Children’s Services Implementation Lead

Type of employment: Fixed for 12 months with 2 further years indicative funding  
Salary: £42,149 - £51,799
Closing Date: 31 October 2021

Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

About you

Do you have experience of working within the children’s care and protection sector? Can you demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment the change and improvement set out in the Promise Change Plan, and respecting lived experience of care? Are you passionate about using improvement approaches to make this happen?

We’re looking for someone to lead our Children’s Services Implementation team who’ll bring passion, insight and understanding to our work focussed on enabling effective family support and, where needed, high quality alternative care for children and young people, and also demonstrate a strong track record of leading, managing and influencing the work of others through a range of workforce development opportunities such as consultancy, leading implementation projects, partnership working, facilitation attending to implementing and sustaining change.

About the role

This is an innovative leadership role where you will lead and support system and practice improvement using implementation and implementation methodologies to manage complex change to improve lifelong outcomes for infants, children and young people, based on a strong understanding of children’s needs and their development. The Children’s Services Implementation Lead will lead and manage the Children’s Services Implementation team providing: a strategic overview of the work; line management and support to the team: and ensuring that all reporting requirements are produced for governance and progress purposes. You will identify and promote evidence based practice models in service planning, improvement and evaluation applying improvement and implementation frameworks. 


As a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland, CELCIS works to improve the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers, by supporting the people and organisations responsible for their care to make changes in the services, practices and skills they use.

Qualifications and experience

You will have a relevant degree or appropriate professional qualification plus significant understanding and relevant experience in children’s care and protection planning and practice as well as a demonstrable track record in delivering programmes of improvement and change activities across a diverse and complex environment. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working with a range of stakeholders at all levels within and across Getting it right for every child agencies and also have a good knowledge and understanding of relevant Scottish Government legislation and policy areas relating to children’s care and protection and the complexities of effective implementation.

Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agree the next two years indicative level.

All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) can be available and we are happy to discuss.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Director (Acting) (

Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on 25/11/2021 or 26/11/2021.

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