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Father and Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,102 – £26,686
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th August 2021

  • Advertised from 28th July 2021
  • 35 hours per week
  • CFS21/52


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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our team in Edinburgh. Our team of staff and volunteers provides a wide range of social, emotional and practical support to children and families right across the city. We are passionate about building strong, productive relationships with families to promote the wellbeing of children.

This new role, supported by the William Grant Foundation, is an opportunity to ensure that dads and other male caregivers with children aged 0-3 are supported to be the best parents they can be and fully involved in achieving the best outcomes for their children working with all the family members as part of a whole family approach.

If you have an SVQ Level 3, HNC or equivalent in childcare, and experience of direct one to one and/or group work with children and families - especially work that has directly involved and engaged dads/male caregivers as part of a whole family approach - we want to hear from you.

What kind of person will make a great Father and family worker 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

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.

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.

Further information

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week, funded until 31 May 2024. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service, some evening and weekend work will be required.

Application notes

Closing date: Tuesday 10 August 2021. It is anticipated that interviews will be held from 16 August onwards.

For further information and to apply, please visit

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