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A National Voice Programme Manager

We are looking for a creative and engaging project manager and co-production specialist to lead our A National Voice (ANV) Programme. You will be a self-starter with experience of how to effectively engage children and young people in projects that give them a voice to inform policy and practice. ANV was established by care experienced young people for care experienced young people and the ideal candidate will have direct lived experienced of children’s social care.

The post is part time 28 hours per week, with potential evening and weekend work based in London.

Purpose of the role

To lead, develop and deliver the A National Voice programme for and with children in care and care leavers, including: 

Management of young ambassadors and regional engagement for children in and leaving care in England and other co-production programmes with care experienced children and young people.

Ensuring that the views and experiences of young people in care and care leavers are used to inform policy and practice for the future.

The role will combine project management with direct engagement work with children and young people and will require good judgement.

About A National Voice

A National Voice (ANV) was established almost 20 years ago by care experienced young people to be the National Voice of Children in Care and Care Leavers in England.  Last year ANV joined Coram Voice so children and young people from care continue to have their voices heard through national projects. We want to develop programmes through ANV that are led with care experienced children and young people to make care better, promote their aspirations and challenge public negative attitudes to children in care and care leavers.

ANV will engage children and young people in co-production projects through; (1) a programme working with children in care councils across England to explore key issues and inform campaigns or projects around what is important to young people, and (2) an Ambassador Programme, for individuals selected to represent young people’s voice nationally and develop campaigns or resources to address the issues identified.

We will use what children and young people have told us through the Bright Spots programme (which surveyed over 3,000 children in care and care leavers in 2018) to inform the priorities of ANV. ANV will also be re-launching the LILAC Standards (Leading Improvements for Looked After Children).  LILAC aims to quality assure the way young people’s voices are being heard within local authorities or other services. Young assessors visit services to investigate whether young people’s voices are is being heard in a meaningful and impactful way and award the LILAC Mark to services that show good practice.  Before it is re-launched ANV will work with the ambassadors to refresh the standards and assessment process to make sure they are still focusing on what’s most important for children and young people and really hold services to account.

The ANV coordinator will also manage our national writing competition for children in care and care leavers, Voices, with the support from Coram events and communications team, and ensure that young people are directly involved in shaping as well as participating in the competition.

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Please note that CVs will not be acceptable as we only accept completed application forms. Please send completed applications to jobs@coram.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 9a.m, Friday 25th May 2018

Interviews: Tuesday, 12th June 2018

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Equalities Statement

All posts are subjected to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and successful candidates will not be able to work unsupervised with children or young people until the completion of this process.

Coram Voice - working towards quality through equality and the development of a diverse workforce.

We ask that recruitment agencies do not contact us in relation to this position.

We have chosen to recruit directly as this helps us to minimise our recruitment costs, ensuring that valuable funds are not diverted from the children and young people we help.