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

Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic Service Co-ordinator

  • Full time or Part time
  • £29,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd July 2019

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.

Action for Children works in secondary schools to develop cultural inclusion, understanding and race equality. Our service delivers opportunities and actions within the Duke of Edinburgh Awards for black and ethnic minority young people to ensure the accreditation is accessed by all young people. We currently work with over 40 nationalities providing crucial experiences and outcomes for those who often find it difficult to access youth services. We currently work in Edinburgh but the service will also be extending to Glasgow in the future. This could be a great opportunity for someone who is already established but equally for someone to take on their first management / project leadership role. We need a great role model - is that you?

You will have lived in experiences of diverse communities and will have exemplary multi-cultural diversity awareness.

  • Assist Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic cultures in school
  • Acting as a role model for Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic cultures in schools
  • Boosting young people's self confidence
  • Duke of Edinburgh and delivering Key programs
  • Awareness of Duke of Edinburgh or alternative accreditation experiences and experience to know how to deliver outcomes
  • Knowledge of cultural barriers to accessing the DofE
  • Coordinating activity over 2 services in Edinburgh, and Glasgow in the future
  • Experience of working with children, young people or adults (or other relevant experience)
  • Experience of working in partnership with school's and DofE
  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Knowledge of diversity and inclusion
  • Experience and ability of tracking outcomes
  • Ability to develop new measures of intervention

You'll need:

  • A relevant social care or youth work qualification will be advantageous – eg SVQ3/HNC or relevant degree in Social Work or Youth Work
  • Experience of working with Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic young people to deliver positive outcomes
  • Experience of managing work streams
  • Experience of working with multiple funding streams
  • Experience of engaging with a range of Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic young people
  • Processes and reporting to funding partners such as the lottery
  • Knowledge of issues affecting Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic young people in Scotland
  • Knowledge of policy context for Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic work in Scotland
  • Reporting both verbally and in writing on the delivery of services to wide client group.
  • Proven ability to use Microsoft office packages
  • Line management of staff experience
  • Project management experience

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.

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

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Top job! Head of Safeguarding

  • Full time
  • Circa £70,000
  • Choice of 5 base locations - London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Glasgow, Cardiff or Belfast -
  • Closing 25th February 2019

A career that's life-changing

The Rewards

We offer a highly competitive salary, with a minimum of 29 days leave plus bank holidays, regular and supportive supervision, season ticket travel loan facility, interest free Development Loans and discounts at major high street retailers. Plus, there are a lot more besides.

Action for Children

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 is a significant opportunity to develop a UK-wide leadership of safeguarding children issues. This role will see you provide whole organisational safeguarding expertise through advice, support, quality controls and face to face and online mechanisms. You will develop Action for Children's safeguarding plan and support the Director of Practice Improvement in ensuring that best practice is followed in work with children and families, recruitment, retention and management of staff, foster carers and volunteers and that safeguarding needs of children inform all our priorities.

The role will see you:

· Lead, develop and implement service specific and related policies, procedures, practice standards and guidance, ensuring these are maintained and up to date.

· Support the Director of Practice Improvement to ensure that all cross-cutting issues relating to safeguarding are identified and addressed.

· Lead, commission and contribute to improvement projects as necessary to support the safeguarding of children and young people and improve outcomes of vulnerable service users, in line with best practice and outcomes.

· Lead the development of best practice in services by embedding of safeguarding practice through networks of managers and practitioners responsible for local and operational safeguarding matters.

· Develop Action for Children's voice by way of relationships with key partners in the sector

What are we looking for in the person?

· Qualification in Social Work - Registered Qualified Social Worker

· At least 3 years' management experience in a children's services setting with responsibility for safeguarding and child protection

· Experience of staff management

· Detailed understanding of legislation, guidance and regulations relevant to safeguarding children across the UK

· Experience of managing projects to achieve positive change for children

· Successful experience of achieving change through use of influence without direct line management responsibilities

· Experience of using an outcomes-focused approach to service delivery and quality assurance

· Experience of management of budgets

· Excellent report writing skills

· Experience of effective communication with internal departments and external agencies

· Ability to lead major new initiatives as required

· Able to travel across UK, including staying overnight when required, as this post has UK wide responsibilities

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Support Worker

  • Full time
  • Circa £17,554
  • Livingston
  • Closing 21st May 2019

  • 7 weeks leave (including bank holidays)
  • Free Parking
  • Ability to Buy & Sell Leave
  • Railway Station – 2 minutes' walk
  • Dependency Leave
  • Staff Recognition Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Discount Portal – (Thousands of discounts off amazing brands)

The Service:

Due to continued growth we have a unique opportunity for a Young Persons Worker to join our team in West Lothian. This is an exciting and rewarding role with the opportunity to make a huge personal impact.

West Lothian Outreach Service is funded by West Lothian Council to provide housing support to young people aged between 16 and 25 years and resident in their own tenancy or temporary accommodation. In addition, the service is funded to undertake prevention work with young people aged 15+ identified by the local authority. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful long-term career with a leading UK children's charity.

What Employee's Say

“I have been working for Action for Children Housing Support team for about 18months now and I feel they are one of the most supportive, approachable and flexible teams that I have ever worked for”

“WLOHSS is a welcoming and enjoyable place to work. All staff are approachable and support each other with cases, meetings, and technical support”

“I left the service due to personal reasons and returned 5 months later when an opening became available. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to return, as WLOHSS is a professional, well managed, supportive service, providing flexible working and puts the young people we support first”

“I work with a brilliant team that all pull together to get a good job done and although the job can keep us on our toes, we always feel valued and supported by amazing, caring managers”

The person

You will have an SVQ level 2 Health & Social Care or equivalent with direct experience of working with young people in either a residential or community based setting, ideally either on a 1-1 or group work basis. A knowledge and understanding of Housing Support and prior experience of providing “structured issued based support” with experience working with a diverse team sharing information and best practice. You must be willing to be flexible around working hours and your working week in order to support and meet the needs of the young people as well as possessing sound IT, written and verbal skills and the ability and passion to work within a focused and challenging environment. Must be able to drive and have a car.

You will be committed to Action for Children's defining statement, “keeping the child at the centre,” and promoting our participation standards in your work.

Although set hours are in place we are more than happy to discuss the opportunity of flexible working that may be better suited to you but that also work for the service.

The rewards

When you join Action for Children, you will be joining a collaborative, diverse and supportive team of like-minded-individuals, every one of them as passionate as you are. We want all of our employees to feel valued and well rewarded for the vital work they do.

When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts:

· By paying you a competitive salary and a generous paid holiday allowance- minimum 29 days (pro-rata) plus public/bank holidays

· By supporting you and welcoming new additions to your family – flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages

· Ability to buy & sell leave – Buy up to five days holiday each year or sell two days for cash

· By giving you a pension – we have a contribution scheme that matches a maximum of 7% employee and 7% employer contributions which includes a death in service benefit.

· Discount Portal – Thousands of discounts off amazing brands

· By providing excellent learning and development opportunities and all the support you need to thrive.

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

The post-holder will be subject to an PVG/ Disclosure check and you will be required to register with SCCC.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively.

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Top job! Improvement & Consultancy Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £50,000
  • Home based, Frequent UK travel will be required
  • Closing 19th May 2019

A career that's life-changing

Are you looking to take the next step in your career journey with an organisation that was voted in the Top Ten of the Guardian UK 300 in 2018?

Action for Children – How do we work?

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 is a fantastic role where you will have responsibility for successful implementation of a series of performance improvement projects and activities as agreed in the annual safeguarding continuous improvement plan or identified through other QA activities as needed to improve life outcomes for children. The post holder will be responsible for reviewing and reporting of necessary improvements to ensure children are adequately safeguarded. You will be reporting findings to senior managers and leading improvement activity. The role is also responsible for successful business capture and delivery of external consultancy projects as commissioned by external bodies and related to improving the safeguarding of children.

The role will see you:

· Lead internal strategic projects leading to organisational improvements, improved safeguarding of children and improved inspection outcomes

· Ensure that children are adequately safeguarded in the course of work undertaken around service improvement, including through undertaking of serious case reviews, other case reviews and management investigation work as required

· Devise, agree and implement project plans to ensure progress and reporting in accordance with agreed requirements

· Establish and manage project teams consisting of operational and support managers and staff located in roles across the UK

· Recruit and provide line management of self-employed associate consultants engaged for specific improvement projects in accordance with Action for Children procedures

· Build partnerships with other regional, national and international bodies and ensure these partnerships work effectively to delivery of consultancy work or improvement activity within Action for Children

What are we looking for in the person?

· Qualification in Social Work - Registered Qualified Social Worker

· At least 2 years' management experience in a statutory children's services setting

· Experience of managing projects successfully

· Detailed knowledge of children's services legislation, guidance and regulations in all four nations of the UK

· Understanding of issues provision of children's social services and social care services in each jurisdiction and region

· Experience of effective communication with internal departments and external agencies including expert standards of written report writing

· Ability to offer an independent voice to provide both challenge and support to the organisation and its staff and managers

· Excellent relationship builder

· Confident in raising concerns with peers and seniors but in a supportive manner

· Able to travel across UK, including staying overnight when required, as this post has UK wide responsibilities

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