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Project Worker

  • Full time or Part time
  • £27,477 – £32,076
  • Selkirk TD7 5AJ
  • Closing 7th June 2021

  • Advertised from 24th May 2021
  • Hours: Up to 35. £27,477 to £32,076 per annum (pro rata for part time)
  • CFS21/29


So why are we looking for Project Workers in the Scottish Borders?

Children 1st have a long history of supporting children, young people, adults and families across the Scottish Borders area. We have been given funding to increase our service and are delighted to be able to recruit new team members to strengthen our offer of support. Our service provides a wide range of recovery focussed support for children, adults and whole families who have been impacted by and directly experienced abuse – including physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse. We also support families to retain the safe care of their children, through the offer of whole family support and Family Group Decision Making meetings.

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.

We have always worked from a trauma informed basis. We believe it is the power of strong relationships with families being the key to stronger safer families and happier children. This takes hard work and means not shying away from what’s difficult but also being ever hopeful and believing in the power of repair and recovery.

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

• 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 Project Worker will you be?

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

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

• big hearted and a courageous

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

• able to understand, predict and adapt to the landscape

• bringing service experience

• a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure

• able to make decisions

• inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better

• an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

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


Your usual office base will be in Selkirk, however like all team members just now you will be supported to deliver support from a combination of working from home and our office base, offering a mix of virtual and face to face support. You will travel to provide support to children, young people, adults and families right across the Scottish Borders area once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

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.


We have one full time and one part time post available. Please state in your application form what your preferred hours would be. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

Application notes

Closing date: Monday 07 June 2020 at noon. It is anticipated that Interviews will be held on Monday 15 June 2020.

For further information and to apply, please visit

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