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Director of Youth Practice The Children’s Society

Join The Children’s Society at this critical time as Director of Youth Practice. This is a vital role in ensuring the strategic development and safe operation of our services for young people and their families.

  • Location: National (frequent travel is expected and required)
  • Salary: From £61,125 (National) £63,990 (London)
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th August 2022

The Children’s Society is a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people experiencing low-wellbeing, who maybe facing abuse, exploitation and neglect. We support them through their most serious life challenges, and we campaign tirelessly for the big social changes that will improve the lives of those who need hope most. We’ve been doing this for 140 years, and we won’t stop until we’ve built a society where hope is alive in every child.

We fight for hope by deeply understanding the needs of young people, and by supporting them through their most serious life challenges. We work with young people who have suffered years of abuse, who have run away from home, or are struggling with mental health issues. We look out for young carers and those who are at risk of being groomed. We help refugees who have no-one else to turn to in this country.

The Children’s Society (TCS) is at an exciting stage of its journey, with new strategic objectives and renewed commitment to reverse the damaging decline in children’s wellbeing. We are now seeking a collaborative and driven leader to oversee our Youth Practice teams; ensuring safe practice, informing the work of the wider organisation and actively contributing to strategic funding decision making, our political influencing and policy work, and our storytelling and young voice initiatives.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for somebody with significant leadership experience in a person-centred and values-driven social care environment, used to managing complex safeguarding and youth practice service delivery.

You will be an exceptional people leader, able to empower staff, collaborate across the organisation and build strong external networks and relationships for the benefit of TCS’s work. In addition, you will be financially astute, with proven organisational skills within a complex and demanding environment.

Above all else, you will demonstrate a commitment to amplifying young people’s voices, and have the passion and motivation to make a genuine difference in young people’s lives, whilst working to keep them safe from harm.

This is a great time to join us and lead a dynamic and committed team to take The Children’s Society’s work nationally, to the next level.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

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I am delighted you are interested in this new and exciting opportunity to join our team as the Director of Youth Practice at The Children’s Society. This role is vital for the strategic development and safe operation of our services for young people and their families across a large, geographical footprint.

We passionately believe that every child should feel safe and loved, and be able to be the best they can be. It is a scandal that millions of children in this country live in poverty, battle with homelessness, struggle with mental health issues and are groomed into exploitation and abuse.

The Children’s Society (TCS) has a bold and audacious vision for a country which is built for all children, where no child is left behind, and every child can thrive not just survive.

For over a decade, The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Report has shown that young people’s well-being in the UK is getting worse. We believe it is a scandal that children’s well-being in the UK is the lowest in Europe, we dare to believe in 21st century Britain that children’s lives should be getting easier not harder, and that every child can be filled with hope for the future.

Children’s wellbeing was already in decline, but the pandemic has made life even harder for the most disadvantaged children. So, we have set a bold ambitious goal; that by 2030, we will have overturned this damaging decline in children’s well-being and set a path for long lasting growth. We are pivoting our entire organisation toward this goal, which will inform every choice and decision we make. We are determined to fight for hope for young people.

We are so proud of all TeamTCS is achieving, but we are inpatient. Our goal is huge, and we are determined to change the world for more young people. We know we can only do this by having a brilliant, committed, energetic team that’s backed up by a movement of thousands of people who choose to stand with us, and support us with their time, their money, and their voice.

This is an incredible organisation. So, if you share our vision, our values, and yearn to do the best work of your life, then you’ll fit in well at The Children’s Society, and we would love to hear from you!

Come join us!

Mark Russell

About The Children's Society

Our vision

A society built for all children.

This is the world we seek to create; the day our vision comes true is the day we celebrate and close The Children’s Society because our work is done.

We won’t rest until we’ve achieved our vision. Where together with young people and our supporters, we’ve created a society built for all children. Where hope is alive in every child.

Our goal

By 2030, we will have overturned the damaging decline in children’s well-being, setting a path for long lasting growth.

This is our big, bold focus to drive our energy and efforts over the next ten years. It will advise everything we do and every decision we make to help us take a giant leap towards our vision.

In the decade ahead, we are determined to make sure this generation of children have a better childhood. So, we will set out to build a happier, safer society for young people to grow up in, where they can look forward to their futures with more hope.

Our values

Alongside our goal, our values drive our efforts towards our vision.

We are brave

Unafraid to challenge injustice wherever and whenever we see it, fearless in our determination to ensure young people are heard. We try new things, we push boundaries and when we fail, we learn. And then we go again.

We are ambitious

For the potential in all young people. For all that children can be in the future, and for the society that is built for all children. And we are ambitious about our role in bringing about the change – pioneering new projects, boldly calling for radical change.

We are trusted

Delivering for best care and support available for young people. We never give up on them; we stay by their side through everything, no matter how hard things get, until things have changed for the better.

We are supportive

And always see the good in every young person we help, inspiring them to new and greater achievements, helping them out of bad situations to see where their lives can go and what they can become. And we listen to and respect all young people.

Our key achievements in the last year

Each year, we work with thousands of incredible young people. As well as supporting young people directly, we also work with police, teachers, social workers and other professionals to change the systems that are harming young people’s futures.

We believe that there is a need to continually adapt and change service delivery in line with a continuously changing world. As such, throughout the last year we have been testing, improving and scaling up models of service delivery in order to bring positive change to young people’s lives even more effectively.

The Director of Youth Practice oversees a wide portfolio of provision, directly line managing three Heads of Service, alongside administrative support. Under the leadership of the role, circa 270 colleagues, and 60 volunteers are managed directly in services. Our services stretch England, from Devon to Newcastle and Gateshead, reaching into Wales and over to Norfolk.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Whether it’s our role as an employer, our work with supporters, volunteers, or our service delivery, we’re committed to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (E, D&I). We take pride in our inclusive approach and in joining TCS, you can benefit from a range of offers such as staff networks, inclusivity toolkits, a suite of training, inclusive recruitment and more.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture at The Children’s Society. We also appreciate the best leadership teams reflect the communities they serve. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people across all groups that are underrepresented.

Within the Youth Impact domain where this role sits, we have been undertaking development work to dive deeper into understanding the backgrounds of the young people we support. This started with an intersectionality evaluation and a series of developments to respond to the emerging fundings. We have provided staff across the whole of the Youth Impact domain training on anti-racist practice and in June 2022 published our Youth Impact domain Anti-racism Statement of Intent that includes a range of actions and commitments we have made on our journey to become anti-racist.

We know that this work takes time, but is worth every second we invest, talk, and develop within it. The Director of Youth Practice will be expected to champion and provide leadership in relation to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion across all aspects of the role e.g., recruitment, direct practice, development.

About the team


The delivery of services to young people is at the heart of our strategy. We have a wide portfolio of provision, with colleagues working directly to support children and young people daily.

The Director of Youth Practice role is part of the Leadership Team at The Children’s Society, and a Senior Leader within the Youth Impact Domain. The Youth Impact Domain is where all of our service delivery for young people and a lot of systems change activity takes place.

Delivering excellence in youth practice, focussed in the areas of emotional health & wellbeing; adolescent risk and child poverty across a large national footprint is the essence of this role. Ensuring the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, championing best practice and holding responsibility for all aspects of operational direction.  This is a strategic, national role leading the delivery of services for children, young people, and their families.

Youth Impact Domain

The role reports to the Executive Director for Youth Impact, ensuring that our youth practice operations are of the highest standard across the charity (noted as ‘ELT[1] Lead’ in our organogram). We sit within our Youth Impact domain, which brings together teams directly supporting young people across the country in direct practice and our national programmes. The role holder will work closely with the Director of National Programmes and Innovation, and Head of Safeguarding and Quality Practice. What connects us is our desire to be grounded in youth voice and to change the systems that surround young people for the better to ultimately lead to improved outcomes for young people.


At The Children’s Society, accessibility is extremely important to us.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Should interviews be in person they will be held at any accessible venue and we will consider any adjustments as requested.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview.
  • For those with additional needs assessment centre timings can be extended.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.
  • Working with our occupational health advisor reasonable adjustments will be agreed in accordance with each individuals needs.
  • Sharing interview questions in advance.
  • Bringing someone to support during interview.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th August 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 2nd September 2022
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 5th September 2022
    Shortlist decision: By Friday 9th September 2022
    Final interviews: w/c Monday 12th September 2022 or w/c Monday 19th September 2022


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