Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland is Nicola Killean. She works with her team to protect the human rights of children and young people.

Current vacancies

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and committed colleague for an exciting new role.

This role would ideally suit someone who is a detail-focussed organiser who enjoys working with children and young people.

The Projects and Participation Assistant is an important point of contact for children and young people engaged with our office. The role cuts across all our rights-based work and includes assisting colleagues in a wide range of tasks to support the delivery of the Commissioner’s statutory functions.

As a cross-cutting support role, it is pivotal to the coordination and planning of the office’s ambitious aims.

Role summary

The Projects and Participation Assistant helps us deliver our:

• Participation and engagement work with children and young people

• Research, litigation, investigations and advice functions

• Project work with external organisations

You’ll be joining a dedicated staff team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

As part of your package, you’ll receive:

• Generous employer contribution pension.

• 30 days annual leave plus additional 11.5 observed public holidays.

• Flexible working policies allowing you to balance your home and work life, including working from home and flexible working hours.

• Competitive maternity and sick leave policies, always ensuring health and wellbeing.

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Policy Officer – Grade 4

  • Full time
  • £42,000
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 2nd June 2024

This is a high-profile policy role within the children’s human rights sector in Scotland. You will be a fierce champion to promote and protect children’s human rights. As part of the Strategy Team you will work proactively to identify and address human rights issues and use your skills, knowledge, networks and expertise to influence law, policy and practice.

You will put children and young people at the heart of our work, in order to inform and shape the agenda in Scotland. You will develop positions based on sound human rights principles and communicate them using a wide range of tools including reports, briefings, consultation responses, parliamentary evidence, by producing speeches, and contributing content for online and social media content and external media statements.

Supporting the Head of Strategy, you will be responsible for providing policy advice on human rights issues relating to children and young people in Scotland and working with colleagues in Commissioner’s offices across the UK, Europe and internationally.

You’ll be joining a dedicated staff team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

As part of your package, you’ll receive:

• Generous employer contribution pension.

• 30 days annual leave plus additional 11.5 observed public holidays.

• Flexible working policies allowing you to balance your home and work life, including working from home and flexible working hours.

• Competitive maternity and sick leave policies, always ensuring health and wellbeing.

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Passionate about children’s human rights? Want to use your expertise to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people? Then we want you to join us to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

This is a high-profile legal and policy role within the children’s human rights sector in Scotland. You will be a fierce champion to promote and protect children’s human rights. As part of the Strategy Team you will work proactively to identify and address human rights issues and use your skills, knowledge, networks and expertise to influence law, policy and practice. You will put children and young people at the heart of our legal and policy work, in order to inform and shape the agenda in Scotland. You will develop positions based on sound human rights principles and communicate them using a wide range of tools including legal opinions, by producing speeches ,reports, briefings, consultation responses, parliamentary evidence, and contributing content for online and social media content and external media statements. Supporting the Head of Strategy, you will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice on human rights issues relating to children and young people in Scotland, and working with colleagues in Commissioner’s offices across the UK, Europe and internationally.

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This vacancy has now closed

Passionate about children’s human rights? Want to use your legal expertise within investigation and litigation to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people? Then we want you to join us to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

The role is one of two Legal Officers working in the Commissioner’s Advice and Investigations Team, reporting to the Head of Advice and Investigations. The Legal Officer will be part of a team responsible for the lawful and effective use of the Commissioner’s investigative powers, as well as supporting the delivery of the office’s advice function. In addition, you will be directly responsible for the analysis and management of a body of legal casework on behalf of the Commissioner.

The Legal Officer will also support the general functions of the office by providing advice and support directly to the Commissioner and other teams as appropriate.

The Legal Officer roles are pivotal to our office. As a key member of staff, we need you to provide legal advice and support in relation to the exercise of the Commissioner’s investigative powers.

The role will allow you to lead on the office’s strategic litigation function. We are looking for individuals with the gravitas and professionalism to build the function and make recommendations for future development.

You will have primary responsibility assessment of cases for intervention and other involvement by the Commissioner, drafting submission and legally representing the Commissioner, instructing Counsel, and managing cases.

You will provide legal advice on issues relating to children and young people’s rights and will enable effective response to rights issues raised via our advice function. Secondments would be welcomed.

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Top job! Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £37,932 – £47,244
  • Edinburgh (Currently hybrid working between office and home)
  • Closing 6th March 2023

The responsibilities and powers of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner are set out in the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003. The Commissioner will be appointed by the King on the recommendation of the Scottish Parliament and is entirely independent of the Scottish Government.

Passionate about children’s human rights? Want to use your expertise to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people? Then we want you to join us to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

The Participation Officer will work in the Commissioner's Strategy Team, reporting to the Head of Strategy. You will be responsible for leading the office's participation activity, a core function for the Commissioner's office and the heart of all of our work. You will support the office to seek and act upon the views and concerns of children and young people and be a fierce champion to promote and protect their human rights. All staff in the Commissioner's office are involved in direct work with children, but you'll be the participation specialist, supporting and encouraging the team to deliver to the highest standards. This is an outstanding opportunity to shape and lead our participation work during a time of exciting change to the landscape of children’s rights in Scotland, where the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will be incorporated into domestic law.

We are looking for a skilled and inspiring professional who wants to support young human rights defenders to hold decision-makers to account, in Scotland and internationally. Creating exciting and safe spaces online and in-person. The role will make recommendations to the new Commissioner (due to start their 6-year term of office during 2023), on options to develop and enhance the participation approach of the office. If you meet the criteria listed in the job description, we would love to hear from you. This post involves regulated work with children and vulnerable adults, appointment is subject to PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland if successful.

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This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Finance Officer

  • Part time
  • £37,932 – £47,244 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th October 2022

The responsibilities and powers of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner are set out in the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003. The Commissioner is appointed by the King on the recommendation of the Scottish Parliament and is entirely independent of the Scottish Government.

We are looking for a skilled finance professional who can hit the ground running operating Sage software and providing expertise to the team. Are you someone who thrives on producing accurate and timely work and enjoys the implementation of new financial procedures? If you meet the essential criteria listed in the job description, we would love to hear from you. As this post involves direct work with children and young people, you will be required to obtain PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland.

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This vacancy has now closed

Finance and Administration Assistant

  • Full time
  • from £25,125
  • Edinburgh with hybrid working
  • Closing 29th July 2022

We’re looking for an experienced Finance and Administration Assistant to work with us as fierce champion, to promote and protect children’s human rights.

The Finance and Administration Assistant will work in the Corporate Services Team, reporting to the Head of Corporate Services.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the administration function of our busy office and will also assist the team in ensuring that financial transactions are recorded in a timely manner, as well as providing the office with sound organisational skills, in a unique, cross-cutting role.

Due to the cross-cutting nature of this position, you will be required to perform all admin tasks, in addition to working directly with children and young people. This role requires you to be able to multi-task whilst ensuring accuracy.

You’ll be joining a dedicated team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

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This vacancy has now closed

Legal Officer

  • Full time
  • £36,298
  • Edinburgh based with flexible working
  • Closing 24th June 2022

We’re looking for an experienced Legal Officer to work with us as fierce champion, to promote and protect children’s human rights.

Supporting the Commissioner’s Advice and Investigations Team, you will be responsible for the provision of internal legal advice and the lawful and effective use of the Commissioner’s investigative powers, as well as supporting the delivery of the office’s advice function. In addition, you will be directly responsible for the analysis and management of a body of legal casework on behalf of the Commissioner.

You’ll be joining a dedicated team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

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This vacancy has now closed

Executive Assistant

  • Full time
  • £29,850 – £37,007
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th May 2022

We are looking for a Executive Assistant on a temporary basis of 6 months, could this be you?

The Executive Assistant is a pivotal and unique role within our office. As a key member of staff, we need you to coordinate the work of the Commissioner, working to fulfil our statutory duty to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people.

You will have primary responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of the Commissioner’s internal and external work and the gravitas to manage their busy diary, prepare briefings, attend meetings and take minutes, and will coordinate their work in collaboration with the Senior Management Team.

Reporting directly to the Head of Corporate Services, you will also play a central role in the effectiveness of the organisation.

As a team, we work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

Who we are

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland is an independent statutory body. The office has a current budget of £1.3 million and a multidisciplinary team of 15 staff based in an office in central Edinburgh but working all across Scotland. We promote and safeguard the human rights of everyone in Scotland up to 18, or up to 21 if the young person has care experience.

Scotland’s children and young people have told us that they need fierce champions for their human rights: people who share our values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect.

You’d be joining the Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, and his hard-working and committed team striving to influence and drive progressive law, policy and practice within children’s human rights. We do this by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of children’s human rights
  • Reviewing law, policy and practice relating to children’s human rights
  • Promoting best practice by service providers
  • Promoting, commissioning, undertaking and publishing research to promote better implementation of children’s human rights

In doing this, the Commissioner must have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and act in a way that encourages equal opportunities. We must also encourage the involvement of children and young people in the work of the office and consult relevant organisations working with, and for children and young people, placing a particular emphasis on those who are less likely to be included or listened to, and those whose rights are most at risk.

Why join us?

You’ll be valued as an essential part of a busy team, working every day to make an impact in children and young people’s lives in Scotland.

You’ll also get the chance to work directly with children and young people.

We offer flexible working hours and excellent holidays and benefits within the public sector in Scotland.

Secondments would be welcomed.

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This vacancy has now closed

Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £36,298
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th May 2022

We’re looking for an experienced Policy Officer to work with us as fierce champion, to promote and protect children’s human rights.

You will put children and young people at the heart of our legal and policy work, in order to inform and shape the agenda in Scotland. You will develop positions based on sound human rights principles and communicate them using a wide range of tools including legal opinions, by producing speeches, reports, briefings, consultation responses, parliamentary evidence, and contributing content for online and social media content and external media statements.

Supporting the Head of Strategy, you will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice on human rights issues relating to children and young people in Scotland, and working with colleagues in Commissioner’s offices across the UK, Europe and internationally.

You’ll be joining a dedicated team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

We offer a generous package including 40.5 days annual leave (Inclusive of public and privilege holidays) and flexible working policy.

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This vacancy has now closed

Digital Media Officer – Grade 4

  • Part time
  • £36,298 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th February 2022

We’re looking for an experienced digital media professional with a flair for storytelling to help drive our online communications.

You’ll lead on developing our digital plans with innovative ideas about how we can best communicate with our digital audiences across web and our social media platforms.

You’ll create engaging digital content and support colleagues and the children and young people we work with to do the same. The job will be a mix of longer-term project work as well as day-to-day deadline driven activities.

You’ll be joining a dedicated team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

We offer a generous package including 40.5 days annual leave (Inclusive of public and privilege holidays) and flexible working policy.

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This vacancy has now closed

Finance Officer

  • Part time
  • £35,568 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh - mainly home based with some essential office work required.
  • Closing 15th September 2021

Are you an experienced financial professional seeking a unique and exciting opportunity to work in a forward-thinking organisation? Are you someone who thrives on producing accurate and timely work? Would you like to bring your strong financial management skills and problem-solving skills to a busy national office? Then we want you to join us.

We’re looking for a motivated Finance Officer with sharp budgetary skills to join our team.

This role would ideally suit someone who wants to be actively involved in supporting the delivery of a range of projects as well as the day-to-day financial management of running our office.

We are a dedicated staff team who bring a variety of skills and talents to influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. We work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

We offer a generous flexible working policy and staff reward package. For the successful applicant in this role, there is an opportunity to negotiate your preferred working pattern.

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This vacancy has now closed

Participation Officer

  • Full time
  • £35,586 – £44,322
  • Based in Bridgeside House, 99 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NS(due to COVID-19, currently working from home).
  • Closing 23rd August 2021

Passionate about children’s human rights? Want to use your expertise to make areal difference to the lives of children and young people?

Then we want you to join us to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

Overview of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

In 2003 the Scottish Parliament wanted to “make a real difference by creating an independent, high-profile and influential post” of Children and Young People’s Commissioner with a responsibility to promote and safeguard the rights of everyone under 18 in Scotland or up to 21 if the young person is in care or has care experience.

Children and young people don’t have the same economic or political power as adults. Adult systems aren’t designed around children’s needs and when things go wrong it’ smuch harder for them to get justice. They need a champion who is an independent personable to challenge those in power.

The role of Commissioner must do that, whilst bringing together different parts of the political and institutional systems and society in the best interests of the child. As well as being a champion for rights, a key part of the job is to work with people who make decisions that affect children and young people lives so that they deliver on their promises– for example within education, healthcare, housing and justice.

Decision-makers must understand their rights obligations and include and listen effectively to children and young people in order to do their jobs properly.

We are a dedicated team of 15 staff who bring a variety of skills and talents to help influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. As a team, we work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

Role Summary:

The Participation Officer will build upon our existing commitment to seek and act upon the views and concerns of children and young people and be fierce champions to promote and protect their human rights.

This is an outstanding opportunity to help shape our participation work during a time of exciting change to the landscape of children’s rights in Scotland where the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will be incorporated into domestic law.

We are looking for a skilled professional who can help us develop our online and in-person participation with children and young people across Scotland, ensuring that we build an exciting and safe space for all, which will continue beyond COVID-19.

If you meet the criteria listed in the job description, we would love to hear from you. As this post involves direct work with children and young people, you will be required to obtain PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland if successful at interview.

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This vacancy has now closed

Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £35,586 – £44,322
  • Based in Bridgeside House, 99 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NS(due to COVID-19, currently working from home).
  • Closing 23rd August 2021

Passionate about children’s human rights? Want to use your expertise to make areal difference to the lives of children and young people?

Then we want you to join us to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.

Overview of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

In 2003 the Scottish Parliament wanted to “make a real difference by creating an independent, high-profile and influential post” of Children and Young People’s Commissioner with a responsibility to promote and safeguard the rights of everyone under 18 in Scotland or up to 21 if the young person is in care or has care experience.

Children and young people don’t have the same economic or political power as adults. Adult systems aren’t designed around children’s needs and when things go wrong it’ smuch harder for them to get justice. They need a champion who is an independent personable to challenge those in power.

The role of Commissioner must do that, whilst bringing together different parts of the political and institutional systems and society in the best interests of the child. As well as being a champion for rights, a key part of the job is to work with people who make decisions that affect children and young people lives so that they deliver on their promises– for example within education, healthcare, housing and justice.

Decision-makers must understand their rights obligations and include and listen effectively to children and young people in order to do their jobs properly.

We are a dedicated team of 15 staff who bring a variety of skills and talents to help influence and drive progress within children’s human rights. As a team, we work to our shared values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect so that we can be the fierce champions of rights that children and young people need us to be.

Role Summary:

This is a high-profile legal and policy role within the children’s human rights sector in Scotland. You will be a fierce champion to promote and protect children’s human rights. As part of the Strategy Team you will work proactively to identify and address human rights issues and use your skills, knowledge, networks and expertise to influence law, policy and practice.

You will put children and young people at the heart of our legal and policy work, in order to inform and shape the agenda in Scotland. You will develop positions based on sound human rights principles and communicate them using a wide range of tools including legal opinions, by producing speeches, reports, briefings, consultation responses, parliamentary evidence, and contributing content for online and social media content and external media statements.

Supporting the Head of Strategy, you will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice on human rights issues relating to children and young people in Scotland, and working with colleagues in Commissioner’s offices across the UK, Europe and internationally.

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