating lasting, meaningful change.

The role will be varied, including 1:1 and group based supports which will see you supporting parents to engage in mutual aid meetings, attend health and wellbeing appointments, be more connected in recovery communities, feel more confident, with improved self-esteem and support more positive family relationships, amongst other tasks. You will work alongside our project workers and volunteers to deliver whole family support, focussed on helping families build stronger relationships

If you have compassion, are skilled at forming trusting relationships, dedication to making a meaningful difference, are non-judgemental and can evidence stability in your lived experience, we would be interested in hearing from you. You will be expected to have an understanding / experience of recovery orientated support and an awareness of the supports available in the Midlothian community

This is a fixed term, part time post of 28 hours per week until September 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the families (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £30,708
  • Musselburgh
  • Closing 31st January 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to support the lead and development of a new service. This service is a pilot to build a multidisciplinary team around 3 primary schools in Musselburgh East. This projected named ‘Our families’ will provide intensive whole family support at early intervention stage.

As well as supporting families you will be building relationships with the 3 main primary schools in Musselburgh East and developing a small team who will be part of a package of support available to families. The Our Families team will provide intensive family support, employability support and money advice. We will be working with families to build their resilience by working in a therapeutic way, coordinating other relevant services around them and strengthening their links within the community.

You must have experience of working with children and families within the community. You also need a degree level qualification in areas such as Social Work, Community Education, Social Pedagogy, Psychology, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 10.

This is a fixed term post of 35 hours per week until March 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the families (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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Family Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £21,602 – £26,186 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 17th February 2020

This is an exciting opportunity be part of a team working alongside families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes.

As a member of the Glasgow Supporting Families Team, you’ll be linked to a local primary school (John Paul 2 Primary, Castlemilk), four days a week delivering an embedded family support service. We work alongside teachers to understand the issues affecting their pupils and what we can do to help raise children’s overall educational attainment, health and wellbeing. This post will have a specific emphasis on parental engagement and positive partnership working with parents to identify their needs and help them ensure their children get the best out of school.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 28 hours per week until 31 March 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends as required)

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Support Manager – Safeguarders Panel (3 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • North and West Regions, Base to be negotiated
  • Closing 2nd March 2020

We are looking for relational, child-centred, and motivated individuals to be part of an effective team that supports and monitors Safeguarders, works with partner agencies and delivers all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is now established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape. We have recently been successful in winning the new contract for the Safeguarder’s Panel Team until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024). Children 1st is contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

In the role of Support Manager, you will work directly with Safeguarders to support them to work to our Practice Standards, and contribute to the shared vision of best practice - an excellent, transparent, accountable and respectful service for children and young people.

You must have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System, an understanding of child development and an ability to support people in a challenging role. You will:

· support and monitor a cohort of Safeguarders using our performance and support monitoring framework

· work with other team members to ensure the day to day operation of the service

· build relationships with partners in your region

Safeguarders are located across all areas of Scotland and the post will require working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. However, Children 1st operate a time off in lieu system to accommodate the flexibility required by the role and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

This is a full time, 35-hour/week fixed term post, starting as soon as possible and funded initially until 30 June 2022.

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Project Worker (17.5 hours)

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 28th February 2020

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes. The team offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you are a reflective practitioner and have experience of trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting, then we want to hear from you.

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.

Further Information

This is a part time, fixed term post of 17.5 hours per week until 31 March 2021. Requires evening and occasional weekend work in order to be flexible and suit the needs of the service and the school.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 28th February 2020

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes. The team offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you are a reflective practitioner and have experience of trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting, then we want to hear from you.

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.

Further Information

This is a full time, fixed term post of 35 hours per week until 31 March 2021. Requires evening and occasional weekend work in order to be flexible and suit the needs of the service and the school.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 9th March 2020

This is an exciting and innovative new service which has been commissioned by Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership across the localities of North East, North West and South. Children 1st will be working within the South of the city and closely collaborating with our partners, Quarriers in the North East and North West of Glasgow.

We are looking to recruit a Family Support Worker to work alongside a professionally qualified Project Worker to support Kinship placements with the knowledge and experience of supporting children, young people and/or families. The role of the Family Support Worker will be to assist in the provision of a case management role on behalf of Social Work services. We aim to work therapeutically with children, young people and families, which will incorporate life story work, shaping the service to suit the needs of kinship families.

The pace of work will be busy and challenging, with a real opportunity to make a difference and develop your skills.

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 is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded until September 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and as much of the work with children, young people and kinship carers will occur after school, there will be a requirement to be able to work in the evenings and some weekends.

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Senior Fundraiser – Community

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Flexibly in the Central Belt (we have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow)
  • Closing 16th March 2020

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

“A child without a childhood is like a rainbow without colour” John McGurk, Children 1st Supporter

Join our team and put the colour back into the childhood of children in Scotland.

We are reinventing Community Fundraising at Children 1st and we need an excellent Senior Community Fundraiser to join our team. Do you want to be part of this exciting new chapter of relationship based fundraising practice? If yes, we want to hear from you! This is a new role and we have big ideas and projects, but we are also looking for someone to bring their own influence and inspiration to the post.

We need someone who is focused, driven, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and creativity to their work. Being an excellent communicator on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can communicate this to our supporters.

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays, flexible working opportunities, a contributory pension scheme and generous maternity/adoption and paternity leave benefits.

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly in the central belt with our offices based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The role will require frequent travel across Scotland.

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Sessional Peer Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • Sessional
  • Dalkeith
  • Closing 13th March 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to parents impacted by substance use and poor mental health and their families. You will be skilled in “getting alongside” parents with a compassionate approach, using your own lived experience of substance use or ACES to form trusting relationships, facilitating lasting, meaningful change.

The role will be varied, including 1:1 and group based supports which will see you supporting parents to engage in mutual aid meetings, attend health and wellbeing appointments, be more connected in recovery communities, feel more confident, with improved self-esteem and support more positive family relationships, amongst other tasks. You will work alongside our project workers and volunteers to deliver whole family support, focussed on helping families build stronger relationships

If you have compassion, are skilled at forming trusting relationships, dedication to making a meaningful difference, are non-judgemental and can evidence stability in your lived experience, we would be interested in hearing from you. You will be expected to have an understanding / experience of recovery orientated support and an awareness of the supports available in the Midlothian community

This sessional post is funded until September 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to include evening and weekend working.

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Project Worker – East Lothian

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £30,708
  • Musselburgh
  • Closing 20th March 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to support the lead and development of a new service. This service is a pilot to build a multidisciplinary team around 3 primary schools in Musselburgh East. This projected named ‘Our families’ will provide intensive whole family support at early intervention stage.

As well as supporting families you will be building relationships with the 3 main primary schools in Musselburgh East and developing a small team who will be part of a package of support available to families. The Our Families team will provide intensive family support, employability support and money advice. We will be working with families to build their resilience by working in a therapeutic way, coordinating other relevant services around them and strengthening their links within the community.

You must have experience of working with children and families within the community. You also need a degree level qualification in areas such as Social Work, Community Education, Social Pedagogy, Psychology, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 10.

This is a fixed term post of 35 hours per week until March 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the families (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th March 2020

Children 1st and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre have formed an innovative partnership to offer residential weekends to over 100 families from across Scotland over the next 3 years as well as providing ongoing outreach support to build on the benefits of the residential experience.

All families will have access to transformative outdoor experiences and all the physical and natural assets that Scotland has to offer. Children and their parents and carers across the Country will be emotionally well and have strong, safe and secure families, opportunities to make new friends and connections and be inspired to contribute in their local communities.

We are looking for someone with the skills to lead and develop this Service. This requires someone with the ability to get alongside families and build relationships and has the experience of working with families. If you are creative, caring and have a strong commitment to supporting families would like to hear from you.

This is a permanent post of 35 hours per week. Hours to be worked flexibly to include evenings and residential weekends. The role can be based in either Glasgow, Edinburgh or Bathgate.

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Corporate Partnerships Officer

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 30th March 2020

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. Our local and national services provide direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

“A child without a childhood is like a rainbow without colour”

John McGurk, Children 1st Supporter

We have recently entered an exciting time for fundraising at Children 1st – launching our new fundraising strategy which is designed to inspire people in Scotland to put children first.

This corporate fundraising role in the newly created Philanthropy and Partnerships team will work with our existing corporate supporters whilst cultivating and securing new corporate relationships in order to deliver highly successful partnerships.

We need someone who is focused, driven, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and creativity to their work. Being an excellent communicator and relationship manager on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can translate this to our supporters through authentic and creative relationships.

If you have a track record of establishing and managing relationships along with knowledge of Scotland’s corporate sector and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children - we want to hear from you!

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays, flexible working opportunities, a contributory pension scheme and generous maternity/adoption and paternity leave benefits.

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly in the central belt within our offices in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. The role will require frequent travel across Scotland.

For a confidential and informal conversation about this role please contact Head of Philanthropy & Partnerships, Lisa Glenday Murdoch, on 07908 399 827.

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Media and Marketing Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Throughout Scotland
  • Closing 18th May 2020

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable children and their families during and beyond the coronavirus crisis? 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 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. We welcome applications from throughout Scotland.

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Top job! Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,882 – £43,363
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 25th May 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to provide strategic and operational leadership for Children 1st in South Ayrshire.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about doing the right thing for children with an in-depth understanding and experience of operational management of services in the field of child care, child wellbeing, child protection, and trauma sensitive family support. With a proven track record as a leader, you will bring service development experience and an ability to operate at a strategic level.

The post holder will drive the development and reach of our trauma sensitive supports for children, young people and families in Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. Building on our existing presence in South Ayrshire and seeking new partnerships, the post holder will ensure that Children 1st play a key strategic role in the planning and design of service delivery ensuring a high quality and creative range of supports to best meet the needs of children. The successful candidate will work alongside our senior leaders to identify new opportunities, partnerships and innovations in line with key strategic priorities and the needs of the children and families we support.

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

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Support Manager-Safeguarders Panel Team (2 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • North and West Region
  • Closing 29th May 2020

We are looking for relational, child-centred, and motivated individuals to be part of an effective team that supports and monitors Safeguarders, works with partner agencies and delivers all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is now established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape. We have recently been successful in winning the new contract for the Safeguarder’s Panel Team until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024). Children 1st is contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

In the role of Support Manager, you will work directly with Safeguarders to support them to work to our Practice Standards and contribute to the shared vision of best practice - an excellent, transparent, accountable and respectful service for children and young people.

You must have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System, an understanding of child development and an ability to support people in a challenging role. You will:

· support and monitor a cohort of Safeguarders using our performance and support monitoring framework

· work with other team members to ensure the day to day operation of the service

· build relationships with partners in your region

Safeguarders are located across all areas of Scotland and the post will require working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. However, Children 1st operate a time off in lieu system to accommodate the flexibility required by the role and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

This is a full time, 35-hour/week fixed term post, starting as soon as possible and funded initially until 30 June 2022.

We are looking to recruit one person in the North and one person in the West (base to be negotiated).

For further information or questions regarding the post please contact Paula Gaunt-Richardson at paula.gaunt-richardson@children1st.org.uk

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Mentoring Co-ordinator – Safeguarders Panel Team

  • Part time
  • £30,708 – £36,121 pro-rata
  • Base to be negotiated
  • Closing 25th May 2020

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and motivated individual to be part of an effective team that supports and monitors Safeguarders, works with partner agencies and delivers all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is now established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape. We have recently been successful in winning the new contract for the Safeguarder’s Panel Team until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024). Children 1st is contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

In the role of Mentoring Co-ordinator, you will develop and co-ordinate mentoring support which will form one element of integrated continuous support to Safeguarders

You must have prior or recent working experience as a Safeguarder in Scotland, experience of developing and design of training plans and the delivery of materials and experience of support and supervision of staff and / or volunteers. To undertake this role if you are a current Safeguarder, you will require to resign from the Safeguarder Panel to re-join at the end of your appointment period. You will:

· Plan and deliver quality mentoring for Safeguarders in line with the Performance, Support and Monitoring Framework which includes the recruitment, training and support of mentors and the matching of mentors to mentees.

· Develop a monitoring framework to allow for the review and evaluation of mentoring support, seeking feedback from mentors and mentees.

· Work with other team members and existing Safeguarders to develop this mentoring support. to ensure the day to day operation of the service.

Safeguarders are located across all areas of Scotland and the post will require working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. However, Children 1st operate a time off in lieu system to accommodate the flexibility required by the role and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

This is a part time, 17.5 hour/week fixed term post, starting as soon as possible and funded initially until 30 June 2022.

For further information or questions regarding the post please contact Paula Gaunt-Richardson at Paula.Gaunt-Richardson@children1st.org.uk

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Children`s Rights and Resource Worker – Safeguarders Panel Team

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • Base to be negotiated
  • Closing 29th May 2020

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and motivated individual to be part of an effective team that supports and monitors Safeguarders, works with partner agencies and delivers all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is now established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape. We have recently been successful in winning the new contract for the Safeguarder’s Panel Team until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024). Children 1st is contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

The role of the Children`s Rights and Resource Worker is to work with Safeguarder Panel team colleagues and Safeguarders to embed a children`s rights approach throughout all elements of the service.

You will:

· Support the development and design of resources and guidance e.g. leaflets, communication and website resources.

· Input into training and learning and development opportunities for staff and Safeguarders e.g. engaging and communicating with children.

· Source resources and activities which can be used by Safeguarders in their work with children and young people.

· Support children, young people and families to provide feedback and views about their experiences.

Safeguarders are located across all areas of Scotland and the post will require working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. However, Children 1st operate a time off in lieu system to accommodate the flexibility required by the role and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

This is a part time, 17.5 hour/week fixed term post, starting as soon as possible and funded initially until 30 June 2022.

For further information or questions regarding the post please contact Paula Gaunt-Richardson at paula.gaunt-richardson@children1st.org.uk

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Top job! Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 8th June 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to provide operational leadership and develop and maintain positive partnerships with schools and other partners in East Renfrewshire.

Children 1st is looking for someone who is passionate about doing the right thing for children with an in-depth understanding and experience of operational management of services in the fields of child wellbeing, child protection, and trauma sensitive family support. You should also have experience of working in partnership with colleagues from several agencies including schools, social work and health.

The post holder will support Family Wellbeing staff who are connected to schools across East Renfrewshire through day-to-day connection as well as formal support and supervision and professional development. By joining our existing leadership team in East Renfrewshire, the post holder will contribute to the on-going development of our services. The post holder will also manage the relationships and contracts with schools in East Renfrewshire.

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Sessional Support Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd July 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a service providing support to children, young people and their families in the community where substance misuse has played a role in all their lives.

We are looking to recruit additional sessional support staff to work alongside Project Workers, helping support the development of targeted group work for parents in recovery as well as, children and young people. There may also be some school based roles and further opportunities to get alongside families to offer practical and emotional support as part of an agreed support package.

We need sessional staff who are available on weekdays with occasional availability for evening work. There may also be potential additional hours throughout week to help support partnership activities with the South Community Recovery Network and the South Recovery Hub.

In addition, we are interested in hearing from potential candidates who have some experience of delivering groupwork in relation to parenting support.

It would be desirable to have an SVQII or similar qualification.

This sessional post is funded initially until 31 March 2021. Hours to be worked on required weekdays with occasional evenings

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd July 2020

This is an exciting and innovative service delivered on behalf of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership across the localities of North East, North West and South. Children 1st will be working within the South of the city and closely collaborating with our partners, Quarriers in the North East and North West of Glasgow.

While providing a safeguarding and monitoring role on behalf of Social Work services, this post provides an opportunity to deliver a high quality service to both children and adults who have experienced significant trauma and disruption in their lives and to provide support which emotionally and practically sustains kinship placements. While working individually with children and young people within Kinship placements, we also provide both emotional and practical support to Kinship Carers, shaping the service to suit the needs of each individual family.

We are looking to recruit a professionally qualified Project Worker who can evidence experience of working alongside children, young people and/or families in a variety of settings. They will have the confidence, experience and motivation to successfully engage with a wide range of families as well as liaise directly with social work partners and other relevant agencies.

The pace is busy and challenging, with a real opportunity to make a difference and develop skills and knowledge in this important area of work. Due to the large number of carers the Kinship Care Service supports, excellent organisational skills are essential.

If you have experience of working with young people 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, funded until 28 September 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and as much of the work with children, young people and kinship carers will occur after school, there will be a requirement to be able to work flexibly in the evenings and weekends.

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Project Worker – Family Group Decision Making

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Girvan
  • Closing 2nd July 2020

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

The service is funded by the Scottish Government’s National Development Fund, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with kinship care families.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision making. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work teams to lead innovation and support restorative approaches to working with families.

While it would be an advantage, 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 supporting kinship families, are committed to restorative approaches, and the meaningfully involving children and families, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2021.

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Project Worker - Family Wellbeing

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Girvan
  • Closing 2nd July 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the development of Carrick Family Wellbeing Service in South Ayrshire. The service is a partnership between Children 1st and South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. 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 GettingIt 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 role of 35 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022.

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Project Worker

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • Irvine
  • Closing 3rd July 2020

Getting Ready for Change

This is an exciting opportunity be part of a team working alongside families, building strong relationships and connections that will build the evidence base for preventative, trauma informed support that meet the needs of families affected by substance use, and that is co-designed with them.

The Project Worker will lead consult and engage with parents in recovery living within North Ayrshire to examine their views on their needs as parents through the Recovery process. As well as seeking views on existing supports available, we will work with parents in recovery to co-design provision which meets the needs they have identified.

We will use the finding of this consultation to share with our partners both, statutory and third sector, to influence and change the current support landscape to reflect what families tell us they need. Our objective would be to use these findings to move into a demonstration phase that will allow us to show the impact of working in this way has on families affected by substance misuse.

If you have experience of engagement with groups, supported people with lived experience of substance use and co-production of service provision and have a Degree/Diploma in Social Work or other relevant qualification (e.g. Community Engagement/ Criminal Justice) then… then we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 21 hours per week, funded initially until August 2021. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service including evenings and weekends, if required.

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