Children 1st
Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

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

Current vacancies

Top job! Assistant Director

  • Full time
  • £57,000 – £64,000
  • Hybrid: Glasgow
  • Closing 5th July 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Children and Family Services in the West of Scotland, to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families, building empowering relationships to address the various, often complex challenges they face.

These are innovative services, working alongside children and their families within communities across Glasgow and the West, providing intensive and preventative family support which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. We listen and learn from children and families to develop the service alongside our partners.

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

What kind of person makes a great Assistant Director for Children 1st?

We are looking for someone who:

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

What kind of leader will you be?

You will be someone who is:

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform systems as well as children’s lives.
  • big hearted and courageous, whilst demonstrating personal resilience.
  • able to build great partnerships and to manage delicate or difficult conversations.
  • able to understand, predict and be agile to to changing landscapes, bringing deep level operational service experience.
  • has a cool head and clear minded during times of pressure.
  • strategic in decision-making, planning, and can manage complexity.
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to deliver for the children and families they work alongside.
  • an inspirational ambassador for children and Children 1st.

Further Information

Base

Your base will Glasgow with some opportunities for home working as well as meeting partners across the Central Belt.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 7 public holidays, pro rata), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme. Additional benefits include a cash-back health plan, cycle to work scheme and opportunity to join Glasgow Credit Union.

You will join a high-functioning team of leaders, who contribute to a culture of high support. Additionally, as a leader in Children 1st, you will benefit from our commitment to your development as a leader.

Further Information

This a permanent role of 35 hours a week

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Project Worker – Carrick Family Wellbeing Service

  • Full time
  • £29,500 – £34,490
  • On site: Girvan
  • Closing 5th July 2024

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

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

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

What kind of people are we looking for?

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

What kind of Family Wellbeing team member will you be?

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

  • resilient, skilled and knowledgeable who wants to transform children’s lives
  • determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • is compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

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

Base

You will be based in our South Ayrshire Wellbeing HUB based in Girvan Primary School.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Further Information

This a full-time post, 35 hours a week, fixed term until the 31st of March 2025. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

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Team Leader - North Ayrshire

  • Part time
  • £35,850 – £41,150 pro-rata
  • On site: Irvine
  • Closing 27th June 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Family Wellbeing Service in North Ayrshire. Children 1st alongside children, families, and partners provide early help which is easily accessible and non-stigmatising. The team and model of support play a pivotal role in supporting children and families impacted by adversity, ensuring high quality relationships with children and families remain front and centre.

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

Our project builds on the voices of the recovery community, our extensive experience in supporting children and families impacted by substance use in North Ayrshire and enables us to increase our reach to more families who need us. We will do this through providing community-based whole family support that families can access easily in a non-stigmatised way, and at an early stage. This aligns closely with the Promise’s priority areas to provide a good childhood and to provide whole family support to those who need it, when the time is right.

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

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

Families are facing increasing challenges which makes this is a demanding role requiring tenacity, commitment and flexibility. No two days are the same!

If you have a passion for working alongside families, have experience of keeping children safe, are committed to restorative approaches, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher, then we want to hear from you.

Base

You will be based in our North Ayrshire Family Wellbeing Service, Bourtreehill, Irvine.

Wellbeing

Your wellbeing is important to us, we will support you to work in a way that gets the job done but maintains a healthy work life balance. We will provide connection with the rest of the organisation including regular support from the local Service Manager and Assistant Director.

Salary, Conditions, Pension & Benefits

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 7 days public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme and a place where you will be supported and valued and work with excellent and kind colleagues.

Additionally, Children 1st offers further staff benefits including a cash-back healthcare plan, membership of a Credit Union and access to a cycle to work scheme.

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Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £29,500 – £34,490
  • On site: Renfrewshire
  • Closing 10th July 2024

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

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

Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported. If you share this determination, we would love to hear from you.

What kind of person are we looking for?

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• has experience of working alongside children, young people and families who have experience domestic abuse/sexual abuse

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

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

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

What kind of Project Worker will you be?

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

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

• determined to support children to stay safely with their own family

• big hearted and courageous

• able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations

• is compassionate and understanding of trauma

• a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure

• inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better

• an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

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

Base

You will be based in Renfrewshire with access to the Women and Children First premises in Paisley and will travel to connect with children, young people and families and other parts of the organisation.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

Children 1st offers further staff benefits including a cash-back healthcare plan, membership of a Credit Union and access to a cycle to work scheme.

Further Information

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

Shortlist