Guardian - Aberlour Guardianship Service (Edinburgh)

  • Full time
  • £28,289 – £30,477
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th October 2022


  • Advertised from 23rd September 2022
  • 37.5 hours per week. Fixed Term until September 2023

Role

About Aberlour Guardianship Service

Aberlour Guardianship Service supports unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children and young people, who arrive in Scotland without their parents. The children and young people we help in the Scottish Guardianship Service have been through unimaginable traumas. Now, they must they cope with being apart from their families in a strange, new country. They face language and cultural barriers and the welfare and immigration system is very complicated and it can be difficult for them to understand.

We support these young people to understand the asylum and NRM process, stand by the young people's side throughout this process, support them to access the help they need and advocate when needed to ensure their views are clearly listened to. Our guardians support the young people to make informed decisions about their future and to settle into a new life in Scotland.

We are expanding and adapting elements of our existing Service to support unaccompanied Ukrainian children and young people. We will offer family based support services to Ukrainian young people, host families and carers, supporting young people to make sense of and settle into a new life in Scotland. We will nurture safety and wellbeing and social connections. We will work across the third sector to support capacity building within local authorities and to share information and learning.

Could you be the person to support children to navigate and feel empowered throughout these processes? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team.

This post is currently funded by the Scottish Government until September 2023, however we are continuous seeking further funding to allow us to extend these contracts.

What we are looking for....

We are looking to recruit a Guardian, who will be based in Edinburgh. Although this post is based in Edinburgh, this service is Scotland wide and you will at times be required to travel to other Local Authorities. You will work 37.5 hours per week, these hours will be worked in line with the needs of the young people and service and may include evenings and weekends.

We are looking for a candidate who has a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 8 and has, or is prepared to work towards, the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner Level 2 Registration.

You will have experience of working with young people and children, dealing with child/adult protection issues, experience of advocacy work, inter-agency and partnership working and a good knowledge or experience of the asylum systems.

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

Application notes

If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

Please go to our website aberlour.org.uk/jobs where you can apply online.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by: Sunday 9th October 2022

A Scottish Guarantee Co No: SC312912 Scottish Charity No. SC007991