Advisory Board Members
The Children’s Commissioner for England is an independent voice for children. The role was established by the Children Act 2004 which gave the Commissioner responsibility for promoting awareness of the views and interests of children.
The Commissioner’s statutory remit includes understanding what children and young people think about things that affect them and encouraging decision makers to always take their best interests into account. Her unique data gathering powers and powers of entry to talk with children and gain evidence enable her to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children, particularly the most vulnerable.
The Children and Families Act 2014 further strengthened the remit, powers and independence of the Children’s Commissioner, and gives her special responsibility for the rights of children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services. She also speaks for wider groups of children on non-devolved issues including immigration (for the whole of the UK) and youth justice (for England and Wales).
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.
How to apply
To apply please download the attached candidate briefing pack and email a copy of your CV, supporting statement, candidate information form, Registration of Interest form and Equality and Diversity form by clicking the apply now link below.
Submissions by midnight Sunday 1 August 2021
Interviews are expected to take place w/c 9 August 2021