Children 1st

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 opportunities

Parentline is a lifeline for all families, offering a kind and skilled listening ear for parents and carers across Scotland through our free digital service. We have time for anyone concerned about a child, they can get up to date quality information and help on the things that matter to them and their children, through the website, helpline or webchat. We build relationships with parents and carers always keeping children at the centre but being mindful of the challenges to families today. Our team of staff and volunteers are trauma sensitive and knowledgeable in child development and work alongside callers to prevent stress increasing in families. Our Helpline Volunteers are the front line of the service. They listen to those who contact us and offer support, information and advice and, where appropriate, signpost to other agencies. Our aim is to put the child at the heart of every contact and to support people to decide for themselves how to move forward. Key Tasks o To provide support and advice by phone, webchat and email o To work in partnership with helpline supervisors to ensure that safety and well being of children is a central focus of all contacts o To accurately record the details of every contact o To attend support meetings and trainings as required

To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping families become more resilient by 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

Do you have an interest in history and record preservation? Do you have excellent research skills and a methodical and logical approach to research? Would you like to gain hands on experience of working with archives? Children 1st has records dating back to 1884 and turning this collection into a comprehensive, accessible archive is key to enabling Children 1st to understand its history, facilitate access to those records and have a detailed archival catalogue. We're looking for someone with previous experience of working with archives, ideally working towards a post-graduate qualification in archives or records management to support us to understand our history and make our records more accessible. This role will involve: - Indexing historic Children’s Shelter admission registers - Indexing the records of a number of smaller residential homes that were spread across Scotland up until 1980 - Research into the history of the RSSPCC/Children 1st to track the development of the charity over the last 135 years - Reviewing files in the historical archive and flagging personal or sensitive data - Identifying key media such as photography and promotional materials that may be useful for display or external promotion at events.