Advocacy and Participation Worker
Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
35 hours per week
Office base location to be confirmed, travel required
£23,093 – £28,866 per annum
Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.
This role will focus on advocacy within the Children’s Hearing System, supporting children and young people with and without experience of care, in an advocacy role. This means to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives. In our work, we use a relationship-based approach where possible to ensure meaningful engagement. You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the dynamic North-East team at an exciting time, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.
The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or be able to demonstrate extensive experience in a role working with children and young people or delivering advocacy. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people, and maintain links with professional partners. You will also have experience engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively, both within and across organisations in this sector.
You will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience. You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity. A full driving licence and use of a car is also required, due to the regional remit of the post.
Closing date for applications is Friday 15th May at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held on Monday 25th May remotely.