Legal Officer

Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Contract Type
Practice Area
Legal Support
Grade 4 (£32,709 - £40,560)
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
Are you our next Legal Officer?

Job Description

Scotland’s children and young people have told us they need fierce champions for their human rights. People who share our values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect.

We’re looking for two legal experts to join our team. One post is in advice and investigations and the other has an international focus.

You must be passionate about promoting and safeguarding children’s human rights and ready to use your legal expertise to make a real difference.

Who we are

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland promotes and safeguards the human rights of everyone in Scotland up to 18, or up to 21 if the young person has care experience.

You’d be joining the Commissioner, Bruce Adamson and a multi-disciplinary team of 15 hard-working and committed individuals working to influence and drive progressive law, policy and practice within children’s human rights. We do this by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of children’s human rights
  • Reviewing law, policy and practice relating to children’s human rights
  • Promoting best practice by service providers
  • Promoting, commissioning, undertaking and publishing research to promote better implementation of children’s human rights

In doing this, the Commissioner must have regard to the UNCRC and act in a way that encourages equal opportunities.  We must also encourage the involvement of children and young people in the work and consult relevant organisations working with and for children and young people. 

The roles

You’ll be one of two brand new posts of Legal Officer; one within advice and investigations and the other with an international focus.

Legal Officer (Investigations and Strategic Litigation)

You’ll be responsible for the provision of internal legal advice and the lawful and effective use of the Commissioner’s investigative powers, as well as supporting the delivery of the office’s advice function. You’ll also be directly responsible for the analysis and management of a body of legal casework on behalf of the Commissioner.

Legal Officer (International)

You’ll be directly responsible for providing the bridge between the Commissioner’s office and international human rights bodies and treaty organisations, including treaty monitoring and reporting, and engaging in the development of international standards. You’ll also be responsible for providing advice to the Commissioner on international law and best practice, including the analysis of laws and legislative proposals from the perspective of international and regional legal standards.

Why join us?

You’ll be at the forefront of progressing law, policy and practice at domestic and international level, working every day to make an impact in children and young people’s lives in Scotland.

You’ll also get the chance to work directly with children and young people to ensure that their voices are central to your work.

We offer flexible working hours and excellent holidays and benefits within the public sector in Scotland.

We’re also happy to consider part-time working or job-share requests.

For further details and to download an application pack please click on the 'Apply' button below.