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Tel: 01227 639768

Head of UK Advocacy

Location: London (On-site)

Salary expectation: £45,000 to £50,000

Application deadline: Mon 18th July

This is a full-time role

5Rights Foundation is a policy and advocacy organisation that works towards realising enforceable, statutory regulation and positive change across technology products and services to protect the rights and welfare of children and young people online.

We exist to build the digital world that young people deserve, allowing them to engage online creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

Our small team works for real-world impact on behalf of and with young people, pioneering change in how the digital world works in the UK and around the globe, across our three goals:

  • Global standards for data protection and young people:  we supported the introduction of the Age-Appropriate Design Code in the UK, which has already had an impact on how digital services treat children and which the New York Times has said should be replicated in the US. We are the sponsor of a similar Code progressing through the legislature in California.
  • Child-Centred Design:  our work ranges from groundbreaking research into how the design of digital services puts children at risk to support the creation of a new international industry standard for child-centred design
  • Children’s Rights:  we worked with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to draft and see adopted a new international agreement that makes explicit – for the first time – that children’s rights apply in the digital world. We have published a Toolkit to make this a reality, launched by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and representatives of the African Union, European Union, and UN.

Role Purpose

More than ever before, in 2021 tech companies were put on notice for their abuse of power and negligence when it comes to children’s well-being. This role is an opportunity for you to help seize this moment of profound change.

In this role, you will drive work in the UK towards a digital world that has children’s rights at its heart. You will develop and deliver advocacy strategies in collaboration with our policy and comms teams to represent and advance 5Rights’ positions and mission in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

Essentially, this role boils down to these areas:

  • Crafting strategy:
    • Develop and drive the delivery of effective influencing strategies to advance legislative and regulatory change in the UK, including around the Online Safety Bill and the regulatory frameworks that will sit under the new regime.
    • Identify and mobilising support to deliver change, including working with our policy and communications teams
    • Ensure our international team is informed of developments and opportunities in the UK.
  • Advocating for children’s rights in a digital world
    • Advocate with and educate policymakers and regulators about the importance of children’s data privacy, child-centred design, and children’s rights online
    • Work with legislators to drive policy aims and expand our network, building relationships with all parties
  • Engaging externally to build momentum for reform
    • Build domestic and international partnerships as necessary to drive change for children’s rights online, sometimes leading, sometimes supporting and always collaborating when it makes sense
    • Working with our communications team to craft materials for engaging decision-makers and our network
    • Be a spokesperson for 5Rights, briefing the media and representing the organisation at events.

Deadline: Mon 18th July