Are you someone who cares passionately about children and their rights being respected? Are you friendly and can
communicate with children? You may be interested in becoming a Safeguarder.
Children and young people are clear that Safeguarders should be friendly, care about them, and see them as unique
Safeguarders are appointed by Ministers and have a unique and important role in children’s hearings and related court
proceedings, supporting the process to focus on the child’s best interests. When a child or young person is
involved in a children’s hearing or court case, it can feel really scary, and difficult and life-changing
decisions will often need to be made about their future.
“It makes you feel like you can trust them (the Safeguarder) if they’re friendly. You can kind of automatically tell
if someone is kind and if you can trust them.” (Young Person)
While skills and knowledge are important in this role, these professional qualifications are secondary to the core
values of the person to children and young people. They want warmth and genuineness, and someone who can see
them for all that they are without judgement. This is the kind of person that we are looking for.
A Safeguarder ensures that the best interests of a child or young person are taken into account, that their views are
considered, and that their human rights are protected. Recommendations made by a Safeguarder can inform and
influence hearing’s decisions.
“A Safeguarder should be hopeful that the Panel or Sheriff will make the right decision for the child.” (Young
Children 1st is contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel. On behalf of
Scotland’s children and young people we are looking for individuals who can:
• Maintain an unwavering focus on the child or young person’s best interests in children’s hearings and related court
• Communicate with and be attuned to the child or young person in the assimilation and analysis of information to
make clear, reasoned and justifiable recommendations
• Work effectively as an individual and alongside others connected to the role
• Have the values, skills and experience to uphold the vision of the national Safeguarders Panel to be excellent,
transparent, consistent and respectful for children and young people and their human rights
“Come in as a human, not as a professional.” (Young Person)
Applications are now invited from individuals motivated to undertake this key role.
We would particularly welcome applications from individuals who are willing to travel to Safeguarder appointments in
the areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, Falkirk, Fife, Highlands, Moray, and North