Youth Participation Worker Vacancy

Support children and young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Highland and Moray through an exciting new opportunity to join Forces Children Scotland.

About Forces Children Scotland

Our vision is to make Scotland a place where all children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families can thrive, realise their potential and aspire towards a wide range of positive futures. We aim to become the sector leading children and young people’s Armed Forces charity; we listen to their experiences and respond to many unique challenges faced to provide empowering opportunities to amplify their voices to inspire lasting change at a local, regional and national level.

About the role of Participation Worker 

As a Youth Participation Worker you will implement a co-production approach to work directly with children and young people to develop, design and deliver a broad range of participatory projects. You will develop a network of forum groups, within the Highland & Moray region, which enable Armed Forces young people to forge new friendships, develop new skills and contribute their unique experiences, creativity and voice to shape campaigns to provide a platform to raise greater awareness and influence policy-making processes at a local, regional and national level.

In addition, you will work in partnership with colleagues within the Armed Forces community as well as schools, colleges and third sector organisations to promote the impact of our projects and services as well as recruit children and young people to participate in activities. 

About the person we are looking to join our team 

To apply for this role, you will possess a relevant qualification (HNC/SVQ3/SCQF Level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or relevant work experience. In addition, you will need a minimum of two years’ experience working in a youth work, community work or education setting. You will need to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planning activities with children and young people.

You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of child protection, GIRFEC as well as an awareness of and understanding of issues around children and young people’s participation. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people. 

Application Notes 

If this vacancy sounds like you and you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact our Children and Young People Participation Manager, Nina Collins on 07990 031 658.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words maximum) to by 5pm on 13 August 2021. Interviews will be held, via Zoom, and expected to run late August/early September.

Please Note – An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process. This post will cover Highland and Moray region and will include a significant amount of travel. Therefore, a full driving licence and access to a car is required.