Children 1st

Charity registered in Scotland SC016092

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity.

We began in 1884 and for many years were known as the RSSPCC (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). We became Children 1st in 1995. We did this to say that children are at the heart of everything we do. And that not only do we want to prevent harm - we also want to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve.

We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.


Current opportunity

General Purpose of Role To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping families become more resilient by getting alongside families and building relationships with the family group and/or an individual family member to: • help reduce isolation and promote a sense of belonging by encouraging families to engage with their wider communities • build on identified strengths to increase self-esteem and confidence in individuals • support the work of Children 1st staff to assist parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children All volunteering activity is linked to an assessment and workplan produced by the Family Wellbeing Worker and the family. Key Tasks Key tasks may include: Family Support Spending time with families in their own home to build trusting relationships so as to compliment and add value to the work of the Family Wellbeing Worker. Time may be spent: • out and about with the family in the local community accessing resources such as libraries or groups, attending appointments or other similar family activities • helping to establish and support individual/family play and activities • offering support and encouragement to help a parent or carer maintain their relationship with their children And/or Befriending Developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child, young person or adult in the family. Time may be spent: • Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer • Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focussed on their needs and abilities • Supporting and developing a child or young person’s personal and social development • Helping the child, young person or adult to build their self-esteem and confidence • Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests Group work and drop-in sessions This may include working with young people, kinship carers, parents and children, supporting Children 1st staff in a group work setting. All Family Wellbeing and Befriending Volunteers will: • Ensure prompt and ongoing communication with Children 1st • In conjunction with paid Project Workers, record interactions with children and family members as per Children 1st recording policy and requirements • Attend relevant meetings such as supervision sessions, team meetings and training