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Job Title: 16+ Advocate

Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: £25,500 per annum 

Location: Coram Campus, Bloomsbury, London (Homeworking options available)

About Coram

Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

We support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.

Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded by Thomas Coram in London helping vulnerable children and young people since 1739. Today, the Coram group helps more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year by providing access to the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.

About Coram Voice

Our services include Always Heard, the national advocacy safety net and advice service, and a range of local children’s rights projects such as advocacy for children in care, care leavers and other young people needing the support of Children’s Services. At Coram Voice we have a wealth of experience advocating on behalf of young people with disabilities. We work side by side with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society and reach out to those who have missed out on the support they need. Join us as we work to transform the lives of children and young people, by supporting them to uphold their rights and actively participate in decisions about their lives.

Coram Voice is part of the Coram group of charities which develops, delivers and promotes best practice in the support of children and young people. Our vision is that every child has the best possible chance in life.

We wish to reward and recognise the valuable contributions our staff make to the organisation and offer an attractive benefits package to do so. Coram Voice benefits package includes a competitive salary, a matched pension scheme up to 5% of salary, generous leave entitlements of up to 28 days’ annual leave plus an additional 3 days paid leave between Christmas and New Year and a suite of family friendly policies, which promote employee wellbeing.

Coram Voice particularly welcomes applications for this post from care leavers or individuals with experience of being ‘looked after’ by the state, and those with disabilities. We are also actively encouraging applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognize we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and young people we help.

About the role

  • Are you looking for an exciting and unique opportunity to advance your skills, knowledge and experiences with children and young people?
  • Are you passionate about taking a lead role in upholding the rights of children and young people?
  • Are you a creative innovator with energy and drive to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people?
  • Can you see yourself becoming a champion for children’s rights contributing to Coram Voice to be the leading children’s charity in this area?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Coram Voice as our 16+ Advocate in London. This is a pivotal role as we develop and expand our children’s rights services across London and South East. You will need to be innovative and constantly strive to find new ways to transform the lives of young people. You will be joining a highly committed and well supported team who are working together to champion the rights of children and young people.

Apply today!

To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply now' button below to complete the application.

Closing date: Monday 30th October 2023 at 10am

Interview dates: w/c 6th November 2023 – TBC

Coram Voice is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and where appropriate will require the successful applicant to undertake a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Registered Charity No. 312278

  • Portfolio Officers

    Are you passionate, creative and curious about creating change in communities across the UK? We’re looking for two people to join our UK Portfolio Team as Portfolio Officers. These roles are 18-month fixed term contracts. 

    The UK Portfolio delivers funding programmes and supports projects that aim to inform, influence or scale work across the UK providing benefit to communities. With a UK-wide reach, we are uniquely positioned to complement the work of the Fund’s other four country portfolios: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. 

    We’re a relatively small team with wide ranging experience and interests, which reflects in the work we deliver. Annually we distribute approximately £80m across different programmes supporting projects from Fife to Omagh, Teesside to Bridgend. 

    This is an exciting time to join the Fund as we embark on the delivery and implementation of our new strategy – ‘It starts with community’. 

    Portfolio Officers are at the core of what we do, they work closely with grant seekers to support them through our funding, assess their applications and provide recommendations to our decision makers. They also work closely with grant holders ensuring public money is spent appropriately within communities across the UK and share learning and insights from the work we fund. 

    You’ll report to one of our Portfolio Managers and work with other Portfolio Officers across different areas of the team. Some of our recent and exciting programmes and activity include:

    • The Climate Action Fund, a £100m programme supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change.
    • The UK Fund, our first response to  our new strategy, 'It starts with community,' supporting communities to come together and help make a better-connected society. 

    You will work across the full life cycle of our grant making assessing applications on current, open programmes and managing and closing down grants as they are completed. As we continue to shape our work in response to the new strategy, there may also be opportunities to help the design of new programmes.  You will also support the effective running of team meetings and be responsible for ensuring our data is accurate and of high quality. 

    You’ll be joining a dynamic and welcoming team, working with important and fascinating projects that are responding to and addressing a wide range of topics from employment to climate, racial justice to community cohesion. 

    These roles would suit people who:

    • can work flexibly at pace and to tight deadlines
    • are adept at building and maintaining relationships with those from a range of backgrounds and job roles
    • are comfortable working across a number of funding programmes and workstreams
    • can use their initiative and manage their time working comfortably with competing priorities and deadlines and a can-do attitude
    • are comfortable working with an online and geographically dispersed team
    • are comfortable learning and working with different systems and data
    • can apply critical thinking and learn quickly about complex and nuanced issues, think about and create connections and synthesize this information to present it to others in a clear and concise manner.

    Importantly we need people who are curious about the society we live in and passionate about making a difference through our funding and the vital role of charities and voluntary organisations in helping communities to thrive. 

    You will need to travel from time to time for this role, supporting colleagues and communities across the UK. We do not expect this to be any more than one to two occasions per month.

    Contract type: 2 x fixed term contracts (18 months)
    Hours: We are looking to fill these roles as a full-time post (37 hours per week). However, we’re open to what that looks like and keen to consider flexible working approaches. Please tell us what your desired work pattern is in your application
    Interview Date: Week commencing 29 January 2024, taking place online.
    Location: UK wide
    Salary: £27,000 - £29,000 (We expect to recruit to the lower end of the pay range, but the salary offered will be based on skills and experience)

    We have a hybrid approach to working. Work pattern and location will be agreed with the successful candidate. The role can be based at any of our UK offices, these are Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Newtown and Manchester

    If you would like an informal conversation about the role specifically, please contact:[email protected].

    Any questions about the recruitment process, please email:[email protected].

    We are looking for talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences who share our values and are passionate about making a difference through our funding. Whether through lived, learnt or gained experience you will really understand the communities we work with. In your application, you need to demonstrate how you address the following criteria: 

    Essential criteria 

    • Managing relationships: Ability to build and nurture effective and collaborative relationships between colleagues, community organisations and other external stakeholders, with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion.
    • Communication skills: Strong listening, written and verbal communication skills. Capable of producing high quality written reports and presentations to set deadlines, with the ability to communicate complex ideas in an engaging and accessible manner.
    • Analytical skills: Ability to assess applications and consider a diverse range of information to make objective, judgement-based decisions with confidence, offering challenge when appropriate and managing risk appropriately throughout the grant making lifecycle.
    • Organisational skills: Ability to use your initiative and manage a caseload of assessments and grant management across multiple programmes, dealing with competing priorities and deadlines and demonstrating strong organisation and prioritisation skills.

    Desirable criteria

    • Alignment with our work: A good knowledge and understanding of UK communities and the voluntary sector. Ability to spot trends and identify opportunities for work that aligns with the ambitions and programmes of the UK Portfolio.
    • IT Skills: Strong IT skills and the ability to learn detailed processes.
    • Continuous improvement: Ability to identify opportunities for learning and improvement across the team by taking a proactive approach to problem-solving and continuous improvement.
    • Data and finance: The ability to understand and assess data and financial information, including within our Salesforce Grant Management System, and present this in a way that is accessible to others.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  

    Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – therefore, we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and we work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.  

    We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. That’s why the National Lottery Community Fund is committed to being an inclusive employer and a great place to work. We recognise and celebrate the fact that our people come from diverse backgrounds. We positively welcome applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities or longstanding health conditions, people who are LGBTQ+, and people from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as well as people of all ages. 

    As a Disability Confident Employer, we take a proactive approach in making reasonable adjustments, if needed, throughout the recruitment process and during employment. (This can be related to a physical and mental health condition.) 

  • Restore Practitioner
    • Do you dare to care?
    • Do you have the skills, resilience and commitment to work with children who are on remand or sentenced to time in custody?
    • Do you want to support children to develop their life skills as well as their emotional, social and cognitive abilities?
    • Are you passionate about transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children?
    • Do you want to be part of a revolution in youth justice?

    We are offering a hugely exciting opportunity for people with both personal and professional experience of working and engaging with vulnerable children to join our team of Restore Practitioners.

    Restore Practitioners are our key frontline residential staff at Oasis Restore, the first Secure Academy Trust in England to educate children in custody. The school is all year-round, offering 24/7 integrated and therapeutically informed education, health and social care, and is due to open its doors to children in Spring 2024.

    Oasis Restore represents a revolution in youth justice: an opportunity for children within the criminal justice system to experience a restorative environment that creates the potential for them to thrive both now and for the future. Restore Practitioners will build and model healthy and trusting relationships with children that enable them to feel safe, learn and reach their full potential.

    Your role as a Restore Practitioner is a commitment to improving the outcomes of vulnerable children through bringing your dedication, energy, warmth, resilience, and skills to their care. Restore Practitioners will work in teams based in each of the 12 residential flats at Oasis Restore, taking primary responsibility for the children living in this flat and working within an inter-disciplinary team around each child.

    You will benefit from a comprehensive system of training, supervision and reflective practice designed to empower you in your work individually and as a team, allowing you to connect with colleagues about your experience of the work to enable you to give your best and effectively support children and meet their needs. You will work within a team which includes experienced social care managers and therapists as well as working with teaching staff to support the children’s engagement in education and wider school activities. You will play an active role in the school’s enrichment programme, delivering sessions which promote the development of the whole child.

    We are looking for people who understand that a foundation of trusting and caring relationships with clear boundaries is the key to enabling children to learn and develop. You will need to have the enthusiasm, resilience, and commitment to offer this to all of the children at Restore. You will be someone who cares about developing yourself and others, who brings a readiness to get involved, to take up responsibility and authority, and to bring yourself to the work in a whole-hearted, fair, and professional manner.

    You will be passionate about making a difference to children’s lives, empathetic in your approach to them and to your colleagues, patient, hopeful, forgiving, and able to behave with a curious mindset in your approach. You will have integrity, respect for others and their different life experiences and backgrounds and will understand and be able to maintain professional relationships and boundaries and have an unwavering commitment to child safeguarding. You will be dedicated to finding a way through, and never giving up.

    Our Academy

    Oasis Restore is the country’s first secure school that is a proof-of-concept policy initiative funded by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  Oasis Restore’s mission is to transform the life chances of children aged 12-18 years in the criminal justice system through delivering psychologically informed, integrated practice that centres on trusted, safe relationships between staff and children. Oasis Restore is a learning community that embeds hope, stability, and opportunity for children beyond the secure school. 

    Our offer to you

    As a newly established subsidiary of the Oasis Charitable Trust, you will enjoy the benefit of being part of a national organisation that aims to support all staff to reach their full potential and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create, develop and grow a new collaborative and innovative values-based organisation. As well as this you will also benefit from the following opportunities:

    • A mixture of one to one and group reflective practise, coaching & supervision sessions as well as regular line management.
    • Experience an Appraisal policy that decouples pay and performance. An elected staff forum to listen to, and act on staff feedback (this will be set up in 2024).
    • Access to the Local Government Pensions Scheme (a competitive, defined benefit pension scheme)
    • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays, rising to 35 days after two years.
    • Subject to meeting basic eligibility criteria, be entitled to up to 8 weeks full-pay and 18 weeks half-pay paid maternity/adoption/shared parental leave (based broadly on the NHS Employers scheme).
    • Subject to meeting basic eligibility criteria be entitled to up to 3 weeks fully paid paternity leave.
    • Paid time off to attend antenatal appointments (those staff who are either pregnant or whose partner is pregnant)
    • Have a structured and bespoke induction training plan plus a training offer bespoke to our context leading to a level 4 qualification in the therapeutic care of adolescents.
    • Receive the same offer of sick leave pay (based broadly on the length of service framework in the national ‘Green Book’ framework) from Day 1 of employment.
    • Up to 5 days discretionary paid compassionate/emergency/general leave plus further discretionary unpaid leave.
    • Up to 4 weeks paid parental bereavement leave plus up to 5 days paid bereavement leave for the death of other specified close relatives.
    • Blue Light Card (subject to meeting their eligibility criteria)
    • Expenses and travel costs incurred as part of the working day (as appropriate, not including travel to work)
    • Access to an eye care vouchers scheme, season Ticket Loans, a cycle to work scheme and free car parking.
    • We are in the process of setting up a new employee health care cash plan and employee discount scheme.


    Closing date: Wednesday 10th January 2024 (9am).

    Start Date: Spring 2024.

    Assessment Day: Saturday 20th January 2024 (London or Kent, TBC)

  • Head of Network Development

    About the role:

    The first national strategy for kinship care in England is expected soon, and the focus on kinship care is growing. We have an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and strategic network builder to join us at a time of change and opportunity.

    You’ll seize opportunities to influence positive change, leading on the design and delivery of targeted strategies to develop and co-ordinate strong and collaborative relationships with local authorities and other services supporting kinship families in England. You’ll lead on mapping local and national services, developing effective partnerships and connecting the ecosystem of support for kinship families so they can more easily find the support they need.

    You’ll have a particular focus on developing relationships with local authorities to support the successful delivery of our new national Kinship Carer Training and Support Service, funded by the Department for Education (from October 2023 for 18 months with potential extensions up until March 2027), as well as generating opportunities for our growing peer support network and Kinship’s wider portfolio of services.

    You’ll combine strategic planning with an ability to model a new way of working that is centred on partnerships, collaboration and excellent use of our Salesforce CRM. Leading a new team of two regional Network Development Managers, each of you will be responsible for delivery of your plan in one region in England (North, Midlands and South). You’ll also work closely with colleagues in Wales to support a co-ordinated approach.

    This is an evolving role in our growing and impact driven charity. Importantly, you’ll be committed to our mission to improve recognition and support for kinship families, and you’ll be ready to seize and shape opportunities to build connections and partnerships as we work hard to design a system that works for kinship families so they are more able to find the support they need, when they need it.

    What we’ll offer you 

    Kinship offers 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) as well as a generous pension scheme. This fixed-term role is open to flexible working (school hours would be considered). We have an excellent wellbeing offer including the Employee Assistance Programme and clinical supervision. We will invest in your professional development with training and career development opportunities.  

    Kinship is committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion.  We believe our work is greatly enhanced by the varied backgrounds, experiences and views represented within our teams.  We aim to create inclusive teams, celebrate differences and encourage everyone to join us and be their true self at work.   We therefore encourage applications from anyone who fits our values, whatever their religion or belief, sex, gender identity, race, age, sexuality or disability and are actively seeking candidates that can bring real innovation and commitment to us. 

    This is a fantastic time to join a supportive and well-established team within an organisation with rapid growth ambitions. This role will be what you make it and we’re looking for someone to seize this opportunity! 

    To apply:

    Please apply for this role through BeApplied: You will be asked to answer five questions and attach your CV. You will have max 250 words per answer.

    1. Describe how your experience and values are a good fit for this role
    2. If you were offered the role, what would you prioritise in the first three months and why? Tell us about what you’d need to find out and what would be your approach to the role.
    3. Describe how you have used and managed data to inform successful network building and relationship management within a regional or national context.
    4. How would you go about building a new team that is motivated, high performing and happy in their role.
    5. What excites you about this role?

    Application deadline: 4:00pm on Monday 11 December 2023

    Interview date: Monday 18 December 2023 – in-person (Vauxhall). The interview process will be one stage in-person and you will be asked to create a presentation as part of the interview (you will hold full copyright and ownership of the presentation and contents).