Throughout Scotland

Ministerial Appointment – Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System

Safeguarders are appointed by Scottish Ministers and have a unique and important independent role in children’s hearings and related court proceedings. They can inform and influence decisions to improve lives of the most in need.  Children 1st is contracted by the Scottish Government to manage the national Safeguarders Panel. 

On behalf of Scotland’s children and young people we seek individuals who can:

  • Maintain an unwavering focus on the child or young person’s interests in Children’s Hearings and related court proceedings
  • Be attuned to the child or young person in the assimilation and analysis of information to make clear, reasoned and justifiable recommendation
  • Work effectively as an individual and alongside others connected to the role
  • Have the values, skills and experience to uphold the vision of the national Safeguarders Panel to be excellent, transparent, consistent and respectful for children and young people

Applications are now invited from individuals motivated to undertake this key role.

As a national recruitment campaign there will be positions across Scotland but we would particularly welcome applications from individuals who are able to take up Safeguarder appointments in the areas of Dumfries & Galloway; Argyll & Bute and the Highlands.

The position does not attract a fixed salary. Fees and expenses for reasonable travel and subsistence costs are available for each appointment. Please note: There is no payment for attending Pre-appointment Assessment and Training, support sessions and on‑going requisite training (Children 1st Safeguarders Panel webpages provides further details)

Question and Answer Sessions

We will be holding a number of Question and Answer sessions throughout Scotland, for dates and venues please see relevant documents below.

Additional information

Please note this post does require training and assessment and you must be available for 6 days requisite pre-appointment training and assessment.

Please also refer to the ‘Safeguarder role description’ and ‘Pre-appointment assessment and training information’ for further information as per relevant documents attached below. 

For more information on the role of the safeguarder please visit the Safeguarders Panel webpages.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the national Safeguarders Panel Team Tel 0131 446 2321 or email:

To apply, please download and complete the attached Application form, Application exercise, Equal Opportunities form and Self Declaration form. Completed forms should be sent to or Human Resources, Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1AT



Job title: Safeguarder

Job Subtitle: Nationwide

Reference number: CFS19/31

Location: Throughout Scotland

Closing date: 30/08/2019 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that interviews will be held between 24 September 2019 and 11 October 2019

Salary: No fixed salary

Post: Sessional