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Project Worker

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

  • Advertised from 13th August 2021
  • Hours: 35
  • CFS21/62


Children 1st have a long history of working with children and families in the city. We have been building a new approach to help children affected by poor mental health and emotional distress. Children 1st along with partners share a determination to act upon the recommendations from The Independent Care Review and deliver The Promise to children and young people. We are also determined that the full incorporation of the UNCRC means that children will have their rights respected in all areas of their lives and will have a real say in the way they are supported.

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

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

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

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

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

Someone who:

• has experience of keeping children safe in their own families

• is fiercely passionate about children’s rights

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

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

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

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

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

• able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape

• a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure

• inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better

• an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

Why Children 1st?

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

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

Full time 35 hours per week.

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

Application notes

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Children1st has a long tradition of valuing and involving sessional and volunteer workers. To find out more about volunteering with us, please visit our website.

The selection process will include seeking PVG Scheme/Disclosure information.

Children 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Registered Charity No: SC 016092

Equal opportunities matter to Children 1st