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Information Governance & Data Protection Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £34,609 – £38,009
  • Hybrid - Thistle House, Haymarket, Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th October 2023

  • Advertised from 22nd September 2023
  • Full Time or Job Share. Permanent.


Why apply for this role?

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) is undergoing an exciting period of reform designed to make a step change in improving the outcomes for infants, children and young people who need us most. We are looking for a highly skilled and proactive Data Protection Officer and Information Governance Practitioner to join our Team and help us to refine and continuously improve our processes and procedures.

We are committed to #KeepThePromise to Scotland’s infants, children and young people, and you would be joining us during an exciting period of change as we redesign the children’s hearings system with our partners and people with lived experience over the next five years.

As Information Governance & Data Protection Officer, you will take an operational lead in advising and assisting CHS colleagues and community members in achieving best practice in information governance and data protection, as well as supporting the organisation in meeting its statutory IG obligations, in particular those outlined in the GDPR, DPA, FOISA, and PRSA by acting as Data Protection Officer. You will enhance our existing processes and polices ensuring compliance and best practice is applied across the organisation. You will have the opportunity to shape the way we approach records management and apply data protection principles across all of our projects and process improvement initiatives.

If you think that you can help to shape and improve our practices and build on our strong governance culture, then this might be just the role for you.

Key Responsibilities

• Lead on Data Protection issues on behalf of CHS . This includes regular reporting and presentation to the Board, working with the SIRO on requests, and acting as the main point of contact for Data Protection to regulators, staff and the CHS Community.

• Oversee and ensure ongoing compliance with information governance, records and data protection legislation, providing on-going evidence of compliance with the statutory requirements as set out in the PRSA and CHS’ Records Management Plan.

• Lead on and support CHS staff and Community to carry out Data Protection Impact Assessments, offering advice and proactive solutions to queries.

• Play a key role in the corporate governance of CHS by ensuring that all projects, including digital development, have data protection by design and default built in.

• Manage information security incident resolution including recording, investigating and reporting of information security incidents and identifying vulnerabilities in our systems and practices.

• Draft responses to requests for information, and leading on responding to requests submitted under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

• Managing requests submitted under Data Protection legislation, such as Subject Access Requests.

• Manage statutory reporting to regulators, principally the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Scottish Information Commissioner.

• Work with colleagues to ensure a risk-based approach to the application of data protection principles across all areas of the business and lead on auditing CHS’s compliance with IG policies and practice.

Please note that You may be required to travel across Scotland and work on occasion outside CHS’ normal working hours to meet the requirements of the job.

Life at CHS

Our 2,500 volunteer Panel Members take part in children’s hearings in their local areas, making decisions with and for infants, children and young people. Our organisation also supports a network of 22 Area Support Teams made up of 400 volunteers who support Panel Members in their local communities.

As an organisation that works within the children’s hearings system, we are passionate about making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for Scotland’s infants, children and young people.

You can read more about our core values HERE as well as view an introductory video to our organisation. We also offer a generous benefits package from hybrid working, flexi hours and a fantastic pension scheme - you check out our full benefits summary HERE.

Diversity and Inclusion

CHS is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and are committed to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining us.

Application notes

How do I apply?

For more details and to apply, please download the application pack from our website which includes a full job description and a person specification.

Please note that CVs are not accepted.

For an informal and confidential discussion on the role or about any adjustments you might need, please email

Closing Date: 08 October 2023

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