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Children's Rights and Inclusion Coordinator

SALARY: £32,800 - £36,023

CONTRACT TYPE: 1 year fixed term  

POSITION TYPE: Full Time or Job Share

HOURS: 37.00 hours per week

MAIN LOCATION:  Thistle House, Haymarket, Edinburgh

This position is open to candidates as a secondment

Who are we looking for and why work at Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)?

Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) aims to improve the outcomes of Scotland's children and young people. We recruit, train and support volunteer Panel Members, who make legal decisions in children’s hearings, and Area Support Team members, who provide support and guidance to those Panel Members locally. Find out more about us here.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and child-centred individual with relevant professional and/or lived experience to help support our Panel  and AST Members and National Team embrace and embed our new Children’s Rights and Inclusion Strategy. 

Applying your combined expert professional knowledge of inclusion and participation with your experience of designing and delivering consultation and engagement activities with people who have lived experience, you will facilitate the integration of the Children’s Rights and Inclusion Strategy across our organisation. This can be found here. It is CHS’ ambition that through the embedding of this strategy, it will change children’s hearings for the better as we work towards Scotland’s ambition of our children growing up loved, safe and protected so that they can realise their full potential.

This post entails working closely with the CHS volunteer community, the national team, including area support and improvement partners and national leads, key stakeholders and directly working with people with lived experience of the children’s hearings system. You will therefore need a sound knowledge base of relevant legislation, the UNCRC, and frameworks such as GIRFEC. You will provide accurate and timely support and advice to all the above so that the aforementioned strategy can be properly embedded with voice at the heart of all we do.

With the experience of translating strategy into operational practice, you will drive change to inform an improved way of working for CHS. One where implementation demonstrates our commitment to The Promise and delivering on the recommendations from the Independent Care Review.

You will receive ongoing coaching and mentoring to support you to play an integral and trusted part in the improved operation of the children’s hearings system as part of a fantastic team. You will also use your influencing and relationship-building skills to embed long-lasting change at a national level, within our Area Support Teams and most importantly, within children’s hearings.

You will 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

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. Our values are at the very heart of what we do every day. By working with us, you’ll be joining a diverse community of colleagues and volunteers.

At CHS we are proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.

We offer an excellent benefits package, from health and wellness to finances and family. including: generous annual leave, flexible working and other leave policies, fantastic pension, Employee Assistance Programme, development opportunities and wider employee wellbeing initiatives.

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 commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during application and assessment process, and upon joining CHS.

Want to find out more?

For more details and to apply, please download the application pack from the CHS website which includes information about the organisation, full job description and person specification, as well as the application link and instructions. If you wish to apply for this post, please complete the CHS application form via the link in the application pack. CVs are not accepted.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process please contact jobs@CHS.gov.scot

For an informal and confidential discussion on the role, please email jobs@CHS.gov.scot and we will arrange for one of our leadership team to contact you.

Appointment is normally made on the minimum step of the salary range. 

Closing Date: Tuesday 26th October

After the closing date, this role profile won’t be available on our website, so please save a copy when you apply. 

It is anticipated that first round VIRTUAL interviews will be held the week commencing the 1st of November.

*Due to the anticipated interest in this post, if may not be possible to respond to candidates who have not been invited to interview. We thank you for your interest in this post.

Closing date

CHS is striving towards equal opportunities in employment.