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.

Current vacancies

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.

Shortlist

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.

Shortlist
Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

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.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

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

Shortlist