Contract Co-ordinator

We are looking for a relational, child-centred, and resilient person to join our team, ensuring that children’s rights and quality are at the heart of the Safeguarders Panel. The Safeguarders Panel Team (SPT) recruit, support, provide learning opportunities and monitor Safeguarders. We collaborate with partner agencies and deliver all other operational tasks associated with Safeguarder appointments.

The Safeguarders Panel Team at Children 1st is established as an integral feature of the Children’s Hearing landscape, contracted by the Scottish Government until at least June 2023 (potentially 2024) to manage the national Safeguarders Panel.

The Contract Co-ordinator will have regular contact with Safeguarders and will form strong and nurturing relationships with key partners within the Children’s Hearing System and other relevant professional.

In the role of Contract Co-ordinator, you will contribute to the oversight of the administrative support function of the Safeguarders Panel Team.  You will also  take a lead role in leading and supervising the allocation of Safeguarders to children and young people, and ensure that the process runs effectively and efficiently, and in the best interests of the child.  This role also has line-management responsibilities.

You must have a good knowledge of the Children’s Hearings System, excellent administration, IT & communication skills, as well as excellent written and verbal reporting skills.  We are looking for someone who has a child-centred approach, has the ability to use their own initiative, can problem solve, and adopt a flexible approach in response to new challenges or pressure.  The ability to work with minimal direction is key to this role, while using sound judgement and strong decision-making skills.

Further Information

This a fixed term (funded until June 2023 with the possibility of extension), full time role of 35 hours per week. The role is based within our Edinburgh office, and there is some flexibility to work from home where this meets the needs of the service,  Children 1st operates flexible working guidelines to facilitate flexible working within Service needs and you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement.

Due to potential conflict of interest issues which may arise, it is not possible to undertake the role of a Children’s Panel member alongside a role within the Safeguarders Panel Team here at Children 1st. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

Job title: Contract Co-ordinator

Reference number: CFS22/28

Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 01/06/2022 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that interviews will take place on the 9th and 10th of June 2022.

Salary: £27,477-£32,076

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' and ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further information as per relevant documents attached below.

Your interest and application to work at Children 1st is appreciated.

For further information or enquiries, please email:

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.

The selection process will include seeking PVG Scheme/Disclosure information.

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.