Regional Manager (North)

Regional Manager (North)

  • 28 hours per week
  • Starting salary £34,617 pro rata

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment. We are dedicated to providing a range of practical, social and emotional support to children, young people and other family members with someone in prison.  This support is relationship-based, prison-aware, and family-focused.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Regional Family Support Team in the north to ensure the delivery of high-quality support to people with family members resident in HMP Grampian, HMP Inverness, HMP Perth & HMP Castle Huntly or those living across the North of Scotland who may have family members in prison elsewhere in Scotland. Our Regional Manager will:

  • Lead a team of staff and social work students who provide 1:1, family, and/or group work in family homes, community venues, prison, and/or prison visitor centres
  • Liaise and contribute to key local and community forums such as Community Planning Partnerships, Third Sector Interface meetings, or Local Authority partners’ meetings
  • Create and develop a range of support services to meet the local need across the North of Scotland.

The range of offences and lengths of sentence managed by each of the four prisons are varied and  extensive.  Additionally the local authority areas across the North of Scotland vary between rural, coastal, and urban areas. This means that the families we support will face a wide range of challenges, not least that of travel and transport to visit relatives in these Scottish prisons. It is important that our Regional Family Support Manager is:

  • Experienced in leading others
  • Passionate about developing high quality family support practice
  • Trauma-informed and rights-focused in all they do
  • Skilled in building strong, effective relationships with staff, local and regional partners, and stakeholders
  • Skilled in creating support to meet the most challenging issues that impact women and young people in prison and their families
  • Confident, resilient, and respectful when dealing with challenging situations.

As our staff and students are spread across a wide geographic area, the Regional Manager will be primarily working via virtual methods from home with regular travel to meet staff or undertake strategic duties. As such we will accept candidates from any location that would be practicably able to meet the operational needs of the team.

If you are an experienced professional with managerial experience in social work, community work, family support, or other appropriate experiences and are passionate about making a difference for families impacted by imprisonment, then we want to hear from you.

Submitting your application

Please submit your application in the Word format the document is in to the email address on the form. Do not convert to a PDF. Our head office address is also provided on the form if you wish to post your application, but we strongly advise emailing instead.

Informal enquiries are welcome: please contact Elaine Stalker (Head of Resource & Development) on 07958 794149 or 0131 557 9800. Alternatively, you can email for further discussion about the post.

All applications should be emailed to  

Closing date: 5.00pm, Tuesday 16th November 2021.

Interviews: to be held in person at 17 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX or at a venue best located to suit the pool of interviewees.

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