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Project Worker x2 (North Ayrshire)

  • Full time
  • £27,447 – £32,076
  • Irvine, North Ayrshire
  • Closing 24th June 2022

  • Advertised from 10th June 2022
  • 2 x full time, fixed term posts of 35 hours per week; one post to cover a period of maternity leave until May 2023 & one post funded until September 2027.
  • Ref No: CFS22/39


A fantastic opportunity to come and join the Children 1st team in North Ayrshire

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Family Wellbeing Service in North Ayrshire. Children 1st alongside children, families, and partners provide early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The team and model of support play a pivotal role in supporting children and families impacted by adversity, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families remain front and centre.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative partnership between Children 1st and CORRA Foundation, working alongside families, building strong relationships, and achieving positive outcomes. This service is funded by the Scottish Government and will initially be delivered over a period of 5 years.

Our project builds on the voices of the recovery community, our extensive experience in supporting children and families impacted by substance use in North Ayrshire and enables us to increase our reach to more families who need us. We will do this through providing community-based whole family support that families can access easily in a non-stigmatised way, and at an early stage. This aligns closely with the Promise’s priority areas to provide a good childhood and to provide whole family support to those who need it, when the time is right.

Our project seeks to:

  • Ensure children, families and communities affected by substance use in North Ayrshire access early help to prevent crisis and to support the whole family to recover from the impact of substance use.
  • Reduce the number of people who develop problem drug use.
  • Promote a whole system’s approach personalised to the specific needs of families impacted by substance use, ensuring that individual’s most at risk, have access to specialist support that aids their recovery.
  • extensive experience of working alongside and together with children and families impacted by substance use, with a lens on the promotion of long-term recovery
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with the drugs and or alcohol use.
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • works, with confidence, in a trauma sensitive and systemic way alongside children and families
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Family Wellbeing 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 the tricky conversations
  • is compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone who will do the right thing for children and their families at every turn.


You will be based in our North Ayrshire Family Wellbeing Service, Bourtreehill, Irvine and be expected to travel to connect with children, families and other key professionals across the locality.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Application notes

Closing date: Friday 24 June 2022.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held face to face during week beginning 04 July 2022.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Children 1st has a long tradition of valuing and involving sessional and volunteer workers. To find out more about volunteering with us, please visit our website.

The selection process will include seeking PVG Scheme

Children 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Registered Charity No: SC 016092

Equal opportunities matter to Children 1st