Children's Commissioner for Wales

Body: Children's Commissioner for Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Education
Location: The Children’s Commissioner’s office will be relocating to Port Talbot in 2021. This will be the permanent office base. Travel across Wales is needed as part of the role, although travel and working from the office are subject to flexibility in response to the pandemic.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £90,000 to £95,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Full-time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/06/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • You will safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18 (and in some cases to 25) in Wales.  This is the principle aim of the Commissioner as set out in legislation.
  • You will inspire people to achieve better outcomes for all children and young people in Wales under all areas of policy, legislation, decision-making and practice that affect their lives directly or indirectly.
  • You will continue to stimulate national discussion and debate about achieving a society that respects children and young people and places a real value on offering them the opportunities they need to fulfil their individual potential.
  • You will provide national leadership and make a positive difference to children and young people’s lives by establishing and maintaining strong partnerships and powerful relationships with people and organisations.
  • You will have regard to and champion the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – an international charter which sets out the minimum standards for children and young people wherever they live. The UNCRC underpins all of the Commissioner’s work.
  • You will lead on the engagement with and scrutiny of Government and other organisations to deliver responsive services shaped by evidence and the thinking and opinions of children and young people.
  • You will fulfil the role of Corporation Sole and Accounting Officer for the organisation, ensuring ongoing transparent financial accounting, monitoring and review mechanisms are maintained.
  • You will lead and manage the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and will ensure it continues to be a strong, confident, inspiring and resilient all-Wales organisation that works effectively as a team, with robust governance and business structures, to ensure that children and young people are a national priority.

Person Specification

The First Minister is seeking to appoint an individual who can demonstrate the following:

  • the ability to demonstrate experience of engaging with and representing the views of others, in particular leading diversity and inclusion for marginalised or under-represented groups, and standing up for their rights;
  • an understanding nature alongside an understanding of the particular challenges of representing the views of children and young people;
  • a sound knowledge base of and a commitment to furthering children’s human rights;
  • exceptional influencing skills, including the ability to listen, communicate and inspire confidence with a diverse range of stakeholders from children and young people to decision makers at the most senior level;
  • the ability to express complex issues simply and articulately and present evidence in a clear and compelling way;
  • independence of judgement and the ability to quickly analyse complex problems and identify potential solutions;
  • the confidence and competence to speak out on issues affecting children and young people in Wales, including to the media, Government and Senedd Cymru;
  • experience of effective leadership of an organisation or distinct unit within a larger organisation, including financial and people management;
  • self-motivation and the ability to be pro-active, determined, positive and resilient;
  • the enthusiasm to be an effective ambassador to improve outcomes for all children and young people;
  • professional integrity, credibility and sensitivity to maintain confidence and trust; and
  • proven knowledge of the political landscape in Wales and legislative position in respect of children’s rights and an understanding of how the Children’s Commissioner can operate effectively in this context.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales please contact Karen Cornish, Deputy Director, Children and Families Division

Tel: 0300 025 3424



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