Prospectus is delighted to be working with Barnardo's to recruit for an exciting opportunity as a Senior Policy Advisor who will advocate on behalf of children and young people who have experienced childhood harms through influencing public policy, influencing governmental change and through the media.
Barnardo's runs over 1,000 UK projects that transform the lives of almost 300,000 children and young people every year. They believe they can bring out the best in every child regardless of the issues they face. Their work supports children living in poverty, children that have been sexually exploited, children living with a disability, children living with domestic violence, and young carers who look after an ill parent or relative.
The overall purpose of this role is to provide expertise on relevant issues such as childhood trauma, the criminal justice system and children's services. You will influence public policy and practice based on evidence from research, policy analysis, and engagement with service users and practitioners. To achieve this by influencing change within UK Governments and through the media on key issues. You will research and write briefings for internal audiences and external stakeholders, keep up to date with current policy and support with amendments to legislation, committee inquiries and relevant cross-party groupings. You will also establish strong relationships with networks, all with the overarching effect of advising on policy and research developments.
To be successful as a Senior Policy Advisor you will have experience of working with politicians across the UK, engaging senior officials and a wide range of sector stakeholders to influence policy change. You will have knowledge of the criminal justice system and children's protection services in the UK. You will be comfortable developing evidence-based policy recommendations and applying current legislative, policy and practice developments affecting children, young people and families. You will be able to apply evidence from research and practice to development policy, have strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to persuade and negotiate. Overall, you will be confident in identifying and maximising opportunities within the political environment to lobby for change.
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In order to apply, simply submit your CV. Should your experience be suitable, we will send you the full job description and arrange for a call to assess your suitability and discuss the role further. Please note that the role may close earlier than the date advertised.