Top job! Head of Practice & Policy

  • Full time
  • £66,249 – £72,759
  • Edinburgh (currently working remotely)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

  • Advertised from 11th June 2021
  • 37.00 hours per week (Full Time or Job Share) Permanent


Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

We’re looking for an energetic and dynamic leader who can drive our legislative and practice reforms as we deliver The Promise. You will be open minded, a key influencer and a strategic thinker who can lead us through our complex legislative environment. You will be a true relationship builder with an impressive track record of collaboration and networking. You will add real value to our Senior Leadership Team with your insight and be prepared to lead from the front.

At CHS we recruit, train and support empathetic and committed volunteers across Scotland. Our volunteer roles are Panel Members and Area Support Team (AST) members.

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

CHS has signed-up to deliver The Promise and in that we will work with young people and our partners to redesign Children’s Hearings over the next 5-years. This is possibly the most exciting time to work at CHS as you will play a key role in these reforms.

Our Practice & Policy team

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a strategic and forward thinking leader to head up our Practice and Policy team. You will have relevant experience and connections to the Children’s hearing System and will be responsible for leading, directing and developing practice and policies across CHS. Your focus will be on ensuring that practice and policy support organisational objectives, and the effectiveness of Panel Members to achieve the best interventions and outcomes for infants, children, young people and their families.

You will have a sound understanding of our missions, vision and values and be able to use your extensive experience to develop corporate strategies and meaningful objectives which promote national policy, drive and maintain quality standards, and lead to positive demonstrative outcomes.

You will facilitate and nurture best practice across the service; actively encourage and promote the contribution to practice and policy from all staff; and maximise efficiency and effectiveness through integration and inclusion.

Educated to degree level or equivalent you must be able to evidence your recent commitment to continuing your professional development in your area of work. You must also possess a leadership/management qualification and have significant demonstrable experience in leadership, problem solving, planning and decision making.

If you think that you can help to shape and improve practice and policy to achieve better hearings then this could be just the position for you.

Life at CHS

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

Application notes

Want to find out more?

For more details and to apply, please download the application pack from the CHS website which includes information about the organisation, full job description and person specification, as well as the application link and instructions. If you wish to apply for this post, please complete the CHS application form via the link in the application pack. CVs are not accepted.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process please contact

For an informal and confidential discussion on the role, please email and we will arrange for one of our leadership team to contact you.

Closing Date: Sunday 27 June 2021

Interviews are likely to be held in the weeks beginning w/c 19/07/2021

After the closing date, this role profile won’t be available on our website, so please save a copy when you apply.