Action for Children
Action for Children

Charity registered in Scotland SC038092

Action for Children helps some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people. Our work is varied, the effects far reaching. 

Current vacancies

Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £21,100
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 26th February 2020

How Action for Children works

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children in the UK and Channel Islands. Every year, we change the lives of 301,000 children, young people and families.

The role

We provide a range of programmes, services and support structures enabling young people to progress positively into activity that further enhances their learning and employment opportunities.

Our provision is person centred to reflect the different needs of young people. We provide services at all entry points and stages of learning, ensuring the young people receive the most appropriate support, enabling them to achieve and progress.

The focus of our delivery is targeted at young people 16-24-year olds who are amongst the most disadvantaged in our communities. For example, care leavers, disabled ex-offenders, young people identified as having ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and those hardest to reach and engage. This reflects our organisational expertise as a leading children's charity, aiming to address inequalities and improve the lives of Scotland's young people.

Our inclusive engagement approach promotes equality of opportunity and includes creative engagement methods to engage with young people who do not access mainstream traditional services or provision.

We will offer work-relevant, support and learning based opportunities which reflect the aims of Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy, which promotes greater importance on vocational education that prepares young people for the world of work.

The difference

You'll significantly improve young people's lives:

By supporting young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to gain employment

By delivering a variety of courses tailored to the young person's needs and abilities, both individually and in group sessions

By building quality relationships with young people and colleagues, including external agencies and employers

By assessing the needs of young people and developing individualised plans to meet these needs

By supporting young people to develop job search skills allowing them to apply for jobs, write their CV, talk to potential employers and prepare for interviews

The person

You'll need:

  • SVQ 3 or HNC qualification in Social Care or equivalent (Careers Advice, Employability, etc.)
  • To be tenacious and resilient
  • A flexible approach to working to support the delivery of services
  • An understanding of the barriers young people face when trying to gain and maintain positive destinations
  • A knowledge of provision within Glasgow & South Lanarkshire who support young people
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage young people
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to build positive relationships with colleagues and partners
  • Experience of facilitating group work sessions with young people facing multiple barriers
  • Experience of delivering or supporting young people to complete SQA and other accredited qualifications
  • Good IT skills
  • The ability to plan, organise and deliver within given timescales
  • To maintain appropriate records, monitor performance and produce written reports as required
  • A full UK Driving Licence and access to a car

The rewards

  • Minimum 29 days' holiday
  • Flexible working, including maternity, paternity and adoption packages
  • Season ticket travel loans
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounts at major high street retailers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful career with a leading UK children's charity.

Action for Children is committed to safer recruitment practices, designed to protect the welfare of the children and young people using our services.


Residential Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,400
  • Edinburgh (Haddington, East Lothian)
  • Closing 9th March 2020

A career that's life-changing

Are you a naturally empathetic, focused and passionate about changing the lives of children and their families throughout the UK for the better? We have a unique opportunity for an experienced residential care worker to join our team in the Livingston area. This is an exciting and rewarding role with the opportunity to make a huge personal impact.

Hope House is a residential service which supports a young lady within her own home in Haddington to be an active part of her community.

How Action for Children works

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children across the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 301,000 children, young people and their families – but for every child who needs help to get help, there's plenty more to do. That's where you come in...

The difference

You'll significantly improve young people's lives:

  • By providing a safe environment where they can enjoy time with their friends
  • By working towards giving them a positive future
  • By helping them in all aspects of their daily lives and supporting their health and happiness

The person

You'll need:

  • Commitment to working on a 24-hour shift rota pattern, which includes evenings, weekends and some bank holidays
  • Flexibility to have sleepovers
  • Ideally, a HNC and SVQ 3 in a social care discipline, or a qualification in social care, nursing, education, which would meet the registration requirements.
  • Applications from candidates with only a HNC qualification will be considered as the opportunity to undertake SVQ studies will exist.
  • Experience of working with disabled young people
  • The ability to use MS Office to record case notes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Safeguarding knowledge
  • A positive approach, providing a fun environment for all the children in our care.

The rewards

  • Minimum 29 days' holiday (pro rata)
  • Flexible working, including maternity, paternity and adoption packages
  • Season ticket travel loans
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounts at major high street retailers.

Plus, there's a lot more besides.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful career with a leading UK children's charity.

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This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Bid Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £48,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd January 2020

We have a vision that every child and young person in the country has a safe and happy childhood and the foundations they need to thrive.

Action for Children protects and supports vulnerable children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. With 476 services in communities across the UK, the charity helps more than 387,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers a year.

The role

Action for Children is looking for a Bid Manager who will provide overall professional management, bid writing, co-ordination and direct production of bids/proposals for strategic, high value, complex bids as well as for smaller bids. Applying a detailed understanding of the needs of Children's Services and their commissioners, into customer centric differentiated win strategies, to achieve annually set income targets.

What will you need?

The successful applicant will have significant experience of successful bid management and bid production - from identification through to bid writing and submission with a track record in retaining and winning business through successful tendering. You will be able to demonstrate strong communication skills – both written and verbal, in particular to articulate and translate complex strategies, ideas and models into compelling, well-evidenced written propositions. And while previous experience in a charity organisation would be advantageous, someone with a good mix of public and private sector experience would also make an ideal candidate. You will have good people skills and be able to build excellent engagement relationships across the charity as well as developing and maintaining effective networks, relationships, partnerships and alliances both internal and external to support business opportunities. The successful applicant will also be responsible for producing business cases and recommendations to inform the development of new products and services, and bid decision-making

Skills & Attributes required:

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent (desirable)
  • Evidence of Project Management training and development
  • Experience of working within a challenging, competitive external environment, and working to clear internal business objectives and targets
  • Experience of public sector commissioning and problem-solving, particularly from a third sector and/or social care perspective
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to plan, prioritise and manage a large and complex workload
  • Demonstrable skills in bid management and bid production
  • Application of diversity policies within the workplace
  • Financial and commercial understanding including developing viable, competitive tender pricing solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to articulate and present complex strategies, ideas and models
  • Knowledge of public sector commissioning, and ability to work with Local Authorities (and other funders) to seek solutions to local and regional problems
  • Understanding of external environment and market conditions including challenges and opportunities for business retention and growth

The post-holder will be subject to a DBS check.

What are the rewards?

  • Flexible working, including condensed hours and remote working available
  • Minimum 29 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme, up to 7% employer match
  • Season ticket travel loan
  • Discounts at major high street retailers

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users, therefore all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

This vacancy has now closed

Bid Writer

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 22nd January 2020

Every year, Action for Children impacts on the lives of 310,000 children, young people and their families across the UK, through our professional and committed workforce of c.4300.

This role will see you create and compile written tender responses to support the Bid Manager to complete tenders that articulate Action for Children's offer, in a way that is compelling and is consistent with our brand and our passion to deliver service excellence

The role

  • Responsible and accountable for the completion of compelling well written narratives in response to key questions for tenders/PQQ/RFQ and proposals
  • To manage and take responsibility over national Portal and E-tendering Systems to identify and submit opportunities through Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tendering
  • Take responsibility for storyboarding process, working effectively with internal colleagues to help shape and construct high quality tender responses
  • Lead on the Scottish Government open call for applications via Corra and other designated intermediaries to secure funding. Estimated £500k+
  • Create and communicate compelling written and verbal representation of our work which leads to secured contracts
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders/ commissioners and influencers, to shape our models, business positioning and propositions, leading to future work
  • Complete high standard written responses to Scottish Government and local authority requests for bespoke information, leading to potential opportunities
  • Responsible for the preparing and collating of additional bid information

The person

  • Degree level educated or relevant experience
  • Experience of working to support bids
  • Portal management experience e.g. PCS, PCS-Tendering or other similar systems
  • Experience of proof reading and excellent attention to detail
  • Professional experience of working to deadlines
  • Experience of working with complex data to identify priorities and to create a compelling narrative
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Experience of writing bids
  • High level of IT skills, including the ability to use a range of core IT programmes including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • High level written skills, the ability to translate and structure complex information in a simple, straightforward and logical way to support high scoring bids
  • Good knowledge of principles of commissioning, tendering and how to support this
  • Demonstrates the ability to support the development of bids that win new business

The Rewards

  • We offer a highly competitive salary
  • Minimum of 7 weeks leave (i.e. 29 days' plus bank holidays)
  • An excellent contributory company pension scheme,
  • Regular and supportive supervision,
  • Season ticket travel loan facility,
  • Interest free Development Loans
  • Discounts at major high street retailers.

Plus, a lot more besides.