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! Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £35,850 – £41,150
  • On site: Giffnock
  • Closing 19th July 2024

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.

Over the past number years, in partnership with East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, we have developed a variety of responsive and dynamic support offers which align to the needs of families.

We adopt a relational and restorative approach which helps families to strengthen relationships and reduce emotional distress. Placing the voice of children, young people and their families at the centre of the support, the team provide intensive and collaborative whole family support; focusing on highlighting the resilience of families and responding to their individual needs.

We invest in reflective and trauma-sensitive practice which guides workers to develop a relationship with family members characterised by trust, respect, honesty, compassion and an 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. In this position you will play a crucial role in the on-going learning and development of the service and contribute to how we continue to 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 you will 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.

Families are facing increasing challenges which makes this is very a demanding role requiring tenacity, commitment and flexibility.

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.


Your base will be in Giffnock with the option for occasional home working as well as meeting partners and families in the local community.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 7 public holidays, pro rata), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.


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.


Energy Lead – Financial Wellbeing Team

  • Full time
  • £29,500 – £34,490
  • Hybrid: Based in Glasgow/West of Scotland with travel throughout the Central Belt as required.
  • Closing 17th July 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to work within our Financial Wellbeing Advice Service as well as support our Wider aims as a charity.

Our Financial Wellbeing service works alongside support collegues to help 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 Energy Advisor will work within an integrated model of family support, community connection, and expert Energy advice and exploring money and debt advice. This will enable families to stay connected, keep homes warm and resolve debt and money problems, become more financially resilient and break the cycle of fuel poverty.

A priority for the Energy Advisor will be to increase the Energy advice and support we offer our families and with 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 our National Money Advice team. You will support families within their homes, by telephone and other digital methods deliver workshops within the community and in schools, and offer drop-in sessions within the community.

If you have experience of energy advice welfare rights, income maximization, 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.


Based in Glasgow/West of Scotland with travel throughout the Central Belt as required.

Further Information

This is a full time, 35 hours post funded until the 31 March 2026 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.


Board Trustee – Honorary Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Hybrid: Edinburgh, Glasgow or Remote
  • Closing 12th August 2024

The role can be based in Edinburgh, Glasgow or undertaken remotely.

To help govern and lead us we are recruiting a trustee who will succeed the position of honorary treasurer. Working alongside the current trustee before their planned departure there will a period of crossover to ensure a smooth transition. Our volunteer trustees must share our values, believe in our purpose and be passionate about putting children first.

You must be able to demonstrate sound, independent judgement and have an ability to be strategic, open minded and to work collaboratively and collectively. You should have great interpersonal skills, have an ability to challenge constructively where required and be able to critically assess and analyse complex issues. Good listening and communication skills are essential.

The specific skills required for this role are accountancy, and specifically experience in any or all of financial reporting, management accounting delivery or oversight, auditing or general financial management. Fulfilling an existing role or a recent past role in any of these domains will be required, and any experience of non-executive roles using your financial specialism in the charity sector would be a bonus.

We are especially keen to attract trustees with experience in digital technologies and specific knowledge of professional practice in health, social work, justice with experience of strategic service delivery for children in need of care and protection.

We are proud of the way we do things at Children 1st, we put relationships, rights, respect and compassion at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that with the best people delivering the best quality support, amazing transformation can take place. With this in mind we are actively recruiting those who have been historically excluded from governance roles and want to broaden our representation, inclusion and diversity so that we truly represent all of Scotland’s children. If you think you don’t fit the traditional profile of a board member but believe in our purpose and want to make a contribution to our work, please do get in touch. We will offer support and flexibility to ensure any barriers to your involvement are removed.


Project Worker- Participation and Children’s Rights

  • Full time
  • £29,500 – £34,490
  • On site: Aberdeen
  • Closing 26th July 2024

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Participation and Children’s Rights Project Worker to join our Bairns Hoose Implementation Team. Barnahus, is a multi-agency and child-focused response for victims and witnesses of violence. Children 1st use the name Bairns Hoose to identify the model of Barnahus as it will apply in Scotland.

Working with our Bairns Hoose Team of Advocacy Rights and Recovery Workers in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire you will capture the voices of children, young people and their families with lived experience of child protection and justice processes, to ensure that the Barnahus model that is developed for Scotland is child centred and developed in partnership with children and young people.

You will play the vital role of ensuring that the feedback, views and experiences of children and young people are systematically gathered at various points of their experience of the child protection and/or justice processes.

As well as supporting children and young people to share their stories, a key aspect of your role will be to collate the feedback, support the evaluation of key messages and enable these to be shared using different mediums, within a wide range of meetings, events and forums. You will also support young people and parents or carers to develop Bairns Hoose advisory groups, to enable ongoing engagement in the development of the model across Scotland.

The role of participation and children’s rights project worker will work to promote the rights of children and young people in a positive and pro-active way, and to assist those working with children and young people to incorporate a children's rights perspective into their work and practices.

The role will help to promote the rights of children and young people, and provide support and opportunities for them to have their experiences and views heard and listened to and have a particular focus on gathering information and experiences in relation to: Joint Investigative Interviews, forensic examinations and young people who have given evidence in court, including the High Courts in Aberdeen City and Shire, as well as those with experience of child protection and justice processes.

It is essential that applicants have experience of: -

  • Working within the current child protection and/or justice systems
  • Creating a safe environment for vulnerable children and young people to share their experiences and enable them to communicate their thoughts, feelings and views using arrange of different communication methods and approaches.