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Top job! Barnahus Service Lead

  • Full time
  • £43,863 – £50,227
  • North Strathclyde area with travel
  • Closing 7th June 2021

  • Advertised from 25th May 2021
  • Hours: 35
  • Reference: CFS21/32


Child’s House for Healing – Scotland’s first Barnahus

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. As we design, develop and build Scotland’s first Barnahus we have a unique opportunity to embed participation from the start. Children’s voices are at the heart of our work and we want you to be part of this unique opportunity.

What kind of person will make a great Barnahus Service Lead for Children 1st?

  • fierce passion for children’s rights
  • belief in working with children and families; not ‘doing to’
  • belief that it is a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and that their voices should be at the heart of service design
  • belief that no child or young person’s trauma is beyond recovery and awareness of the power of a therapeutic consistent relationship
  • be kind and be willing to bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Service Lead will you be?

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

  • is resilient, skilled, and knowledgeable, who wants to transform children’s lives
  • will be determined to support children to live safely in their own families whenever possible.
  • is whole hearted and courageous
  • is compassionate and informed about the impact of trauma
  • is able to build strong relationships and to manage tricky conversations
  • is able to work collaboratively with partners
  • has a cool head and clear mind at times of pressure
  • is able to make decisions
  • can inspire colleagues and teams to be even better
  • is 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 be based in the North Strathclyde area. The role may involve travel across Scotland.

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 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

Application notes

If you're wondering what all the excitement is about and you want to be part of transformational change for children and families, we would love to see you at our open evening! Please join us on Thursday 3rd June at 6pm to meet Mary Glasgow (CEO) and find out more information about joining Children 1st.

Please visit our website where you will find a link within the advert there in order to register your interest in the open evening. After you have registered your interest, you will be sent a link to join this event, which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions, please contact:

Closing date: Monday 7th June at noon.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held virtually week commencing 21st June 2021.

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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