Project Worker – Maximise!

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in nursery and school and included in the community. 

The Maximise! service is a public health initiative working in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh supported by schools across the city to promote families financial resilience, health and wellbeing and the attainment of children and young people. Maximise is 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 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 lead the delivery of one to one, group and whole family support – especially with families who have children in lower primary school. 

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.

As a positive link between Social Work services, educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of need including social, emotional and behavioural issues, nursery/school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health and wellbeing, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of the early years and child development with experience of delivering play, attachment and nurture-based approaches. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to use restorative and trauma-informed practice to get alongside children, young people and families and to support team colleagues in developing and delivering such approaches.  The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with multi-agency partners within GIRFEC Planning processes.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Community Work, Early Years, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification then we want to hear from you.

Further information

This is a fixed term, full time role of 35 hours per week to cover a period of maternity leave until 30 June 2022.

Job title: Project Worker – Maximise!

Reference number: CFS21/79

Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 22/10/2021 12:00

Interview date: To be confirmed

Salary: £27,477-£32,076

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

For further information or enquiries, please email:

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 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.

We welcome and encourage applications from potential people of all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability, who reflect our values.