Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotlands only national independent, representative organisation for care experienced people. We represent care experienced people through independent advocacy (up to 26 years of age); membership and influencing work.  Our vision is for care experienced people to feel equal to their non-care-experienced peers. A crucial part of our representative role comes from the voices of our Membership as well as the experiences of those we support through advocacy.

Current vacancies

Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,858 – £28,230
  • Based Inverness, with regional travel
  • Closing 20th December 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual relationship-based advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy. This often brings young people together, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues. You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. You will be part of a growing and dynamic team.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or equivalent work experience. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people, and maintain links with professional partners. You will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Development Officer (Youth Participation & Engagement)

  • Full time
  • £21,858 – £28,230
  • Aberdeen City
  • Closing 27th July 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for care experienced people. We want to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people by 2022 in Scotland.

The Development Officer post in Aberdeen is central to the engagement of care experienced children and young people of all ages and requires excellent youth work skills and knowledge to maximise meaningful participation. The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience of building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be committed to helping young people amplify their own voices so that they can be heard by their Corporate Parents who can influence change. This post will build on the work that has already been established and focus on meeting the outcomes of a shared Action Plan. They will need to be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast.

The post holder will be passionate about helping young people create change, able to work at evenings and some weekends, be able to work within an autonomous environment and keep up to date with the current national environment regarding care experience. They will also need a positive, solution focussed attitude and adaptable to change.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum standard of HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children & young people, or equivalent work experience. The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. A current full driving licence is also essential.

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Manager of Lifelong Opportunities (Employment)

  • Full time
  • £29,909 – £36,943
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 21st September 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people. Part of this is ensuring that Care Experienced people successfully enter, sustain and achieve in employment in roles that reflect their skills, talents and achievements.

The post holder will lead our national Lifelong Opportunities Programme. They will lead on the development of a network of strategic partnerships to provide Care Experienced people with aspirational employment opportunities from trainee to graduate and professional level positions. They will also consolidate learning from the Reaching Higher Traineeship programme, which since 2013 has provided Care Experienced Young People with paid employment in a safe environment. The postholder will lead on the development of two new exciting and dynamic programmes of work, one focusing on bridging the gap between education and employment, and the second focused on developing a training and consultancy model to support other employers to create life changing opportunities for Care Experienced people.

The right candidate will have a relevant degree, professional qualification and/or significant experience of leading and implementing strategy. They will have experience of motivating and leading a staff team. In addition, you will have significant demonstrable experience of leading successful programmes of work, meeting outcomes and targets and developing strategic networks. Experience working with Children and Young People is highly desirable.

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Highland CHAMPS Development Officer (Youth Participation and Engagement)

  • Full time
  • £21,858 – £28,230
  • Based Inverness, with regional travel
  • Closing 9th November 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder will facilitate participation and engagement of care-experienced children and young people from Highland in the development of the Highland CHAMPS Champions Board approach in Highland. The intention is to create an environment where the voices, views and experiences of care experienced children and young people are heard by professionals, carers and leaders, helping to bring about positive change. The post holder will work closely with partner organisations to develop a programme of engagement and participation activities, through this developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with these partner organisations. Core activities will include issue-based group work, forums and events, and the post-holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills in this role.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or equivalent work experience. They will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. They will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people and build links with professional partners, and have a strong affinity for working collaboratively. The right candidate will have managerial experience and skills and be comfortable managing and prioritising their workload to mead deadlines. They will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Lifelong Opportunities Officer (Employment)

  • Full time
  • £21,858 – £25,538
  • Based North of Scotland with regular travel to Glasgow
  • Closing 9th November 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

Working as part of our Employment Team, this role will support our Lifelong Opportunities Programme, designed to make a transformational difference to Care Experienced people across Scotland and beyond, through securing lifechanging employment opportunities. The post holder will work closely with trainees internally, ensuring they have a successful employment experience. The post holder will support the Reaching Higher Traineeship programme, which has been running since 2013 to provide paid employment in a safe environment for Care Experienced young people. This programme will continue to offer Care Experienced people entry level jobs, education and transitioning support.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or equivalent work experience. They will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. They will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people and build links with professional partners, and have a strong affinity for working collaboratively. The right candidate will have experience of supporting and implementing programmes of work and delivering on agreed outcomes. They will be comfortable managing and prioritising their workload to meet deadlines. They will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence is desirable, due to the regional remit of the post.

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Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £21,858 – £25,538
  • Based National Office, Glasgow, with national travel
  • Closing 9th November 2018

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

This role will help us hold Corporate Parents, as dictated by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, to account and inform the level of understanding and action which Corporate Parents take on behalf of their Care Experienced people. The post holder will focus on projects engaging directly with Public Bodies, Third Sector Agencies and Private Sector Organisations to secure opportunities for care experienced people with lifelong benefits, i.e. education and employment. The post holder will use a range of engagement techniques to both develop and promote the projects, training and associated resources. The post holder will work in close collaboration with our Membership and Lifelong Opportunities Teams in the design, delivery and evaluation of their activities.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HND level, in a discipline related to working with children and young people, public or social policy or education, teaching, marketing or journalism (or similar) or equivalent work experience. They will have excellent interpersonal skills – they will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people and maintain and build links with professional partners. The right candidate will also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively.

The post holder should be the most effective of communicators, have a strong understanding and belief in social justice, equality, human rights and understand the difference between active and inactive citizenship. A full driving licence is also desirable, given the national remit of the post.

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