We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Head of Public Affairs and Policy
  • Policy and Evidence internship positions

Head of Public Affairs and Policy

With a very wide remit to effect positive change for children, we are looking for someone who can identify opportunities for the Children’s Commissioner to have a real impact on policy, whether by influencing ministers and civil servants, winning support in Parliament for amendments to legislation, or working with regulators to put changes into practice. The Children’s Commissioner has an ambitious policy programme to effect positive change for children, with a focus on children with hidden vulnerabilities and those in the care system

Armed with the very highest quality evidence and policy analysis from our expert team, you will need to achieve recognition for this agenda throughout Whitehall and be able to turn policy propositions into real legislative and regulatory change. You will have the authority and credibility to be recognised and respected as a voice across Whitehall for vulnerable children. You will lead a small team of policy analysts, helping to shape their work, set priorities and identify opportunities for Children’s Commissioner interventions in policy and public debate.

Detailed knowledge of the policy landscape for children would be an advantage, but is less important than a thorough knowledge of Whitehall, Parliament and the legislative system, great advocacy skills and a determination to improve the lives of vulnerable children. We also welcome applications from those without direct public affairs and policy experience but with relevant professional backgrounds, for instance in media or law.

Salary: £61,000 to £71,000 per annum, depending upon experience.  

Please download the attached job description and send a copy of your CV (no more than two pages), application form and supporting document to   by noon on Monday 12 June 2017

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Internship positions at Children’s Commissioner’s Office

About the Children’s Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner for England aims to promote and protect children's rights, with a special responsibility for the rights of children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services.

The Commissioner’s priorities for this year are set out in the 2017/18 Business Plan, available here.

The Children’s Commissioner’s Office (CCO) includes the teams of research, policy and other staff who support and deliver the Commissioner’s programme of work. The CCO works closely with government but is independent and non-partisan.

The internship positions

The CCO’s Evidence and Policy Teams are looking to recruit skilled and motivated interns for a minimum 6-month period between July 2017 and April 2018. We are seeking up to two interns in each of the Evidence and Policy Teams (a maximum of four interns in total). Successful interns will play a key role in delivering projects to improve the wellbeing and welfare of vulnerable children.

The Policy Team monitors issues of current relevance to children. Team members monitor the policy landscape to keep abreast of recent developments; attend and deliver policy briefings to the Children’s Commissioner, Parliamentarians and government officials; build and manage relationships with external stakeholders; look for opportunities to further the strategic objectives of the Children’s Commissioner; and deliver specific projects outlined in the Business Plan.

The Evidence Team is responsible for the CCO’s research and analysis. The team commissions and produces rigorous data analysis as well as social research (including surveys and qualitative work with children and young people). Team members carry out quantitative analysis of official statistics, administrative data or data collected by the CCO, in order to generate new findings on the experiences and outcomes of vulnerable children and young people. Qualitative work delivered by the Evidence Team involves listening to and reflecting the voices and perspectives of children, not only as research projects, but also to ensure that children are engaged in the CCO’s work and to inform the Commissioner’s priorities. One of the Evidence Team interns will be a quantitative/statistical specialist, the other will be a specialist in qualitative research with children.

Each intern will contribute across a range of projects depending on business need. There will also be opportunities to work across the organisation on wider tasks, including helping to set up events and use social media to communicate reports. There will be some administrative work. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop new project ideas on specific areas of knowledge and expertise. There will be opportunities to shadow senior leaders and to attend learning events.

Specific skills required for the Evidence Team internships are:

  • A good degree with a recognised quantitative and/or qualitative component;
  • Experience of applying research methods to practical or applied issues;
  • Good knowledge of IT systems and software;
  • Ability to communicate technical research and analysis in clear ways to a non-technical audience;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • An understanding of policies affecting children and vulnerable children.

Specific skills required for the Policy Desk internships are:

  • A Masters degree, preferably in the social sciences. A good first degree with relevant work experience may be considered as an alternative
  • Excellent drafting skills, grammar, and communication skills;
  • A demonstrable ability to synthesise complex policy problems into clear analysis and simple language;
  • Good knowledge of the UK political system and public policy.
  • Good knowledge of IT systems and software;

Both posts require a willingness to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, work flexibly across teams, adapt quickly to change and be responsive to opportunities and ideas. A keen interest in the rights and wellbeing of children and vulnerable children is essential.

Job descriptions can be found here:

Remuneration: The internships will pay the London Living Wage (£9.75/hour), equivalent to £18,750 per annum pro rata.

Interested candidates are invited to send a CV and short covering letter (no more than 500 words), outlining their skills and suitability for the role they are applying for, to by 12PM on 14 June 2017. Please put in the subject line “Internship application: evidence” or “Internship application: policy” depending on which position you are applying for. We will acknowledge receipt of your application but apologise that we may not be able to respond individually to everyone.