Project Worker - Community Research

We are looking for a Community Research Project Worker to join our team

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to hear the voice of parents who have experience of children going into care.  The project will take a participatory approach with parents in the design and delivery of research. We are looking for someone who is passionate about inclusion, willing to take the time to build relationships with birth parents.  The successful person will ideally have experience of delivering support and an understanding of research.  The role offers a high level of autonomy and requires the successful candidate to be motivated, using their own initiative and have an openness to using creative research methods. 

What kind of person will make a great community researcher for Children 1st?

  • is fiercely passionate about participation and the voices of birth parents
  • 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 birth parents

What kind of Community Researcher will you be?

  • Engage with and amplify the voices of birth parents who have experience of children being removed permanently from their care. 
  • Work with local partners to connect and establish trust with birth parents who have experience of children being removed permanently from their care. 
  • Co-produce with parents the design and development of the research project.

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.

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 a fixed, full-time post of 35 hours, funded for one year. Can be considered as a secondment.

Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

Job title: Project Worker - Community Research

Reference number: CFS22/29

Location: Moray

Closing date: 20/05/2022 12:00

Interview date: Interview date to be confirmed

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’ 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.