Throughout Scotland


Ministerial Appointment – Safeguarder in the Children’s Hearings System

Safeguarders are appointed by Ministers and have a unique and important role in Children’s Hearings and related court proceedings, supporting the process to focus on the child’s best interests.  They can inform and influence hearing’s decisions.  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 best interests in Children’s Hearings and related court proceedings
  • Communicate with and be attuned to the child or young person in the assimilation and analysis of information to make clear, reasoned and justifiable recommendations
  • 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.

We would welcome applications from individuals who are willing to travel to Safeguarder appointments in the areas of Aberdeen, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Argyll & Bute and the Highlands.

Further Information

Pre-Appointment Assessment and Training: Candidates who are successful at interview will be required to attend 6 pre-appointment assessment and training sessions. It is anticipated that these sessions will be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh between Monday 21 February 2022 and Monday 25 April 2022. We will pay travel costs, expenses and accommodation, if required, for these Pre-Appointment days.

Salary: 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.

For further information on becoming a Safeguarder and FAQs please click here or for an informal discussion about the role, please contact the national Safeguarders Panel Team on Tel 0345 604 4296 or email and or visit the Safeguarders Panel webpages

To apply, please download and complete the attached Application form, Application exercise, Equal Opportunities form and Self Declaration form and email completes forms to or send to Human Resources, Children1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1AT

Job title: Safeguarder

Job Subtitle: Nationwide

Reference number: CFS20/86

Location: Throughout Scotland

Closing date: 13/12/2021 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that interviews will be held between Monday 10 January 2022 and Friday 21 January 2022

Salary: No fixed salary

Post: Sessional