Children in Scotland
Children in Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC003527

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.


Current vacancies

Director/Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Nominally Edinburgh, but happy for board members to participate virtually
  • Closing 10th January 2022

About Children in Scotland:

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland.

We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights. Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

What are we looking for:

We are looking for five new directors to join the board of Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations seeking to improve the lives of children and young people. We want to appoint talented and committed individuals who believe in our vision is that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

As an organisation we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all our work and, through this recruitment, will be seeking to bring people with diverse skills and backgrounds on to the board. As part of that, we are actively trying to change the age profile of our board: of the five new appointments, we are looking for two younger directors (up to age 26). We have developed a supportive board environment so, if this is your first time putting yourself forward as a charity trustee, this could be the right place for you. All new directors will be given the induction and ongoing support necessary to be able to fully contribute to the board and its decision-making.

We would be particularly pleased to hear from people who have skills in the areas of Children’s Rights, Finance and Fundraising. However, if you don‘t have these specific skills and experience, please still consider applying. If you are enthusiastic, committed and have an interesting set of skills to bring to the board, you still might be the right person for us.

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, effective and enthusiastic Finance Manager to join Children in Scotland to take lead responsibility for the financial management of the charity.

Working with the wider finance team you will have responsibility for financial management and reporting, business partnering, budgeting and fund management.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

You can find more about Children in Scotland here.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Valerie Harty at vharty@childreninscotand.org.uk.

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, effective and enthusiastic Finance Manager to join Children in Scotland to take lead responsibility for the financial management of the charity.

Working with the wider finance team you will have responsibility for financial management and reporting, business partnering, budgeting and fund management.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

You can find more about Children in Scotland here.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Valerie Harty at vharty@childreninscotand.org.uk.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • Circa £70,000
  • Remote/home based until at least March 2022 Future office location expected to be in Edinburgh.
  • Closing 12th April 2021

Children in Scotland is Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations seeking to improve the lives of children and young people. We are committed to promoting the rights of children and young people and helping them thrive.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Chief Executive to lead the development and delivery of our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan and annual operational plans. This will involve creatively and innovatively identifying new ways of working with the membership, our partners and the Children in Scotland team.

This is an exciting time for the children’s sector with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) soon to be included directly in Scottish law. This needs to be backed up with policy and legislative changes to tangibly improve the lives of children, young people and families living in Scotland.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in developing effective networks of key stakeholders to influence policy and deliver strategic goals, including our financial and organisational sustainability. You will also be able to communicate the needs and interests of the children’s sector in a clear and compelling manner, informed by robust evidence, intelligence and sound judgement.

You must also be able to demonstrate:

• A proven commitment to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

• Robust experience of leading and supporting effective governance and accountability arrangements, including planning, financial management, and reporting, fulfilling legal and constitutional responsibilities on behalf of a Board of Directors.

• Knowledge of third and public sector funding and a strong track record in securing funding for projects.

• Management of operations which are aligned with overall strategy and available resources.

• An enabling, inclusive, values-led and professional leadership approach that secures respect and credibility at all levels.

• Ability to manage and lead teams with inspiration, confidence, and passion

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Advice and Information Officer (Enquire)

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings
  • Closing 11th June 2021

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and with learning. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking for an experienced and caring adviser whose primary responsibility will be responding to helpline enquiries. The right candidate will have excellent listening skills and be able to explain complex information in a clear and concise way, both over the telephone and in writing.

An understanding of the issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs and their families and knowledge of the Scottish education system would be an advantage.

The Advice and Information Officer will also contribute to other areas of the Enquire service, including producing written information for our publications and website.

The post is a part-time contract, 28 hours per week over 4 working days. Preference for Tuesday-Friday as working days with possible negotiation to working pattern. The post is currently funded until 31 March 2022

We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

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Communications Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,697 – £29,445 pro-rata
  • Home based to at least 31 March 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings
  • Closing 18th June 2021

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children with additional support needs?

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Our goal is to help parents, carers, professionals and children and young people understand pupils’ rights to extra support in school and with learning. Our vision is that all children in Scotland are supported, included, and listened to throughout their education.

We are looking to hire a dedicated Communications Officer who can lead our work to raise awareness of children’s rights to additional support for learning and the advice and information Enquire offers.

Do you have what we are looking for?

We are seeking an energetic individual who can help us reach families of children with additional support needs and the professionals who work alongside them. We are looking for somebody who can listen to the experiences of people who use our service and create messages that encourage others who may benefit from our advice and information to get in touch or use our resources.

An experienced communications officer you will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a digital and print communication strategy and measure its effectiveness. We are seeking a professional with experience of expanding an organisation’s social media presence into new social media platforms, plus increase presence on existing platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

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Learning & Events Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,697 – £29,445
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

Department: Engagement & Learning Department

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Fixed term to 31 March 2022, part time (28 hours per week)

Salary: £23,697 - £29,445 per annum (pro-rata)

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

It’s a really varied job, and an integral part of our learning and events team. Pre-Covid, we planned, delivered and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

Since then, we have moved our programme online, reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme. We have also launched our eLearning hub.

As we develop our online programme, and consider our gradual return to in-person events, we’re looking for an efficient, pro-active individual, with excellent communication and digital skills to join our team.

You will use your experience in learning and development or event management to ensure our programme is sector-leading, with a diverse, inspiring range of content, contributors and delivery methods.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, there will be the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond to lead the smooth-running of our events.

You will be ready to hit the ground running and to learn on the job. We’ll encourage you to identify further areas where you’d like to develop your skills and knowledge, and support you to do so.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Learning & Events Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £18,354 – £23,697
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th July 2021

Department: Engagement & Learning Department

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £18,354 - £23,697 per annum

About the role

This is a great opportunity to work for a national children’s charity in an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

It is a really varied job, and an integral part of our learning and events team. Pre-Covid, we planned, delivered and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

Since then, we have moved our programme online, reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme. We have also launched our eLearning hub.

As we develop our online programme, and consider our gradual return to in-person events, we’re looking for an efficient, pro-active individual, with excellent customer service and digital skills, to join our team.

You will use your strong organisational and communication skills, and keen eye for detail to ensure a positive experience for our participants and contributors – showing why we deserve our reputation as an inclusive, innovative and sector-leading learning and events service.

You will be ready to hit the ground running and to learn on the job. We’ll encourage you to identify further areas where you’d like to develop your skills and knowledge and support you to do so.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, you will have the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond to contribute to the smooth-running of our events.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Supporting The Third Sector Project Manager

  • Full time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd August 2021

Department: Policy, Projects and Participation

Location: Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022

Hours: Full time, fixed term to 31 March 2022

Salary: £29,445 - £35,382 per annum

We are currently recruiting for an exciting and important role within the Policy, Projects and Participation Department.

The Supporting The Third Sector (STTS) project works to ensure that the third sector can be meaningfully involved in children’s services planning processes to improve the lives of children, young people and families.

As the Project Manager of the STTS Project you will be responsible for supporting an active Third Sector Interface network, delivering a training and capacity building programme for the third sector workforce, and feeding in the voices and experiences of local third sector organisations into national policy making processes.

You will demonstrate effective management of your team, represent Children in Scotland, uphold the organisation values and be a member of the Children in Scotland Managers’ Team.

In order to do this, we are seeking an individual with significant knowledge of children’s services, experience of working in the children’s sector, great communication skills and experience of project management.

Applications to undertake the role as a secondment are welcome

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Learning & Events Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £29,445 – £35,382
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022
  • Closing 27th August 2021

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a national children’s charity leading an award-winning, innovative and friendly team, while knowing that you are contributing to making positive difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Pre-Covid19, we planned, delivered, and evaluated approximately 250 learning and connection opportunities with more than 4,000 delegates each year. This included conferences, training, residentials and international study trips.

In response to the pandemic, we moved our programme online reaching more than 6,000 learners through our webinar programme in 2020-21. We have also launched our eLearning Hub, put on an international conference and delivered our Learning Week. Busy times!

The current Manager is moving on from Children in Scotland after seven years and we are looking for the next person to help shape the future of our Learning Programme, lead the team through a period of change and support the work of the wider organisation.

This will include continuing to develop our online programme, while considering our gradual return to in-person events at the right point in time. We are looking for a positive, proactive and values-led individual, who is well-positioned to bring their individuals experiences and skills to Children in Scotland.

You will need excellent communications skills and experience of managing projects including staff or volunteers, partnership working and a good understanding of budgets in a values-driven organisation.

You will use your experience in learning and development or event management to ensure our Learning Programme remains sector-leading, with a diverse, inspiring range of content, contributors and delivery methods. You will be supported in this by the L&E team and Engagement & Learning Department, but also the wider organisation including our ASL services and Policy, Projects & Participation department.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. As Covid restrictions ease and we return to in-person events, there will be the opportunity to travel across Scotland and beyond.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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Assistant Communications Officer – Digital Content

  • Part time
  • £18,354 – £23,697 pro-rata
  • Children in Scotland is Edinburgh-based but this role will be remote/ home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings. Arrangements will be reviewed by March 2022
  • Closing 14th September 2021

This is an exciting new role within the team, funded by the Scottish Government’s Adapt & Thrive programme until September 2022. It provides Children in Scotland with the opportunity to expand our digital communications capacity and develop a new delivery model, with the aim of rolling this out longer-term.

The Assistant Communications Officer will work closely with the Communications Officer – Digital lead and other members of the team to produce exciting and engaging digital content, with a particular focus on social media. This will include work with staff across the organisation supporting the development of tailored content.

The post-holder will be expected to be driven, enthusiastic and ideas-led, drawing on expertise and creativity to help make our digital communications as appealing as possible to our audiences, supporting our overall strategic aims.

You will be remote/home-based until at least April 2022, with some travel to Edinburgh required for meetings.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through those first few months, which will then turn into longer term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

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