Our ambition is to become a leader in how organisations engage, listen to and act on the views and lived experiences of children, young people and their families.
This new role is one of a number we are creating to ensure voice and influence is placed firmly, visible and credibly at the heart of Barnardo's. This role will require a high level of profile, credibility and interface with all parts of our organisation, particularly frontline workers and managers in Children's Services.
Voice and Influence, UK Programme Manager (Direct Work)
Scope and location of post: This post is UK-wide but designated as home based in line with our work from anywhere approach. The postholder will be expected to travel frequently to Barnardo's sites and offices, including semiregular travel to London, where hot-desking facilities are available.
This exciting new role will lead on the development, delivery and coordination of our new voice and influence programme (‘B-Amplified') to strengthen children and young people's voice and influence within Barnardo's, as well as take a lead on developing the organisation's approach to the recognition, reward and accreditation of children and young people who engage in voice and influence activities.
The role will also take on, coordinate and deliver short term voice and influence projects which aim to connect children and young people with decision-makers internally and externally.
You will be a visible and vocal advocate for the voice, influence and rights of children and young people within Barnardo's, and beyond.
The priority activities for this post will be to:
• Build, implement and coordinate our new ‘B-Amplified' programme with children and young people, ensuring it is within the organisation's quality principles and standards.
• In collaboration with colleagues and teams across Barnardo's, develop a package of support (e.g., training, coaching, mentoring) to ensure those who engage do so safely and to support their personal development.
• Support and contribute to the inception of a new Alumni network to support young people's personal development and engagement with the organisation once their service journey ends.
• With children and young people, lead on the development of a digital voice and influence offer, to build on learning around virtual engagement.
• Develop and coordinate recognition and reward routes for children and young people who engage in voice and influence activity within Barnardo's.
To succeed in this role, you will need to bring:
• Knowledge of key policy, legislation and working principles relating to children and young people's voice and influence (participation).
• Experience of working directly with a diverse range of children and young people in a professional role and setting, specifically those from typically under- or unrepresented groups.
• Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating voice and influence (participation) activities with children and young people.
• Experience of supporting children and young people as volunteers and/or through positive activities to support their personal development.
• Experience of building and successfully maintaining effective professional networks and relationships, ideally in a large or complex organisation.
• Strong group work and facilitation skills, with children and young people and adults in different professional roles, with an ability to develop and maintain trusted, professional and supportive relationships with children and young people to enable their full participation.
This is a permanent UK-wide post, line managed by the Assistant Director for Voice and Influence.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Josh Harsant, Head of Voice and Influence on M: 07394 402 667 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
When completing your application form, please refer to the skills, knowledge and experience required as detailed in the generic Person Specification and any further information included in this Additional Information Sheet. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.
Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore are open to offering flexible working arrangements.
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