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Published, 17 November 2016

Opportunity to work in Scottish Government's Looked After Children Unit

The Scottish Government has an opening in the Looked After Children Unit within Children and Families Directorate for a two-year secondment starting in January 2017. 

If you have experience in policy for looked after children, front line service delivery and have recent practical experience then this could be for you.

The role will:

  • Support the Unit, Division and Directorate efforts to drive improvement in service provision for looked after children and care leavers including the recently announced review of care, those set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and other key frameworks.
  • Ensure improved outcomes for looked after children through existing and future policies on corporate parenting, aftercare and continuing care.
  • Support evidence-based policy development through a rolling programme of engagement with local authorities and other key stakeholders on specific elements of the review of care as it develops and implementation of the 2014 Act.
  • Share learning from previous experience of front line service delivery to improve outcomes for looked after children and care leavers, working closely with a wide range of partner organisations and stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain close links with colleagues across Scottish Government, and use networks across the sector to raise the profile of looked after children, ensuring that their needs are embedded in policy and practice development.
  • Work closely with CELCIS on all aspects of policy development relating to looked after children and young people.

Salary range is up to £42,220 and the Scottish Government will reimburse the host organisation for costs in line with current salary for the duration of the secondment.

This post is based in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh within the Looked After Children Unit headed by David Blair. The secondee will be part of this team of 6 people.
Scottish Government is inviting notes of interest and/or applications. For further information or to submit notes of interest please contact Carolyn Younie at

Notes of interest must be received by 30 November.

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