Development Officer (Champions Board / Communities that Care)
East Lothian / Edinburgh
35 hours per week
Salary £23,439 – £29,299 per annum
Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only national independent membership organisation for Care Experienced people. Our mission is to secure a lifetime of equality, respect, and love for Care Experienced people in Scotland and we currently have over 3000 Care Experienced members.
At the heart of Who Cares? Scotland’s work are the rights of Care Experienced children and young people, and the power of their voices to bring about positive change. We provide individual relationship-based independent advocacy and a broad range of imaginative participatory opportunity for Care Experienced young people across Scotland; we work alongside corporate parents and communities of all sorts to broaden understanding; we work with policy makers, leaders and elected representatives locally and nationally to shape law, policy and practice on the basis of all that can be learnt from the voices of those with experience of care – working together to build on the aspirations of The Promise and secure positive change.
The post is focused on facilitating the participation and belonging of care-experienced children and young people from East Lothian in the development of participation and belonging activities through East Lothian Champions Board, and contribute to the development of our community- based participation and belonging work, schools work and volunteer model in our ‘Communities that Care’ approach in Edinburgh. The post holder will support a range of PR, awareness-raising, events and other activities such as fun connection and belonging activities, issue based group work; creative based group work; and focus groups, forums and events, both one-off and longer term in duration.
The post holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills to undertake the role. It will involve working closely with organisational partners, different services within the Local Authority and other public services in order to create new opportunities or develop existing ones.
The right candidate will have a good understanding of the Children’s Hearings System and the challenges that face children and young people with Care Experience and be able to form positive relationships with children and young people. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, adaptable to a wide range of contexts. You will enjoy working collaboratively with partners, and will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that all young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.
The successful candidate will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the South 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. Flexibility will be required given the remit of the role. Some evening and weekend work will be necessary, as will a full driving licence and access to transport.
If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 9th January 2022.
Interviews will be held in person /online (Covid-19 restrictions pending) on Monday 17th January 2022.
We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of care who meet the criteria for the post.
To apply for this vacancy please send your completed application form to: