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Bairns Hoose Rights, Advocacy and Trauma Recovery Workers

  • Full time
  • £35,850 – £41,150
  • Ayrshire, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire (On site)
  • Closing 24th May 2024

  • Advertised from 7th May 2024
  • 35 hours per week.
  • CFS24/24


Required in Ayrshire, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Be part of the change you want to see for child victims and witnesses in Scotland

Working In partnership across various authority areas in Scotland, Children 1st are developing Bairns Hoose based on the European Barnahus model. Barnahus is a child-friendly, multidisciplinary, and interagency model of justice, care and recovery for children who are victims and witnesses of all forms of violence. A place where all Police, Social Work, Health and Court services are based under one roof. Children receive a coordinated trauma responsive plan to support their journey through the care, protection, and justice system. The aim of the model is to; prevent re-traumatisation caused by delayed and disjointed investigation and court proceedings, to keep children safe, allow them access to fair justice and to help them recover from the trauma of their ordeal.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Bairns Hoose team. We are now working in partnership to develop the Bairns Hoose model in Ayrshire, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Ayrshire – 3 x 35 Hour Posts

Aberdeen – 1 x 35 Hours Post

Aberdeenshire – 1 x 35 Hour Post

The development of Bairns Hoose across Scotland will aim to place the best interests of the child at the centre of all the systems that are there to protect them and to offer the child and their family or caregivers all the support they need.

What kind of person will make a great Bairns Hoose Rights, Advocacy and Trauma Recovery Worker for Children 1st?

  • 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
  • is committed to being part of transformational change alongside children and their families

What kind of Rights, Advocacy and Trauma Recovery Worker will you be?

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

  • is resilient, skilled and knowledgeable, who wants to transform children’s lives
  • can connect well with young people and their families, help them to feel safe and build a relationship based on trust
  • understands trauma and knows that with the right support children and young people can recover from complex trauma – there is always a way
  • is able to build strong relationships and manage tricky conversations
  • is able to work collaboratively with partners
  • has a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • is able to make decisions
  • can inspire colleagues and teams to be even better
  • is 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.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 7 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme. We also have a cash healthcare plan, cycle to work scheme and access to a credit union.

Further information

These posts are permanent, full time roles of 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

Application notes

Closing Date: Friday 24 May 2024 at Noon. It is anticipated that interviews will take place week beginning the 03 June 2024.

To apply, please visit

(Please upload your supporting statement and CV as one document)

Question & Answer sessions

We will be holding 2 virtual Q&A sessions via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 16 May 2024 from 6-7pm and on Friday 17 May 2024 from 12noon-1pm, where we will provide more information about Children 1st as well as the Bairns Hoose model and you can meet members of our leadership team and our Chief Executive.

We would request that attendees e mail their intention to attend in advance and submit any questions you would like to put to the Panel via by Friday 10th May. (Please include job title and preferred location in your e mail). Teams invites will be sent prior to the sessions.

We welcome and encourage applications from potential colleagues from all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability who share our values.

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.