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Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker

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

  • Advertised from 1st October 2021
  • CFS21/74


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • resilient, skilled, and knowledgeable in supporting children and families
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

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


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

Salary, Conditions, Pension

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

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

Application notes

Closing date: Monday 18th October at noon. It is anticipated that interviews will be held virtually week commencing 25th October 2021.

For further information and to apply, please visit

Children 1st 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

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