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Youth Practitioner (Glasgow)

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £32,000
  • Home working – with travel across project location (Greater Glasgow, North & South Lanarkshire and Inverclyde) & UK Wide (Remote)
  • Closing 10th April 2024

  • Advertised from 22nd March 2024
  • Permanent. Subject to ongoing funding


We believe in a world where no child ever has to live on the streets.

Looking for a rewarding role where you can make a difference? Do you have the drive to create positive change in children’s lives and inspire others to do the same?

If the answer is yes, then read on to hear about this exciting opportunity.

We’re Railway Children, an international charity working to create long-lasting change for street-connected children and young people in the UK, India and Tanzania. Founded in 1996, we’ve dedicated over a quarter of a century to developing outstanding practice and services for vulnerable children and their families. As we embark on our new strategy to 2027, we have ambitious plans to ensure no child is left behind, wherever we work.

About the role

We are looking for 1 Youth Practitioner for our Glasgow Project and are keen to receive applications from those living in Greater Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

As a Youth Practitioner, you’ll play a key role in keeping children safe from harm and supporting them and their families on a path to a brighter future. You’ll be part of a dynamic team delivering Railway Children’s programme in the UK, in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP).

Working with other Youth Practitioners in your project area, you will be responsible for supporting a number of young people who have been identified as being vulnerable on the transport system. The role will involve working directly with young people and their families to reduce risks, as well as building strong relationships other social care, Police, third sector agencies and local services in the area.

What we offer

As well as helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, we offer some great perks:

  • Project visits. Where possible, we encourage our staff to visit our projects and experience the work we do in the UK, India and Tanzania.
  • Time out. You’ll start with 25 days holiday per year to recharge the batteries. After three years, this will increase by an extra day per year until you reach a relaxing 30 days leave.
  • Pension. We offer a pension contribution of 6% of annual salary.
  • Birthday leave and ‘Railway Children Day’. You’ll get two additional days of annual leave in your birthday month and around Christmas time.
  • A culture we’re proud of. Driven by our CEO, family values are at the heart of our culture and make Railway Children an incredible place to work.
  • Flexible working environment and home working. It’s one of the reasons why our staff retention is so impressive!

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone who has worked with vulnerable young people and families, with an in-depth understanding of the issues they face and the impact of trauma. With a relevant qualification in youth work or social care, you’ll have experience of providing front line support to safeguard some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK. You’ll have the ability to engage young people, their parents or carers within the community and deliver direct support to address issues within the family unit.

A full person specification can be found in the job pack.

Application notes

Closing date: Wednesday 10th April at 12noon

Due to the number of applications often received, only those to be invited for interview will be informed of the outcome of their application. Applicants who have not heard within two weeks of the closing date should assume they have been unsuccessful.

At Railway Children, we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all those who come into contact with us in our work. We follow a range of procedures to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children and vulnerable people are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of background and reference checks including criminal records check.

To apply for this position, please complete the application form on our website and return it to

Closing date: 10th April at 12noon