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 Development Officer (Youth Work) post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging
activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North East region. The post is imperative in
creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices,
views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.
In this role you will utilise and create opportunities for participation and belonging activities with care
experienced young people, whilst supporting PR, awareness-raising, events, and other projects. Core belonging
and participation activities will involve fun connection sessions; issue-based group work; creative based group
work; collective advocacy and focus groups; as well as forums and events. You will support volunteers and
students on placement to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills and work collaboratively with
organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services to create new opportunities or develop
Responsible for maximizing the networks through which care experienced young people can connect, develop, and grow as
individuals, you will use a range of communications channels to promote belonging and participation activities
to care experienced children and young people. By developing accessible and applicable youth work tools and
activities, you will build upon your experience working with children and young people to create attractive
offers locally that encourage care experienced people to join our membership.
In your capacity as a Development Officer, you will work closely with Who Cares? Scotland Volunteer Manager to ensure
we are providing the best support available to volunteers serving our young people. Through collaboration with
our Advocacy and Participation Manager, you will identify and attract local funding and fundraising
opportunities to enhance our local offering to care experienced people. In doing so, you will develop and
maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations (e.g., Local Authority, Third Sector,
Public Sector Corporate Parents) and gain experience in awareness-raising and promotion. Providing reports in
relation to participation, belonging, and the impact of your work, you will bolster the evidence base to support
fundraising and awareness- raising opportunities, as well as to influence local policy initiatives, such as The
Promise. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time,
when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with
it insight, challenge, hope and change.
The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and
young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in designing tailored group work
programmes. You feel confident communicating, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your
work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy,
and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are 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 transport.
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.