Bairns Hoose Child and Family Recovery Worker

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

In partnership, Children 1st are developing Scotland’s first 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. Barnahus aims 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 Child and Family 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 Child and Family 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.


You will be working in a Hybrid way - combining home based working and working from one of our Children 1st services in North Strathclyde/Glasgow while you help to design and open our first Bairns Hoose in East Renfrewshire. The role will involve travelling across the North Strathclyde area (East Dunbartonshire,  East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire) to meet with young people and families in their homes, schools and local community.

Salary, Conditions, Pension

We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.

Further information

This post is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week with a commitment to flexible working patterns.

Job title: Bairns Hoose Child and Family Recovery Worker

Reference number: CFS22/54

Location: Hybrid with access to a Children 1st base in East Renfrewshire/Glasgow

Closing date: 22/08/2022 12:00

Interview date: Monday 29th August and Thursday 1st September 2022.

Salary: £36,621 per annum

Post: Full-time

To apply, please download and complete the attached 3 forms below (A, B and C) and email completed forms to:

Alternately, if you are unable to email us, postal applications may be sent to Human Resources, Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT.

Please also refer to the ‘Job Description and Person Specification’, 'Candidate Pack', 'Letter from our Service Manager' and ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further information as per relevant documents attached below.

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.       

The selection process will include seeking PVG Scheme

Children 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Registered Charity No: SC 016092

Equal opportunities matter to Children 1st.

At Children 1st we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that represents all communities across Scotland and creating a culture where we are all genuinely able to be ourselves and participate and thrive without prejudice or barriers. We aim to proactively develop anti-racist and inclusive approaches throughout our work, and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, marginalised groups, and individuals with multiple experiences of marginalisation, who reflect our values.

For further information or enquiries, please email: