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The Tackling Child Exploitation programme is currently recruiting for multiple posts from two different organisations; two Implementation Lead vacancies employed by The Children's Society and a Head of Evidence vacancy employed by the University of Bedfordshire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of this national programme and posts are a fixed term contract until 31st March 2022.

Head of Evidence - the University of Bedfordshire - Up to £51,033 per annum

Implementation Lead x 2 vacancies - The Children's Society - £36,908 per annum

A consortium, led by Research in Practice, together with The Children's Society and the University of Bedfordshire have been appointed by the Department for Education to deliver the Tackling Child Exploitation programme that aims to support local areas in tackling child exploitation and more specially aims to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home.

This unique programme will operate for three years, and will provide bespoke, co-produced support to local area strategic partnerships in relation to tackling child exploitation. The not-for-profit consortium will work with a number of skilled Delivery Partners, comprising local authorities, charities, academics and independent subject matter experts, to deliver strategic support to local areas.

Each of our organisations has a clear focus on making a difference to children's lives, and a commitment to using evidence to effect change. We want to hear from people who: are excited about supporting strategic innovation and improvement; skilled at partnership working; and bring passion, energy and experience in tackling child exploitation.

Diversity is fundamental to our success. To tackle the complex issues that our young people face, we need a workforce that represents the young people, and communities, that we support. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

Separate applications should be submitted for each post through the relevant organisation's recruitment website and processes.

Head of Evidence - the University of Bedfordshire - Up to £51,033 per annum

Our Head of Evidence role will be hosted by the University of Bedfordshire. The role provides an exciting opportunity to use your research and evaluation skills to ensure this innovative and influential programme of work is both informed by, and informing of, the research evidence base. You will use your research expertise to forge stronger links between research and practice, and to support enhanced strategic responses in this important area of work. You will also lead on the internal evaluation of the programme.

You will bring a strong track record in research and evaluation, familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative methods, and a strong understanding of the evidence base around child exploitation. You will also bring skills in the translation of research into practice, partnership working and working with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility.

Further information about the role and how to apply for it can be found at https://www.beds.ac.uk/jobs/ from Wednesday 1st July.

The closing date for applications for the Head of Evidence role is 19th July 2020. Interviews will be held w/c 3rd August.

Implementation Lead x 2 posts - The Children's Society - £36,990 per annum

National post (England only), but desirable to be based near to one of The Children's Society delivery hubs either in London, Birmingham or Manchester. A significant proportion of work will happen remotely.

The TCE Support Programme will be evidence-informed, and developed with the sector, in order to reflect and build on the wealth of existing knowledge and activity in this field. The emphasis on harnessing and sharing sector expertise reflects the consortium's commitment to building capacity and enabling sustainable change.

In this role as Implementation Lead you will coordinate, design and deliver quality bespoke support projects to local areas (within any geographical location) seeking to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation, working with a pool of Delivery Partners drawn from the sector. You will be responsible for ensuring that each bespoke support project has a clear specification, is delivered in line with best evidence, and contributes to system change. You will have a demonstrable commitment to evidence-informed practice and will be responsible for ensuring that impact is captured, and learning is shared widely.

If you have a proven track record in working with local agencies and partnerships at a strategic level to effect positive change, and can bring the credibility, rigour and ambition required to undertake this role with a high degree of autonomy and initiative we would like to hear from you.

A key part of this role will be your ability to lead and support local teams, work in a multi-agency way and have credibility and experience in engaging with senior stakeholders. In addition you will be required to participate in strategic developments of the programme supporting with quality assurance for delivery, evaluation themes and developing toolkit methodologies.

To apply for this vacancy please visit The Children's Society careers page: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/about-us/work-us

In order to be successful in this role, you must have:

-Knowledge of local strategies, systems and leadership approaches to tackling child exploitation.

-A knowledge/understanding of safeguarding legislation, and how this translates to local safeguarding arrangements and structures.

-Experience of managing, developing and evaluating services for vulnerable children and families.

-Knowledge of evidence-informed approaches to achieving strategic change such as action learning as well as confidence working with models such as theories of change.

-Experience of working remotely with partners to communicate with and deliver bespoke support projects using online platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Skype, for example.

The Children's Society is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services.

The closing date for applications for the Implementation Leads roles is Friday 17th of July 5pm

Interviews will be held the week commencing 27th July.
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Posted on: 30 June 2020
Closing date: 17 July 2020
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