Children 1st
Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

Children 1st is Scotland's National Children's Charity. We help Scotland's families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

Current vacancies

Top job! Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th May 2019

Would you like to make a difference?

How we treat our children is a measure of our society. Our vision at Children 1st is that children in Scotland should grow up in strong, resilient families and communities, with access to early help and support when they need it. Children’s rights should be protected and their voices heard.

This is reflected in everything that we do at Children 1st. By working together with, and listening to, children, young people, their families and communities, and by influencing public policy and opinion, we are helping to transform the lives of children and young people living in challenging circumstances across Scotland.

Our Board of Management is committed to our vision and values, and members bring their wide range of skills, knowledge, expertise, objectivity, insight and strategic thought to the table. They involve themselves in our work and steer our organisation forward.

We are currently looking for three new Board Members, who can help us expand the range of skills around the table. We are particularly looking for expertise in the areas of Mental Health and Trauma, Human Resources, and Fundraising. We are also keen to hear from applicants with strong business links in the Northeast and the Highlands.

We welcome applications from throughout Scotland (meeting are usually held in Edinburgh).

The positions are voluntary; however reasonable travel expenses are met.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st May 2019

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children, young people and their families across Scotland.

The Maximise! service is funded by City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Children 1st and Community Health and Advice Initiative (CHAI). This is a public health initiative working in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh’ project and supported by schools across the city to promote families financial resilience, health and wellbeing and the attainment of children and young people.

The role will build on our successful pilot project which created an integrated community team of Family Support Workers, Advice Workers and Employability Workers providing holistic, community-based support to families and schools.

As part of our community teams, Family Support Workers will deliver a range of social, emotional and practical support to families at home, in school and in the community via focused individual and group work. Families are supported to ensure that children and young people are more engaged in education, to improve their emotional health and wellbeing and to build upon skills around parenting, attachment and resilience.

We know that money and debt issues can be a result of – or result in – a range of social and emotional factors which in turn can affect family life. As part of our team you will offer whole family support to those impacted by these issues which can include social, emotional and behavioural problems, school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health, poor family relationships or social isolation.

We are looking for professionals with a social work, community work, family support, child/early years or other appropriate qualification. If you have experience of working with children and families and are passionate about tackling child poverty and maximising the income, wellbeing, attainment and potential of families then we want to hear from you.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st May 2019

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children, young people and their families across Scotland.

The Maximise service is funded by City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service and Community Health and Advice Initiative (CHAI). This is a public health initiative working in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh’ project and supported by schools across the city to promote families financial resilience, health and wellbeing and the attainment of children and young people.

The role will build on our successful pilot project which created an integrated community team of Family Support Workers from Children 1st and Advice Workers and Employability Workers from CHAI to provide holistic, community-based support to families and schools.

We are now developing community teams in each of the cities four localities. The Team Leader will be central to supporting the creation and development of this project. The Team Leader will lead the implementation of our community teams and work in partnership with schools and community-based partners to embed our integrated delivery model.

Working on a citywide basis, the Team Leader will support our 4 Maximise community teams and local high school, primary schools and nurseries to ensure that that families are socially, emotionally and financially resilient and therefore better able to maximise the learning and attainment of their children and young people. The Team Leader role will be part of the wider Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service and will work alongside Children 1st and CHAI colleagues to ensure child-centred, family minded practice is at the heart of the Maximise! advice and support-based approach to tackling child poverty in Edinburgh.

We know that money and debt issues can be a result of – or result in – a range of social and emotional factors which in turn can affect family life. The Team Leader will work closely with the City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh’ project and the Edinburgh Children’s Services Plan in order to ensure the Maximise! Service is aligned with their aims of addressing health and social inequalities and improving pupil attainment.

We are looking for an experienced professional with a social work, community work, family support, child/early years or other appropriate qualification. If you have experience of project development and implementation and are passionate about tackling child poverty and maximising the income, wellbeing, attainment and potential of families then we want to hear from you.

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This vacancy has now closed

Sessional Support Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 25th January 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new service providing support to children, young people and their families in the community where substance misuse has played a role in all their lives.

We are looking to recruit further sessional support staff to work alongside Project Workers, helping support the development of targeted group work for children and young people particularly through local Recovery Cafes. There may also be an opportunity to get alongside families to offer practical and emotional support as part of an agreed support package.

Sessional staff are required during the day Mon-Fri for various groups and also on a Friday night to help support an early evening group for children. There will also on occasion be additional evening and weekend working by negotiation

We would be interested in hearing from people with lived experience who feel they are in position in their own recovery to help others.

This sessional role is funded until March 2020.

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This vacancy has now closed

Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Dundee
  • Closing 25th February 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to children, young people and families affected by substance misuse in Dundee. This is a new project, in partnership with Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA), working alongside people in a school and community area of Dundee. As part of the team, you’ll provide focused individual and group work in order to help reduce the impact of substance misuse on children aged 0-12 and build stronger, more resilient children, families and community.

If you are an experienced professional with a Social Work, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, full time post of 35 hours per week. Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service (evenings and occasional weekends as required).

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This vacancy has now closed

Senior Trust Fundraiser

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Closing 12th April 2019

Our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

This is an exciting time for Fundraising at Children 1st and we need an excellent Senior Trust Fundraiser to join our team. Do you want to be part of this exciting new chapter of relationship based fundraising practice? If yes, we want to hear from you!

The role

We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced Senior Trust Fundraiser to join our team to take a lead in developing the strategy to maximise the potential income from Trusts and Foundations to support our vital work with children and families across Scotland.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of securing high value funding from a range of charitable Trusts and Foundations. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and bring leadership and energy to a role with huge potential.

The post holder will be responsible for:

· Actively seeking high level philanthropic support for Children 1st’s work to support vulnerable children and families in Scotland

· Supporting the implementation of national and regional children and family service delivery projects by maximising financial support from charitable trusts and foundations

· Researching, identifying, developing and submitting compelling, relevant funding applications to Charitable Trusts and grant givers to secure a pipeline of five and six figure sums

· Delivering consistently high quality account management through administration, development and stewardship of a portfolio of high value Trust funders

· Assisting with implementing and developing annual Trust strategy and business plans, with a view to securing a regular stream of sustainable high value gifts

This is a permanent, 35 hour post

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This vacancy has now closed

Trust Fundraiser

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,602 – £26,186
  • Glasgow or Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th April 2019

Our vision is that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and will have access to early help and support when they need it. They will have their rights protected in all areas of their lives. Prevention of harm to children, stronger, more resilient families and communities, greater respect for children’s rights and strong partnerships and community engagement will be our measure of success.

The role

This is an exciting time for Fundraising at Children 1st and we need an excellent Trust Fundraiser to join our team. Do you want to be part of this exciting new chapter of relationship based fundraising practice? If yes, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and experienced Trust Fundraiser join our team to increase the income we raise from Trusts and Foundations to support our vital work with children and families across Scotland.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and bring real drive and energy to a role with huge potential.

The post holder will be a member of the Trusts fundraising team and will be responsible for:

· Developing and submitting compelling, relevant funding applications to Charitable Trusts

· Delivering consistently high quality account management through administration, development and stewardship of a portfolio of Trust funders

· Proactively researching potential new Trusts using a variety of resources

This a permanent, 35 hour post, based in either Edinburgh or Galsgow (part time/flexible working will be considered)

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This vacancy has now closed

Project Worker (part time)

  • Part time
  • £26,977 – £31,576 pro-rata
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th April 2019

This is an exciting opportunity be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then… we want to hear from you.

This post is 17.5 hours per week (temporary for 9 months form date of appointment). Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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This vacancy has now closed

Project Worker

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th April 2019

This is an exciting opportunity be part of a team working alongside young people and their families, building strong relationships and achieving positive outcomes.

As a member of the Family Wellbeing Team, you’ll be based within East Renfrewshire schools providing a dedicated Family Wellbeing Service to children and their parents. As a positive link between the school and children and families in the community, children’s attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then… we want to hear from you.

This post is 35 hours per week (temporary for 9 months form date of appointment). Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (evenings and occasional weekends will be required)

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This vacancy has now closed

Project Worker (FGDM)

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 18th April 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service is funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, to facilitate Family Group Decision Making approaches with children and families referred to Social Work for concerns about child safety, protection and wellbeing.

The role will require the promotion of effective communication and involvement of children and families within assessment, care planning and decision making. The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Social Work teams to lead innovation and support restorative approaches to working with families.

You do not require previous experience in the delivery of Family Group Decision Making but must show commitment to complete accredited training. This training will be provided.

If you have experience of working within child protection processes, are committed to restorative approaches, and the meaningful involvement of children and families, we want to hear from you.

This is 35 hour post to cover a period of maternity leave.

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This vacancy has now closed

Team Leader

  • Part time
  • £30,458 – £35,871 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 18th April 2019

This is an exciting opportunity within Children 1st to provide a varied range of supports to families in Glasgow. As Team Leader you’ll provide leadership, operational management and development opportunities to a community based family support team with key responsibility for our new Kinship service and other exciting developments. You will be a confident and experienced leader, with knowledge and experience of working within the childcare field.

If you are an experienced professional with a qualification relating to Social Care, Community work, Counselling or other appropriate qualification we want to hear from you.

This a fixed term, 17.5 hours per week post, initially funded until 31 March 2020.

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This vacancy has now closed

Administrator

  • Part time
  • £17,579 – £19,759 pro-rata
  • Dundee
  • Closing 26th April 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to underpin the support we offer to families and children in Dundee. As part of a busy and friendly team, you’ll bring excellent administrative, IT and financial skills to enable delivery of core business support, reporting to the Service Manager.

If you are an experienced administrator with knowledge of Social Work, Community Work or a similar work environment we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, part time post of 28 hours per week.

Closing date: Friday 26 April 2019 at noon. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday 10 May 2019.

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This vacancy has now closed

Senior Community Fundraiser

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • Flexibly in the Central Belt (we have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow)
  • Closing 3rd May 2019

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

A child without a childhood is like a rainbow without colour" John McGurk, Children 1st Supporter.

Join our team and put the colour back into the childhood of children in Scotland.

We are reinventing Community Fundraising at Children 1st and we need an excellent Senior Community Fundraiser to join our team. Do you want to be part of this exciting new chapter of relationship based fundraising practice? If yes, we want to hear from you! This is a new role and we have big ideas and projects but we are also looking for someone to bring their own influence and inspiration to the post.

We need someone who is focused, driven, shares our vision and is able to deliver innovation and creativity to their work. Being an excellent communicator on all platforms is vital. Our values are important to us and we need someone who can communicate this to our supporters.

In return you will be offered a competitive salary, 40 days annual leave inclusive of 9 days public holidays, flexible working opportunities, a contributory pension scheme and generous maternity/adoption and paternity leave benefits.

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week. Based flexibly in the central belt with our offices based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The role will require frequent travel across Scotland.

For a confidential and informal conversation about this role please call Community Fundraising Manager Susan Bradley on 07921338384.

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This vacancy has now closed

Team Leader x 2

  • Full time
  • £30,708 – £36,121
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 28th April 2019

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important leadership role within the Family Wellbeing Service, an innovative partnership between Children 1st, East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and The Robertson trust.

The service is jointly funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and The Robertson trust to build on the success of the Family Wellbeing Service and increase the service provision across the region.

The posts will provide leadership to a team of Project Workers who offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you have experience of leading reflective practice and innovative trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting then we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week.

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This vacancy has now closed

Project Worker x 2

  • Full time
  • £26,977 – £31,576
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Closing 28th April 2019

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Family Wellbeing Service, an innovative partnership between Children 1st, East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and The Robertson trust.

The service is jointly funded by East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and The Robertson trust to build on the success of the Family Wellbeing Service and increase the service provision across the region.

The team offer child-centred, family minded approaches to offer early help to children and families who are worried, upset or experiencing difficulties in their lives.

We recognise the vital role of nurturing supportive families and communities in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children and young people.

We are a passionate team who place a lot of focus on the importance of building relationships with children, families, colleagues and partners. If you are a reflective practitioner and have experience of trauma-sensitive approaches within a similar setting then we want to hear from you.

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week.

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Volunteering

Family Support and Befriending

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Befriending / Mentoring

1st July 2019

To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping families become more resilient by:  Building relationships with the family group and/or individual family members  helping reduce isolation and promote a sense of belonging by encouraging families to engage with their wider… Read more

intandem Volunteer Mentor - Argyll and Bute

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Befriending / Mentoring

20th May 2019

intandem is Scotland’s national mentoring service for children aged 8 - 14 who are looked after by the local authority but still living at home. Funded by the Scottish Government, in partnership with Inspiring Scotland, Children 1st deliver the intamden mentoring service across … Read more

Group Activity Volunteer

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Arts (Music / Drama / Crafts),Befriending / Mentoring

1st April 2019

To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping children & families become more resilient through individual and group work, play activities, or other parenting support by: • establishing & developing relationships with the family group and/or individual family members • … Read more

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