Head of Data Collection (Maternity cover)

Salary Range: Grade 7 £55,022-£63,601

Hours: Full-time

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 12 months with possibility to extend

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.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Research, this post will oversee the acquisition of data and the delivery of research projects under the Commissioner’s priority pillars, to ensure that the Children’s Commissioner has the best possible accurate data and evidence on issues affecting the wellbeing and welfare of children in England.

The role will involve working directly with the Children’s Commissioner, other senior staff and policy colleagues to shape and represent the work of the office. This includes identifying new opportunities to use the Commissioner’s unique powers of data collection to shed new light on issues affecting children.

You will be responsible for undertaking, overseeing and/or commissioning high quality analytical work, often at pace and responsive to the needs of policy and public affairs debates. You will be able to present findings to a range of audiences including Parliament, the media, the public, senior civil servants, government analysts, ministers, and 10 Downing Street.

You will be expected to be an expert on administrative and other data sources pertaining to children’s welfare and wellbeing, and lead work to ensure this is used to enhance public and official understanding of key trends and issues, and that gaps in data are addressed.

You will be expected to be familiar with the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act as they pertain to data processing. You will be expected to write Data Sharing Agreements/Service Level Agreements/Memorandum’s of Understanding and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and manage information assets in compliance with the office’s Data Protection Policy.


  • Lead on data acquisition, particularly through the acquisition of administrative data and development of new surveys, in ways that best meet the needs of the Children’s Commissioner and her office. This will include designing novel data collections, working with partners across local and national government.
  • Manage and maintain the CCo’s existing data governance processes reporting to the Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO) and Data Protection Officer (DPO). This will include the maintenance of existing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) as well as establishing new ones, updating and drafting new Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and ensuring the office’s compliance with UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act.
  • Jointly with the Deputy Director for Research, lead on the management and commissioning of data analysis for reporting on trends and issues affecting children, in particular analysis based on longitudinal survey data or complex administrative data.
  • Line management of members of the research team to develop them and manage their resourcing.
  • Work closely with policy and comms colleagues to ensure and quality assure a strong flow of high quality and relevant analysis to inform public policy, policy making, public affairs, and policy debates.
  • Support delivery of analysis, as project lead or supervisor of analytical projects.
  • Work closely with Corporate Services team to deliver high quality externally commissioned analysis.
  • Provide wider leadership in the office as part of senior management.

The successful candidate will be expected to join at the base of the salary band for their grade.

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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 23:55 Sunday 29 January 2023. 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 13 February 2023.

Contracts will be for an initial period of 12 months with a possibility to extend.

Apply now

Submissions by 23:55 on Sunday 29 January 2023

Interviews will be held week commencing 13 February 2023