Project Worker - East Renfrewshire (maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 12th February 2023

  • Advertised from 25th January 2023
  • Maternity Cover x 2
  • Reference number: CFS23/06


This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The East Renfrewshire Family Wellbeing Service offers support to help improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 8-18, and their families.

We are currently looking for a new colleague to join the team. In the Project Worker role you will connect with children and their families who are looking for help and support; offering them space and time to begin to share their story and thinking with them about what they might need to help things feel better.

We offer a range of different supports for children and families, including individual and family support; facilitated and peer led group supports and befriending relationships. This is an exciting yet demanding role which will require you to get alongside children and their families where, when and how best suits them. We want to be able to offer children and families the right support at the right time.

What kind of people are we looking for?

  • Experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • Extensive experience of working alongside and together with children and families impacted by trauma and adversity, with a lens on the promotion of long-term recovery
  • Experience of providing support to children and families, with confidence, in a trauma sensitive and systemic way
  • Experience and understanding of relational and restorative approaches to practice
  • Curious, responsive, flexible and courageous in your relationships with children and families, and colleagues in other services
  • Fiercely passionate about Children’s Human Rights
  • Shares our belief that it’s a privilege to get alongside children and families to help life feel better for them
  • Confident and competent communicators who can work autonomously in a fast paced, demanding role

What kind of Children 1st team member will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • Resilient, skilled and knowledgeable, who wants to transform children’s lives
  • Determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
  • Big hearted and courageous
  • Able to build strong relationships and to manage difficult conversations
  • Calm and clear minded during times of challenge or distress
  • Kind and compassionate

If you have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.


You will be based in our Giffnock office, with some flexibility to work at home when this suits the needs of families and/or the service.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays, pro rata), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.

Further Information

These are full time, fixed term posts of 35 hours per week to cover maternity leave, one post until 31 October 2023 and one post until 31 January 2024. Hours to be worked flexibly across the week to meet the needs of families and the service. However, Wednesdays are our ‘core day’ when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

Application notes

Closing date: 12/02/2023 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that the interviews will take place on Thursday 23 February 2023

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website.

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At Children 1st we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that represents all communities across Scotland and creating a culture where we are all genuinely able to be ourselves and participate and thrive without prejudice or barriers. We aim to proactively develop anti-racist and inclusive approaches throughout our work, and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, marginalised groups, and individuals with multiple experiences of marginalisation, who reflect our values.