Project Worker - Care Experienced Attainment
East Renfrewshire

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out an important role within an innovative partnership between Children 1st and the Health & Social Care Partnership and Education Department within East Renfrewshire.

You will be joining our Children 1st Care Experienced Attainment team who operate alongside colleagues within Education and Social Work to reduce the attainment gap between those young people who are care experienced and those who are not. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow and learn without barriers, allowing them to feel loved, nurtured and supported to realise their dreams. The care experienced community is full of people who inspire us every day and by working alongside them, we can begin to understand their story, listen to what might help and ensure an equality of opportunities.

Working closely in partnership with colleagues from education, health, social work and other parts of the third sector, you will provide a crucial role in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people within the context of their education, their family and their wider world.

What kind of person will make a great Project Worker for Children 1st?

  • has experience of keeping children safe in their own families
  • is fiercely passionate about children’s rights
  • thinks it’s a privilege to work with and on behalf of children and families and,
  • is kind and will bring their whole selves to the job: heart and mind

What kind of Project 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
  • determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
  • big hearted and courageous
  • able to build strong relationships and to manage the tricky conversations
  • compassionate and understanding of trauma
  • a cool head and clear minded at times of pressure
  • inspiring colleagues and teams to be even better
  • an amazing ambassador for children and Children 1st

If you have experience of supporting children and young people within an educational environment and have a passion for working alongside families, have experience of keeping children safe, are committed to restorative approaches, and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.


Your base will be shared between connecting in schools, our office in Giffnock, home working and time spent alongside families in their 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 is fixed term, full time post of 35 hours a week, funded until 31 July 2023. Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service. However, Wednesdays are seen as our ‘core day’ and when essential service activities take place such as team meetings.  

Job title: Project Worker - Care Experienced Attainment

Reference number: CFS22/41

Location: East Renfrewshire

Closing date: 01/07/2022 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that the interviews will take place onTuesday 12 July 2022

Salary: £27,477 - £32,076 pro rata for part 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:

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.