Participation and Advocacy Manager
  • Employer: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Reference: RBKC/22/220420
  • Published: Wed 23/11/2022, 14:27 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 07/12/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £47,502 - £54,213 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington & Chelsea

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Participation and Advocacy Manager

About Us:

Create life-changing opportunities for mentorship of cared for and looked after children.

At the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, we put delivering for our communities at the heart of everything we do. We believe passionately that children and young people who are in care or looked after deserve our support to raise their educational achievement and aspirations, so they can have the best chance of a successful life. Peer mentoring is a great way to do this, as we can match young people with volunteers who can help them develop new skills and knowledge. 

The Role:

As an Advocacy and Participation Manager, you can make your own powerful contribution shaping and developing how the voices of children are heard. We’re looking for people to help maintain our outstanding services delivered to Looked After Children. Our team is at the forefront of delivering a range of services to Looked After Children, young people and care leavers and supporting them to have a voice throughout the department. That’s where you come in. 

This rewarding work is essential to how we build relationships and trust with young people as a group. You’ll work collaboratively with your team to deliver a range of fun and exciting projects that get young people engaged with our service. You’ll take the lead on the designing and organising these innovative projects and activities. As well as this you’ll provide strategic advice on how to increase awareness of ‘people of lived experience’. You’ll champion and drive constant improvement of the Council’s advocacy services and promote what we do across the organisation.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information

About You:

Establishing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, you’ll work to influence and develop the strategic direction of our services. You’ll implement new strategy and work to monitor and maintain these standards. 

As well as this you’ll be required to prepare quarterly reports to ensure the department is working in line with local child protection procedures. You’ll co-ordinate family consultations, keep an ear to the ground on developing consultation practices and develop and manage a project schedule. Some of the events you’ll plan will be bigger, such as the ‘Stepping Up’ annual celebration. It’s therefore important to prepare your budget based on the scope of projects and resources.

Whether you have a relevant qualification such as social or youth work, or the experience and ability to achieve one, you will certainly bring to the role a real passion for this role. We expect you to demonstrate your enthusiasm, plus a good understanding of our vision. Ideally, you will have lived experience that gives you insight into how we can best deliver a service that makes positive change happen. You will certainly bring to the role experience of volunteer coordination, project management, training delivery, and the provision of direct support to children and young people. 

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Application Process:

Interview date: 15th and 16th December 2022

Please do not upload any documents, including CVs/Covering Letters or supporting statements, as these documents will not be reviewed and could result in your application not being shortlisted. 

You should describe how you meet the person specification requirements for the position you are applying for in Section G of the application form. 

Additional Information:

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s alone will not be considered for this role.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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