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FGDM Coordinator - Borders

  • Full time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Borers
  • Closing 9th February 2023

  • Advertised from 25th January 2023
  • Permanent. 35 hours per week.
  • Reference number: CFS23/07


New Year, New Challenge

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and join the Children 1st team in the Scottish Borders

The Children 1st Scottish Borders Family Wellbeing and Trauma Recovery Service is highly respected, offering long established support children and their families as well as continuing to innovate and evolve to ensure that support meets the changing needs of our community. 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.

We are looking for a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator to add to our team of compassionate, dynamic, experienced and motivated individuals who can drive the successful development and growth of this service through the formation of quality relationships providing flexible support responding to the everchanging wellbeing needs of families.

The FGDM coordinator role will works in a whole family system approach. They are independent and work with families to find their own strength and solutions to their problems and keep children, young people, safe and nurtured. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work colleagues, guiding and supporting restorative approaches to working with families. You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but you must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of the approach. You must also show a commitment to complete accredited training, which will be provided.

What kind of people are we looking for?

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

What kind of 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.


Your base will be shared between our office in Selkirk and home working as well as venues within the local community

Application notes

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At Children 1st we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that represents all communities across Scotland and creating a culture where we are all genuinely able to be ourselves and participate and thrive without prejudice or barriers. We aim to proactively develop anti-racist and inclusive approaches throughout our work, and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, marginalised groups, and individuals with multiple experiences of marginalisation, who reflect our values.