The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is an independent public inquiry, established under the Inquiries Act 2005.  Its remit covers the investigation of abuse of children in care and making recommendations so as to protect children in the future. The SCAI takes a trauma informed approach to all aspects of its work and is supported by an expert trauma psychologist.

SCAI’s offices and public hearings venue are in central Edinburgh.

To support the successful achievement of its extensive terms of reference, SCAI is looking for dynamic and collaborative individuals to join its paralegal team. The successful candidates will work under the supervision of the Inquiry’s supportive and experienced solicitor team. Primary responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, assisting with the Inquiry’s investigations.  Candidates must have a flexible and adaptable approach to work.

This post offers an excellent opportunity for highly conscientious individuals to gain further experience in a fast-paced and multi-disciplinary environment, where they will be making a significant contribution to the important work of the Inquiry.

You will:

  • Support the Inquiry’s solicitors and counsel in their investigations into matters falling within the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference by assisting with the preparation of formal notices to recover evidence and by analysing documents and evidence ingathered by the Inquiry;
  • Work closely with the Inquiry’s records and evidence management team to redact documents and evidence, including witness statements and transcripts, to enable it to be released to parties;
  • Assist the Solicitor to the Inquiry to assess accounts of expenses submitted by parties who have received an award of funding for legal representation;
  • Prepare papers for use by counsel and members of the Inquiry’s statement-taking team, and undertake administrative tasks required by the solicitors and/or counsel.

Skills and experience required:

  • Paralegal or other relevant experience
  • Ability to carry out tasks independently with minimum oversight, remaining calm under pressure
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and good attention to detail
  • Awareness of the need for discretion and to maintain confidentiality
  • Confidence with IT and high level of proficiency in all Microsoft packages including Word
  • Good organisational/administrative skills

Please contact myself, Hannah Youl,  for more details on how to apply.