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Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Thank you for considering a career with Become, the national charity for children in care and young care leavers.

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

If you are passionate about improving the lives of care-experienced young people and are interested in policy development and political influencing, then this might just be your dream job!

This is a new and really important role for Become – we want to grow our policy and evidence base, and increase the reach and impact of our influencing work to create positive change for care-experienced young people.

If you think you can do the job well, and bring passion and enthusiasm to the role, then we want to hear from you!

About Become and the role of Policy & Public Affairs Officer

Become, the national charity for children in care and young care leavers, is here to make a difference to individual lives right now, and the care system as a whole for future generations. We believe that young people who’ve experienced care should have the same chances as everyone else to live happy, fulfilled lives. We put young people at the heart of everything we do – helping them to be powerful agents of positive change in their own lives, in the care system and in society.

We have programmes of work that really make a difference, a welcoming and collaborative culture and a growing group of expert staff passionately committed to improving outcomes for children in care and young care leavers.

With the recently published Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, we are developing ambitious plans for the future to drive forward impactful policy campaigning and influencing approaches that tackle the structural and systemic issues getting in the way of young people thriving. The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will play a key role in making this happen.

How to apply

At Become, we ask interested applicants to answer several competency-based questions.

To apply, please answer the questions below in no more than 400 words per question. With regards to each statement, provide relevant examples to demonstrate how you meet the skills and experience required.

  1. What is your motivation to work for Become and why are you interested in working to support care-experienced children and young people? 
  2. What experience do you have in developing policy positions and briefings, and what do you think is important to consider when drafting these?
  3. Tell us about your experience of influencing national or local decision-makers, what tactics you used and how effective they were?
  4. What do you think the challenges and opportunities are for Become in influencing policy and practice in the current political climate?

At Become, we also ask all applicants to fill in an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

If you would like an informal chat before applying, please contact: Matt Blow, Policy and Public Affairs Manager: [email protected] and we will arrange a convenient time.

As an organisation serving children in care and care leavers, we are keen to receive applications from people with experience of care. We actively seek to bring diversity of perspectives and experience, and especially welcome applications from disabled people and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQ+ communities.

Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you in your application.

Please email your application to [email protected] by 9am on Tuesday 30th August 2022.

Interview details: 

Interviews will take place virtually using Zoom. If access to technology/WIFI is difficult for you, please contact us so we can assist in making suitable arrangements.

Become wants to ensure fairness in all our interviews, so all successful shortlisted candidates will be sent the interview questions in advance.

Interviews will take place w/c 5th September 2022

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

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