London, Greater London
£57,000 - £60,000 per year FTE
Permanent, Part-time, Flexible, 28 – 35 hours/week, Full-time
Job description

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is the leading national charity supporting young minds through innovative therapeutic practice, training and research. Our vision is a world in which children, young people and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life. We care for young minds in five main ways:

  1. Researching the underlying causes of childhood emotional distress using the latest neuroscience techniques;
  2. Developing, piloting and evaluating new, cost-effective interventions and treatments for children and families facing mental health difficulties;
  3. Supporting mental health and education services to improve their practice, through the collection and evaluation of outcomes data and shared decision making;
  4. Offering teaching and training courses and building a global network of researchers, clinicians and mental health, social care and education professionals to ensure that new knowledge and ideas are shared as widely as possible;
  5. Providing advice and leadership to national policy initiatives focused on improving children and young people’s mental health.

Children, Young People and Families are at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to discovering and understanding the best way to help children, parents and professionals 

The Centre collaborates with UCL in offering a unique portfolio of postgraduate programmes in child and adolescent mental health, covering both clinical training and research, ranging from certificate to doctoral levels.

The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.


The Centre is navigating through significant workforce and workplace change, seeking to embed new ways of working and connecting whilst driving an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture. Following an independent Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) review and the development of the Centre’s first EDI Strategy, this exciting new Senior Management Team role has been established to lead operational development and implementation of strategic objectives and the Centre’s EDI aspirations.

Overview and purpose of the post

This is an important role in helping the Centre achieve its EDI ambitions. The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Manager will possess subject matter expertise in change and/or programme management of similar agendas. In the first instance, they will work with external consultants and EDI working group co-chairs to develop and begin implementing the EDI Strategy and Action Plan. This role has no line management responsibilities. 

This critical role will provide in-depth, specialist advice around mainstreaming EDI principles and practice across the Centre. The Lead will be an experienced EDI practitioner with the ability to analyse and disseminate data to inform and influence key decision-making and change. You will work collaboratively with our external EDI consultant, and in partnership with leadership teams, EDI working group co-chairs and staff, to put systems and structures in place to enable us to embed EDI throughout our strategy and activities. The EDI Lead will be a member of the Senior Management Team.

The postholder will be the operational lead responsible for:

  • Mobilising the Centre’s EDI aims and ambitions.
  • Engaging with the Senior Management Team to role model and lead the EDI strategy across the broader organisation.
  • Informing, coordinating and delivering the EDI Strategy and Action Plan across the organisation.
  • Coordinating the tracking and monitoring of the Strategy and Action Plan’s progress 
  • Engaging and working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the Centre’s EDI commitments and Strategy.
  • Supporting and coordinating EDI communications across the Centre.

Duties and responsibilities:

EDI Strategy and Action Plan

  • Support and lead the implementation of the EDI Strategy and Action Plan and monitor progress via dashboard/ framework to ensure the Centre continues its journey to becoming a more inclusive organisation.
  • Ensure a data driven, measurable and targeted approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Proactively inform and manage the EDI Action Plan, ensuring responsible owners achieve milestones and outcomes, priorities are delivered, and issues are escalated as and when required.
  • Report on EDI Strategy and Action Plan progress to key stakeholders, such as EDI consultants, Trustees, EDI Committee, Executive and senior management teams and all staff, including the EDI Forum and staff working groups and networks.
  • With internal stakeholders, co-develop engagement approaches to inform staff of EDI progress and developments, prompt staff to take responsibility for delivering the strategy, ensure that all staff have the opportunity to have a voice on EDI in the organisation and create points to learn from colleagues’ experiences.
  • Work closely with the EDI Committee/Head of HR/Consultants/Executive team/Comms team in continual iteration and improvement of the EDI Strategy to increase inclusion throughout the Centre.
  • Personally lead and develop interventions and outcomes for specific EDI Strategy objectives as ascribed.
  • Support the Chair of the EDI Committee in the running and development of the Committee.
  • Provide support to the CEO, Executive, Divisional EDI Leads and staff EDI working group Co-Chairs.


Collaborate and work with the Head of HR and the HR team to:

  • Ensure Diversity & Inclusion is embedded across all areas of the staff and volunteer experience.
  • Review and monitor diversity data to track diversity and inclusion performance across the Centre.
  • Lead the development and coordination of EDI leads, champions and/or influencers forum across the Centre to support the delivery of engagement events and change.
  • Lead on the co-development and maintenance of a calendar of engagement activities and events.
  • Support the further development of staff working groups and networks, both informal and formal, and ensure they are adhering to relevant policy, supported and interconnected, with new groups encouraged to evolve as desired.

Centre wide

  • Work with internal stakeholders to develop systems, procedures, processes and ways of working to improve and embed good practice in EDI.
  • Input to the creation and review of existing policies through an EDI lens.

Policy and legislation

  • Engage with relevant and emerging EDI policy, legislation and guidance, movements, trends, best practice reports and exemplars, connecting the Centre with the latest thinking and good practice around EDI.

Internal and external comms

  • Work with the Comms team to build the Centre’s reputation regarding EDI and address issues highlighted in the independent EDI review and feedback from staff.
  • Prepare EDI briefings for internal and external stakeholders on key issues and/or developments as appropriate.
  • Update the Communications team on all EDI matters and progress to ensure these can be communicated throughout the Centre. Maintain regular communications with staff regarding EDI performance and activities.


  • To maintain an awareness of and actively follow and promote the Centre’s policies, including Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Information Governance;
  • To complete all Centre mandatory training, including but not limited to Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Information Governance, within the required timescales; 
  • The welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.

To be noted

This is not an exhaustive list of tasks; the post-holder will be asked to undertake any other ad hoc tasks commensurate with the scope and purpose of this post.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post, and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post-holder.

The post-holder will be required to have a DBS disclosure which the Centre will apply for.


Closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th November.

Posted on: 12 November 2021
Closed date: 30 November 2021
Tags: Management