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Policy, Projects and Participation Manager

  • Part time
  • £40,692 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh based with the option for remote/home working
  • Closing 31st May 2023

  • Advertised from 11th May 2023
  • £40,692.29 per annum (pro rata for part time). 4 days per week (28 hours of a 35 hour week). Children in Scotland is Edinburgh based with the option for remote/home working, or the use of office space (currently in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow)


Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland? Are you a values-based, rights respecting engagement professional who is up for a new challenge? Could you help steer Children in Scotland’s approach to participation and engagement to make it even more accessible and impactful? If so, read on…

About the role

Working in a busy, dynamic environment, this role will ensure that children and young people’s views and participation and engagement are at the heart of everything we do at Children in Scotland.

As Policy, Projects and Participation Manager you will help Children in Scotland excel in its participation practice and share our learning across the wider sector. You will take a rights-based approach to how we engage with children and young people and you will support staff to deliver engagement activities to the highest standard. Your work will support and empower children and young people to influence a positive change in legislation and policy affecting children, young people and families across Scotland.

You will be ready to hit the ground running but we will offer you an excellent induction and support through the first few months, which will then turn into longer-term development opportunities. You will join a brilliant group of supportive staff who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and work hard to achieve this.

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.

Our values

Our values set out Children in Scotland’s beliefs and qualities.

They have been shaped by our staff, board, children and young people in our advisory group Changing our World, and our members.

We use them to guide how we work and as a way of keeping us accountable.

Strengthening equality, diversity and inclusion is an overarching commitment that informs all our values.


We are champions of children’s rights. We take a lead in empowering children and young people and improving lives. We do this with creativity and determination.

Open and fair

We are committed to accessibility and honesty. We share our learning, evidence and new ideas. Integrity, balance and respect underpin everything we do.


We believe in inclusion and we work in partnership. The participation of children, young people and their families, our staff, members, the workforce and our wider network inspires us and is central to achieving our vision.


We care about people and the environment, and the impact our work has on both. Empathy and trust are key in our approach and how we connect with others.

Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Application notes

If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!

You can find more about Children in Scotland here and for an informal chat about the role, please contact Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, by email on

Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 31 May 2023

Interview date: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Please note there will be an additional digital engagement session with children and young people for shortlisted candidates after the first interview. This will take place on the morning of Friday 9 June 2023.