Appointment of the Children’s Commissioner for England Contents

2The recruitment process

10.The recruitment campaign was launched on 27 July 2020 and closed on 18 September. 63 applications were received in response. Seven candidates were invited to interview as they were deemed to have met the bar. Following a request by the Secretary of State, an additional two candidates were invited to interview. A shortlist of nine candidates were invited to the interview stage, although two candidates pulled out of the competition in advance of the final interview.2

11.Interviews were held on 4 and 6 November. Interviews were conducted by an Advisory Assessment Panel consisting of:

Following the interview stage, the Secretary of State met the three candidates who were deemed appointable before making his decision on the preferred candidate.

Requirements for the post

12.The recruitment pack drawn up by the Department for Education set out five essential criteria that the successful candidate would need to be able to demonstrate. They were:

Candidates were also expected to be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

The appointment of Children’s Commissioner is for a period of six years. Renumeration for the post was advertised at between £120,000-£130,000.

2 See appendix 3

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