Children's Commissioner Advisory Board Member

Body: Children’s Commissioner’s Office
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Education
Location: Central London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Board members do not receive a fee, but are eligible to claim reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on the Children’s Commissioner’s business.
Time Requirements: Board members attend a minimum of three and a maximum of four meetings per year. Members may be contacted between meetings via email or telephone, on a limited basis and only as strictly necessary.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 8th March

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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.



Person Specification

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • A proven track record of excellence at strategic policy and delivery;
  • Knowledge and experience of policymaking and public affairs;
  • Understanding of the role, remit, powers and duties of the Children’s Commissioner as defined in legislation;
  • Curiosity about national policy issues affecting children and interest in children’s lives, particularly the most vulnerable;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrating an ability to persuade, influence and to build a diverse range of productive and collaborative relationships with other Board members.


Additional Information

A briefing pack for applicants is available to view or download on CCO’s website:


If you have any queries please contact Lyn Foster in the first instance:


How to Apply

Please send your CV and supporting statement to

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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