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Family Support Worker – Bide Oot Service (Scotland wide)

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh, Glasgow or Bathgate
  • Closing 30th July 2021

  • Advertised from 16th July 2021
  • Hours: 35. The successful candidate can be based in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Bathgate, initially home working
  • Reference number: CFS21/47


So why are we looking for a new Family Support Worker?

Children 1st and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre have formed an innovative new partnership to offer residential weekends to over 100 families from across Scotland over the next 3 years. In addition, the Bide Oot team will provide outreach support to enable families to build on the benefits of the residential experience, both at home and within their local communities.

Through Bide Oot, families will have access to transformative outdoor experiences and a wide range of physical and natural assets that Scotland has to offer. Children and their parents and carers will have opportunities to build positive connections, develop their confidence and skills, make new friends, begin to recover from the impact of the pandemic and be inspired to contribute in their local communities.

As a member of the Bide Oot Team, you will work with families and staff in Services across Scotland. You will support families and staff throughout the pre-planning, residential and outreach support stages of the experience. We are looking for a dynamic, committed and compassionate professional with the ability to get alongside families and build relationships, to support them to take part in the Bide Oot experience. If you are creative, caring and have a strong commitment to supporting families, we would like to hear from you.

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

· has experience of working with children, young people and families.

· 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.

What kind of Family Support Worker will you be?

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

· resilient, skilled and knowledgeable and who wants to transform children’s lives.

· big hearted and courageous.

· adaptable and skilled at working with families in various outdoor and indoor settings.

· able to build great partnerships and to manage the tricky conversations.

· is compassionate and understanding of trauma.

· a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure.

· inspiring colleagues, teams and families 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.


We are working flexibly in response to the pandemic and as restrictions change and develop we will look at how we develop an appropriate Service base that meets our needs 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.

Further Information

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hour per week, requiring extensive travel throughout Scotland.

Application notes

Closing date: Friday 30 July 2021 at noon. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Tuesday 17 August 2021.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

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/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