Deputy Director of Research

Salary Range: £65,783 – £73,146

Hours: Full-time

Contract Type: Permanent

Purpose of the role:

The Children’s Commissioner for England sits at the heart of Government, delivering for children, and championing their voices and needs.  This includes a particular responsibility towards children who rely on the state for their safety or protection.

The Children’s Commissioner is a unique statutory role with powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children.  Her messages to policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents provide insight, evidence and challenge to us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up. Research and data play a critical role in this.

The Children’s Commissioner’s office (CCo) use government administrative data, national survey data, cohort studies, commission and run new surveys and capture the voices of children and young people to ensure that their experiences, rights and interests are heard and shape policy and practice.

As part of senior management, the Deputy Director of Research will work closely with the Deputy to the Children’s Commissioner to support CCo’s strategy, research and public engagement.

The Deputy Director of Research will be responsible for leading and managing the Research team. They will also be responsible for developing and leading all aspects of research and analysis within CCo to generate high quality and robust evidence about the experiences and outcomes for children in England.

Utilising the Children’s Commissioner’s unique data collection powers for access to data on children and young people held by public institutions, the Deputy Director of Research will consider the priorities, concerns and issues for children, particularly for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable (including Children in Care).


  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive research strategy to support the priorities of the Children’s Commissioner and to inform business planning.
  • Develop, lead and manage a team of researchers and analysts including qualitative and quantitative researchers, analysts and statisticians.
  • Identify and respond to gaps in research through use of the Children’s Commissioner’s powers to request data, commissioning research and carrying out new data analysis.
  • Suggest and trial new research and data collection methods and pilot new analytical and data visualisation techniques.
  • Provide, present and communicate research and data in an accessible and timely way to support the strategy and priorities of the Children’s Commissioner.
  • Act as Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for the Children’s Commissioner with responsibility for the Data Protection Officer service.
  • To be an active and effective member of senior management to ensure that the research team is sufficiently resourced and enabled to function effectively working closely with other teams.
  • Build partnerships and networks with leading research bodies, national and local government, academia, the third sector and elsewhere to share learning and research.
  • Represent the Children’s Commissioner in external meetings.

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How to apply

To apply please download the job specification and send a copy of your CV, Statement of Suitability, Candidate Information Form and the Equality and Diversity Form to our recruitment team by clicking the ‘apply now’ link below by midnight Tuesday 11 October 2022. Please note, the job description will not be available after the post has closed. Please save a copy for your records.

Your statement of suitability should be no more than 750 words and should set out how you meet the essential skills and any relevant experience to the key duties of the role.

Applications will be sifted against the requirements set out in the essential skills/experience listed in the job description.

Interviews for short-listed candidates are expected to take place week commencing 24 October 2022.

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Submissions by midnight on Tuesday 11 October 2022

Interviews will be held week commencing 24 October 2022