Youth Engagement and Participation Officer (School Exclusions)

For the last decade Just for Kids Law has provided expert assistance to children and young people facing exclusion from school. Every day in England, around 35 children are permanently excluded from school. Excluded children are proportionally more likely to be in the care of the state, to have grown up in poverty, to have a special educational need and to suffer recognised mental health problems. The link between school exclusions and the criminal justice system is well documented.

Building on our years of expertise in this field, our new three year Strategic Plan sets out our commitment to securing wider reform in this area, with a combination of legal, policy and participation approaches. This project will engage children and young people aged 12–19 from London with lived experience of school exclusion to organise around and undertake social action on this issue to achieve change. The project will work with and be informed by a Legal and Policy Officer also focusing on school exclusions.

The post holder will have outstanding youth engagement and development skills and will gradually build from one-to-one engagement with children and young people, to small groups, to full groupwork, with a range of engagement activities. The post holder will build group identity, develop peer leaders to explore the educational, emotional and psychological impact of school exclusion and enable participants to confidently speak out on this issue. The post holder will support the group to set their own change targets and choose their method of influencing.

Apply with CV and cover letter through CharityJob website.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 6th January 2019. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 14th January 2019.


Just for Kids Law’s vision is for all children and young people in the UK to have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued. We exist to work with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform. We do this by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and through strategic litigation, campaigning and equipping others to work for children’s rights. Our values are to act with integrity, respect, courage and compassion. We put these values into practice in our relationships with the children and young people we work with, our colleagues and our partner organisations.

We are looking to recruit a Treasurer and three new trustees to our board. We are looking for trustees with one or more of the following skills:

  • Knowledge and experience of charity finance
  • Knowledge and experience of charity leadership and senior management
  • Knowledge and experience of working as solicitor or barrister in criminal law
  • Knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and/or charity communications and external affairs work
  • Knowledge and experience of working in senior management in statutory services

It is a non-remunerated voluntary role that involves attendance at four board meetings a year and an annual board strategy session as well as involvement in board subcommittee meetings as required. Please email to receive an information pack including our Strategic Plan, Impact Report and 2017-2018 Annual Report. For more info, see the full advert [pdf].

Please apply in writing with a CV and covering letter to Carolyn Regan Chair of Trustees, via The deadline for applications is Friday 21st December 2018.

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