Deputy Director of Research
The Children’s Commissioner for England is at the centre of Government, producing positive outcomes for children, and championing their voices and needs. This includes a particular responsibility towards children who rely on the state for their safety or protection.
The Children’s Commissioner is a unique statutory role with powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children. She communicates with policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents to give messages that provide insight and evidence. These messages challenge us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up. Research and data are a very important part of this work.
The Children’s Commissioner’s office (CCo) work to capture the opinions of children and young people to ensure that their experiences, rights and interests are understood and can be used to develop policy and practice. The team do this by:
- using government administrative data
- using national survey data
- running cohort studies
- commissioning and running new surveys
About the role
As part of senior management, the Deputy Director of Research will work closely with the Deputy to the Children’s Commissioner to support CCo’s strategy, research and public engagement.
The Deputy Director of Research will be responsible for leading and managing the Research team. They will also be responsible for developing and leading all aspects of research and analysis within CCo to produce high quality and comprehensive evidence about the experiences and outcomes for children in England.
The Deputy Director of Research will use the Children’s Commissioner’s unique data collection powers for access to data on children and young people held by public institutions. They will use this information to consider the priorities, concerns and issues for all children, but especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and those in care.