Barnahus 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 the first Child’s House for Healing (Barnahus) 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 retraumatisation 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 Barnahus 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 initially combine being home based with working from one of the Children 1st services in North Strathclyde/Glasgow while you help to design and open our Childs House for Healing in East Renfrewshire, which will eventually become your long term base. The role will involve travelling across the North Strathclyde area 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: Barnahus Child and Family Recovery Worker

Reference number: CFS21/74

Location: Initially homeworking/with access to our North Strathclyde and Glasgow services

Closing date: 25/10/2021 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that the interviews will take place week commencing 1st November 2021.

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’, letter from our Assistant Director 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.

For further information or enquiries, please email: