Advisory board members

The Children’s Commissioner for England is an independent voice for children. Her role is to be the eyes, ears and advocate for children in Whitehall and beyond.

The Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, seeks to shine a light on where children and their rights and needs are ignored or mishandled and suggest practical policy remedies. Her office combines data gathering and analysis with direct work to tap children’s experiences, and behind the scenes policy work with Parliamentarians, officials and ministers. She has a particular focus on vulnerable children and those in the care of the State. She provides direct advice and help to children in the care system, and visits children accommodated by the state in mental health, criminal justice and welfare settings to assess their accommodation and the quality of their care.  Her work within Whitehall spans the health, education, local government and culture ministries, the Treasury, Home Office and 10 Downing Street.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is a dynamic and creative place to work. It is a small organisation, but it has a loud voice and is highly respected.

The Children’s Commissioner’s Advisory Board exists to provide advice and challenge to the Children’s Commissioner in the exercise of her statutory functions. The Commissioner is now inviting applications from exceptional individuals, with a wide breadth of experience, to join this Board, which meets quarterly in London.

Candidates need not have previous experience of working with children but should demonstrate an interest in policy issues affecting children, particularly the most vulnerable, and be interested in the role of the Commissioner and able to offer a different perspective on her work.

View the candidate briefing pack

Download equality and diversity monitoring form

Download registration of interests form

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact the

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How to Apply

Please send a CV of no more than two sides of A4 and a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4 setting out how you meet the essential criteria, an equality and diversity monitoring form and a registration of interests form to:

Submissions by midnight on Monday, 2 March 2020

Interviews are expected to take place on Monday, 16 March 2020