New Vacancy: Children and Family Services Manager

About us

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is the only charity within Scotland dedicated to working directly with children and young people, from serving personnel, reserve and veteran families to co-produce services to better understand and respond effectively to unique challenges experienced with regard to mental health and wellbeing, education and learning, participation and the pursuit of positive futures. Our Youth Forums serve to nurture confidence and provide a national platform to speak up and champion change for what matters most to Armed Forces young people. We facilitate life-changing experiences, which develop new skills and confidence as well as forge new friendships through shared experience and solidarity. We support serving personnel and veteran families who have experienced considerable financial hardship throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as Armed Forces young people with caring responsibilities and those attending college and university.

About the Role 

Bring your passion, commitment and drive to lead and develop services to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from serving personnel and veteran families across Scotland. You will be responsible for the operational management of our Your Mind Matters Project, which is working directly with Armed Forces children and young people to co-produce new mental health and wellbeing services. You will provide supervision support to our Your Minds Matter Digital Participation Officer as well as work with the wider to team to monitor and prepare reporting to our external funder. You will develop, mobilise and manage new service delivery and support models to address the needs of Armed Forces children, young people and families in relation to mental health and wellbeing. This is likely to include developing a Trauma Informed Family Support model, individual, group and peer support models. And all the while working to ensure a coproduction approach underpins all new and existing children and family serve models.

In the absence of our Grants Manager, you will also be responsible for the administration of our grant-award programmes. You will ensure correct assessments are undertaken to identify children’s and families’ needs and provide direct support based on those assessments and, with the criteria agreed by the CEO, taking responsibility for making decisions on financial assistance awards up to a pre-agreed level of funding. In addition, you will maintain accurate records and contribute to reports, monitoring and evaluation.

The person joining our team

To apply for the role of Children and Family Services Manager you will need to hold a relevant professional qualification within health, education, social care or equivalent and possess a minimum of five years experience working within children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services. You will need proven experience co-producing and mobilising new services with children and young people as well as experience delivering trauma-informed services and working within a child protection framework. You will need strong interpersonal and organisational skills to work effectively within our small team, proven experience working with external partners and be able to use your own initiative and manage workload commitments to achieve outcomes. A strong breadth of knowledge within the field of mental health is essential as well as proven experience with regard to staff supervision and support.

Application notes

If this sounds like you and you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact our CEO Laura Falconer on 07554 154012.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words max) to by 5pm on Monday 31 May 2021. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 16 June 2021 or Friday 18 June 2021.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process.