Head of Policy Programmes

The Children’s Commissioner’s office is a highly respected independent body that acts as a voice for children in England. It is our job to make sure that the interests and experience of children are understood by politicians and others who make decisions about their lives.

The Commissioner is the ‘eyes and ears of children in the system’. Her role is to look out for England’s vulnerable children – those otherwise hidden from sight. This might be children accommodated by the state, including children in care, secure accommodation, residential special schools or in-patient health settings. It also includes those children on the margins: those who need help or support but are not getting it and those at risk but marginalised from existing services. The Commissioner exposes how the system works for vulnerable children and takes this message to Government, Parliament and the public. We are a small organisation with big ambitions and a relentless drive to improve the lives of children in England.


We are recruiting for a Head of Policy Programmes. Your role will be to support the Head of Policy and Advocacy by taking a leading role in ensuring the delivery of the Children’s Commissioner’s work programme, with a clear emphasis on impact. This will include managing complex and multi-disciplinary, evidence-based policy projects, and working with colleagues to inform the development of a robust evidence base, using the Commissioner’s statutory powers.

You will work with legal partners on litigation to change policy affecting children. Experience in this area would be an advantage. You will have excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills and experience of working collaboratively in a demanding, intellectually rigorous environment.


£52,837 to £61,015 per annum (depending upon experience)

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How to Apply

Please download the attached job description and send a copy of your CV in Word (PDF not accepted), application form and the equality and diversity form to


Submissions by midnight on Sunday 27 October 2019

It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 11 November 2019