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Children’s Services Implementation Lead

  • Full time
  • £42,149
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 31st October 2021

  • Advertised from 14th October 2021
  • 35 hours/week. Fixed Term (12 months)


Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

We’re looking for an experienced professional to help us to improve the lives of children, young people and care leavers by supporting the stability and security all children and young people have a right to.

As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers, by supporting the people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in the services, practices and skills they use.

We’re looking for someone to lead our Children’s Services Implementation team who’ll bring passion, insight and understanding to our work focussed on enabling effective family support and, where needed, high quality alternative care for children and young people.

This involves working with children’s services, other partner organisations and with those who have lived experience to support and embed impactful systems change and improvement. This Lead post will support the development of genuine partnerships, groups and forums to share and embed best evidence and to facilitate staged based approaches to change.

At CELCIS we apply a variety of methodologies across our work, within this team there is a particular focus on the use of Implementation approaches to drive, enable and embed sustainable complex change. Central to the role is the ability to apply evidence based approaches, facilitation, coaching and practical skills to lead improvement and support implementation of innovative and evidence-based practices that will better meet the needs of children, families and carers. The role would suit candidates with compassion, sensitivity and the strong relationship-building skills required to lead, support, facilitate and encourage systemic and strategic change in practices.

Do you have experience of working within the children’s care and protection sector? Can you demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment the change and improvement set out in the Promise Change Plan, and respecting lived experience of care? Are you passionate about using improvement approaches to make this happen?

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with substantial practical experience and evidence of successful collaborative working, including experience of using an improvement and implementation approach.

Does this sound like you? We are working across the country, at local and national level, to help realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review. Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers. Apply now

Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agree the next two years indicative level.

All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) can be available and we are happy to discuss.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Director (Acting) (

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Closing date: 31 October 2021.

Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on 25/11/2021 or 26/11/2021.