Vacancy | Youth Participation Worker (North)

About Forces Children Scotland

Our children and young people may experience a range of positive and challenging experiences during life in a serving, reservist, and veteran family. We help children and young people to grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences to forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging and shared experience. We amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those supporting them or making important decisions about their future, better understand what they’re going through and bring about big changes. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways. We support children and young people caring for a loved one or a member of the local community or gain a qualification at college or university.

About the role

Please note: Funding has been secured for this role to June 2024.

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 for

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 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 for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words maximum) to by 5pm on 12 November 2021. Interviews will be held, via Zoom, on the evening of 22 November 2021 (TBC).

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 license and access to a car is required. Funding for this role has been secured to June 2024, with a view to securing continuation funding.