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Research and Link Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £18,319 – £21,259
  • MacMerry, Randall House
  • Closing 2nd August 2019

  • Advertised from 26th June 2019
  • 21 hours per week, increasing to 35 from March 2020. Fixed term contract to March 2021.


This post is open to Care Experienced Young People between the age of 18yrs – 26yrs only.

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.

Who Cares? Scotland and East Lothian Council welcomes applications from individuals who wish to work with Care Experienced young people and also develop their own research and evaluation skills. East Lothian Council is committed to helping Care Experienced Young People develop skills that will support them in future employment. The applicant does not require to have experience in research and evaluation but must show a willingness and a desire to gain these skills.

The post is focused on the engagement of Care Experienced young people in Peer Flatmate Scheme. The post holder will work with a dedicated Housing Support Agency and the Council to ensure Care Experienced young people live in an environment where their voices and views are heard and they are enabled to bring about positive change. With support from East Lothian Council Strategy Team, the post holder will be guided to carry out research and evaluation, providing recommendations for strategic, policy and protocol change within East Lothian Council. The post holder will enable care leavers in the Peer Flatmate model, and those in other housing situations, to engage and participate in the research.

The right candidate will bring excellent collaborative skills, be a competent independent worker and have good time and work-load management abilities. They will have the ability to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders and to form positive relationships with children and young people. They will bring an understanding of the care system in Scotland, children’s rights, and an understanding of the challenges young people might face managing a tenancy. A full driving license is not essential but is desirable.

Application notes

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Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd August 2019 at 5pm.

Interview date yet to be confirmed