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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £31,208 – £36,621
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th July 2021

  • Advertised from 9th July 2021
  • Reference number: CFS21/45


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 care experienced young people and their families to receive the intensive family support that they feel they need and with Education and other voluntary sector agencies in a partnership approach.

What kind of person will make a great Team Leader 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

What kind of leader 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 children’s lives

· big hearted and are 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

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 are relentlessly focussed on quality and we are constantly listening and looking to improve. You will find this role a challenge and you will be stretched. You will also find we are a kind and incredibly supportive organisation.

Protecting Children

You will make sure that we are compassionate in our response and accountable to children, families and stakeholders.


You will be based in the Edinburgh Service and will have travel to connect with other parts of the organisation once Scottish Guidelines permit this and it is safe for you and colleagues.

Your wellbeing is important to us, we will support you to work in a way that gets the job done but maintains a healthy work life balance.

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.

Closing date: Friday 30th July 2021 at noon.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 9th August 2021

Application notes

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