Independent Advocacy Worker - Children's Hearings

  • Part time
  • £25,298 pro-rata
  • Galashiels, Scottish Borders
  • Closing 1st February 2023

  • Advertised from 17th January 2023
  • 21 hours per week with potential to increase subject to funding.


Looking for a highly motivated, experienced individual to join our small team of advocacy workers. Based in Galashiels, travel throughout Borders required, option of hybrid working may be available. Must have a good understanding of the Scottish Childrens Hearing System and legislation impacting children and young people. All young people are entitled to advocacy support to ensure their views, voices and rights are upheld when important decisions are being taken about their lives. Excellent communication and listening skills essential. Background in advocacy, childrens services or social work preferred but not essential. Clean driving licence and access to own transport required. The post is subject to membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This post is initially for 12 months but likely to receive ongoing funding through Scottish Government. 21 hours per week with potential to increase subject to funding.

Application notes

Closing date Wed 1st February 2023 at midday.

Please download our application pack. Completed application forms should be sent direct to if you are interested in applying. Alternatively, send your completed paper copy to Borders Independent Advocacy Service, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT, marked Private & Confidential for the attention of the manager.

Since 1995, BIAS has been the main provider of independent advocacy for adult users of health and social care in Scottish Borders. We provide professional, 1:1 independent advocacy to a wide range of client groups across the Scottish Border, predominantly to individuals affected by statutory interventions e.g. Mental Health (Care & Treatment) Act, Adults with Incapacity, Adult Support & Protection. Due to the geographical challenges of our region, most client contacts are face to face, often in their own homes, and also a variety of care settings, so there is a significant amount of travel involved in delivering our service.

BIAS, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

A Company Registered in Scotland No. 281185

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC024967

Tel: 01896 752200