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Practice Improvement Adviser (Voluntary)

£43,096 - £59,303 (Full Time Equivalent) plus £312 Office at Home Allowance
Closing date
23 Jun 2022

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Social Care & Welfare
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join the friendly, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team at the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse as a Practice Improvement Advisor specialising in voluntary sector services to those affected by child sexual abuse.  This is a high level practice improvement role focussed on developing, managing and delivering projects and strategies to strengthen the voluntary sector response, and particularly the specialist support, provided to victims / survivors of child sexual abuse and their families across England and Wales.  

About the role:

The CSA Centre's Practice Improvement Advisor for the voluntary sector will lead the formulation, development and implementation of a package of support for organisations to strengthen voluntary sector responses to child sexual abuse, by developing, managing and delivering strategies, plans and training initiatives, and managing partner relationships at a high level within the voluntary sector and beyond.

Working within our team of multi-agency practitioners, researchers and policy advisors, and in liaison with those with lived experience of sexual abuse, you will be supporting the CSA Centre to deliver an ambitious work plan rooted in our commitment to improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of professionals in identifying and responding to child sexual abuse. This role, working closely with the research team, will have a particular focus on a new programme of work for the CSA Centre in 2022/23 (and potentially beyond) that aims to:

  • Support national government, funders and commissioners to commission services for victims / survivors of child sexual abuse more effectively, by building a greater understanding of existing provision and need across England and Wales;
  • Contribute towards ensuring that service provision keeps pace with the needs of victims / survivors of child sexual abuse and their families;
  • Increase the strength and resilience of services supporting victims / survivors of child sexual abuse and their families;
  • Improve victims / survivors of child sexual abuse and their families' access to support and opportunities that promote safety and encourage healing and recovery.

We are looking for a highly motivated and committed individual with a background in (or experience of working very closely with) the voluntary sector, who has specialist knowledge in the field of child sexual abuse, a demonstrable record of developing practice responses, and a sound understanding of the multi-agency landscape and the role of specialist support services within that.

This role is currently funded until 31 March 2023, in line with the grant funding arrangements for the CSA Centre. This will be reviewed in late 2022, with potential for extension as future funding for the CSA Centre from 2023/24 onwards is clarified.

About us

We are the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (the CSA Centre). Our aim is to create a future where children are free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse by radically improving how we prevent and respond to the issue through really understanding its causes, scope, scale and impact.

Funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo's, we are independent and will challenge any barriers, assumptions, taboos and ways of working that prevent us from increasing our understanding and improving our approach to tackling child sexual abuse.

We bring about change by:

  • Collating and analysing existing research, policy, practice and the real experiences of those affected, and filling the gaps we identify with new research, insights and analysis;
  • Using that evidence and insight to challenge and improve existing policy and practice, develop new approaches and increase everyone's knowledge and confidence to more effectively tackle the issue. 

This role is home based with regular travel required, usually to London.

*Although this is advertised as a full time position, we are open to applicants who wish to work part time, or as a job share, or as a secondment.*

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described

The CSA Centre is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. We actively encourage applications from disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as they are currently under-represented at the CSA Centre.

Barnardo's offers a hybrid working model covered under our `Work from Anywhere' Framework, therefore vacancies advertised with this as an opportunity are open for applicants to either work from home or any location within the UK, including Barnardo's Hub/Office that is a reasonable distance from your home address. 


Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.


Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.


At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. We will ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard.

This belief started with our pioneering founder, Thomas Barnardo, who stood up for the most vulnerable children in society. We continue to fight for the UK’s most vulnerable children to realise his dream of a world where no child is turned away.

Barnardo’s is the children’s charity with the largest number of services on the ground in the UK: we run over 900 services in local communities. Our work includes reaching and helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. We find loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care.

Last year we transformed the lives of more than 200,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. We helped many more by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.


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