Children's Hearings Scotland
Children's Hearings Scotland
Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) was established by the 2011 Act to support members of the national Children's Panel and their National Convener; Our vision is of a Children's Hearings System where everyone works together, making sure that all children and young people are heard, respected, valued, cared for and protected. If you share our vision and apply, you will be making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

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Area Convener

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Tayside
  • Closing 21st March 2021

Children’s Panel Members are trained to take part in children’s hearings and make important decisions with and for infants, children and young people.

We need a committed volunteers across Scotland to take on the role of Area Convener. Area Conveners don’t sit on Children’s Panels, but instead manage the work of volunteers in their local area.

What will you be doing?

You’ll be managing a team of volunteers and developing new ways of working for your area. You’ll be working with local partners, communicating with Panel Members and leading on national improvements at the local level. You will also make sure that the views of young people are heard and acted upon within your area.

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be enthusiastic and committed to securing the rights of children and young people; able to lead and be part of teams; a strong communicator, listening as well as talking. You’ll also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos, values and principles of the children's hearings system.

Where are we looking?

We are looking for an Area Convener in: Tayside.

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Role

Children’s Panel Members are trained to take part in children’s hearings and make important decisions with and for infants, children and young people.

We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to take on the volunteer role of Depute Area Convener. Depute Area Conveners play a key role by supporting the local Area Convener in the leadership of local volunteers.

What will you be doing?

Supporting the local Area Convener, you’ll be managing a team of volunteers to recruit, select, quality assure and manage concerns or complaints in your area. You’ll be working with local partners, communicating with Panel Members and leading on and implementing national improvements at the local level. You will also make sure that the views of young people are heard and acted upon within your area.

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be enthusiastic and committed to securing the rights of infants, children and young people and improving their outcomes and experiences; able to lead and be part of a team; a strong communicator. You should also be familiar with working with volunteers and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the ethos of the children’s hearings system.

Where should you be based?

We are looking for a Depute Area Convener in Fife

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Practice & Policy Lead

  • Full time or Part time
  • £39,497 – £44,010
  • Edinburgh (currently working remotely)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

We’re looking for an energetic and dynamic team leader who can support, drive and deliver our legislative and practice reforms as we deliver The Promise. You will be open minded, a key influencer and a strategic thinker who can steer us through our complex legislative environment. You will be an outstanding and engaging team player who can prioritise workload and deliver on the technical detail across multiple fronts.

At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

CHS has signed-up to deliver The Promise and in that we will work with young people and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in these reforms.

Our Practice & Policy team

We now have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with relevant experience of the children’s hearing system to lead our practice function. Applying your expert professional knowledge, you will play an integral part in the successful management of the hearings process, by providing excellent practice and legal advice directly to our volunteer Panel Members. Your relevant legal knowledge regarding the children’s hearings system and child protection will be particularly advantageous for this purpose.

As a confident self-starter you will also drive initiatives and work in close partnership with key stakeholders on various national practice improvements and programmes.

Playing an integral and trusted part in the successful management of the hearings process, you and your team will be responsible for providing sound practice advice and guidance to Children’s Hearings Scotland volunteers and staff.

You will be required to travel across Scotland and work on occasion outside CHS’ normal working hours to meet the requirements of the job.

You must be able to lead, drive and deliver high quality support, information and advice within a volunteer centric organisation ensuring a sound understanding of our mission, vision and values and have a real passion for delivering high quality policy and practice.

If you think that you can help to shape and improve practice to achieve better hearings then this could be just the position for you.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

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Top job! Head of Practice & Policy

  • Full time
  • £66,249 – £72,759
  • Edinburgh (currently working remotely)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

We’re looking for an energetic and dynamic leader who can drive our legislative and practice reforms as we deliver The Promise. You will be open minded, a key influencer and a strategic thinker who can lead us through our complex legislative environment. You will be a true relationship builder with an impressive track record of collaboration and networking. You will add real value to our Senior Leadership Team with your insight and be prepared to lead from the front.

At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

CHS has signed-up to deliver The Promise and in that we will work with young people and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in these reforms.

Our Practice & Policy team

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a strategic and forward thinking leader to head up our Practice and Policy team. You will have relevant experience and connections to the Children’s hearing System and will be responsible for leading, directing and developing practice and policies across CHS. Your focus will be on ensuring that practice and policy support organisational objectives, and the effectiveness of Panel Members to achieve the best interventions and outcomes for infants, children, young people and their families.

You will have a sound understanding of our missions, vision and values and be able to use your extensive experience to develop corporate strategies and meaningful objectives which promote national policy, drive and maintain quality standards, and lead to positive demonstrative outcomes.

You will facilitate and nurture best practice across the service; actively encourage and promote the contribution to practice and policy from all staff; and maximise efficiency and effectiveness through integration and inclusion.

Educated to degree level or equivalent you must be able to evidence your recent commitment to continuing your professional development in your area of work. You must also possess a leadership/management qualification and have significant demonstrable experience in leadership, problem solving, planning and decision making.

If you think that you can help to shape and improve practice and policy to achieve better hearings then this could be just the position for you.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

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Top job! Management Accountant

  • Part time
  • £39,497 – £44,010 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh (currently working remotely)
  • Closing 18th July 2021

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

We’re looking for an experienced management accountant who can support, monitor, and drive our financial processes and procedures. You will be strategically minded and an excellent communicator who can provide professional accountancy support to enable Children’s hearings Scotland to make the most effective use of our resources. You will be an outstanding and engaging team player who can prioritise workload and deliver on the technical detail across multiple fronts.

At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

CHS has signed-up to deliver The Promise and in that we will work with young people and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in supporting us to deliver this change.

Our Finance team

We now have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with relevant experience of public sector accountancy to join us as a Management Accountant. Applying your expert professional knowledge and experience, you will play an integral part in the successful management of the of our financial processes. We are looking for someone who can provide excellent advice, guidance, and oversight on all aspects of our Finance and Budget management.

As our Management Accountant, you will develop and maintain effective and proactive working relationships between the Finance Team and our operational teams, working with support services colleagues to source and deliver appropriate solutions to meet our business requirements. You will ensure the implementation of our Finance policies and procedures brings consistency of practice, fairness and equality in relation to budget management.

You will review the effectiveness of our administrative financial policies, systems and procedures to ensure continuous improvement and enable our growth as we move forward.

You will be a key player working with our internal and external auditors to provide relevant information and access and brining their recommendations forward.

Day to day, you will manage our capital/asset accounting including appraisal, post appraisal and asset register maintenance, verification, depreciation and disposal of fixed assets. You will support the payroll function and liaise with our pension providers and HM Revenue and Customs as required.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

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Top job! Area Support and Improvement Partner

  • Full time
  • £49,395 – £54,006
  • Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway but required to work across Scotland
  • Closing 12th September 2021

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

We are looking for a strategic and organised leader, with proven ability to quickly build sustainable relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You must be able to lead, drive and deliver change and improvement within a statutory body that delivers its legislative functions with a volunteer community and demonstrate a sound understanding of our mission, vision and values and how to embed change at a local and national level.

At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

CHS is committed to #keepthepromise. We will work with the care community and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in these reforms.

Our Area Support & Improvement team

We now have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with relevant experience to work with the Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway Support teams. You will work alongside our Area Support Teams and their local leaders (Area Conveners) providing strategic and operational support, and will play a vital role in ensuring that CHS delivers on The Promise so that we meet the expectations of children, young people and partners, when it comes to providing the best possible hearings experience. Knowledge and experience of using Quality Improvement to drive change for improvement is essential.

Our Area Support and Improvement Partners are responsible for driving improvement and change initiatives locally, and enabling national consistency. These posts are key to building relationships with our partners at a local level, looking for opportunities to implement change that improve hearings for the children and young people attending them, both now and in the future.

Most of the nine Area Support and Improvement Partners are responsible for supporting more than one Area Support Team, and you will be required to travel regularly across your local area, and occasionally across Scotland when it is within government guidance to do so. You will also be supported to work from home.

You will be required to work outside CHS’ normal working hours to meet the requirements of the job.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

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Communications Officers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £27,208 – £29,879
  • Edinburgh (currently working remotely)
  • Closing 19th September 2021

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

At Children’s Hearings Scotland we are looking for creative, motivated and proactive communications professionals to join our Communications Team in two exciting new roles: Internal Communications Officer and External Communications Officer.

Our organisation recruits, trains and supports empathetic and committed volunteers. Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people, and our network of 22 Area Support Teams provide support to Panel Members locally. We are committed to #KeepThePromise to Scotland’s infants, children and young people, and you would be joining us during an exciting period of change as we redesign the children’s hearings system with our partners and people with lived experience.

These roles will play a key part in supporting brand development, growing our external profile and delivering consistent communications for the organisation. We are looking for previous experience of working within a communications team, with a sound understanding of developing and delivering campaigns, and content across a range of different platforms, for different audiences.

Our Communications team

These roles sit within the Communications team which is responsible for brand marketing, campaigns, internal and digital communications and PR at Children’s Hearings Scotland.

Our role is to engage with our 3,000 strong volunteer community, and to raise the profile of who we are and what we do. We live and breathe our vision, mission and values, and the team is passionate about delivering quality, creative communications.

Whilst these roles have an internal/external focus, you will be working within a small and dynamic team, and there will be opportunities to gain experience working across the communications mix.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

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