Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our
mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we
currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.
At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices
to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a
broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across
Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We
work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and
practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.
This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience
of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across
our Lanarkshire region.
The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within South Lanarkshire, supporting
young people from across the region and wider Local Authorities to ensure their rights are upheld and their
voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights,
and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject
to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings,
children’s hearings, and other formal processes across South Lanarkshire, as well as assisting children and
young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to
achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake,
writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.
As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and
with children and young people within South Lanarkshire/Lanarkshire alongside the Corporate Parenting
Partnership. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares?
Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to
introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its
services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating
training amongst care corporate parents, including schools.
The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have
good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing
and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as
evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively
with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are
someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the
opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in
relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of
the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to
While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant
work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.
The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South Lanarkshire locality 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.