Children’s Commissioner for England
|Body:||Department for Education|
|Appointing Department:||Department for Education|
|Sectors:||Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Education, Health, Judicial, Prison & Policing|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Remuneration:||Competitive salary - The post affords remuneration of between £120,000 - £130,000.|
|Time Requirements:||Full time|
Closed for Applications
Midday on 18 September 2020
w/c 28 September 2020
Final Interview Date
w/c 2 November 2020
w/c 14 December 2020
Simon Burns Added 22/07/2020
President of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association and Government Liasion Officer for Clinova Ltd. • Other Panel Member
Political Activity Former Conservative MP, most recently for Chelmsford May 2010 – May 2017 Notes -
Cindy Butts Added 22/07/2020
Commissioner, Criminal Cases Review Commission • Senior Independent Panel Member
Jon Yates Added 22/07/2020
Executive Director, Youth Endowment Fund • Other Panel Member
Political Activity Former Chief Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education 2018-19 Notes -
Indra Morris Added 22/07/2020
Director General, Social Care, Mobility and Disadvantage Group, Department for Education • Departmental Official
Andrew McCully Added 22/07/2020
Director General, Early Years and Schools Group, Department for Education • Departmental Official
|The Commissioner operates as a corporation sole, sponsored by the Department for Education and is appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. The Commissioner’s primary function is promoting and protecting the rights of children in England.
The legislative basis for the office of Children’s Commissioner is in Part 1 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 2004 (as amended). This establishes the independence of the office and the six year tenure of the post holder www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/31/contents
The legislation relating to the Children’s Commissioner is permissive, allowing significant flexibility for the Commissioner to determine how best to carry out his or her primary function of promoting and protecting children’s rights.
The Commissioner is not an Ombudsman and, in general, cannot conduct investigations into the case of an individual child.
The Commissioner is bound by the Seven guiding principles of public life (Nolan Principles) and is required to account for the public funding allocated to the role. In 2019/20, the Commissioner was allocated a budget of £2.73m.
The Commissioner is also allowed to appoint staff to assist in the delivery of their functions. Currently, the Commissioner employs around 25 staff.
|The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
We also expect candidates to be able to demonstrate the following
The preferred candidate for the post of Children’s Commissioner for England maybe required to appear before a Parliamentary Select Committee prior to appointment
How to Apply
The closing date for applications is: 18 September 2020
Please submit the following documents by email to:
- A personal statement, which demonstrates how you meet the key requirements for the role, as set out in “who we’re looking for” section. No more than two sides of A4 in font 12
- A CV
- Candidate Declaration Form
- Diversity Monitoring Form
If submitting your application by email please include the heading “Children’s Commissioner for England” in the subject box and submit your application documents as separate attachments.
Please note the following:
- We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date
- Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
- Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
- Feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.
- When 30 or more applications are received, it is likely that your application will be “pre-assessed” before it is passed to the shortlisting Panel for consideration. You should be aware that in this situation, your application might not be considered in full by all the members of the Panel.
|Diversity Monitoring Form|
|Public Appointments Privacy Notice|
|Children's Commissioner for England Applicant Pack|
|CCE candidate Application Form|
This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.