Children 1st
Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

Children 1st is Scotland's National Children's Charity. We help Scotland's families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

Current vacancies

Top job! Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,882 – £43,363
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 5th December 2022

So why are we looking for a new Service Manager

We have a long history of working with children and families and partners in East Lothian. Children 1st along with our partner East Lothian Council 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.

This is an eclectic and exciting opportunity for an experienced Manager. Our Service in East Lothian delivers a number of contracts in collaboration with a range of Partners. Our activities includes Early Help and Whole Family Support, Money Advice and Employability advice and support, School Based Support, support for kinship families and children and Family Group Decision Making.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Service Manager who can help meet the holistic needs of children, young people and their families who require support. Our Service supports families in a variety of ways to help ensure that their children can thrive. Our families require a service that is flexible and responsive to their needs and that can help them with challenges they face such as trauma, poverty and unstable family life.

What kind of person will make a great Service Manager for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • shares Children 1st belief in the rights of children, young people and families to be heard and have their views taken seriously. Someone who can ensure that the child and family have their voices heard and considered in decision making.
  • can work autonomously and develop good, strong working relationships with colleagues from a wide range of partner Agencies and confidently develop our work with families and East Lothian Council.
  • can help assess the child’s immediate safety and care needs and ensure children, young people and families receive timely, appropriate support.
  • can lead the whole Team and sub teams in delivering high quality support to children and families.
  • champions participation to ensure that the experience of children and families contribute to our Service learning and evaluation.
  • shares the Children 1st vision for holistic, rights based, trauma informed, whole family support that is developed and enhanced by children and families participation and influence.

What kind of leader will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as children’s lives
  • able to build great partnerships and to manage and contribute to courageous conversations
  • able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape
  • bringing considerable operational service experience
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • strategic in decisions and planning and can manage complexity
  • 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.

Base

You will be based in one of the local community hubs in Musselburgh, East Lothian and will travel to connect with colleagues and partners across East Lothian and with Children 1st colleagues in other parts of the organisation.

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.

Further Information

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week, with flexibility for travel.

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Top job! Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfreshire
  • Closing 4th December 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The East Renfrewshire Family Wellbeing Service offers support to help improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 8-18, and their families.

We are currently looking for a new colleague to join the team. In the Project Worker role you will connect with children and their families who are looking for help and support; offering them space and time to begin to share their story and thinking with them about what they might need to help things feel better.

We offer a range of different supports for children and families, including individual and family support; facilitated and peer led group supports and befriending relationships. This is an exciting yet demanding role which will require you to get alongside children and their families where, when and how best suits them. We want to be able to offer children and families the right support at the right time.

What kind of people are we looking for?

  • Experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • Extensive experience of working alongside and together with children and families impacted by trauma and adversity, with a lens on the promotion of long-term recovery
  • Experience of providing support to children and families, with confidence, in a trauma sensitive and systemic way
  • Experience and understanding of relational and restorative approaches to practice
  • Curious, responsive, flexible and courageous in your relationships with children and families, and colleagues in other services
  • Fiercely passionate about Children’s Human Rights
  • Shares our belief that it’s a privilege to get alongside children and families to help life feel better for them
  • Confident and competent communicators who can work autonomously in a fast paced, demanding role

What kind of Children 1st 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 difficult conversations
  • Calm and clear minded during times of challenge or distress
  • Kind and compassionate

If you have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

Base

You will be based in our Giffnock office, with some flexibility to work at home when this suits the needs of families and/or the service.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Further Information

This is fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded until 31 August 2023. Hours to be worked flexibly across the week to meet the needs of families and the service. However, Wednesdays are our ‘core day’ when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

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Top job! Head of Finance

  • Full time
  • £43,863 – £50,227
  • Candidate can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 5th December 2022

You join us at an exciting time as we continue to play our part in helping Scotland's children and families recover from the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are a dynamic charity focussed on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities.

As Head of Finance, you will be the source of technical advice and guidance on all areas of finance. As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will be responsible for delivering effective strategic financial planning and supporting funding applications, along with robust financial management, budgeting, risk management, taxation, investment and procurement practices across the Charity.

You will be a qualified accountant, with PQE gained in the Charity sector in a senior finance role and have a strong understanding of Charity Accounting, Governance and Taxation.

Very much a team player, you will need to be comfortable operating both strategically and tactically and bring a rigorous approach to your work, while building strong and effective relationships with colleagues.

This a permanent, full-time role of 35 hours per week. You will be based in Glasgow or Edinburgh but as the finance team are predominantly in Edinburgh, we anticipate you working from our Edinburgh base around 2 days per week.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Inverclyde
  • Closing 5th December 2022

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our new and innovative Family Wellbeing Service in Inverclyde. Children 1st along with our partners in Inverclyde HSCP have developed this innovative service to work alongside the Social Work Request for Assistance team to offer early help to children and their families across Inverclyde. The new team and model of relational and restorative approaches, including whole family wellbeing support and Family Group Decision Making, will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced team of individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

  • have experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • are fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • are 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.

Base

You will be based in Inverclyde with our partners in the HSCP and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation. You will work on an outreach basis to connect with children and families in communities across Inverclyde.

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.

Further Information

These are fixed term, full time posts of 35 hours per week, funded initially until 31 January 2024.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Selkirk
  • Closing 12th December 2022

Fantastic opportunities to come and join the Children 1st team in Scottish Borders

The Children 1st Scottish Borders Family Wellbeing and Trauma Recovery Service is highly respected, offering long established support children and their families as well as continuing to innovate and evolve to ensure that support meets the changing needs of our community. 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. We are looking for two new team members which will support our Brothers and Sisters project and Family Group Decision Making. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

Our Brothers and Sisters project wishes to restore and maintain loving and safe brother and sister relationships for looked after and care experienced children and young people and influence professional cultural change across services. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact.

The Project Worker roles will work with families in a whole family system approach, they are independent and work with families to find their own strength and solutions to their problems and keep children, young people, safe and nurtured within their families. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work colleagues, guiding and supporting restorative approaches to working with families. You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but you must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of the approach. You must also show a commitment to complete accredited training, which will be provided.

What kind of people are we looking for?

  • have experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • are fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • are kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of 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.

Base

Your base will be shared between our office in Selkirk and home working as well as venues within the local community. You will work on an outreach basis to connect with children and families in communities across Scottish Borders and Scottish Borders children who live outwith the authority.

Further Information

These are permanent, full-time posts of 35 hours per week.

We welcome and encourage applications from potential colleagues from all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability who share our values.

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Administrator

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 9th December 2022

We have a long history of working with children and families in West Lothian and are a busy and developing resource. We offer a range of support including Family Group Decision Making, Support to Kinship families, as well as building a new approach to help children and young people affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. Children 1st along with partners in West Lothian Health and Social Care 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. We have a small and friendly team with a base in Bathgate and are looking for an administrator who will underpin the support and commitment we offer to children, young people and their families.

What kind of person will make a good Administrator for Children 1st?

  • will possess excellent administrative, IT and financial skills to support the work of Children 1st
  • provide a front-line reception service, as the first point of contact to external visitors and telephone callers, answering questions and responding to queries using own initiative as appropriate to ensure a relational and responsive service is provided
  • ability to maintain diaries, schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments
  • able to record, process and analyse data
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work for and on behalf of children and families and
  • is kind and compassionate and places people at the heart of their work

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

Base

You will be office based in Bathgate, West Lothian Wellbeing Hub. Our core hours are Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

Further Information

This a fixed term, part time post of 21 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2023.

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Project Worker- Family Group Decision making

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 19th March 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service is funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with children and families to ensure they play a key and central role in the decisions made around their lives.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision-making forums. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work, Education and Health colleagues, leading innovation and supporting restorative approaches to working with families.

You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but must show commitment to complete accredited training. This training will be provided.

If you have experience of working within child protection processes, are committed to restorative approaches, and meaningfully involving children and families, we want to hear from you.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 26th March 2021

Full time and part time opportunities available

We have exciting opportunities to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families by working alongside them, building strong relationships empowering individuals to meet the various challenges they face.

Working as part of the Glasgow Supporting Families Team based in the southside, you will provide a range of emotional and practical supports to both children and parents, impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting poverty, isolation and trauma.

Our team demonstrates commitment, creativity and flexibility on a daily basis, and we are looking for like-minded individuals who will be excited by the opportunity to work alongside families responding to their changing needs and helping to strengthen local communities.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ level 3/HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then.... we want to hear from you.

We have two full time, fixed term posts of 35 hours per week and one part time post of 17.5 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2022. Hours to be worked flexibility, which means that some evening and weekend work will be necessary in order to offer the appropriate level of support to individual families.

Please mark your preference for full time or part time on your application form.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 26th March 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The post will be based in Girvan, however the successful candidate will be expected to travel across the Locality to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

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Sessional Support Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 8th April 2021

Children 1st are looking for Sessional Youth Workers and Sessional Peer Support Workers!

We have exciting opportunities available within our Midlothian service, supporting children, parents and their families in a predominantly group-based environment. You will complement our team of Peer Support Workers, Project Workers and Administrator to provide activities and some 1:1 support for children and their parents in various settings to promote opportunities for fun, increased confidence, positive mental health and stronger family relationships.

What kind of person will make a great Sessional Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • understands the importance of supporting the positive mental health of parents
  • has a sense of fun, is creative and adaptable
  • enjoys working outdoors with families, connecting with nature
  • 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 sessional worker 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 feel safe
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and trust
  • is compassionate and understands the impact of trauma
  • facilitative and inclusive – supporting children and their families to design their own activities
  • 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.

Base

You will have a nominal base in our Hub in Dalkeith; however the support will be delivered at venues across Midlothian, including outdoors.

Hours

The number of sessional hours offered will be dependent on current and future COVID-19 restrictions and as such will be variable based on these. As restrictions ease, we anticipate projects recommencing in the evenings and weekends predominantly, though there may be some opportunities for daytime support also. This will also depend on the partnership projects recommencing which were operational pre-COVID.

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Media and Marketing Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th April 2021

The successful candidate can be based Scotland-wide

Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable children and their families to recover from the far-reaching impact of the pandemic? Are you a confident, dynamic and fast-moving media and marketing professional with particularly strong experience in selling in stories to print and broadcast media? Do you also have experience across brand, digital and internal communications? Can you get to the heart of a story and produce compelling editorial, visual and video content which will inspire our audiences to join with us and the families we work alongside to keep children safe, families strong and ensure we can support them to cope and recover from the impact of this pandemic.

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

As you join our team at Children 1st you’ll develop and deliver integrated media and marketing plans as we respond to the urgent and emerging needs of children and families by transforming children’s services, revolutionising systems of support and changing local and national government policy.

You’ll make full use of your creative flair, talent for storytelling and powers of connection with children, families, the media, partners and supporters, so that we can reach every child and family in Scotland in need of our support.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week.

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Project Worker (Safeguarding in Sport)

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 9th April 2021

The successful candidate can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high-quality service providing support to Scottish governing bodies of sport so that children and young people can stay safe and have fun in sport. This service works nationally, and you will be engaged in providing aspects of support, training, information, and advice to Scottish governing bodies of sport and sports clubs across Scotland.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Safeguarding in Sport?

  • is passionate about children’s rights
  • has an excellent understanding of child wellbeing and protection
  • has experience of working or volunteering in sport
  • is a strong communicator who enjoys helping others

If you have the above and are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling, or other appropriate qualification, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part time role of 28 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022.

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Project Worker Kinship Support

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • East Lothian
  • Closing 23rd April 2021

We are recruiting a Kinship Support Project Worker who will become part of a small team offering support to Kinship carers across East Lothian. Kinship carers have a unique role in caring for their children. In this role you will provide emotional and practice support, advocacy and financial advice and signposting, one to one work with children and young people who are supported by our carers.

We are looking for someone who shares out core values (see website) and a passion for advocating the rights of families. In this role you will also developing supporting Kinship peer support groups as part of a small team, and link in with wider Kinship support services and resources.

This is a new role and we welcome someone who has the drive and vision to develop and shape a new small service. If you would like to discuss this further, please refer to our website for contact details.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.

This is a part time, fixed term role of 28 hours per week until 01 April 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.

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Product Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd April 2021

Children 1st Fundraising is going through a period of growth as part of our three-year fundraising strategy. To support in the delivery of our strategic aims we are looking to develop and test new products that will continue to engage and inspire different audiences.

The Product Development Manager will lead on the development and operational implementation of new products, and the evaluation of existing fundraising activities to ensure their continued effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker with a strong grounding in delivering effective fundraising, an analytical approach with an eye for detail and the ability to manage complex operational challenges. Experience of working with product development, project management and continuous improvement methodologies would be desirable.

This is permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. The successful candidate can be home based with access to bases in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 30th April 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The successful candidate will be expected to travel across South Ayrshire to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded initially until 31 January 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing (part time)

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 30th April 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st working alongside families in Carrick and kinship families across South Ayrshire.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire. The successful candidate will be expected to travel across South Ayrshire to connect with and support families.

The role will require an experienced and skilled practitioner who has excellent knowledge of trauma sensitive support and is able to get alongside families to understand their stories and jointly agree appropriate supports to meet need and promote strengths. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within the Getting It Right for Every Child framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 21 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Dundee
  • Closing 26th April 2021

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

This an exciting opportunity to be part of Children 1st within our Dundee Service.

At Children 1st we work with the whole family and we see our relationships as the key to our approach to improving wellbeing. We are seeking a Family Support Worker (Fixed Term) who is compassionate, highly skilled and experienced in working with children and their families and has the personal resilience for the role. We offer whole families space and time to tell their stories, make sense of their difficulties and help them to find their solutions.

You will have a sound knowledge of the impact of trauma and adversity on parenting and on children and you will work with the of our creative, committed and flexible team to plan our work with children and their families, in order to promote children’s safety and wellbeing. You will also have experience of working in partnership with other Agencies, within the Child Protection processes and Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) framework.

If you have experience of supporting the wellbeing of families and communities, are committed to Children’s Rights and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7, we want to hear from you.

Further Information:

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week and funded until 31st March 2022.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team getting alongside children, young people and their families in East Renfrewshire who are experiencing emotional distress, to offer early help and build strong relationships.

As a member of the East Renfrewshire Family Wellbeing Service team you will offer children and families the space and time to tell their stories and with them agree how we can best help. As a team of staff and volunteers with a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience we are able to offer families support which best meet their needs including intensive whole family support; group/peer support and befriending/mentoring support.

Working at Children 1st you will embrace our relational and restorative approach to practice to help families make sense of their difficulties and help life feel better. Working closely with children, families, colleagues and partners in the local community – relationships will be at the heart of everything you do.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week to cover a period of maternity leave, initially until 31 May 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the families, regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

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Top job! Policy Manager (maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and lead Children 1st’s policy, campaigning and influencing work. Ensuring every child and family in Scotland gets the support they need to cope through Covid and repair and recover from the impact of lockdown, will be a key priority. The successful candidate will ensure policy, practice and communications are closely aligned to deliver strategic impact.

If you are an experienced public affairs professional with a passion to ensure children’s rights are realised so they are safe, grow up in strong, resilient families and have access to early help and support when they need it, we want to hear from you.

For further information and to apply, please visit children1st.org.uk/jobs

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week for 12 months to cover a period of maternity leave.

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th May 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

Working alongside families in their homes and in community settings to support and deliver one to one, group and whole family support to children, young people and families.

As a positive link between educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will provide practical, social and emotional support to families to meet a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of child development with experience of delivering attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

This post is 35 hours per week.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, families, and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Top job! Service Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Giffnock
  • Closing 24th May 2021

So why are we looking for a Service Manager?

Children 1st has worked in close partnership with colleagues in East Renfrewshire HSCP, Education, Health and GP practices over the past 4 years to develop and implement the Family Wellbeing Service. Together, we co-designed a service which adopts a new approach to help children affected by emotional distress, stress and anxiety and relational disconnection, and their families. Our Service Manager has been pivotal in the on-going development of the service, ensuring high quality support for children and families, supporting and developing staff, and in working with partners to evidence impact. We are delighted for her that she will be adding to her family later this year, so will be taking some time away from the service. In order to continue the development of the service, ensure high quality supports, and maintain excellent partnership relationships, we are looking for an experienced Manager to work with the team and partners.

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.

What kind of person will make a great Family Wellbeing Service Manager for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • has experience of leading and developing services
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Service Manager 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.

Base

You will be based in our Children 1st premises in Giffnock and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Further Information

This is fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, to cover a period of maternity leave, initially until 31 May 2022.

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Top job! Head of Fundraising Development and Operations

  • Full time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Nationwide with frequent travel to Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd May 2021

This terrible COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. In fundraising we’ve retained our focus. Relationships and innovations have been central to our ability to not only deliver but grow income.

As we move forward our Heads need to be brilliant cross-organisational leaders with stacks of emotional intelligence and stakeholder engagement skills. You need to be a role model, inspiring other teams to deliver their best, as well as your own.

This role doesn’t carry an income target, but we cannot generate income without it. You’ll work with your internal customers to help them deliver. You’ll bring an understanding of the role of digital technologies, brand, marketing & audience segmentation to inform income growth.

We work at a fast pace, and the Head of Development & Operations ensures the operational delivery of our strategy.

Key focuses of the role are:

  • Strategic planning and delivery
  • Supporter insight and experience
  • Marketing and development of fundraising propositions

This is permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. The successful candidate can be based anywhere in Scotland. The post requires frequent travel to Edinburgh.

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Family Wellbeing Project Workers x 2

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 21st May 2021

After successful recruitment campaigns we are looking for additional Family Wellbeing Project Workers to join our new team!

Children 1st are developing a new and exciting way of supporting families in Aberdeen. We have a long history of working with children and families in the city. After a pause in 2018 we reviewed our purpose and role alongside children, families and partners. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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. This new Children 1st service will sit at the heart of three local community hubs, providing early support to children and their families at the point when they need this to prevent more intensive supports being necessary.

What kind of person will make a great Family Wellbeing Project Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Project Worker 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.

Base

You will be based in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

This is a full time post of 35 hours. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

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Family Engagement Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 21st May 2021

So why are we looking for a Family Engagement Project Worker

Children 1st are developing a new and exciting way of supporting families in Aberdeen. We have a long history of working with children and families in the city. After a pause in 2018 we reviewed our purpose and role alongside children, families and partners. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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. This new Children 1st service will sit at the heart of three local community hubs, providing early support to children and their families at the point when they need this to prevent more intensive supports being necessary. The ability to respond in a timely way to families is vital to the effectiveness of the early intervention model and the role of family engagement project worker will be pivotal to ensuring families in the city receive the help they need and when they need it.

What kind of person will make a Family Engagement Project Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe and supporting families
  • has the ability to engage and connect with families digitally and over the phone in a way that will help gather information to inform an assessment of need.
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Engagement Project Worker for Children 1st? 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 provide solution focussed and strength- based support to families to keep children safely in their own homes
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to quickly 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.

Base

You will be based in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

We have full time hours available but appreciate the right candidate may wish part time hours, we are open to discussing your required hours. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service.

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Child and Family Project Worker (Parentline Support)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 7th June 2021

So why are we looking for a Parentline Project Worker?

Children 1st are developing a new and exciting way of supporting families in Aberdeen. We have a long history of working with children and families in the city. After a pause in 2018 we reviewed our purpose and role alongside children, families and partners. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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.

You will work with Scotland’s national family support helpline service Parentline, to link remote support requests to Children 1st front line services and key partners as well as working remotely alongside families to develop, agree, and monitor support plans to achieve their identified outcomes and to work with other agencies to ensure that the child benefits from a team approach.

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Project Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Selkirk TD7 5AJ
  • Closing 7th June 2021

So why are we looking for Project Workers in the Scottish Borders?

Children 1st have a long history of supporting children, young people, adults and families across the Scottish Borders area. We have been given funding to increase our service and are delighted to be able to recruit new team members to strengthen our offer of support. Our service provides a wide range of recovery focussed support for children, adults and whole families who have been impacted by and directly experienced abuse – including physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse. We also support families to retain the safe care of their children, through the offer of whole family support and Family Group Decision Making meetings.

Why Children 1st?

Because we work to make children safer in their families and communities. Because we believe in providing support to whole families through strong trusting relationships. We don’t “do to” families, we respect that with the right support, families can usually resolve their own difficulties and overcome challenges.

We have local services in communities and national services that stretch across the whole of Scotland that make a lasting difference to children’s lives. Just as important as our community based supports is our work to amplify the voices of children, their parents and carers to ensure they have real influence and power to change how things are done.

We have always worked from a trauma informed basis. We believe it is the power of strong relationships with families being the key to stronger safer families and happier children. This takes hard work and means not shying away from what’s difficult but also being ever hopeful and believing in the power of repair and recovery.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Children 1st?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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 Project Worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

• resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as people’s lives

• big hearted and a courageous

• able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations

• able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape

• bringing service experience

• a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure

• able to make decisions

• inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better

• an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

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

Base

Your usual office base will be in Selkirk, however like all team members just now you will be supported to deliver support from a combination of working from home and our office base, offering a mix of virtual and face to face support. You will travel to provide support to children, young people, adults and families right across the Scottish Borders area once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

We have one full time and one part time post available. Please state in your application form what your preferred hours would be. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

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Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • North Strathclyde area with travel
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Child’s House for Healing – Scotland’s first Barnahus

Be part of the change you want to see for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

In partnership, Children 1st are developing the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) based on the European Barnahus model. Barnahus is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary, and interagency model of justice, care and recovery for children who are victims and witnesses of all forms of violence. A place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services are based under one roof. Children receive a coordinated trauma responsive plan to support their journey through the care, protection, and justice system. The aim of the model is to; prevent retraumatisation caused by delayed and disjointed investigation and court proceedings, to keep children safe, allow them access to fair justice and to help them recover from the trauma of their ordeal. Barnahus aims to place the best interests of the child at the centre of all the systems that are there to protect them and to offer the child and their family or caregivers all the support they need.

What kind of person will make a great Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker for Children 1st?

  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind
  • is committed to being part of transformational change alongside children and their families

What kind of Child and Family Recovery Worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for all children in Scotland to have a Barnahus, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled, and knowledgeable in supporting children and families
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • 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.

Base

You will be based in the North Strathclyde area. The role may involve travel across Scotland.

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.

Hours

This post is 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

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Barnahus Participation Lead

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • North Strathclyde area with travel
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Child’s House for Healing – Scotland’s first Barnahus

Be part of the change you want to see for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

In partnership, Children 1st are developing the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) based on the European Barnahus model. Barnahus is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary, and interagency model of justice, care and recovery for children who are victims and witnesses of all forms of violence. A place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services are based under one roof. Children receive a coordinated trauma responsive plan to support their journey through the care, protection, and justice system. The aim of the model is to; prevent retraumatisation caused by delayed and disjointed investigation and court proceedings, to keep children safe, allow them access to fair justice and to help them recover from the trauma of their ordeal. Barnahus aims to place the best interests of the child at the centre of all the systems that are there to protect them and to offer the child and their family or caregivers all the support they need. As we design, develop and build Scotland’s first Barnahus we have a unique opportunity to embed participation from the start. Children’s voices are at the heart of our work and we want you to be part of this unique opportunity.

What kind of person will make a great Barnahus Participation Lead for Children 1st?

  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights and participation
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind
  • is committed to being part of transformational change alongside children and their families

What kind of Participation Lead will you be?

Knowing our ambition for all children in Scotland to have a Barnahus, you will be someone who is:

  • determined to ensure all children’s voices are heard
  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform children’s lives
  • 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.

Base

You will be based in the North Strathclyde area. The role may involve travel across Scotland.

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.

Hours

This post is 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

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Top job! Barnahus Service Lead

  • Full time
  • £43,863 – £50,227
  • North Strathclyde area with travel
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Child’s House for Healing – Scotland’s first Barnahus

Be part of the change you want to see for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

In partnership, Children 1st are developing the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) based on the European Barnahus model. Barnahus is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary, and interagency model of justice, care and recovery for children who are victims and witnesses of all forms of violence. A place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services are based under one roof. Children receive a coordinated trauma responsive plan to support their journey through the care, protection, and justice system. The aim of the model is to; prevent retraumatisation caused by delayed and disjointed investigation and court proceedings, to keep children safe, allow them access to fair justice and to help them recover from the trauma of their ordeal. Barnahus aims to place the best interests of the child at the centre of all the systems that are there to protect them and to offer the child and their family or caregivers all the support they need. As we design, develop and build Scotland’s first Barnahus we have a unique opportunity to embed participation from the start. Children’s voices are at the heart of our work and we want you to be part of this unique opportunity.

What kind of person will make a great Barnahus Service Lead for Children 1st?

  • fierce passion for children’s rights
  • belief in working with children and families; not ‘doing to’
  • belief that it is a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and that their voices should be at the heart of service design
  • belief that no child or young person’s trauma is beyond recovery and awareness of the power of a therapeutic consistent relationship
  • be kind and be willing to bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Service Lead will you be?

Knowing our ambition for all children in Scotland to have a Barnahus, you will be someone who is:

  • is resilient, skilled, and knowledgeable, who wants to transform children’s lives
  • will be determined to support children to live safely in their own families whenever possible.
  • is whole hearted and courageous
  • is compassionate and informed about the impact of trauma
  • is able to build strong relationships and to manage tricky conversations
  • is able to work collaboratively with partners
  • has a cool head and clear mind at times of pressure
  • is able to make decisions
  • can inspire colleagues and teams to be even better
  • is 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.

Base

You will be based in the North Strathclyde area. The role may involve travel across Scotland.

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.

Hours

This post is 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

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Public Fundraising Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Flexibly throughout Scotland but preferable near the central belt.
  • Closing 25th June 2021

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

“A child without a childhood is like a rainbow without colour” John McGurk, Children 1st Supporter

Join our team and put the colour back into the childhood of children in Scotland.

To do this, we need to raise as much funds as possible. It’s an exciting time for fundraising at Children 1st and full of opportunities for the right person. In 2019 we launched our new fundraising strategy which is designed to inspire people in Scotland to put children first. Since then, despite the pandemic, we’ve successfully grown our income.

This post will play a key part within the Public Fundraising Team. Inspiring new and existing donors will be at the heart of what this role will do and allow the team to do. By supporting the Community, Individual Giving and Legacy fundraisers, you will be central to the success we can achieve. You will also have the opportunity to lead on your own fundraising activity.

Being able to develop excellent working relationships with supporters and colleagues across the organisation to assist with meeting fundraising objectives.

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays, a contributory pension scheme and generous maternity/adoption and paternity leave benefits.

This is a permanent, full-time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly throughout Scotland, preferably in the central belt and will mainly work from home. The role will require frequent travel across Scotland.

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Senior Fundraiser – Partnerships & Philanthropy (fixed term 7 months)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our office based in Edinburgh.
  • Closing 9th June 2021

The COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. Raising funds has never been more needed to ensure that we are able to deliver support for the children and families of Scotland.

Here at Children 1st we are looking for someone special to join our skilled and successful fundraising team, to help deliver on our ambitious three-year fundraising strategy.

This fixed term role in the Philanthropy and Partnerships team will work with our existing corporate supporters whilst cultivating and securing new relationships in order to deliver highly successful partnerships. The postholder will be responsible for managing a prospect pipeline, building and maintaining relationships with both corporates and major donors.

We need someone who is focused, driven, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and creativity to their work. Being an excellent communicator and relationship manager on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can translate this to our supporters through authentic and creative relationships.

If you have a track record of establishing and managing relationships along with knowledge of Scotland’s corporate sector and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children - we want to hear from you!

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays (pro rata) and flexible working opportunities.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our office based in Edinburgh. The role may require travel across Scotland when safe to do so.

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th June 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

Working alongside families in their homes and in community settings to support and deliver one to one, group and whole family support to children, young people and families.

As a positive link between educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will provide practical, social and emotional support to families to meet a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of child development with experience of delivering attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

This is permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, families, and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Administrator

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,257 pro-rata
  • Girvan
  • Closing 18th June 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children 1st Carrick Family Wellbeing Service.

The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The service also offers Family Group Decision Making and family wellbeing support to kinship families across South Ayrshire.

We are looking for someone who enjoys connecting with people, has qualities of compassion and good listening skills.

As part of our busy and friendly team, you’ll bring excellent administrative, IT, property management and financial skills to enable our delivery of individual, family and group work as well as supporting the processes of recruiting and training volunteers.

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

If you are an experienced administrator and are passionate about working with children and their families then we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part-time role of 21 hours per week until March 2022.

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Project Worker – Family Group Decision Making

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Girvan
  • Closing 18th June 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service is funded by the Scottish Government’s National Development Fund, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with kinship care families.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision making. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work teams to lead innovation and support restorative approaches to working with families.

While it would be an advantage, you do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but must show commitment to complete accredited training. This training will be provided.

If you have experience of supporting kinship families, are committed to restorative approaches, and the meaningfully involving children and families, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hour per week, funded initially until 31 March 2022

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Database and Insight Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th June 2021

This terrible COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. In fundraising we’ve retained our focus. Relationships and innovations have been central to our ability to not only deliver but grow income.

In 2019 we launched our new fundraising strategy which is designed to inspire people in Scotland to put children first. Since then, despite the pandemic, we’ve successfully grown our income.

We’ve invested to create a centralised team who enable our fundraising staff and strive to deliver outstanding experiences to our supporters. This post plays a key role in efficiently processing income, managing data, and generating insight to help us better understand our supporters.

You’ll be responsible for effective data management and regulatory compliance. You’ll be proactive in identifying ways to optimise our data capture, to improve our processes and you’ll work with finance colleagues on reconciliation.

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays (pro rata) and flexible working opportunities.

This is a full time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our office based in Edinburgh.

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Top job! Director of Finance & Corporate Services

  • Full time
  • £60,228 – £69,284
  • Edinburgh / Glasgow (Flexible)
  • Closing 9th July 2021

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity and since 1884 children’s safety and wellbeing have been at the heart of everything we do. We are a dynamic charity focused on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities. That means we work tirelessly in campaigning, influencing and direct support to help families overcome all the challenges they face.

To support our vision that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it, we are looking to recruit into the business critical role of Director of Finance & Corporate Services. Reporting to the Chief Executive you will provide strategic and operational leadership to the Finance, ICT. HR and Property functions ensuring Children 1st has sound financial management and planning and operates sustainably and efficiently meeting key organisational objectives.

You will be joining an executive team driven to do even better for the children we support and with a clear and ambitious plan to deliver and as a member of the Executive Leadership team you will directly contribute at a strategic level to the capacity building, organisational development, resilience, sustainability and impact of the organisation.

You will be a fully qualified accountant with a proven track record of robust financial management, ideally gained within the voluntary sector, and significant experience of operating at a senior level ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, sound corporate governance and providing financial information and analysis to allow informed decision making. An accomplished communicator with highly developed people management skills, you will also be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

With a strong commitment to Children 1st‘s vision, mission and values the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant record of leading, motivating, managing, supporting and developing high performing multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of successful strategic and operational resource management and financial planning in an appropriately complex setting
  • Experience of leading and supporting teams through change
  • Previous experience of continuous improvement, developing robust financial controls, systems and procedures and embedding best practice as appropriate

If you share our passion and vision for a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland we would be delighted to receive an application from you.

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Family Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686 pro-rata
  • Glasgow, south, Croftfoot Primary
  • Closing 2nd July 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of a team working alongside families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes.

As a member of the Glasgow Supporting Families Team, you’ll be linked to a local primary school (Croftfoot Primary), three days a week delivering an embedded family support service. We work alongside teachers to understand the issues affecting their pupils and what we can do to help raise children’s overall educational attainment, health and wellbeing. This post will have a specific emphasis on parental engagement and positive partnership working with parents to identify their needs and help them ensure their children get the best out of school.

This post is 21 hours per week - which is worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends as required)

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then… we want to hear from you.

Hours – Flexible / Evenings / Weekends

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Project Worker x 4

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th July 2021

Family Wellbeing East Ayrshire

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our new and innovative Family Wellbeing Service in East Ayrshire. Children 1st along with children and families and our partners in East Ayrshire HSCP have co-designed this innovative service to work alongside children and their families within communities across East Ayrshire, providing early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The new team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced team of individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in East Ayrshire with access to our HUB in North Ayrshire and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Join the Team

Please join us for an informal chat about what it will mean to be part of the new Family Wellbeing service in East Ayrshire at an open event on Thursday 24 June at 7pm. To register an interest please visit the website.

After you have registered your interest, you will be sent a link to join this event, which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions, please contact: HR@children1st.org.uk

Further Information

These are fixed term, full time posts, funded initially until August 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • East Ayrshire
  • Closing 5th July 2021

Family Wellbeing East Ayrshire

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our new and innovative Family Wellbeing Service in East Ayrshire. Children 1st along with children and families and our partners in East Ayrshire HSCP have co-designed this innovative service to work alongside children and their families within communities across East Ayrshire, providing early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The new team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced team of individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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.

Base

You will be based in East Ayrshire with access to our HUB in North Ayrshire and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Join the Team

Please join us for an informal chat about what it will mean to be part of the new Family Wellbeing service in East Ayrshire at an open event on Thursday 24 June at 7pm. To register an interest please visit the website.

Further Information

This a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded initially until August 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Sessional Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Girvan
  • Closing 16th July 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people, and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit sessional childcare support workers to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

We need sessional staff who are available on weekdays as and when required.

The essential qualifications for the role:

  • SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development (At SCQF Level 7)
  • HNC Early Education and Childcare
  • SVQ 3 Play work (at SCQF Level 7)
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Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • Girvan
  • Closing 16th July 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people, and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit a childcare support worker to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

If you have experience of working in a childcare/ early years setting and have an SVQ Level 2/NC or equivalent in Child Care/Early Years or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 6 then we want to hear from you.

This a fixed term, part time post of 25 hour per week funded until 31 March 2022. SSSC registration is required.

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Supporter Care Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,079 – £20,259
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th July 2021

Raising funds is essential to ensuring we can deliver support for children and families. Children 1st is looking to expand its skilled and successful fundraising team. We’ve recently invested to create a central supporter care team to help deliver on our ambitious fundraising strategy.

The Supporter Care Team provides a ‘first point of contact’ for fundraising supporters of the charity. The team supports the fundraising department by processing payments, reconciling income, arranging for supporters to be thanked properly, ensuring data is accurate and up to date, and fulfilling supporter requests. We need someone who is focused, organised, and has a keen eye for detail.

If you are looking to start a career in fundraising, have operations or customer service experience and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children - we want to hear from you

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Top job! Service Manager (Safeguarders Panel Team)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £38,382 – £43,863
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 26th July 2021

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and resilient leader to join our team, ensuring that children’s rights and quality are at the heart of the Safeguarders Panel. The Safeguarders Panel Team (SPT) recruit, support, provide learning opportunities and monitor Safeguarders. We collaborate with partner agencies and deliver all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape, contracted by the Scottish Government until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024) to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

In the role of Service Manager, you will work as part of our leadership team, to support, and develop the Safeguarders Panel Team to be the best they can for children and for Safeguarders. You will have particular responsibility to deal with concerns and complaints regarding Safeguarders, supporting the panel to develop best practice and ensuring accountability to children, families and partners. This is an exciting time for SPT, with new internal developments, including a mentoring programme with Safeguarders, and a renewed focus on children’s rights, as well as the transformative changes of The Promise, being developed.

You must have a sound working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System, be passionate about improving the experience of children in the Children’s Hearing System and be skilled in leading, managing and supporting people through change. We welcome applicants who are, or have been, Safeguarders. (Current Safeguarders would be required to resign from the Safeguarder Panel but could apply to be reappointed, when leaving this post.)

There will be occasional working out with normal office hours, and potentially travel and overnight stays. Children 1st operates flexible working guidelines to facilitate flexible working within Service needs and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

*We are willing to consider applicants who will work 28-35 hours per week, please note your preferred hours in your application.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th July 2021

Children 1st have a long history of working with children and families in the city. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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.

The post holder will work alongside children and families Social Work Services to support care experienced young people and their families to receive the intensive family support that they feel they need and with Education and other voluntary sector agencies in a partnership approach.

What kind of person will make a great Team Leader for Children 1st?

Someone who:

· has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

· is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

· 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 leader will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

· resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as children’s lives

· big hearted and are courageous

· able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations

· able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape

· bringing service experience

· a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure

· able to make decisions

· inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better

· an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Why Children 1st?

Because we work to make children safer in their families and communities. Because we believe in providing support to whole families through strong trusting relationships. We don’t “do to” families, we respect that with the right support, families can usually resolve their own difficulties and overcome challenges.

We have local services in communities and national services that stretch across the whole of Scotland that make a lasting difference to children’s lives. Just as important as our community based supports is our work to amplify the voices of children, their parents and carers to ensure they have real influence and power to change how things are done.

We are relentlessly focussed on quality and we are constantly listening and looking to improve. You will find this role a challenge and you will be stretched. You will also find we are a kind and incredibly supportive organisation.

Protecting Children

You will make sure that we are compassionate in our response and accountable to children, families and stakeholders.

Base

You will be based in the Edinburgh Service and will have travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

Your wellbeing is important to us, we will support you to work in a way that gets the job done but maintains a healthy work life balance.

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.

Closing date: Friday 30th July 2021 at noon.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 9th August 2021

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Family Wellbeing Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 6th August 2021

After successful recruitment campaigns we are looking for additional Family Wellbeing Project Workers to join our new team!

Children 1st are developing a new and exciting way of supporting families in Aberdeen. We have a long history of working with children and families in the city. After a pause in 2018 we reviewed our purpose and role alongside children, families and partners. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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. This new Children 1st service will sit at the heart of three local community hubs, providing early support to children and their families at the point when they need this to prevent more intensive supports being necessary.

What kind of person will make a great Family Wellbeing Project Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Project Worker 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.

Base

You will be based in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

This is a full time post of 35 hours. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Bathgate
  • Closing 30th July 2021

West Lothian Family Wellbeing Hub is looking for a relational, child centred and resilient Team Leader to join us in ensuring the wellbeing and safe family life of children and young people in West Lothian. You will be part of a leadership team with children and families rights to make decisions for themselves at the heart of our work and you will support staff across a range of resources including, Family Group Decision Making, Kinship Care Support and Young People’s Mental Health.

We are looking for a Leader with the experience and skills to get alongside families and their children at really difficult times to support them and staff in creating positive plans that ensure the mental wellbeing and safe care of children. We are looking for someone with experience of working collaboratively with families, alongside a range of professionals and with a sound understanding of child protection.

It is an exciting time with new developments and focus on children and young people’s mental health as well as the transformative changes of the Promise being developed

You must have excellent communication and solution focussed skills and will work in close partnership with Social Work, Education, Health and the 3rd Sector to lead alongside the Service Manager in developing the innovative trauma informed and restorative approach to working with families.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, with occasional evening and weekend work.

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Family Support Worker – Bide Oot Service (Scotland wide)

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh, Glasgow or Bathgate
  • Closing 30th July 2021

So why are we looking for a new Family Support Worker?

Children 1st and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre have formed an innovative new partnership to offer residential weekends to over 100 families from across Scotland over the next 3 years. In addition, the Bide Oot team will provide outreach support to enable families to build on the benefits of the residential experience, both at home and within their local communities.

Through Bide Oot, families will have access to transformative outdoor experiences and a wide range of physical and natural assets that Scotland has to offer. Children and their parents and carers will have opportunities to build positive connections, develop their confidence and skills, make new friends, begin to recover from the impact of the pandemic and be inspired to contribute in their local communities.

As a member of the Bide Oot Team, you will work with families and staff in Services across Scotland. You will support families and staff throughout the pre-planning, residential and outreach support stages of the experience. We are looking for a dynamic, committed and compassionate professional with the ability to get alongside families and build relationships, to support them to take part in the Bide Oot experience. If you are creative, caring and have a strong commitment to supporting families, we would like to hear from you.

What kind of person will make a great Family Support Worker for Children 1st?

· has experience of working with children, young people and families.

· is fiercely passionate about children’s rights.

· thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families.

· is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind.

What kind of Family Support Worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

· resilient, skilled and knowledgeable and who wants to transform children’s lives.

· big hearted and courageous.

· adaptable and skilled at working with families in various outdoor and indoor settings.

· able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations.

· is compassionate and understanding of trauma.

· a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure.

· inspiring colleagues, teams and families 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.

Base

We are working flexibly in response to the pandemic and as restrictions change and develop we will look at how we develop an appropriate Service base that meets our needs once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Further Information

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hour per week, requiring extensive travel throughout Scotland.

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Team Leader – Family Group Decision Making

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Hamilton ML3 0AA
  • Closing 13th August 2021

We are recruiting a Team Leader to lead a small new team in South Lanarkshire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new team to develop a rights-based approach to working with families and communities. The post holder will contribute to the development and shape a new and innovative Children 1st service. We are trauma informed and strengths based in our approach to working with children and families.

Although this is a small service, you will be supported by our Children 1st national FGDM development team. You will have a responsibility for leading and evaluating this new service alongside working with families.

The post holder will engage with children and families to ensure their voices are at the heart of planning and decision making in matters that affect them. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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 a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 01 Sept 2022.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 13th August 2021

We are recruiting a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator to join a new team in South Lanarkshire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new team to develop a rights-based approach to working with families and communities. Children 1st are trauma informed and strengths based in our approach to working with children and families.

Although this is a small service, you will be working alongside wider multiagency partners. You will have the opportunity to shape and develop a new service and a new way of working within South Lanarkshire.

The post holder will engage with children and families to ensure their voices are at the heart of planning and decision making in matters that affect them. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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 for anyone interested in rights-based approaches and has a passion for family empowerment.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 01 Sept 2022.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator (Selkirk)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Selkirk
  • Closing 13th August 2021

We are recruiting two Family Group Decision Making Coordinators to join a new team in the Scottish Borders. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of test of change pilot to develop a rights-based approach to working with families and communities. Children 1st are trauma informed and strengths based in our approach to working with children and families.

Although this is a small service, you will be working alongside a wider Children 1st team, our colleagues in Children and Families Social Work and other multi-agency partners. You will have the opportunity to shape and develop a new service and a new way of working within the Scottish Borders.

The post holders will engage with children and families to ensure their voices are at the heart of planning and decision making in matters that affect them. We are therefore looking to recruit dynamic, experienced individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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 for anyone interested in rights-based approaches and has a passion for family empowerment.

There are two fixed term posts, a full-time role of 35 hours per week and a part time role of 24 hours per week, funded until 31 July 2022.

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Father and Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th August 2021

Children 1st have a long history of working with children and families in the city. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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.

The post holder will work alongside children and families Social Work Services to support care experienced young people and their families to receive the intensive family support that they feel they need and with Education and other voluntary sector agencies in a partnership approach.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our team in Edinburgh. Our team of staff and volunteers provides a wide range of social, emotional and practical support to children and families right across the city. We are passionate about building strong, productive relationships with families to promote the wellbeing of children.

This new role, supported by the William Grant Foundation, is an opportunity to ensure that dads and other male caregivers with children aged 0-3 are supported to be the best parents they can be and fully involved in achieving the best outcomes for their children working with all the family members as part of a whole family approach.

If you have an SVQ Level 3, HNC or equivalent in childcare, and experience of direct one to one and/or group work with children and families - especially work that has directly involved and engaged dads/male caregivers as part of a whole family approach - we want to hear from you.

What kind of person will make a great Father and family worker for Children 1st?

Someone who:

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as children’s lives
  • big hearted and are courageous
  • able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape
  • bringing service experience
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • able to make decisions
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Why Children 1st?

Because we work to make children safer in their families and communities. Because we believe in providing support to whole families through strong trusting relationships. We don’t “do to” families, we respect that with the right support, families can usually resolve their own difficulties and overcome challenges.

We have local services in communities and national services that stretch across the whole of Scotland that make a lasting difference to children’s lives. Just as important as our community-based supports is our work to amplify the voices of children, their parents and carers to ensure they have real influence and power to change how things are done.

Protecting Children

You will make sure that we are compassionate in our response and accountable to children, families and stakeholders.

Base

You will be based in the Edinburgh Service and will have travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

Your wellbeing is important to us, we will support you to work in a way that gets the job done but maintains a healthy work life balance.

Further information

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 31 May 2024. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Executive Support Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £35,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 4th August 2021

Children 1st are looking to appoint an Executive Support Manager to join our dynamic, hardworking, and driven executive support team.

Children 1st are Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. At the heart of the charity is the motive to ensure all children are safe, happy, and healthy within their families and communities. We work tirelessly to support families to overcome challenges. Employees in Children 1st work alongside the values of respect, integrity, participation, and excellence.

Your new role

As the Executive Support Manager, you will be a core member of the team. You will be providing personal support to the Chief Executive Officer. You will assist in the delivery of clear strategic plans and be a key contributor to the successful and smooth running of the Children 1st objectives.

Your responsibilities will cover; support to the chief executive, responsibility for team leadership and management, holding financial responsibilities and involvement in volunteer engagement.

What you'll need to succeed

To be successful in this role you must have a relevant record of leading, motivating, managing, supporting, and developing high performing teams. Additionally, you need to have experience of leading and supporting teams through change and supporting senior leaders in a complex and changing environment. Furthermore, you will be an experienced professional with a proven track record of supporting senior leaders, ideally gained within the charity sector. An accomplished communicator with highly developed people management skills, you will also be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

What you'll get in return

You will receive a competitive rate of pay coupled with the opportunity to work for a successful organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of children and families.

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Support Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,208
  • East Region to cover Scottish Borders, Lothians and Fife
  • Closing 13th August 2021

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape, contracted by the Scottish Government until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024) to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and resilient leader to join our team, ensuring that children’s rights and quality are at the heart of the Safeguarders Panel. The Safeguarders Panel Team (SPT) recruit, support, provide learning opportunities and monitor Safeguarders. We collaborate with partner agencies and deliver all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

You will develop relationships with Safeguarders individually and in groups, working as part of a team, to provide direct support in their important and challenging role. You will help them provide an excellent, accountable, trauma-sensitive and rights-based service for children and young people, and to provide evidence for their re-appointment.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise. 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.

What kind of person will make a great Support Manager for Children 1st Safeguarders Panel Team?

  • have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System
  • proven leadership skills with a background of support and monitoring of others; volunteers and or employed staff
  • be able to grasp complex systems quickly
  • be supportive and flexible in ensuring the day-to-day operation of the service
  • be creative and interested in the development of associated support, learning and development agenda.
  • be confident with independent working but also comfortable within a whole team context
  • be comfortable facilitating and presenting to
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Support Manager will you be?

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

  • positive, enthusiastic and energetic
  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform practice
  • solution focused with a strength based approach
  • 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.

Base

You can work flexibly, being based at home and have access to Children 1st offices and/or in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

Full time hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 13th August 2021

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Glasgow Supporting Families Team, to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families, building empowering relationships to meet the various challenges they face. This is an innovative service, working alongside children and their families within communities across the South of Glasgow, providing early support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. We will listen and learn from children and families to develop the service alongside our partners. We are therefore looking to recruit dynamic, experienced individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this innovative service.

Children 1st along with our 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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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 Glasgow Supporting Families 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.

Base

You will be based in Glasgow with access to our service hub in the south of the city and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Join the Team

Please join us for an informal chat about what it will mean to be part of our Glasgow Supporting Families Team at an open event on Thursday 05 August at 6pm. To register an interest in the open evening please visit the website.

After you have registered your interest, you will be sent a link to join this event, which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions, please contact: HR@children1st.org.uk

Further Information

These are fixed term posts, funded initially until March 2023. We have three full time posts of 35 hours per week and one part time post of 17.5 hours a week. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • Girvan
  • Closing 13th August 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit a childcare support worker to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

If you have experience of working in a childcare/ early year setting and have an SVQ Level 3/HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Early Years or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

This a fixed term, part time post of 25 hour per week funded until 31 March 2022. SSSC registration is required.

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Sessional Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Girvan
  • Closing 13th August 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit sessional childcare support workers to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

We need sessional staff who are available on weekdays as and when required.

The essential qualifications for the role:

• SVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development (At SCQF Level 7)

• HNC Early Education and Childcare

• SVQ 3 Play work (at SCQF Level 7)

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Ayrshire
  • Closing 13th August 2021

Family Wellbeing East Ayrshire

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our new and innovative Family Wellbeing Service in East Ayrshire. Children 1st along with children and families and our partners in East Ayrshire HSCP have co-designed this innovative service to work alongside children and their families within communities across East Ayrshire, providing early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The new team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced team of individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in East Ayrshire with access to our HUB in North Ayrshire and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Further Information

This a full time, fixed term post of 35 hours a week, funded initially until August 2022. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Project Worker – Family Group Decision Making

  • Full time
  • £26,977
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 13th August 2021

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Family Wellbeing Service in South Ayrshire. Children 1st alongside our partners in South Ayrshire Council, children, and families, will provide support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this partnership across South Ayrshire.

The service is funded by the Scottish Government’s National Development Fund, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with kinship care families.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision making. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work teams to lead innovation and support restorative approaches to working with families.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in our South Ayrshire HUB and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • South Ayrshire
  • Closing 13th August 2021

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Family Wellbeing Service in South Ayrshire. Children 1st alongside our partners in South Ayrshire Council, children, and families, will provide support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this partnership across South Ayrshire.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in our South Ayrshire HUB and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

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Project Worker – Early Years

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • North Ayrshire
  • Closing 13th August 2021

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, with a specific focus in Early Years, age 0-4 years. There may also be a focus on working alongside families at pre-birth stage where there is no existing agency involvement. Children 1st alongside our partners in North Ayrshire Council, children and families, will provide early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this partnership across North Ayrshire.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in our North Ayrshire HUB and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

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Administrative Support Assistant - Safeguarders Panel Team

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th August 2021

Under arrangements made by The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and associated regulation, Children 1st has been contracted by Scottish Government to assist Scottish Ministers with the management, operation and monitoring of the national Safeguarders Panel.

We are looking for an effective individual to join our busy administrative team to provide critical support to assist with the effective delivery of a large and varied contract.

This is a fixed term, part time role, funded initially until 30 June 2022 (with possible extension to June 2024). We will consider applicants who can work 21-24 hours per week, please note your preferred hours in your application, must be able to work Friday, other hours are negotiable.

For further discussion please see the website for contact details.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th August 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

The Community Engagement role will ensure the voices of those most disadvantaged families across our city i.e. care-experienced families, ethnic minority populations and those living in areas of multiple deprivations are listened to; that their stories and lived experiences are heard, included and influence the wider story of our city and all who live here.

As part of our team you will lead on the development and delivery of peer support networks; work with children and families and recruiting and supporting volunteers and peer mentors to develop new opportunities to enhance links within the local community.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of relational and participatory practices to enable children, young people and families to have their voices heard and represented.

Successful candidates require an understanding of the contemporary local and national social policy context and complex needs of vulnerable and marginalised children and families. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use group and community-based approaches to get alongside children, young people and families and lead in the development of volunteer and peer mentoring support.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Community Work, Social Work, Teaching, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

Full time 35 hours per week.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th August 2021

Children 1st have a long history of working with children and families in the city. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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.

The post holder will work alongside children and families Social Work Services to support Children, young people and their families to receive the intensive family support that they feel they need using a partnership approach.

As a positive link between social work services, educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families and to support team colleagues in developing and delivering such approaches. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in Social Work or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Children 1st?

Someone who:

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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

Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:

• resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as children’s lives

• able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations

• able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape

• 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

Why Children 1st?

Because we work to make children safer in their families and communities. Because we believe in providing support to whole families through strong trusting relationships. We don’t “do to” families, we respect that with the right support, families can usually resolve their own difficulties and overcome challenges.

We have local services in communities and national services that stretch across the whole of Scotland that make a lasting difference to children’s lives. Just as important as our community based supports is our work to amplify the voices of children, their parents and carers to ensure they have real influence and power to change how things are done.

Full time 35 hours per week.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 27th August 2021

The Maximise! service is a public health initiative working in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh supported by schools across the city to promote families financial resilience, health and wellbeing and the attainment of children and young people. Maximise is an integrated community team of Family Support Workers from Children 1st and Advice Workers and Employability Workers from CHAI to provide holistic, community-based support to families and schools. We know that money and debt issues can be a result of – or result in – a range of social and emotional factors which in turn can affect family life.

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in nursery and school and included in the community.

As part of our team you will lead the delivery of one to one, group and whole family support – especially with families who have children in lower primary school.

We are looking for an experienced professional with a social work, community work, family support, child/early years or other appropriate qualification. If you have experience of project development and implementation and are passionate about tackling child poverty and maximising the income, wellbeing, attainment and potential of families then we want to hear from you.

As a positive link between Social Work services, educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families and to support team colleagues in developing and delivering such approaches. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Community Work, Early Years, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification then we want to hear from you.

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Graphic Designer

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Flexibly across Scotland
  • Closing 6th September 2021

Are you a highly experienced creative, with the skills to take a campaign from concept all the way to production? Do you get excited about evolving the visual identity of a brand to widen its appeal and inspire audience to action? Are you passionate about imagining design that can truly transform the lives of children and families?

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Marketing and Content Creator

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Flexibly across Scotland
  • Closing 6th September 2021

Can you put fire into the hearts of your audience by producing compelling video, digital and editorial content? Can you plan, organise, deliver and evaluate marketing campaigns across a range of channels to maximise the reach of your content and achieve wider organisational aims? Are you passionate about upholding and advancing the rights of children and their families to be safe, get support and to recover from the trauma of past experiences?

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Administrator

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join Children 1st Parentline.

Children 1st Parentline is more than just a helpline. It is a national digital family support service which provides one easy point of immediate access for families to receive a range of support bespoke to them, to help them cope with the challenges they face whether practical or emotional. Children 1st Parentline has over 20 years of experience of supporting parents and carers and its aim is to be there for families to forge relationships with families so that they trust the service and can turn to it at times of pressure and overwhelm. Through its relationships with parents and carers, Children 1st Parentline supports whole families to be resilient and stronger to prevent their situations escalating.

If you have the experience and skills to undertake the following, then we want to hear from you:

  • Finance and budget monitoring and returns.
  • Quality assurance data checks on interaction forms entered onto our database, identifying and correcting errors and report production as required (training provided).
  • Promoting the service. Includes telephone and written communication, distributing publicity materials, keeping records of contacts and materials distributed.
  • Handling enquiries about the service, word-processing, filing, telephone/reception work.
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained in all Children 1st Parentline procedures, in accordance with Children 1st policies.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 28 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2023. Working pattern is negotiable.

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Senior Fundraiser – Business Development & Trusts

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh - Can be based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our offices in Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Closing 24th September 2021

The COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. Raising funds has never been more needed to ensure that we are able to deliver support for the children and families of Scotland.

Here at Children 1st, we are looking for someone special to join our skilled and successful fundraising team, to help deliver on our ambitious three-year fundraising strategy.

This fixed term, maternity cover role in the Business Development & Trusts team requires an excellent candidate to produce high quality bids, proposals and tenders which communicate our unique approach to working with Scotland’s vulnerable children, young people and families and which capture our outcome focused delivery models with clarity and conviction.

We need someone who is focused, driven, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and creativity to their work. Being an excellent communicator and relationship manager on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can translate this to our supporters through authentic and creative relationships.

If you have a track record of writing powerful bids and applications, managing relationships and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children, we'd love to hear from you!

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week (although less than 35 hours will be considered) until January 2023. Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The role may require travel across Scotland when safe to do so.

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Top job! Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

  • Full time
  • £43,863 – £50,277
  • Flexible across Scotland
  • Closing 12th September 2021

This terrible COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. In fundraising we’ve retained our focus. Relationships and innovations have been central to our ability to not only deliver but grow income.

We shifted our approach to corporate partnerships, moving away from applying to the mass charity of the year opportunities to instead focussing our resources on making a targeted approach to those we have our values aligned with.

Maximising relationships is a key focus for the philanthropy and partnerships team and moving forward we are keen to develop strategic and transformational partnerships with individuals and organisations.

We are developing a high value giving club and a programme of cultivation events. Maximising relationships for introductions, skills-based volunteering, pro-bono support and joint initiatives/campaigns are strands of work.

We are looking for an experienced fundraising head to lead the team. You’ll be a strategic thinking, with a proven track record of managing relationships and translating plans into action (previous experience of corporate and/or major donor fundraising isn’t essential).

We work at a fast pace (I make no apologies for that). If leading this type of work sounds appealing to you, then please do get in touch.

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Family Wellbeing Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Aberdeen
  • Closing 24th September 2021

Project Workers to join our new team!

Children 1st are developing a new and exciting way of supporting families in Aberdeen. We have a long history of working with children and families in the city. After a pause in 2018 we reviewed our purpose and role alongside children, families and partners. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. 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. This new Children 1st service will sit at the heart of three local community hubs, providing early support to children and their families at the point when they need this to prevent more intensive supports being necessary.

What kind of person will make a great Family Wellbeing Project Worker for Children 1st?

has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

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 Project Worker 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.

Base

You will be based in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

This a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week (we will consider applicants who can work 25 -35 hours per week). Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. Funded initially until 31 October 2022.

Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

Closing date: Friday 24 September 2021 at noon. It is anticipated that interviews will be held face to face or virtually on 04 and 05 October 2021.

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Project Worker – Family Wellbeing

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire KA26 9DD
  • Closing 1st October 2021

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Family Wellbeing Service in South Ayrshire. Children 1st alongside our partners in South Ayrshire Council, children and families, will provide support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick Locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages. The team and model of support will play a pivotal role in the delivery and development of the service, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families and working alongside our partners to evidence impact. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this partnership across South Ayrshire.

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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base

You will be based in our South Ayrshire HUB and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Further Information

This a part time, fixed term post of 17.5 hours a week, funded for 1 year. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Support Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 8th October 2021

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Glasgow Supporting Families Team, to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families, building empowering relationships to meet the various challenges they face. This is an innovative service, working alongside children and their families within communities across the South of Glasgow, providing early support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. We will listen and learn from children and families to develop the service alongside our partners. We are therefore looking to recruit dynamic, experienced individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this innovative service.

Children 1st along with our 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.

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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 Glasgow Supporting Families 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.

Base

You will be based in Glasgow with access to our Pollok service hub in the south of the city and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Further Information

These are fixed term posts, funded initially until March 2023. We have two full time posts (35 hours a week) and a part time post (17.5hrs) that require flexibility, which means that regular evening and weekend work will be necessary, in order to offer the appropriate level of support to individual families.

Please indicate on your application, which post you are interested in.

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Business Development & Trusts Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our offices in Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Closing 15th October 2021

The COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. Raising funds has never been more needed to ensure that we are able to deliver support for the children and families of Scotland.

Here at Children 1st we are looking for someone special to join our skilled and highly successful fundraising team, to maintain and grow the high level sustainable funding we need from Trusts and statutory funders.

We are looking for an experienced and creative Business Development & Trusts Manager that is able to will lead our work to identify and maximise opportunities from Trusts, Foundations and statutory sources. We are looking for someone who brings drive, energy and creativity to the role.

We need someone who is focused, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and build great relationships with funders. Being an excellent communicator and on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can translate this to our supporters through authentic and creative relationships.

If you have a track record of writing powerful bids and applications, managing relationships and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children - we want to hear from you!

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays (pro rata) and flexible working opportunities.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, although less than full time could be considered. Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependant) to our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The role may require travel across Scotland when safe to do so.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 8th October 2021

We are recruiting a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator to join a new team in South Lanarkshire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new team to develop a rights-based approach to working with families and communities. Children 1st are trauma informed and strengths based in our approach to working with children and families.

Although this is a small service, you will be working alongside wider multiagency partners. You will have the opportunity to shape and develop a new service and a new way of working within South Lanarkshire.

The post holder will engage with children and families to ensure their voices are at the heart of planning and decision making in matters that affect them. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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 for anyone interested in rights-based approaches and has a passion for family empowerment.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 01 November 2022.

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Senior Fundraiser – Community

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £31,076
  • Flexibly across Scotland (preferable East coast)/homebased
  • Closing 11th October 2021

Our Community Fundraising team has evolved in recent years and we’re looking for the final piece in the puzzle to manage stand out opportunities and relationships.

Relationships are at the heart of what we do. The Senior Fundraiser- Community will deliver the best support to show our appreciation and maximise the potential of our supporters.

We know a lot about our support base and have the structure to channel creativity and ideas which then become unique and innovative fundraising propositions. Creating and delivering Dragons Glen Junior has shown that there is a real appetite and space for products like these. We have a thirst to grow these offerings and this role will play a key part in leading and delivering on some of these projects.

We’re needing someone who can also spot an opportunity and bring it to life. Our community team have their own geographical patch and will develop key relationships and maximise the potential.

We’re looking for someone who is a real peoples person and has the intuition and drive to deliver on ambitions fundraising plans.

If this sounds like you, please read our candidate pack for more information.

This a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week.

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Administrator

  • Part time
  • £18,079 – £20,259 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th October 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join Children 1st Parentline.

Children 1st Parentline is more than just a helpline.

It is a national digital family support service which provides one easy point of immediate access for families to receive a range of support bespoke to them, to help them cope with the challenges they face whether practical or emotional. Children 1st Parentline has over 20 years of experience of supporting parents and carers and its aim is to be there for families to forge relationships with families so that they trust the service and can turn to it at times of pressure and overwhelm. Through its relationships with parents and carers, Children 1st Parentline supports whole families to be resilient and stronger to prevent their situations escalating.

If you have the experience and skills to undertake the following, then we want to hear from you:

  • Finance and budget monitoring and returns.
  • Quality assurance data checks on interaction forms entered onto our database, identifying and correcting errors and report production as required (training provided).
  • Promoting the service. Includes telephone and written communication, distributing publicity materials, keeping records of contacts and materials distributed.
  • Handling enquiries about the service, word-processing, filing, telephone/reception work.
  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained in all Children 1st Parentline procedures, in accordance with Children 1st policies.

This is a fixed term, part time post of 28 hours per week, funded until 31 March 2023. Working pattern is negotiable.

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Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker

  • Full time
  • £36,625
  • Initially homeworking/with access to our North Strathclyde and Glasgow services
  • Closing 18th October 2021

Be part of the change you want to see for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

In partnership, Children 1st are developing the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) based on the European Barnahus model. Barnahus is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary, and interagency model of justice, care and recovery for children who are victims and witnesses of all forms of violence. A place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services are based under one roof. Children receive a coordinated trauma responsive plan to support their journey through the care, protection, and justice system. The aim of the model is to; prevent retraumatisation caused by delayed and disjointed investigation and court proceedings, to keep children safe, allow them access to fair justice and to help them recover from the trauma of their ordeal. Barnahus aims to place the best interests of the child at the centre of all the systems that are there to protect them and to offer the child and their family or caregivers all the support they need.

What kind of person will make a great Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker for Children 1st?

  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind
  • is committed to being part of transformational change alongside children and their families

What kind of Child and Family Recovery Worker will you be?

Knowing our ambition for all children in Scotland to have a Barnahus, you will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled, and knowledgeable in supporting children and families
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • 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.

Base

You will initially combine being home based with working from one of the Children 1st services in North Strathclyde/Glasgow while you help to design and open our Childs House for Healing in East Renfrewshire, which will eventually become your long term base. The role will involve travelling across the North Strathclyde area to meet with young people and families in their homes, schools and local community.

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.

This post is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

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Media and Marketing Lead

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • The successful candidate can be based Scotland-wide
  • Closing 25th October 2021

The successful candidate can be based Scotland-wide

Can you harness the power of communications to support children and families? Are you a confident, dynamic and fast-moving media and marketing professional with strong experience of selling in stories to print and broadcast media? Do you also have experience across brand, digital and internal communications? Can you get to the heart of a story and produce compelling editorial, visual and video content which will inspire our audiences to join with us and the families we work to transform support so every child in Scotland can grow up safe and loved within their family and community.

As part of Children 1st’s team, you’ll develop and deliver integrated media and marketing plans to amplify our work and influence change. You’ll support the charity’s response to the urgent and emerging needs of children families by transforming children’s services, revolutionising systems of support and changing local and national government policy. You’ll make full use of your creative flair, talent for storytelling and powers of connection with children, families, the media, partners and supporters, so that we can reach every child and family in Scotland in need of our support.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week.

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Family Wellbeing Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd October 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

Working alongside families in their homes and in community settings to support and deliver one to one, group and whole family support to children, young people and families.

As a positive link between educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will provide practical, social and emotional support to families to meet a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of child development with experience of delivering attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have an SVQ Level 3/ HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

This is fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week, funded until 30 June 2023.

Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, families, and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd October 2021

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in nursery and school and included in the community.

The Maximise! service is a public health initiative working in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh supported by schools across the city to promote families financial resilience, health and wellbeing and the attainment of children and young people. Maximise is an integrated community team of Family Support Workers from Children 1st and Advice Workers and Employability Workers from CHAI to provide holistic, community-based support to families and schools. We know that money and debt issues can be a result of – or result in – a range of social and emotional factors which in turn can affect family life.

As part of our team, you will lead the delivery of one to one, group and whole family support – especially with families who have children in lower primary school.

We are looking for an experienced professional with a social work, community work, family support, child/early years or other appropriate qualification. If you have experience of project development and implementation and are passionate about tackling child poverty and maximising the income, wellbeing, attainment and potential of families then we want to hear from you.

As a positive link between Social Work services, educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families and to support team colleagues in developing and delivering such approaches. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Community Work, Early Years, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification then we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week to cover a period of maternity leave until 30 June 2022.

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Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686 pro-rata
  • Girvan
  • Closing 27th October 2021

Children 1ST is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people, and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit a childcare support worker to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

If you have experience of working in a childcare/ early years setting and have an SVQ Level 3/HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Early Years or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

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Top job! Head of Finance

  • Full time
  • £43,863 – £50,227
  • Edinburgh / blended working
  • Closing 28th October 2021

You join us at an exciting time as we continue to play our part in helping Scotland's children and families recover from the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are a dynamic charity focussed on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities.

As Head of Finance, you will be the source of technical advice and guidance on all areas of finance. As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will be responsible for delivering effective strategic financial planning and supporting funding applications, along with robust financial management, budgeting, risk management, taxation, investment and procurement practices across the Charity.

You will be a qualified accountant, with PQE gained in the Charity sector in a senior finance role and have a strong understanding of Charity Accounting and Governance, and Taxation.

Very much a team player, you will need to be comfortable operating both strategically and tactically and bring a rigorous approach to your work, while building strong and effective relationships with colleagues.

This a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. You will be working remotely initially and once we move to blended working; we anticipate you working from our Edinburgh base around 2 days per week.

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Support Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • North Region (flexible)
  • Closing 1st November 2021

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape, contracted by the Scottish Government until at least June 2022 (potentially 2024) to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and resilient leader to join our team, ensuring that children’s rights and quality are at the heart of the Safeguarders Panel. The Safeguarders Panel Team (SPT) recruit, support, provide learning opportunities and monitor Safeguarders practice. We collaborate with partner agencies and deliver all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

You will develop relationships with Safeguarders individually and in groups, working as part of a team, to provide direct support in their important and challenging role. You will help them provide an excellent, accountable, trauma-sensitive and rights-based service for children and young people, and to provide evidence for their re-appointment.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise. 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.

What kind of person will make a great Support Manager for Children 1st Safeguarders Panel Team?

  • have a working knowledge of the Children’s Hearing System
  • proven leadership skills with a background of support and monitoring of others - volunteers and or employed staff
  • be able to grasp complex systems quickly
  • be supportive and flexible in ensuring the day-to-day operation of the service
  • be creative and interested in the development of associated support, learning and development agenda.
  • be confident with independent working but also comfortable within a whole team context
  • be comfortable facilitating and presenting
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Support Manager will you be?

  • Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:
  • positive, enthusiastic and energetic
  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform practice
  • solution focused with a strength-based approach
  • 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.

Base

You can work flexibly, being based at home and have access to Children 1st offices and/or in one of the local community hubs and will travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.

Hours

Full time hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work on occasion.

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Service Manager – Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS)

  • Full time
  • £38,882 – £43,863
  • Glasgow/Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th November 2021

Children 1st’s Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport Service (CWPS) is offering an exciting opportunity to lead a strong and dynamic team into the next phase of our work. We have recently re-named, after being called Safeguarding in Sport, to reflect the range of the work we are involved with. We work in partnership with sportscotland, supporting governing bodies of sports in Scotland to ensure children and young people stay safe and have fun in sport. We provide consultancy, training and advice to governing bodies, so they can meet the National Standards for Child Protection and Wellbeing in Sport, which we developed with them and monitor.

We also want to support the development of sport as a resource for children and families across Children 1st and ensure that we speak up for children, young people and families on issues of sport and physical activity.

This role will be central to all of this!

If you are a committed professional leader with a Social Work, Community work, Education or other appropriate qualification and have solid recent experience in working in child protection we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, post full time role of 35 hours per week, funded initially until 31 March 2023. Some flexibility may be required to suit the needs of the service and may include occasional evenings and weekends.

The successful candidate can use either Glasgow or Edinburgh as their base.

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Ministerial Appointment – Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Throughout Scotland
  • Closing 13th December 2021

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. They can inform and influence hearing’s decisions. Children 1st is contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel. On behalf of Scotland’s children and young people we seek individuals who can:

  • Maintain an unwavering focus on the child or young person’s best interests in Children’s Hearings and related court proceedings
  • 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

Applications are now invited from individuals motivated to undertake this key role.

We would welcome applications from individuals who are willing to travel to Safeguarder appointments in the areas of Aberdeen, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Argyll & Bute and the Highlands.

Salary: The position does not attract a fixed salary. Fees and expenses for reasonable travel and subsistence costs are available for each appointment. Please note: There is no payment for attending Pre-appointment Assessment and Training, support sessions and on-going requisite training.

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Food Pantry and Volunteer Support Co-ordinator

  • Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686 pro-rata
  • South Ayrshire, KA26 9DD
  • Closing 8th November 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children 1st team in the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service. The service offers community based, child centred family wellbeing support across the Carrick locality of Girvan, Maybole and the surrounding villages.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and committed to engaging with communities to co-ordinate and oversee the operational delivery of the Girvan Food Pantry. This will include recruitment, induction, training, and support of volunteers.

The successful candidate will carry out an important role to create a sustainable, holistic service to meet the needs of the community through community engagement and active participation from the planning stage through to implementation and growth of the Food Pantry.

If you are passionate about connecting with people and communities, we are keen to hear from you.

This is a fixed term, part-time role of 17.5 hours per week, funded initially for 6 months.

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Family Group Decision Making Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 18th November 2021

We are recruiting a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator to join a new team in South Lanarkshire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new team to develop a rights-based approach to working with families and communities. Children 1st are trauma informed and strengths based in our approach to working with children and families.

Although this is a small service, you will be working alongside wider multiagency partners. You will have the opportunity to shape and develop a new service and a new way of working within South Lanarkshire.

The post holder will engage with children and families to ensure their voices are at the heart of planning and decision making in matters that affect them. We are therefore looking to recruit a dynamic, experienced individual who can drive the successful development and growth of this new and innovative partnership.

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 for anyone interested in rights-based approaches and has a passion for family empowerment.

If you would like to know more about this post please contact Sara Ali at sara.ali@children1st.org.uk

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Senior Fundraiser – Corporate Partnerships

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Flexible across Scotland
  • Closing 21st November 2021

This terrible COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. In fundraising we’ve retained our focus. Relationships and innovations have been central to our ability to not only deliver but grow income.

We shifted our approach to corporate partnerships, moving away from applying to the mass charity of the year opportunities to instead focussing our resources on making a targeted approach to those we have our values aligned with.

Maximising relationships is a key focus for the philanthropy and partnerships team and moving forward we are keen to develop strategic and transformational partnerships with individuals and organisations.

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Executive Assistant - Bairnshoose Team

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Mix between home working and office base in East Renfrewshire/Glasgow
  • Closing 13th December 2021

The Bairnshoose Team is looking for support to help achieve real change for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

Children 1st are developing the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) and working in partnership to develop the model of Barnahus that is right for Scotland. The Bairnshoose team comprises Children1st colleagues from across Scotland, with a particular focus in East Renfrewshire and the North Strathclyde area. This dynamic team is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs and demands of complex systems change. The Child’s House for Healing is currently be developed, with plans to open in 2022 as a place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services will be based under one roof. In the development phase prior to the Childs House for Healing opening in East Renfrewshire, like Bairnshoose Team colleagues, our Team executive Assistant will deliver support through a combination of home and office based working from our Children1st offices in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire. The balance of home/office working will support flexible working and will be adapted to meet the needs of the role and Bairnshoose Team when the Childs House for Healing opens.

What kind of person will make a great Executive Assistant for the Bairnshoose Team?

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families

• is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

• is committed to being part of transformational change alongside children and their families

What kind of Executive Assistant will you be?

Knowing our ambition for Bairnshoose in Scotland, you will be someone who:

• is a skilled and diplomatic communicator, who wants to work with our team to transform children’s lives

• can warmly welcome and connect well with young people and their families when they come to the Childs House for Healing, helping them to feel safe

• can connect well with Children1st colleagues and the wide range of multiagency partners who will use the Childs House for Healing, helping them to feel comfortable and welcome

• has a high level of integrity and awareness of the sensitive and confidential nature of the work of the Bairnshoose team

• takes pride in the accuracy and quality of your work and the outputs from the Bairnshoose team

• is a team player who can work collaboratively with partners

• has a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure, with an ability to make decisions

• is 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.

Base

You will initially be based in East Renfrewshire and/or Glasgow (depending on preference) and in East Renfrewshire when the Childs House for Healing is operational.

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.

Hours

This post is 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

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Sessional Youth Workers

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Dalkeith
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to support our Midlothian service, with children, young people and their families in a group-based environment. We are looking for enthusiastic, warm, creative and relational workers to complement our team of peer support workers, project workers and administrator to provide activities for children in the setting of the Woman’s Supper Club and also to help us launch our weekend family activity sessions for families impacted by parental substance use and ACES.

Experience of working with young people and their families is essential. You will be supporting young people from birth to 18 using a variety of approaches predominantly in a group work setting.

You will be expected to take a lead role in planning the activities, completing risk assessments and ensuring that resources are kept up to date and linking with the Midlothian team.

We are keen to recruit more than one person to provide flexibility in service delivery, and provide cover for sickness, holidays etc.

So if you consider yourself to be compassionate, creative and committed, and have experience in activity based support for children and their families, we’d love to hear from you.

Hours:

3 hours on Thursday evenings 4 – 6.30pm with 30 mins planning time outwith

4-8 hours on a weekend: this is to be confirmed dependent on activities undertaken.

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Childcare Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £22,102 – £26,686 pro-rata
  • Girvan
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

Children 1ST is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Carrick Family Wellbeing Service providing support to children, young people, and their families in the Carrick Communities of South Ayrshire.

We are looking to recruit a childcare support worker to work alongside the team to provide care, support and play activities to children aged 0-5 in a nurturing childcare service environment and to provide support to parents and carers.

If you have experience of working in a childcare/ early years setting and have an SVQ Level 3/HNC or equivalent in Child Care/Early Years or related area, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 then we want to hear from you.

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Business Development & Trusts Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow with home working
  • Closing 14th January 2022

The COVID19 pandemic has created previously unimaginable levels of need. Raising funds has never been more needed to ensure that we are able to deliver support for the children and families of Scotland.

Here at Children 1st, we are looking for someone special to join our skilled and highly successful fundraising team, to maintain and grow the high level sustainable funding we need from Trusts and statutory funders.

We are looking for a Business Development & Trusts Officer that is able to help us identify and maximise opportunities from Trusts, Foundations and statutory sources. We are looking for someone who brings drive, energy and creativity to the role.

We need someone who is focused, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and build great relationships with funders. Being an excellent communicator and on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can translate this to our supporters through authentic and creative relationships.

If you have the skills required to write powerful bids and applications, managing relationships and a passion for supporting Scotland’s children - we want to hear from you!

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays (pro rata) and flexible working opportunities.

This is a, full time role of 35 hours per week, although less than full time could be considered. Based flexibly in Scotland with access (restrictions dependent) to our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The role may require travel across Scotland when safe to do so.

For a confidential and informal conversation about this role please contact Business Development & Trusts Manager, Sarah Johnston – you can find Sarah’s contact number within the advert on our website.

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Accountant

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th January 2022

You join us at an exciting time as we continue to play our part in helping Scotland's children and families recover from the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are a dynamic charity focussed on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a busy finance team. You will be responsible for producing accurate financial information to deadlines for budget holders, senior managers, the Board of Management, funders, HMRC and OSCR. You’ll be responsible for producing a variety of financial information for a wide range of purposes. You’ll have strong communication skills and enjoy working with non-finance colleagues to ensure they receive accurate and useful financial information.

You will have Business, Accounting, IT passes at Higher Grade (or equivalent)

Very much a team player, you will need to be comfortable in being rigorous in your approach to your work, while building strong and effective relationships with colleagues across the organisation. If you have previous experience of working in a finance department, are enthusiastic and motivated we’d love to hear from you.

Further Information

This a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. You will be working remotely initially and once we move to blended working, we anticipate you working from our Edinburgh base around 2 / 3 days per week.

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Project Worker (maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Paisley
  • Closing 6th February 2022

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

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Abuse and Trauma Recovery service in Renfrewshire. The service is part of the partnership, Women and Children First with Renfrewshire Council. The service works alongside children and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse and/or Sexual Abuse and their families and aims to support recovery and improved emotional wellbeing.

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.

What kind of person are we looking for?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • has experience of working alongside children, young people and families who have experience domestic abuse/sexual abuse
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Project Worker 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.

Base

You will be based in Renfrewshire with access to Children 1st premises in Paisley as well as to the Women and Children First premises in Paisley and will travel to connect with children, young people and families and other parts of the organisation in line with Scottish Government Guidelines and if it is safe for you, children, young people, families, and colleagues.

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.

This is a fixed term, full time post of 35 hours per week until 31 March 2023 to cover a period of maternity leave.

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Media and Marketing Lead

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Scotland-wide
  • Closing 30th January 2022

Can you harness the power of communications to support children and families? Are you a confident, dynamic and fast-moving media and marketing professional with strong experience of selling in stories to print and broadcast media? Do you also have experience across brand, digital and internal communications? Can you get to the heart of a story and produce compelling editorial, visual and video content which will inspire our audiences to join with us and the families we work to transform support so every child in Scotland can grow up safe and loved within their family and community.

As part of Children 1st’s team you’ll develop and deliver integrated media and marketing plans to amplify our work and influence change. You’ll support the charity’s response to the urgent and emerging needs of children families by transforming children’s services, revolutionising systems of support and changing local and national government policy. You’ll make full use of your creative flair, talent for storytelling and powers of connection with children, families, the media, partners and supporters, so that we can reach every child and family in Scotland in need of our support.

Further Information

This is a full time, permanent post of 35 hours per week. The successful candidate can be based Scotland wide.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Dalkeith EH22 3NU
  • Closing 11th February 2022

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

Our Midlothian service is looking to recruit an enthusiastic person to join our friendly team, delivering support across Midlothian, working from our base in Dalkeith. This is an exciting time to join our service, as we develop our systemic, therapeutic and peer support capacity in enabling families in their recovery from the impact of problematic substance use.

Children 1st offer relational based support, taking a restorative, strengths based and trauma recovery approach to enable individuals and families to live safer, happier lives.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification, we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact Johnny Costello Services Manager, Tel: 0131 6549540 E-mail: midlothian@children1st.org.uk

What kind of people are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

• 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.

Base: Dalkeith

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, (£27,477 – £32,076) generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.

Further Information

This a full-time post of 35 Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required. We may consider enquiries for fewer than 35 hours – please speak with the service manager in the first instance.

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Administrator

  • Full time
  • £18,079 – £20,259
  • West Lothian (Bathgate)
  • Closing 7th March 2022

We have a long history of working with children and families in West Lothian and are a busy and developing resource. We offer a range of support including Family Group Decision Making, Support to Kinship families, as well as building a new approach to help children and young people affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. Children 1st along with partners in West Lothian Health and Social Care 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. We have a small and friendly team with a base in Bathgate and are looking for an administrator who will underpin the support and commitment we offer to children, young people and their families.

What kind of person will make a good Administrator for Children 1st?

  • will possess excellent administrative, IT and financial skills to support the work of Children 1st
  • provide a front-line reception service, as the first point of contact to external visitors and telephone callers, answering questions and responding to queries using own initiative as appropriate to ensure a relational and responsive service is provided
  • ability to maintain diaries, schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments
  • able to record, process and analyse data
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work for and on behalf of children and families and
  • is kind and compassionate and places people at the heart of their work
  • Above all else, the most important thing to us is that you are someone that will support the team who are doing the right thing for children and their families at every turn.

Base

You will be office based in Bathgate, West Lothian Wellbeing Hub.

Our core hours are Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

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Money Advice Worker

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 18th March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to work within our Glasgow Supporting Families Team as well as support our National Money Advice Service.

Our Glasgow Supporting Families Team works alongside families to address the challenges and risks which may have led to vulnerability, promote connection to their local communities, and improve financial stability and resilience. Our aim is to support communties to become more resilient and a place where children feel safe, valued, understood and supported.

The Money Advice Worker will work within an integrated model of intensive family support, community connection, and expert money and debt advice. This will enable families to resolve debt and money problems, become more financially resilient and break the cycle of poverty.

A priority for the Money Advice Worker will be to increase the capacity of our current services to provide Type I and II money advice in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland

You will work as part of the Family Wellbeing team, as well as part of our National Money Advice team. You will support families within their homes, deliver workshops within the community and in schools, and offer drop-in sessions within the community.

If you have experience of welfare rights, income maximisation, money and debt advice, understand the impact trauma and adversity can have on children and families, and believe that you can apply this to your practice, we want to hear from you.

This is a full time, 35 hours post funded until the 31 March 2023 with the intention to explore funding options beyond this date. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of families, including evenings and weekends as required.

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FDGM Coordinators x 2

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service is funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with children and families to ensure they play a key and central role in the decisions made around their lives.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise for 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.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision-making forums. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work, Education and Health colleagues, leading innovation and supporting restorative approaches to working with families.

You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but you must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of the approach. You must also show a commitment to complete accredited training, which will be provided.

If you have experience of working within child protection processes, are committed to restorative approaches, meaningfully involving children and families, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

Base

Your base will be shared between our office in Giffnock and time spent in the Social Work Office in Barrhead.

Hours

This is a fixed term, 35-hour post, funded initially for a period of 12 months from commencement. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. However, Wednesdays are seen as our ‘core day’ and when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

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.

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Team Leader (Maternity Cover)

  • Part time
  • £31,208 – £36,621 pro-rata
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The Family Wellbeing Service is in an exciting period of development. Over past few years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP, we have developed and established the Family Wellbeing Service as a dynamic, responsive and effective Tier 2 support which aligns itself to the needs of families in order to support the emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 8-18 who live within the East Renfrewshire area.

We engage with families to help strengthen their relationships; reduce emotional distress and to enhance their capacity to function more effectively. The team provides intensive, collaborative support, focusing on the family’s strengths and resilience. Relational, restorative, reflective and trauma-sensitive practice guides workers to develop a relationship with family members characterised by trust, respect, honesty and open communication where families can then be linked with community-based networks of support.

We are looking for a Team Leader to join our leadership team within East Renfrewshire as maternity cover. In this position you will play a crucial role in the on-going learning and development of the service and contribute to how we best meet the needs of families across East Renfrewshire. Building relationships and the ability to communicate effectively internally as well as with external partners and agencies is at the heart of everything we do.

You should have experience of working in a leadership role; of offering reflective support and supervision to a team of staff and able to confidently respond to and manage risk.

This is a demanding role which requires tenacity, commitment and flexibility. No two days are the same!

If you have a passion for working alongside families, have experience of keeping children safe, are committed to restorative approaches, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

Base

Your base will be shared between our office in Giffnock and meeting families in their local community.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Hours

21 hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. However, Wednesdays are seen as our ‘core day’ and when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

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Project Worker- School Wellbeing x 2

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

You will be joining Children 1st's Healthier Minds and Wellbeing service which is funded as part of East Renfrewshire Councils’ wider response to mental wellbeing resources for children and young people aged 10-18 who live and learn in East Renfrewshire. Working closely in partnership with colleagues from education, health, social work and other parts of the third sector, you will provide a crucial role in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people within the context of their education, their family and their wider world.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • 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 Project Worker 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

If you have a passion for working alongside families, have experience of keeping children safe, are committed to restorative approaches, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

Base

Your base will be shared between connecting in schools, our office in Giffnock and time spent alongside families in their local community.

Hours

35 hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. However, Wednesdays are seen as our ‘core day’ and when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

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.

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Project Worker (Group Work Development)

  • Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076 pro-rata
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

You will be joining The Family Wellbeing Service which is in an exciting period of development. Over past few years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire HSCP, the Family Wellbeing Service has aligned itself to the needs of families in order to support the emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 8-18 who live within the East Renfrewshire area. We have a number of different ways of supporting families; however, relationship have always remained the heart of everything we do.

We are currently looking for someone with experience of leading the development and delivery of group work in collaboration with children and young people. You will understand and be able to describe the impact that group work can achieve, be able to demonstrate an ability to work from your own initiative as well as contribute within a wider team setting. This will be a dynamic role that requires creativity and a vision for meeting the individual needs of children and young people within a group environment.

If you have a passion for working alongside families, have experience of keeping children safe, are committed to restorative approaches, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

Base

Your base will be shared between our office in Giffnock and venues within the local community.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Hours

17.5 hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. However, Wednesdays are seen as our ‘core day’ when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.

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Philanthropy and Partnerships Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,000 – £20,000
  • Remote based (mainland Scotland)
  • Closing 30th March 2022

At Children 1st our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

The success of the fundraising strategy at Children 1st has ensured that we have a strong platform to build from and we are excited to be investing in our Fundraising and Development team to continue with our planned growth and to ensure we provide our supporters with a first-class experience.

This role is a completely new post we are investing in to provide more support for our Philanthropy & Partnerships teams which are showing huge potential to deliver increased income. We are a team covering areas of income with huge potential – we have lots of ambition and drive and know that once at full capacity, we will be a force to be reckoned with!

This is an entry level role that is perfect for someone who is interested in joining the charity sector and wants to learn. We don’t expect you to have any charity experience for this role, just enthusiasm. The role will work closely with our Senior Fundraisers in Partnerships and our Relationship Manager in Philanthropy to understand the needs of our supporters across both income streams and provide support. We need someone who is solutions focussed, whose reflex is to say, ‘yes…I can help here’. You may not know what to do from the start, but you have the willingness to find out!

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Philanthropy, Partnerships and Community - Product & Events Lead

  • Full time
  • £22,100 – £26,700
  • Remote based (mainland Scotland)
  • Closing 30th March 2022

At Children 1st our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

The success of the fundraising strategy at Children 1st has ensured that we have a strong platform to build from and we are excited to be investing in our Fundraising and Development and Supporter Experience team to continue with our planned growth and to ensure we provide our supporters with a first-class experience.

Our Communities, Philanthropy & Partnerships and Supporter Experience teams have recently been realigned, and we have created this role to encompass all three teams. We are a team covering areas of income with huge potential – we have lots of ambition and drive and know that once at full capacity, we will be a force to be reckoned with!

We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating events and products that will excite and engage our supporter base, giving them amazing experiences that make them want to loyally support Children 1st. We are at an exciting point in our strategy where we are ready to develop our approach to both our owned events and products, bringing learnings in from our experience during the pandemic.

We know that we need to find new ways to engage our audiences and this role will be key in developing the products and events to do this. We need someone who is solutions focussed, whose reflex is to say, ‘yes…let’s figure this out!’. We need someone who can identify opportunities and build relationships. You will be influencing and inspiring a broad range of stakeholders to make our events and products across Communities, Philanthropy & Partnerships meaningful for our supporters.

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Database Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,100 – £26,700
  • Remote based - Mainland Scotland
  • Closing 30th March 2022

At Children 1st our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

The success of the fundraising strategy at Children 1st has ensured that we have a strong platform to build from and we are excited to be investing in our Fundraising and Development team to continue with our planned growth and to ensure we provide our supporters with a first-class experience.

We have created the role of Database Officer as we need to increase our capacity to manage and interpret data. We are looking for someone who knows how important good customer service and amazing donor care is. We want someone who seeks out opportunities to make things even better, be that donor recruitment, stewardship or behind the scenes processes.

We need someone who is solutions focussed, whose reflex is to say, ‘yes…let’s figure this out!’ The role is different every day and you will need to be able to multi-task and think on your feet. We also need you to be a stickler for detail. We sometimes work fast but we also need to be accurate and most importantly compliant. (We don’t usually have to say that twice to those of you who work in data, you get where we’re coming from on this!). You will be busy, but you’ll be working with a great team, and you’ll hopefully learn a lot. We’re hoping that we’ll learn from you too!

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Supporter Care Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,079 – £20,259
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th March 2022

At Children 1st our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

The success of the fundraising strategy at Children 1st has ensured that we have a strong platform to build from and we are excited to be investing in our Fundraising and Development and Supporter Experience team to continue with our planned growth and to ensure we provide our supporters with a first-class experience.

Our Supporter Experience Team is small but perfectly formed! We centralised our supporter care in 2020 to ensure that everyone who fundraises for Children 1st receives an excellent experience. We are a team with lots of ambition and drive and we work with an eye on continuous improvement and development. We are looking for someone who knows how important good customer service and amazing donor care is. We want someone who seeks out opportunities to make things even better, be that donor stewardship or behind the scenes processes. We need someone who is solutions focussed, whose reflex is to say, ‘yes…let’s figure this out!’

The role is different every day and you will need to be able to multi-task and think on your feet. We also need you to be a stickler for detail. We sometimes work fast but we also need to be accurate and most importantly compliant. You will be busy, but you’ll be working with a great team, and you’ll hopefully learn a lot. We’re hoping that we’ll learn from you too!

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