Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC026076

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotlands only national independent, representative organisation for care experienced people. We represent care experienced people through independent advocacy (up to 26 years of age); membership and influencing work.  Our vision is for care experienced people to feel equal to their non-care-experienced peers. A crucial part of our representative role comes from the voices of our Membership as well as the experiences of those we support through advocacy.

Current vacancies

Children’s Hearing Advocacy Worker

  • Part time
  • £24,147 – £30,184 pro-rata
  • Moray-based
  • Closing 10th March 2024

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The purpose of the post is to ensure that children and young people involved in Children’s Hearing processes in Moray are able to engage with independent advocacy supports. The successful candidate will ensure that the voices and views of children and young people are considered in Children’s Hearing processes and are at the heart of decision-making.

Children’s Hearing Advocacy Workers provide independent advocacy support to children and young people involved in Children’s Hearings. This means listening to what they say, supporting them to amplify their voices, and ensuring that their views are heard regarding all decisions which are being made about their lives. At the heart of the advocacy relationship is trust - built through transparent, honest, accountable and reliable interactions with a skilled and knowledgeable Children’s Hearing Advocacy Worker.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within Moray as a representative of the North team, with opportunities to interact with our events across the whole of Scotland. Your role will also see you raise awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and our services amongst children and young people, professionals and carers. As a Children’s Hearing Advocacy Worker, you will contribute to liaison reports which evidence the work and advocacy supports provided within the Moray area. You will be starting with the team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope, and change.

The right candidate for this post will be able to provide high quality independent advocacy supports for children and young people in Moray who are involved in Children’s Hearings. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts, recognising where there may be barriers to communication. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with teams, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. You are equally prepared to work independently, with an awareness of the skills involved to work within a geographically dispersed team based in the North of Scotland. You can demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting young people in care, as well as awareness of the care system in Scotland. You also possess an understanding of housing and homelessness structures, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, and understand that some evening and weekend work, as well as overnight stays will be necessary.

While we would be interested to learn about the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as keen to hear about relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £24,147 – £30,184
  • Western Isles
  • Closing 10th March 2024

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team, supporting young people from across the Western Isles to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced, or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people across the Western Isles. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (East Lothian)

  • Full time
  • £24,147 – £30,184
  • East Lothian – Edinburgh/Haddington
  • Closing 29th February 2024

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South East region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team, supporting young people from across East Lothian to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced, or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within East Lothian. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Jordan Croan, our South East Advocacy and Participation Manager on jcroan@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocate

  • Full time
  • £24,147 – £30,184
  • South West Scotland – Glasgow base
  • Closing 14th February 2024

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The purpose of the post is to deliver lifelong advocacy to Care Experienced people via our helpline. You will also work alongside volunteers who are an integral part of our helpline team.

Advocates provide independent advocacy support for Care Experienced people. This means listening to what they say and supporting them to amplify their voices on a variety of topics. At the heart of the advocacy relationship is trust - built through transparent, honest, accountable, and reliable interactions with a skilled and knowledgeable Advocate.

You will help ensure that the voices of Care Experienced people are heard by Corporate Parents and communities, creating positive change. Working closely with partners, council services and with other public services, your role will help to ensure that Care Experienced people have access to decision-makers and are able to create new opportunities, whilst developing existing ones. You will also be adept at developing positive relationships with people over the telephone and/ or email.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within South West team, but our helpline covers the whole of Scotland. You will be starting with the team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope, and change.

The right candidate for this post will be able to provide high quality independent lifelong advocacy for Care Experienced people who contact the helpline or help inbox. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with teams, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. You can demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting young people in care, as well as awareness of the care system in Scotland. You also possess an understanding of housing and homelessness structures, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, with some evening and weekend work, as well as overnight stays will be necessary.

While we would be interested to learn about the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as keen to hear about relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Development Officer (Clackmannanshire Communities that Care)

  • Full time
  • £24,147 – £30,184
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Closing 26th November 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating ‘Communities that Care’ activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our Clackmannanshire/West Central region. Responsible for maximizing the networks through which Care Experienced young people can connect and grow as individuals, you will help to develop schools work participation through the organisation of ‘Communities that Care’ activities. Building upon your experience working with children and young people, you will help to support and engage with ‘Communities that Care’ activities. You will also aid team members in utilising their own youth work and/or community engagement skills, working collaboratively with organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services across Clackmannanshire.

As part of your Development Officer (Communities that Care) role you will collaborate with our Advocacy and Participation Manager to identify, attract, and monitor local funding and fundraising opportunities. You will enhance our local offering to Care Experienced people, helping to support belonging and participation activities. These core activities – primarily delivered in educational settings – include awareness-raising presentations, assembly and lesson-planning inputs, group work, as well as forums and events. Whilst doing so, you will develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations across Clackmannanshire, gaining experience in awareness-raising and promotion. In post, your reports in relation to the impact of your work with local communities will bolster the evidence base to influence local policy initiatives, such as The Promise. The post will also allow you to work with other regional teams to develop their own ‘Communities that Care’ activity, and to collaborate with teams cross Who Cares? Scotland more widely, ensuring that our members are benefitting nationally from WC?S activities and programmes.

This role offers the opportunity to help ensure that the local community in Clackmannanshire is an environment where the voices, views, and experiences of Care Experienced children and young people are heard, and to bring about positive change. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining the team at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, and hope.

The right candidate for this position will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. You feel confident communicating and leading, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,175 – £41,383
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 24th October 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The Finance Manager is a key position within Who Cares? Scotland and will work closely with the Senior Management Team to ensure effective financial management of the organisation. Responsible for the preparation of monthly management accounts, journals, and forecasts, as well as year-end accounting process, the Finance Manager will also assist the Director of Finance with preparation of the annual budget.

Contributing to internal control procedures, you will regularly review financial policies and ensure that WC?S maintains a robust financial management framework. In addition, the Finance Manager will ensure that all financial records meet auditing, legal and tax requirements, implementing new systems or upgrades to systems where necessary.

The right candidate will be experienced in providing Senior Management and budget holders with timely and accurate financial information, as well as preparing reports, appraisals, and budget proposals for funding bids or new projects. You will have strong working knowledge of payroll process and maintaining asset registers, and you are confident reviewing reconciliation processes and undertaking adjustments.

With proven skill in closely and accurately monitoring funds, the Finance Manager will help to ensure that Who Cares? Scotland has sufficient funds to profitably operate, invest and grow. As a leader, you will supervise Finance staff to ensure the accuracy and quality of delegated duties, e.g., raising of sales invoices, payment of suppliers, collation and transfer of payroll information, and processing of expense, mileage, and credit card claims. You will also provide finance training support to budget holders to enable them to take responsibility for their own budgets, as well as maintain the organisation’s relationship with the Bank, external auditors, and the Finance and HR Committee team. The right candidate will therefore be capable of forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and be adaptable to a wide range of contexts.

With a passion for the aims and values of Who Cares? Scotland, you will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, and equal opportunities. You believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Louise Hunter, at lhunter@whocaresscotland.org.

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Lifelong Advocate

  • Full time
  • £23,674
  • South West Scotland/National
  • Closing 15th October 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The purpose of the post is to deliver lifelong advocacy to Care Experienced people via our helpline. You will also work alongside volunteers who are an integral part of our helpline team.

Lifelong advocates provide independent advocacy support for Care Experienced people. This means listening to what they say and supporting them to amplify their voices on a variety of topics. At the heart of the advocacy relationship is trust - built through transparent, honest, accountable, and reliable interactions with a skilled and knowledgeable Lifelong Advocate.

You will help ensure that the voices of Care Experienced people are heard by Corporate Parents and communities, creating positive change. Working closely with partners, council services and with other public services, your role will help to ensure that Care Experienced people have access to decision-makers and are able to create new opportunities, whilst developing existing ones. You will also be adept at developing positive relationships with people over the telephone and/ or email.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within South West team, but our helpline covers the whole of Scotland. You will be starting with the team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope, and change.

The right candidate for this post will be able to provide high quality independent lifelong advocacy for Care Experienced people who contact the helpline or help inbox. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with teams, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. You can demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting young people in care, as well as awareness of the care system in Scotland. You also possess an understanding of housing and homelessness structures, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, with some evening and weekend work, as well as overnight stays will be necessary.

While we would be interested to learn about the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as keen to hear about relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Sharon Berrie, our South West Advocacy and Participation Manager sberrie@whocaresscotland.org

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Development Officer (South Lanarkshire)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 1st October 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South Lanarkshire region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, and care leavers, as well as in the ongoing work of the Champions Board approach in South Lanarkshire. The intention is to create an environment where the voices, views and experiences of care experienced children and young people are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

In this role you will utilise and create opportunities for participation and belonging activities with Care Experienced young people, whilst supporting PR, awareness-raising, events, and other projects. Core belonging and participation activities will involve fun connection sessions; issue-based group work; creative based group work; collective advocacy and focus groups; as well as forums and events. You will support volunteers and students on placement to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills and work collaboratively with organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

Responsible for maximizing the networks through which care experienced young people can connect, develop, and grow as individuals, you will use a range of communications channels to promote belonging and participation activities to care experienced children and young people. By developing accessible and applicable youth work tools and activities, you will build upon your experience working with children and young people to create attractive offers locally that encourage care experienced people to join our membership.

In your capacity as a Development Officer, you will work closely with Who Cares? Scotland Volunteer Manager to ensure we are providing the best support available to volunteers serving our young people. Through collaboration with our Advocacy and Participation Manager, you will identify and attract local funding and fundraising opportunities to enhance our local offering to care experienced people. In doing so, you will develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations (e.g., Local Authority, Third Sector, Public Sector Corporate Parents) and gain experience in awareness-raising and promotion. Providing reports in relation to participation, belonging, and the impact of your work, you will bolster the evidence base to support fundraising and awareness- raising opportunities, as well as to influence local policy initiatives, such as The Promise. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in designing tailored group work programmes. You feel confident communicating, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Caroline Richardson, our South Lanarkshire Advocacy and Participation Manager on crichardson@whocaresscotland.org

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Evidence & Impact Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Location flexible - National Office base (Glasgow)
  • Closing 8th October 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3,500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As Evidence & Impact Officer, you will help the organisation to evaluate its activities, demonstrate the impact they make, and continually learn from our work. You will contribute within the team to ensure we have the strong evidence and funding base needed to increase the reach of the organisation and work towards achieving our vision for Care Experienced people. Organising and leading consultative meetings, you will help to gather evidence on Advocacy & Participation Worker’s (APWs) experiences of the Children’s Hearing System (CHS). This will include co-facilitating the Advocacy Community of Practice around CHS. Your role will also see you assist in responding to requests for data and evidence drawn from our bespoke database and help to write evidence and impact reports for a range of audiences.

Coordinating with our team to provide accessible training for staff, alongside supporting the collating and analysing of data to underpin our policy priorities, you will work collaboratively to carry out goals for data reclassification and cleaning. As Evidence & Impact Officer, your position will afford the opportunity to learn how to share impact data accessibly, whilst working in a team improving and expanding the organisations’ digital skills and systems.

We offer flexible working, and the role will involve communication and contact with Care Experienced people and colleagues across Who Cares? Scotland, including dedicated Volunteers. The right candidate for the role will therefore be committed to upholding Human and Children’s rights and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You will be keen to develop your practice, take advantage of training opportunities and show commitment to building on your existing love for data.

As an individual with experience of data analysis, as well as with Microsoft Office systems, and CRMs/databases, you possess a strong attention to detail and tend towards number crunching. Able to work collaboratively, with young people and teams, you may also have helped to facilitate focus groups in the past. With demonstrable knowledge of social science research, you are a clear communicator with the desire to gain experience in a third sector organisation.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, such as a recent degree in Psychology or a social science, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Donna Nicholas, our Evidence & Impact Manager on dnicholas@whocaresscotland.org

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Peripatetic Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Peripatetic across the North East Region
  • Closing 1st October 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North East region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team, supporting young people from across the region to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within the North East region (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Angus, Rossie). This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Executive Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 17th September 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The purpose of the post is to provide high quality administrative support for teams across the organisation, as well as providing excellent executive and governance support to our Senior Management Team, CEO, and our Board.

The Executive Support Officer will be a member of the Communications and Events team, and is responsible for managing the organisation’s resources, technology, physical spaces, administrative, executive support, and reception functions, in addition to providing a welcoming and efficient first point of contact for anyone who gets in touch with Who Cares? Scotland by phone, email or in person.

You will have a proven record of being highly organised, demonstrate attention to detail and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will also be trustworthy, reliable, and be able to form positive relationships with young people and colleagues.

Flexibility is a requirement of the role to support our events and Board Meetings which occasionally take place in the evenings and at the weekend.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Katie MacMillan, our Communication and Events Manager kmacmillan@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592 pro-rata
  • Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 13th September 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North East region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team, supporting young people from across the region to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592 pro-rata
  • Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 13th September 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North East region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team, supporting young people from across the region to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Nicki Matthew, our North East Advocacy and Participation Manager nmatthew@whocaresscotland.org .

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Advocacy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £34,486 – £40,571
  • Flexible base – with travel across all North East region sites
  • Closing 25th August 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The Advocacy and Participation Manager will oversee the development of our independent advocacy services, including our lifelong advocacy offering, and the engagement and empowerment of Care Experienced people through participation opportunities.

This role oversees work that is crucial in what it does for Care Experienced people, that is also further validated by The Promise’s commitment to independent and lifelong advocacy, which will have more prominence as The Promise implementation develops.

Contributing to Who Cares? Scotland’s leadership team and sharing the learning of this work positively and proactively across the organization, this APM role will provide a robust evidence base to support the evolvement of this work nationally.

The right candidate will therefore be capable of forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and be adaptable to a wide range of contexts. With experience managing budgets and performance targets, as well as reporting internally and to key stakeholders, you will also be skilled at supervising and supporting the work of staff and volunteers. Some travel, as well as some evening and weekend work, is required due to the remit of the post.

You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, and equal opportunities. You believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Kay McKerrell, Director of Advocacy and Participation at kmckerrell@whocaresscotland.org.

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Development Officer – Volunteering and Participation

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Central Belt with flexible home working
  • Closing 24th August 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As Development Officer – Volunteering and Participation, you will have a key role within the national Volunteering team. Helping to build and support a successful volunteer network, you will shape and deliver a volunteer programme across the organisation. You will also support the development of engaging, meaningful participation for Care Experienced people on a range of themes and work closely with teams across the organisation who involve volunteers in their work.

To succeed in this role, you will have demonstrable experience of coordinating the work of volunteers including recruitment, selection, training, support, and retention. Confident in your ability to create positive and supportive relationships with volunteers, you will be passionate about working with others and independently, retaining diplomacy whilst collaborating in a dynamic environment and with those who may hold differing opinions. Assisting in developing relevant and high-quality training for volunteers, this role will also see you take responsibility for volunteer projects, social events, presentations on the impact of volunteering for the organisation, as well as supporting and delivering local and national participation projects for Care Experienced people. As a crucial partner in implementing the volunteer and participation strategies as an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will also support in sourcing funding for the volunteer team and represent the charity at external forums.

As part of the Volunteer and Participation Development team, you will possess sound knowledge of current research and recommendations relating to volunteer issues, communicate clearly, and be well organised. With a background in the delivery of participation through a variety of methods, you will be confident supporting staff and volunteers with the planning and delivery of local and national participation. You will be strongly committed to the work of Who Cares? Scotland and our aims, and develop key contacts with Care Experienced members, Corporate Parents, Academics, and Third Sector agencies. Understanding that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity, you will work in an inclusive and anti-oppressive way, engaging with continuing professional development to ensure that your awareness of different points of view, best practice, and policy continues to evolve. The post holder will be required to be flexible and work some evening and weekends to meet volunteer related operational needs. There will be opportunities to work from home, but there will be a requirement for the post holder to be based in one of our Central Belt offices, working across the Central Belt.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Volunteer and Participation Development team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope, and change.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • North Region (Orkney)
  • Closing 17th September 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Orkney’s Care Experienced children and young people are at the heart of decision-making – both for individuals experiencing care, and in the shaping of services for Care Experienced children and young people.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within Orkney and our North region. As an Advocacy and Participation Worker, you will support young people from across the community to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will help to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. Working in partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake and creating new opportunities for them to enact positive change.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people alongside public services, Corporate Parents, the community, and Orkney Islands Council. Providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, you will also meet with Care Experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care Corporate Parents, including schools.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Leanne Murdoch, our North Advocacy and Participation Manager on lmurdoch@whocaresscotland.org.

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Development Officer – South East (Champions Board/Communities that Care)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • East Lothian/Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th September 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating East Lothian Champions Board and ‘Communities that Care’ activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South East region. Responsible for maximizing the networks through which Care Experienced young people can connect and grow as individuals, you will help to develop schools work participation through the organisation of ‘Communities that Care’ activities. Whilst forming relationships with community groups and local partners, you will also lead the wider Champions Board team and line manage the Champions Board Participation Assistant. Building upon your experience working with children and young people, you will help to support them to engage with East Lothian Champions Board Meetings, as well as ‘Communities that Care’ activities. You will also aid team members in utilising their own youth work and/or community engagement skills, working collaboratively with organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services across East Lothian/Edinburgh.

As part of your Development Officer (Champions Board/Communities that Care) role you will collaborate with our Advocacy and Participation Manager to identify, attract, and monitor local funding and fundraising opportunities. Ensuring funding for our Champions Board/ ‘Communities that Care’ projects, you will enhance our local offering to Care Experienced people, helping to support belonging and participation activities. These core activities include connection sessions; issue-based group work; creative based group work; collective advocacy and focus groups; as well as forums and events. Whilst doing so, you will develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations across Edinburgh and East Lothian, gaining experience in awareness-raising and promotion. In post, your reports in relation to the impact of your work with the Champions Board and local communities will bolster the evidence base to influence local policy initiatives, such as The Promise. The post will also allow you to work with other regional teams to develop their own ‘Communities that Care’ activity, and to collaborate with teams cross Who Cares? Scotland more widely, ensuring that our members are benefitting nationally from WC?S activities and programmes.

This role offers the opportunity to help ensure that the Champions Board and local community in the South East are environments where the voices, views, and experiences of Care Experienced children and young people are heard, and to bring about positive change. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining the team at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, and hope.

The right candidate for this position will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. You feel confident communicating and leading, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Orkney
  • Closing 28th July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Orkney’s Care Experienced children and young people are at the heart of decision-making – both for individuals experiencing care, and in the shaping of services for Care Experienced children and young people.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within Orkney and our North region. As an Advocacy and Participation Worker, you will support young people from across the community to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will help to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. Working in partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake and creating new opportunities for them to enact positive change.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people alongside public services, Corporate Parents, the community, and Orkney Islands Council. Providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, you will also meet with Care Experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care Corporate Parents, including schools.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Leanne Murdoch, our North Advocacy and Participation Manager on lmurdoch@whocaresscotland.org.

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Volunteer Development Officer (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Glasgow National Office with flexibility
  • Closing 28th July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As a Volunteer Development Officer, you will have a key role within the national volunteer staff team. Helping to build and support a successful volunteer network, you will shape and deliver a volunteer programme across the organisation. To succeed in this role, you will have demonstrable experience of coordinating the work of volunteers including recruitment, selection, training, support, and retention. Confident in your ability to create positive and supportive relationships with volunteers, you will be passionate about working with others and independently, retaining diplomacy whilst collaborating in a dynamic environment and with those who may hold differing opinions. Assisting in developing relevant and high-quality training for volunteers, this role will also see you take responsibility for volunteer projects, social events, and presentations on the impact of volunteering for the organisation. As a crucial partner in implementing volunteer strategy and an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will also support in sourcing funding for the volunteer team and represent the charity at external forums.

As part of the Volunteer Development team, you will possess sound knowledge of current research and recommendations relating to volunteer issues, communicate clearly, and be well organised. You will be strongly committed to the work of Who Cares? Scotland and our aims, and develop key contacts with Care Experienced members, Corporate Parents, Academics, and Third Sector agencies. Understanding that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity, you will work in an inclusive and anti-oppressive way, engaging with continuing professional development to ensure that your awareness of different points of view, best practice, and policy continues to evolve. The post holder will be required to be flexible and work some evening and weekends to meet volunteer related operational needs. There will be opportunities to work from home, but there will be a requirement for the post holder to be based in our Glasgow office, working across the Central Belt.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Volunteer Development team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

If you have a genuine interest in volunteering, we would love to hear from you.

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Development Officer – South East (Champions Board/Communities that Care)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Edinburgh and East Lothian
  • Closing 6th July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating East Lothian Champions Board and ‘Communities that Care’ activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South East region. Responsible for maximizing the networks through which Care Experienced young people can connect and grow as individuals, you will help to develop schools work participation through the organisation of ‘Communities that Care’ activities. Whilst forming relationships with community groups and local partners, you will also lead the wider Champions Board team and line manage the Champions Board Participation Assistant. Building upon your experience working with children and young people, you will help to support them to engage with East Lothian Champions Board Meetings, as well as ‘Communities that Care’ activities. You will also aid team members in utilising their own youth work and/or community engagement skills, working collaboratively with organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services across East Lothian/Edinburgh.

As part of your Development Officer (Champions Board/Communities that Care) role you will collaborate with our Advocacy and Participation Manager to identify, attract, and monitor local funding and fundraising opportunities. Ensuring funding for our Champions Board/ ‘Communities that Care’ projects, you will enhance our local offering to Care Experienced people, helping to support belonging and participation activities. These core activities include connection sessions; issue-based group work; creative based group work; collective advocacy and focus groups; as well as forums and events. Whilst doing so, you will develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations across Edinburgh and East Lothian, gaining experience in awareness-raising and promotion. In post, your reports in relation to the impact of your work with the Champions Board and local communities will bolster the evidence base to influence local policy initiatives, such as The Promise. The post will also allow you to work with other regional teams to develop their own ‘Communities that Care’ activity, and to collaborate with teams cross Who Cares? Scotland more widely, ensuring that our members are benefitting nationally from WC?S activities and programmes.

This role offers the opportunity to help ensure that the Champions Board and local community in the South East are environments where the voices, views, and experiences of Care Experienced children and young people are heard, and to bring about positive change. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining the team at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, and hope.

The right candidate for this position will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working. You feel confident communicating and leading, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Jordan Croan, our South East Advocacy and Participation Manager on jcroan@whocaresscotland.org.’

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Participation Assistant - East Lothian Champions Board

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh and East Lothian
  • Closing 6th July 2023

Are you Care Experienced and want to make a difference to the Care Experienced Community in East Lothian and beyond? Are you looking for an exciting developmental opportunity to work alongside East Lothian’s Champions Board whilst being supported to gain an SVQ qualification? Then this could be the role for you!

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we are looking to recruit a Participation Assistant in East Lothian.

This role provides the opportunity to help empower Care Experienced people within the work of the East Lothian area and Champions Board, whilst also developing your own skills as a Participation Assistant and being supported to gain an SVQ qualification.

The Participation Assistant will help to enable children and young people with care experience to feel empowered, championed and supported to explore their views and voice, and raise them within the work of the Champions Board, so that real change can happen to improve the lives and opportunities of care experienced children and young people.

The successful candidate will join our friendly East Lothian team and will be supported to develop their confidence as a Participation Assistant. The post holder will be involved in a range of external facing work and activities which will include campaigning, training, awareness raising, partnership development and lobbying work, using a range of existing and yet to be developed activities and methods.

The right candidate will be someone who is open to new ideas, who has good communication and group working skills, and is excited to build important relationships within the community. The post holder will be trustworthy, reliable, and confident organising a range of activities to promote and support all aspects of the work of the team and the Champions Board in East Lothian.

The successful candidate will also have a good understanding of The Promise and the issues that affect Care Experienced people, whilst being passionate about empowering young people to have their voice heard and to drive change.

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Top job! Education and Engagement Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £34,486 – £40,571
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible home working
  • Closing 2nd July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland. At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy, and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As part of the Engagement and Influencing Directorate, the Education and Engagement Manager will ensure Corporate Parents and relevant stakeholders have access to education and learning support and resources to enable them to make meaningful change for Care Experienced people. You will lead the team to coordinate, develop, quality assure, and deliver WC?S education and engagement activity at a local, regional, and national level. This will include crafting education and learning programmes, conference inputs and advising and consulting on policy developments affecting Care Experienced people. Regular monitoring and evaluation and communication of the team’s impact is required, as is the development and sustainment of a positive working relationship with the Scottish Government, relevant Ministers of the Scottish Parliament, and funders. Working alongside Scottish Government colleagues to develop and deliver on grant outcomes, you will represent Care Experienced people’s voices and views in all activities and projects. Taking charge of reporting, compliance, and budgeting, your role will see you oversee all relationships with Corporate Parents, funders, civil servants, or local elected members on behalf of the team.

To ensure that Who Cares? Scotland continues to be recognized as leading the way in the development of local and national Corporate Parenting cultures in Scotland, you will be a confident leader, possessing the skills to collaborate and communicate effectively. You hold experience of working at management level in an organisation in the third or voluntary sector, of implementing operational plans, and of successfully managing and securing partnerships, grants, and complex projects. Capable of developing best practice through training opportunities, and working with an inter-agency, inter-disciplinary focus, you can work with varied layers within the public sector, including at senior management level. Whilst influencing and delivering on key strategic goals, you can utilise your strong knowledge and understanding of developing and delivering learning programmes, imbuing your work consistently with the principles of social justice, equality, and inclusion.

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Top job! Project Manager: Creating Communities That Care

  • Full time
  • £34,486 – £40,571
  • Scotland wide - flexible, open to home working, but with regular visits to the office and travel.
  • Closing 2nd July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland. At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy, and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This opportunity represents a new role within the organisation, designed to uphold our renewed commitment to tackle stigma and discrimination experienced by Care Experienced people. The Project Manager will oversee the development and implementation of strategies to change attitudes to Care Experienced people through an evidence-based approach to public education and community engagement activity. Leading cross-directorate project teams to deliver on key initiatives and securing contracted work in partnership with the private and charity sectors, the role will incorporate income-generation, as well as the delivery of a training programme with a private sector business.

As Project Manager, you will have a key role in engaging private sector businesses and public sector bodies with a consultancy offer, to help them become ‘care aware’ organisations and employers. Designing and developing a training and accreditation programme, the first of its kind in Scotland, you will also help to lead the scaling of our unique whole school approach. Our Communities that Care school work helps to create care aware learning environments where all pupils can thrive, and dedicated community engagement sessions across the nation. In this role, you will work with the Director of Fundraising & Communications to oversee the identification, development, and implementation of projects which help to support our public education ambitions.

As well as creating, promoting, and delivering training programmes which lead to tangible behavioural and cultural change within target organisations, this role will also see you promote understanding and inclusivity of Care Experienced people within organisations, including WC?S. Within the Project Manager role, you will head a project team to ensure that WC?S’ own internal workforce development activity includes targeted sessions on understanding care experience, in collaboration with the HR Manager. As the ‘face of’ Who Cares? Scotland’s public education activity, both internally and externally, you will promote a culture of excellence when communicating about care experience.

Whilst identifying funding and commission opportunities, evaluating and reporting learning and the impact of public education activity, and managing delegated budget responsibilities, you will strive to uphold the ethos of Who Cares? Your proactive, ‘can-do’ attitude, ability to motivate others, and to work under pressure, will help your team to reach its aims. With experience working at supervisory level, with senior corporate representatives, and as a team leader, you have a background in developing and implementing teaching plans, as well as measuring impact and reporting to funders.

Resilient, and capable of being sensitive to the needs of Care Experienced people, volunteers, and funders, you are seeking a role in which you can uphold child and human rights, help to implement The Promise, and work to empower people to make transformative change in their communities

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Top job! Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £34,486 – £40,571
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible home working
  • Closing 16th July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland. At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy, and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and support the delivery of a policy and public affairs influencing programme. The overarching purpose of this role is to develop our local and national work to influence elected representatives from across Scotland’s political parties in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland. You will lead political influencing plans and support the team in creating and maintaining a political contact programme to build opportunities for members to engage and influence decision-makers. Ensuring the views of Care Experienced members and advocacy evidence shape our policy responses and campaigning, you will also secure opportunities for influencing change.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret, and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences. Aware of how to bridge the gap between lived experience and policymaking, you possess the skills to deliver evidence-based campaigns. With a background developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people, you also have demonstrable experience working with marginalised groups.

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Education and Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 2nd July 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3,500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change for Care Experienced people.

The Education and Engagement Officer will work as part of the Education and Engagement Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Education and Engagement Manager. The post holder’s main responsibilities will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; to design and deliver education and learning projects and activities for Corporate Parents and relevant stakeholders that will help drive positive lasting change for Care Experienced people in Scotland.

You will be joining the Education and Engagement Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Engagement and Influence Directorate. You will collaborate with colleagues to support the influencing of policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally. You will utilise Each and Every Child framing to play a key role in our anti-stigma approach for Care Experienced people.

The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator and presenter and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential, as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector. The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, to fulfil their remit. Occasional evening and weekend work, including overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through qualifications we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Evidence & Impact Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • flexible - National Office base (Glasgow)
  • Closing 24th May 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3,500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As Evidence & Impact Officer, you will help the organisation to evaluate its activities, demonstrate the impact they make, and continually learn from our work. You will contribute within the team to ensure we have the strong evidence and funding base needed to increase the reach of the organisation and work towards achieving our vision for Care Experienced people. You will help facilitate accessible training for staff, as well as support the collating and analysing of data to underpin our policy priorities, and work collaboratively to carry out goals for data reclassification and cleaning. Your role will also see you assist in responding to requests for data and evidence drawn from our bespoke database and help to write evidence and impact reports for a range of audiences. As Evidence & Impact Officer, your position will also afford the opportunity to learn how to share impact data accessibly, whilst working in a team improving and expanding the organisations’ digital skills and systems.

We offer flexible working, with the expectation that the Evidence & Impact Officer will have a regular presence within the National Office in Glasgow. The role will involve communication and contact with Care Experienced people and colleagues across Who Cares? Scotland, including dedicated Volunteers. The right candidate for the role will therefore be committed to upholding Human and Children’s rights and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You will be keen to develop your practice, take advantage of training opportunities and show commitment to building on your existing love for data.

As an individual with experience of data analysis, including quantitative analysis, as well as with Microsoft Office systems, you possess a strong attention to detail and tend towards number crunching. Able to work collaboratively, with young people and teams, you may also have helped to facilitate focus groups in the past. With demonstrable knowledge of social science research, you are a clear communicator with the desire to gain experience in a third sector organisation.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, such as a recent degree in Psychology or a social science, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Policy & Public Affairs Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • flexible - National Office base (Glasgow)
  • Closing 24th May 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3,500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As Policy & Public Affairs Officer, you will contribute to the aspirations of Who Cares? Scotland by helping to deliver our policy and public affairs influencing programme, supported by members from across the country. The overarching purpose of this role is to develop our local and national work to influence elected representatives from across Scotland’s political parties in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

Working alongside our regional teams, you will create opportunities for members to engage with local decision-makers. You will also champion the development of a spokesperson programme for Care Experienced people to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and the media. Forming a political contact programme, this role will see you play a key role in ensuring consistency of political engagement across the organisation, assisting staff to record lobbying activity in accordance with relevant legislation. Engaging with national participation events, your collaboration with teams, members, and partner agencies will also ensure that the views of Care Experienced members shape our policy responses and campaigning. Helping to keep members and staff informed about relevant policy and practice developments, you will ultimately help to create implementable, aspirational recommendations for our influencing plans and practice.

The Policy & Public Affairs officer will have key contact with Care Experienced people and members, Corporate Parents and Public Bodies, as well as elected members in Local Authorities, the UK, and Scottish Parliaments. Your work will also see you liaise with academics, other third sector organisations, and public forums. When engaging with Who Cares? Scotland team, our members, volunteers, and contacts, you will share a commitment to child and human rights, working inclusively and with the belief that people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. As the right candidate for this role, you have demonstrable experience developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation, as well as ensuring participation of lived experience in policy influencing. You can scrutinise policy and legislation, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, and interpret complex information with an eye to communicating your understanding through concise language. Interpersonally, you are confident in building relationships and articulating your knowledge to a variety of audiences in factual and convincing ways. A proven project manager, you have delivered evidence-based campaigns, written policy briefings and consultation responses, and have worked with marginalised groups in the past.

Whilst a degree in a relevant field is desirable, we welcome and encourage applications from those with relevant experience in a related field, and from those with experience of care.

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Volunteer Development Officer (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Glasgow National Office with flexibility
  • Closing 7th May 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

As a Volunteer Development Officer, you will have a key role within the national volunteer staff team. Helping to build and support a successful volunteer network, you will shape and deliver a volunteer programme across the organisation.

To succeed in this role, you will have demonstrable experience of coordinating the work of volunteers including recruitment, selection, training, support, and retention. Confident in your ability to create positive and supportive relationships with volunteers, you will be passionate about working with others and independently, retaining diplomacy whilst collaborating in a dynamic environment and with those who may hold differing opinions. Assisting in developing relevant and high-quality training for volunteers, this role will also see you take responsibility for volunteer projects, social events, and presentations on the impact of volunteering for the organisation. As a crucial partner in implementing volunteer strategy and an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will also support in sourcing funding for the volunteer team and represent the charity at external forums.

As part of the Volunteer Development team, you will possess sound knowledge of current research and recommendations relating to volunteer issues, communicate clearly, and be well organised. You will be strongly committed to the work of Who Cares? Scotland and our aims, and develop key contacts with Care Experienced members, Corporate Parents, Academics, and Third Sector agencies. Understanding that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity, you will work in an inclusive and anti-oppressive way, engaging with continuing professional development to ensure that your awareness of different points of view, best practice, and policy continues to evolve. The post holder will be required to be flexible and work some evening and weekends to meet volunteer related operational needs. There will be opportunities to work from home, but there will be a requirement for the post holder to be based in our Glasgow office, working across the Central Belt.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Volunteer Development team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker - Stirling and Seamab School

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • West Central Region – Stirling and Seamab School
  • Closing 26th March 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our West Central region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within the West Central team, supporting young people from across the region and wider Local Authorities, as well as in educational settings, to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within Stirling and at Seamab School. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the West Central team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker - Spark of Genius

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • West Central Region – Spark of Genius
  • Closing 26th March 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy position. This means we listen to what young people say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. This role will see the postholder take responsibility for providing this service to children and young people across all Spark of Genius locations, covering a vast geographical area. The varied locations of Spark of Genius services means that significant travel is required in this role.

The post-holder will also be a key member of the West Central Advocacy and Participation team, with the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people across Spark of Genius services. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the West Central team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (South Lanarkshire)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Lanarkshire Region (South Lanarkshire)
  • Closing 26th March 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Lanarkshire region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within South Lanarkshire, supporting young people from across the region and wider Local Authorities to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes across South Lanarkshire, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within South Lanarkshire/Lanarkshire alongside the Corporate Parenting Partnership. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents, including schools.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South Lanarkshire locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Angus/Aberdeenshire. To be agreed
  • Closing 26th March 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy, and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This unique role offers the opportunity to listen to and work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Angus/Aberdeenshire region.

The post-holder will be a key member of the Advocacy and Participation team within Angus/Aberdeenshire, supporting young people from across the region and wider Local Authorities to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard. In this role you will have the opportunity to provide independent advocacy, children’s rights, and participation opportunities for children and young people who are looked after, Care Experienced or subject to formal processes and structures. The role will see you actively participating in child’s plan meetings, children’s hearings, and other formal processes across Tayside, as well as assisting children and young people to prepare for them. In partnership with professionals, carers, and organisations, you will help to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people by keeping detailed records of the work you undertake, writing liaison reports, and monitoring statistics. The position will also involve collaborating with Angus Participation Assistants to plan and implement group and collective advocacy locally, supporting the Care Experienced voice to be heard.

As a vital part of the work of Who Cares? Scotland, your role will include facilitating group opportunities for and with children and young people within Angus alongside the Corporate Parenting Partnership. This includes providing engagement and participation opportunities throughout the Who Cares? Scotland local and national network, as well as meeting with care experienced children and young people to introduce the service in agreement with the local authority. Raising awareness of Who Cares? Scotland and its services with children, young people, professionals, and carers you will also be responsible for facilitating training amongst care corporate parents, including schools.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills. You will feel confident communicating with individuals and groups, both in writing and verbally, and be able to adapt to a wide range of contexts. Secure in making effective plans, as well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You take enjoyment from working collaboratively with partners, believing in equal opportunities and inclusive working. Committed to children’s rights, you are someone who knows that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. You can demonstrate knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are also flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Angus/Aberdeenshire locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

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Development Officer (Youth Work) North East

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Flexible, Dundee office
  • Closing 26th March 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This Development Officer (Youth Work) post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North East region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

In this role you will utilise and create opportunities for participation and belonging activities with care experienced young people, whilst supporting PR, awareness-raising, events, and other projects. Core belonging and participation activities will involve fun connection sessions; issue-based group work; creative based group work; collective advocacy and focus groups; as well as forums and events. You will support volunteers and students on placement to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills and work collaboratively with organisational partners, Local Authorities, and other public services to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

Responsible for maximizing the networks through which care experienced young people can connect, develop, and grow as individuals, you will use a range of communications channels to promote belonging and participation activities to care experienced children and young people. By developing accessible and applicable youth work tools and activities, you will build upon your experience working with children and young people to create attractive offers locally that encourage care experienced people to join our membership.

In your capacity as a Development Officer, you will work closely with Who Cares? Scotland Volunteer Manager to ensure we are providing the best support available to volunteers serving our young people. Through collaboration with our Advocacy and Participation Manager, you will identify and attract local funding and fundraising opportunities to enhance our local offering to care experienced people. In doing so, you will develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant regional organisations (e.g., Local Authority, Third Sector, Public Sector Corporate Parents) and gain experience in awareness-raising and promotion. Providing reports in relation to participation, belonging, and the impact of your work, you will bolster the evidence base to support fundraising and awareness- raising opportunities, as well as to influence local policy initiatives, such as The Promise. As an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, you will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate for this post will be able to form positive and compassionate relationships with children and young people and have good interpersonal skills, as well as experience in designing tailored group work programmes. You feel confident communicating, with a solution focussed attitude. As well as evidencing your work, you can prioritise and meet deadlines. You hold knowledge of the current structure, developments, policy, and practice in relation to children and young people experiencing care in Scotland. You are flexible, given the remit of the role, as some evening and weekend work will be necessary, along with a full driving licence and access to transport.

While we would welcome the knowledge gathered through relevant qualifications, we are just as interested in relevant work experience. We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker - Orkney Islands

  • Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592 pro-rata
  • Home based with travel throughout Orkney & occasional trips off island to our offices in Inverness and Glasgow.
  • Closing 5th February 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children and human rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Leanne Murdoch, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North team on lmurdoch@whocaresscotland.org.

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HR & Workforce Development Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £19,883 – £23,318
  • Glasgow National Office with Hybrid flexibility
  • Closing 9th January 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic HR & Workforce Development Support Officer to support the HR and Workforce Development Manager to provide a strategic human resource management and workforce development function, to support the achievement of our mission and objectives. The post holder will have a lead admin role in the areas of recruitment, selection & retention, performance management, absence management, policy writing, employee wellbeing and employee relations support. They will also support health and safety, change management and workforce development.

The post holder will be an adaptable, innovative, strategic thinker able to work on their own and with teams across the organisation. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts, with a HR qualification, or equivalent experience working in a HR environment. You will be trustworthy, proactive, and keen to learn. You will also be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker - Midlothian and South East Region

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Edinburgh Office, 525 Ferry Road EH5 2FF
  • Closing 4th January 2023

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Jordan Croan, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the South East on jcroan@whocaresscotland.org.

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Fundraising Manager

  • Full time
  • £34,486 – £40,571
  • National Glasgow Office with Flexible Hybrid Working
  • Closing 19th December 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change.

We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change. You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The Fundraising Manager will work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement strategies for income generation which contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the organisation and allow it to pursue its vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.

You will lead on all fundraising activity across a range of income streams including individual giving and high net worth donors; community fundraising; corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and events. You will be required to develop creative, compelling fundraising propositions for a range of audiences, supported by internal and external communications strategies. You will also engage audiences with bids and proposals, make successful presentations and pitches, and organise cultivation and stewardship events. You will carry out research and analysis to inform the development and implementation of a fundraising pipeline, for both project funding and unrestricted income.

As Who Cares? Scotland has recently secured a 12 month strategic partnership with a major UK retail chain, with significant potential for income generation and profile raising activity, the role of Fundraising Manager will be key to ensuring that the potential offered by this partnership is fully maximised, both in terms of income generation and reach, but also in leveraging additional opportunities through increased profile, and adding value to the work of Who Cares? Scotland.

The successful candidate will have experience of leading fundraising initiatives as well as bid-writing and/ or creating and delivering sales pitches that were successful to the value of over £100k per annum. They will also be able to demonstrate success as a fund-raiser, generating significant donation income of more than £100k p/a from income streams such as individual giving; corporate fundraising; community fundraising; events and trusts and foundations.

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Youth Work Development Officer (North East)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Tayside
  • Closing 4th December 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

This Youth Work Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North East region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. This collaborative working helps build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR awareness-raising events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • North Lanarkshire Region
  • Closing 27th November 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North Lanarkshire region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North Lanarkshire locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Highlands)

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Highlands
  • Closing 6th November 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children and human rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Orkney)

  • Part time
  • £23,674 – £29,592 pro-rata
  • Orkney Islands
  • Closing 6th November 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory and engagement opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and communities to broaden understanding and create change. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice, working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children and human rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Volunteer Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,674 – £29,592
  • Glasgow National Office with flexibility
  • Closing 17th October 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The postholder will have a key role in building and supporting a successful volunteer network, supporting, shaping and delivering a volunteer programme across the organisation, whilst working as part of the national volunteer staff team. The postholder have significant experience of coordinating the work of volunteers including recruitment, selection, training, support and retention.

The right candidate for this post will work effectively with others and independently. They will have a sound knowledge of current research and recommendations relating to volunteer issues, be a highly effective communicator and be well organised. They will have the ability to build positive relationships, and be strongly committed to the work of Who Cares? Scotland and our aims.

The post holder will be required to be flexible and work some evening and weekends to meet volunteer related operational needs. There will be opportunities to work from home, but there will be a requirement for the post holder to be based in our Glasgow office.

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Youth Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Renfrewshire
  • Closing 10th October 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post is focused on supporting the facilitation of the participation and belonging programme for Care Experienced children and young people in Renfrewshire through the development of youth work activities. These activities will create new experiences where Care Experienced children and young people can connect, have fun, explore their care identity in a safe environment, and have a strong collective voice to support positive changes to the care system.

The post holder will work closely with partners to support the delivery of a programme whilst also supporting various PR, awareness-raising events, and other activities. It is essential that the post holder is able to utilise a wide range of communications channels and networks to promote belonging and participation materials to care experienced young people, and work effectively with internal and external partners including Local Authorities and other public services.

The right candidate for this post will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will be committed to children and human rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the West locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary.

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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 21st August 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change.

We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

We’re seeking enthusiastic and skilled individuals to join our Board of Trustees to help oversee our work and ensure that the voice of Care Experienced people is central to everything we do. We are particularly seeking individuals with skills and experience in the following areas:

· Human Resources

· Fundraising

· Communications

· Public/external affairs

· Member engagement

We welcome and encourage applications from those with experience of care. We want our Board to represent the diversity of our society today, and we’re particularly keen to hear from groups currently underrepresented on our Board, including people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds, people with a disability and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

We’ll provide full training and support so no previous experience is necessary. All we ask is that you commit to attending at least 4 board meetings per year (virtual or in-person), sub-committee meetings as required, and participate in our events to meet members and hear from them in person.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • West Central team – Clackmannanshire/Falkirk area
  • Closing 24th July 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children and human rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the West Central locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Fundraising Manager - Scotland Wide

  • Full time
  • £34,144 – £40,170
  • National Glasgow Office with Flexible Hybrid Working
  • Closing 8th June 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about positive change.

We provide individual lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

This post is a key position within Who Cares? Scotland and will work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement strategies for income generation which contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the organisation and allow it to pursue its vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.

You will lead on all fundraising activity across a range of income streams including individual giving and high net worth donors; community fundraising; corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and events. You will be required to develop creative, compelling fundraising propositions for a range of audiences, supported by internal and external communications strategies. You will also engage audiences with bids and proposals, make successful presentations and pitches, and organise cultivation and stewardship events. You will carry out research and analysis to inform the development and implementation of a fundraising pipeline, for both project funding and unrestricted income.

You will have experience of leading fundraising initiatives as well as bid-writing and/ or creating and delivering sales pitches that were successful to the value of over £100k per annum. You will also be able to demonstrate success as a fund-raiser, generating significant donation income of more than £300k p/a from income streams such as individual giving; corporate fundraising; community fundraising; events and trusts and foundations.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • Midlothian and South East Region
  • Closing 5th June 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Edinburgh and South East Region
  • Closing 5th June 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our South-East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Top job! Director of Engagement and Influence

  • Full time
  • £46,381 – £57,977
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 13th June 2022

Established in 1978, Who Cares? Scotland is the national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced children, young people and adults and has the bold and ambitious vision for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people

To realise this ambition and ensure we continue to support and enable Care Experienced people to use their collective voice and experience to influence both systemic and cultural change, we are looking for a solutions and collaborative leader to become our new Director of Engagement and Influence

Working as part of the Senior Management Team the postholder will lead on membership engagement and local/national influencing based on the views of our members. This will ensure Who Cares? Scotland continues to influence and transform the legal, policy, practice and cultural contexts on which our members are dependent.

Developing, implementing and delivering a creative engagement and influencing strategy that enables and empowers more Care Experienced people to share their experience and views you will build and maintain effective networks and relationships, at both a local and national level and ensure Who Cares? Scotland continues to play a leading role in developing and shaping policy and ultimately secure better outcomes for Care Experienced people. As a key ambassador for the organisation, our new Director of Engagement & Influence will promote and enhance the positive profile of Who Cares? Scotland and ensure recognition of its impact and ongoing influence on the conversation on care across Scotland.

Operating at senior management level and with relevant experience of engaging and influencing in a complex political environment, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their energy, drive and enthusiasm for the role and a commitment to Who Cares? Scotland’s vision for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people

As we move towards the launch of our new strategic plan, this is a tremendous time to join Who Cares? Scotland.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Dundee)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Dundee
  • Closing 22nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North-East region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City)

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
  • Closing 22nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide lifelong individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise to secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our North-East region, with a primary focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North-East locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Development Officers (North East & South West) Youth Work

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Dundee or Kilmarnock
  • Closing 8th May 2022

2 posts

Area: North East - Aberdeenshire and Tayside

Base Location: Flexible, Dundee Office base is available

Area: South West – Ayrshire and Glasgow

Base Location: Kilmarnock Office

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our strategic vision is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland. At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Purpose of the post

The post is focused on facilitating the participation and belonging of care-experienced children and young people from the region in the development of activities and will create an environment where the voices, views and experiences of care experienced children and young people are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The post holder will utilise and create opportunities for participation and belonging activities and projects with care experienced young people - whilst supporting a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities. Core belonging and participation activities will involve: fun connection and belonging activities, issue based group work; creative based group work; and focus groups, forums and events, both one-off and longer term in duration. The post holder will support volunteers and students on placement to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

The post-holder will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voice of those who are in or have experienced care is growing rapidly across Scotland - bringing with it insight, challenge, hope and change. They will be joining a growing and dynamic team.

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Top job! Assistant Director of Advocacy

  • Full time
  • £41,476 – £45,185
  • National Across Scotland - Flexible Office Base
  • Closing 2nd May 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based, lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The Assistant Director of Independent Advocacy will support the Director of Advocacy and Participation to ensure the highest quality of independent advocacy nationally for Care Experienced people across Scotland. The postholder will work with regional APMs (Advocacy and Participation Managers) and national office support functions to ensure our workforce development, practice and standards are consistently applied across the country ensuring Who Cares? Scotland remains a sector leader in this field.

The post holder will be a strategic thinker and will work alongside the Influencing Team to ensure our advocacy evidence shapes our national influencing activity and that our advocacy teams are informed about policy developments. They will provide effective leadership ensuring their team is skilled and engaged and able to thrive in a culture which promotes equality and diversity; opportunities for Care Experienced people; and is trauma informed; whilst overseeing crucial work of The Promise and its commitment to independent and lifelong advocacy.

The post holder will support the Senior Management Team with organisational governance, financial control, risk management, and strategic and operational direction. Supporting and securing sustainment of funder relationships is an important and significant part of this role as you will be required to negotiate and secure funding from local and national officials, as well as local and national funders. You will be required to track and report on progress on this and support the strategic and operational oversight for financial planning, budgetary performance and the effective deployment of resources across your service areas, whilst working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility.

The right candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and will have a proven record of managing budgets and performance targets, reporting internally and externally to other stakeholders such as local and national funding bodies. You will be resilient and work well under pressure, and you will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, whilst being committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. Some travel, as well as some evening and weekend work, is required due to the remit of the post.

If this sounds like you and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced people help support positive change, and where needs are met and opportunities are created through our participation and our lifelong advocacy work, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Denny Ford, Director of Advocacy and Participation, at dford@whocaresscotland.org.

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Participation Assistant East Lothian Champions Board

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh and East Lothian
  • Closing 28th April 2022

Are you Care Experienced and want to make a difference to the Care Experienced Community in East Lothian and beyond?

Are you looking for an exciting developmental opportunity to work alongside East Lothian’s Champions Board whilst being supported to gain an SVQ qualification?

Then this could be the role for you!

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we are looking to recruit a Participation Assistant in East Lothian.

This role provides an exciting developmental opportunity where you will help empower Care Experienced people within the work of the East Lothian area and Champions Board, whilst also developing your own skills as a Participation Assistant and being supported to gain an SVQ qualification.

The Participation Assistant will help to enable children and young people with care experience to feel empowered, championed and supported to explore their views and voice, and raise them within the work of the Champions Board, so that real change can happen to improve the lives and opportunities of care experienced children and young people.

The successful candidates will join our friendly East Lothian team and will be supported to develop their confidence as a Participation Assistant. The post holder will be involved in a range of external facing work and activities which will include campaign, training, awareness raising, partnership development and lobbying work, using a range of existing and yet to be developed activities and methods.

The right candidate will be someone who is open to new ideas, who has good communication and group working skills, and is excited to build important relationships within the community. The post holder will be trustworthy, reliable, and have good organisational skills in order to promote and support all aspect of the work of the team and the Champions Board in East Lothian.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of The Promise and the issues that affect Care Experienced people, whilst being passionate about empowering young people to have their voice heard and drive change.

If this sounds like you and would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Jordan Croan at jcroan@whocaresscotland.org.

To be eligible for this role you must be care experienced.

The term ‘Care Experienced’ refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care. This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as: Kinship care, looked after at home, residential care, foster care, secure care – living in a secure unit, and adoption.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager (North Region)

  • Full time
  • £34,144 – £40,170
  • Flexible base - hybrid working model - Highland, Moray, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Western Isles
  • Closing 6th April 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3500 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced people and the power of their voices to bring about change. We provide individual relationship based, lifelong independent advocacy and a range of connection and participation opportunities for Care Experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden understanding and challenge the stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice. We do this collaboratively to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The Advocacy and Participation Manager will provide leadership and management to our independent advocacy services, and the engagement and empowerment of Care Experienced people who are part of the Champions Boards within the North. The post holder will manage a large team and oversee the development of our community-based participation and inclusive work, schools work and our volunteer model in the North Region, as well as overseeing crucial work of The Promise and its commitment to independent and lifelong advocacy, whilst working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. The post holder will also work proactively with the Fundraising Team for the benefit of the region, identifying and following up on local sources of additional funding.

The right candidate therefore will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts, including managing budgets and performance targets, reporting as necessary internally and to other stakeholders such as local and national funding bodies. You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and you will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. Some travel, as well as some evening and weekend work, is required due to the remit of the post.

If this sounds like you and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced people help support positive change, and where needs are met and opportunities are created through our participation and our lifelong advocacy work, then we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • North West region/Glasgow
  • Closing 27th March 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care, in an individual relationship-based advocacy role, and within participation and group activity across our Northwest region. This unique role requires you to listen to what children and young people with experience of care say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North West locality team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

Travel and weekend work required.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Jamie McAnally, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North West on jmcanally@whocaresscotland.org.

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Receptionist

  • Part time
  • £18,470 – £23,087 pro-rata
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 20th March 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The post holder will be a member of the Business Support team who are the team responsible for managing the organisation’s resources, technology, physical spaces, administrative and reception functions. The post holder will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and reception tasks to support this team, and you will be the first point of contact for anyone who gets in touch with Who Cares? Scotland by phone, email, or in person.

The post holder will bring a warm and friendly manner and a keen interest in working in a sociable, busy environment. They will be compassionate, empathetic, and understanding of others, offering a safe, inclusive environment for anyone contacting the office. They will have a passion for ensuring Care Experienced people receive a lifetime of equality, respect and love, whilst also be trustworthy, reliable, and able to work as part of a team.

The right candidate will demonstrate good IT skills, have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will be highly organised and be able to manage their time and workload effectively to meet deadlines. Previous experience of working in an office in an administrative or reception capacity is desirable.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please email Rebecca Kayne, our Business Support Coordinator, at rkayne@whocaresscotland.org.

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Events and Communications Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £18,470 – £23,087
  • National Office, Glasgow
  • Closing 20th February 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The Events and Communications Support Officer will work as part of the Communications and Public Affairs Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of events, with an internal and external focus, across the organisation. The events we deliver are an important component of our ‘participation and belonging’ offer to Care Experienced people and are crucial in our attempts to build community and influence those in power. Covid-19 has impacted on our ability to deliver in-person, engaging events, and this role will be crucial in helping us to rebuild this offer with creativity, organisation, and flexibility.

Additionally, this role will contribute to the development of our national membership offer by ensuring it remains appealing and relevant to our current members and any potential new members. While the membership offer is an organisation-wide responsibility, this role will be key in delivering consistent, creative communications to our members, keeping them informed.

The right candidate will be highly organised, have an attention to detail, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They must be trustworthy and reliable, with a willingness to learn. An events qualification or previous experience of working in an events role, as well as creative digital skills are desirable for this role.

The location of this post is at our National Glasgow office with flexibility, however the post holder will be expected to travel across Scotland regularly to fulfil the remit of this role. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Katie MacMillan, Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator, at kmacmillan@whocaresscotland.org.

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Digital Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 6th February 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

The Digital Training and Education Officer will work as part of the Training and Education Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Training and Education Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; designing and delivering projects and activities to support their knowledge and understanding of Corporate Parenting as defined by the Children and Young people (Scotland) Act 2014. They will mobilise quickly to respond to a range of policy and practice developments and ensure that Corporate Parents and relevant stakeholders understand how to effectively support Care Experienced people.

The post holder will adopt a hybrid approach, both delivering training and education sessions and

developing digital projects and associated resources. The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator, and presenter, and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in interesting and engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential, as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector, and having excellent digital creative skills, with experience in producing and editing short films.

You will be joining the Training and Education Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland. Utilising Each and Every Child framing, the post holder will play a key role in Who Cares? Scotland’s anti-stigma approach for Care Experienced people.

The location of the post holder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For further information about the Training and Education team’s work, please see corporateparenting.org.uk.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, at cdobson@whocaresscotland.org.

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Development Officer WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Glasgow – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 23rd January 2022

West Region (Glasgow)

Local Authority - North Ayrshire

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Development Officer (Champions Board/ Communities that Care)

  • Full time
  • £23,439
  • East Lothian / Edinburgh - Travel required
  • Closing 23rd January 2022

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our East Lothian region through East Lothian Champions Board and our ‘Communities that Care’ approach in Edinburgh. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The post holder will support a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities such as fun connection and belonging activities, issue based group work; creative based group work; and focus groups, forums and events, both one-off and longer term in duration. The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.

The right candidate will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience and be able to form positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City - Office base location to be confirmed, travel required
  • Closing 5th December 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

This role will focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people with and without experience of care, in an advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach where possible to ensure meaningful engagement. We facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience and be able to form positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Business Support Officer

  • Part time
  • £23,439 – £29,299 pro-rata
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 7th November 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for care experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for care experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of care experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunities for care experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside corporate parents and various communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the care experienced population in Scotland, working together with others to build on the aspirations of The Promise.

The Business Support Officer will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and business support tasks, working alongside teams and staff across the organization, supporting all different aspects of Who Cares? Scotland’s work.

The right candidate must be highly organised, demonstrate an attention to detail and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They must be trustworthy and reliable, with a willingness to learn, and be able to form positive relationships with young people and colleagues. Previous experience of working in a business support role is desirable.

The post holder will be based in in the Who Cares? Scotland National Office with flexibility around home-working. Working practices may change in line with government guidelines relating to travel and work restrictions in response to COVID-19. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

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National Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,439 – £29,299
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 25th October 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for care experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for care experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of care experienced people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunities for care experienced people across Scotland. We work alongside corporate parents and various communities to broaden understanding. We work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the care experienced population in Scotland, working together with others to build on the aspirations of The Promise.

The National Development Officer will work as part of the Policy and Participation Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Policy and Participation Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the design and delivery of participation opportunities which ensure our care experienced members across Scotland are enabled to get involved with national and international influencing priorities. In designing such opportunities, the post holder will have a crucial role in contributing to our offer of independent collective advocacy for children, young people and adults with experience of care.

You will be joining the Policy and Participation Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland. The right candidate will have experience of developing and implementing project plans, delivering participation and development opportunities with the intention of empowering care experienced people and influencing change, developing and delivering events, and writing for a variety of audiences, including accessible report writing. You will also have the ability to work effectively as part of a team, including cross-team working, and working with marginalised groups.

The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Angus – North East Region
  • Closing 29th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefor will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the North East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you. For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Nicki Matthew, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North East on 07764 145126.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Edinburgh – South East Region
  • Closing 1st September 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

Advocacy and Participation Workers work directly with children and young people with experience of care primarily in an individual advocacy role. This means we listen to what they say and support them to ensure their voices are truly heard regarding the decisions which are being made about their lives. We also facilitate a very broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy.

The right candidate therefore will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.

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Training and Education Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • National Office, Glasgow with flexible homeworking
  • Closing 8th August 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

The Training and Education Officer will work as part of the Training and Education Team at Who Cares? Scotland, reporting to the Training and Education Manager. The post holder’s main responsibility will be to develop positive relationships with Corporate Parents; and to design and deliver projects and activities to Corporate Parents, relevant stakeholders and Care Experienced people, that will help drive positive lasting change for Care Experienced People in Scotland.

You will be joining the Training and Education Team at an exciting time, sitting within a wider Influencing Team at Who Cares? Scotland who collaborate with colleagues to support the influencing of policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to create opportunities for people with lived experience of care.

The right candidate will be a highly effective communicator, facilitator and presenter and have a keen interest and skill in communicating complex policy landscapes to a wide audience in interesting and engaging ways. Knowledge and experience of delivering learning programmes is essential as is the ability to present to senior professionals across the public, private and third sector.

The location of the postholder is flexible, however they will be expected to travel across Scotland, with a focus on the central belt, regularly to fulfil their remit. Evening and weekend work, including occasional overnight stays, is a requirement of the role.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, at cdobson@whocaresscotland.org.

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Advocacy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Glasgow National Office Based with home working flexibility
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Central Scotland – Local Authorities: Falkirk, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Stirling

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate for this post will provide leadership and direct management of Who Cares? Scotland Advocacy and Participation Workers (APW) within the Central regional team, working with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. You will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people and will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will have a proven record of working collaboratively with partners successfully and you will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices and views of care experienced children and young people support positive change and where needs are met and opportunities are created, then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Denny Ford, Director of Advocacy and Participation on 07702500709.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • West Lothian
  • Closing 27th July 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Central team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. This is a new post following an increase in service provision and you would join an existing team within the West Lothian advocacy service

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Julie McTaggart, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07769326101.

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Development Officer NORTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Glasgow – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

North West Region (Glasgow)

Local Authorities Argyll & Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and residential schools in Renfrewshire

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our North West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

For further information on this post and to download an application form, please visit our website whocaresscotland.org/get-involved/vacancies

To arrange an informal conversation about this opportunity please email Jamie McAnally, Advocacy and Participation Manager (North West), at jmcanally@whocaresscotland.org.

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Development Officer SOUTH WEST (Youth Participation and Belonging)

  • Full time
  • £23,093 – £28,866
  • Kilmarnock – home based in the first instance due to Covid-19
  • Closing 1st July 2021

South West Region (Kilmarnock)

Local Authorities East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire)

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

This Development Officer post is central in facilitating and developing Participation and Belonging activities for Care Experienced children and young people in our South West region. The post is imperative in creating safe and inclusive environments for Care Experienced children and young people, where their voices, views and experiences are heard by senior leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have experience in building trusting and compassionate relationships with young people and be confident in working in partnership with a variety of Corporate Parents at all levels. The post holder will require excellent youth work and/or community engagement skills to create new opportunities and develop on existing ones with Local Authority, organisational partners, and other public services. The post holder will also support a wide range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities on both one-off and longer-term projects.

The post holder will have a positive solution focussed attitude, be adaptable to change, and have an approach which is both inclusive and steadfast. The successful candidate will be passionate about helping young people create positive change, and will keep up to date with current national environment regarding care experience. You will be able to work evenings and some weekends, and hold a full driving license with access to a car.

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Evidence and Impact Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to strengthening how the organisation takes a human rights-based approach to data collection and how we use our extensive evidence base to help influence policy and practice for our Care Experienced membership.

Additionally, the post holder will lead and have responsibility for a small team, and will ensure that the evaluation of Who Cares? Scotland’s activities are in line with the organisation’s key priorities, demonstrating impact and ensuring we continually learn from our work.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret, and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences. You will have a background in impact evaluation or academic experience in a discipline involving social research skills and understand the importance of having a robust evidence base in helping to influence positive change.

If this sounds like you, and you want to be part of delivering change for Care Experienced people across Scotland, we’d love to hear from you.

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Advocacy and Participation Worker

  • Part time
  • £23,093 – £28,866 pro-rata
  • Shetland Islands
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.

At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care - working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working on Shetland at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, and we are working on ambitious collaborative projects such as Being the Light - the Shetland Festival of Care 2021 and creating connection, inspiration and change.

The right candidate for this post will be brilliant at forming positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

If this sounds like you, and you want to help nurture an environment where the voices, views and experiences of Shetland’s Care Experienced children and young people are heard to make positive change, where needs are met and opportunities created, we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, Advocacy and Participation Manager on 07971 072 983.

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Policy and Participation Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,640 – £39,576
  • Base - Flexible (Home working in first instance until lockdown restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 27th June 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 members.

Who Cares? Scotland works alongside Corporate Parents and others to broaden their understanding of care and challenge stigma experienced by Care Experienced people. We create opportunities for people with lived experience of care to influence policy makers, leaders, and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape legislation, policy and practice.

This post is a key role within Who Cares? Scotland and will support the Director of Influencing to successfully implement the influencing strand of our current strategic plan (2018-2022), building on the aspirations of The Promise, and securing positive change. The overarching purpose of this role then is to influence the relevant policy landscape in a way that is shaped directly and indirectly by the lived reality of the Care Experienced population in Scotland.

In this role you will have responsibility for a small team and ensuring that our influencing work leans on a robust and meaningful participation strategy which includes the delivery of our Annual Participation Programme and support to our National Representative Body.

To carry out this role you will have a proven record of the ability to analyse, scrutinise, interpret and present complicated information to a wide range of audiences, have experience in bridging the gap between lived experience and policymaking, and delivering evidence-based campaigns. You will also have experience of developing and implementing strategies for influencing social policy and legislation relating to Care Experienced people and have experience of working with marginalised groups.

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Participation and Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £29,321 – £32,579 pro-rata
  • Flexible across North Scotland
  • Closing 4th May 2021

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder’s core focus is to build on our ambitious, collaborative approach to participatory opportunity and collective voice for Care Experienced children and young people across the North. You will be working closely alongside the Who Cares? Scotland team in the North, and nationwide. You will help us build on the rich network of partnerships that exist across the area, from leading arts and activity organisations, to youthwork and Community Development teams.

You will have a particular focus on big, bold and beautiful collaborative projects that inspire, connect and reach into community whilst carrying out line management responsibilities. Powerful examples of the impact of that approach include Journeys in the North, Care Day 21, and Being the Light - the Festival of Care 2021

You will be working and managing within the North Team at an exciting time, with diverse and collaborative approaches to opportunity, having significant impact across the region. The voices of those with experience of care are growing in power, individually and collectively - bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change. The North Team is a growing and dynamic team in Who Cares? Scotland, and very much part of the nationwide organization and UK Charity of the Year 2018-19 for its role in creating the conditions for transformational change.

The right candidate will have work experience and skills which are transferable and valuable to this role. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.

A full driving licence and access to a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please call Tom Boyd, our Advocacy and Participation Manager for the North on 07971 072 983.

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