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Working Families Parents and Carers Advisory Panel Role Profile

What skills or experience do I need to join the panel?

To be involved in the panel you will need to be a parent or carer living in the UK. You will be in work, or you might be seeking employment alongside caring responsibilities.

At the moment we would love to hear from you if you have had recent experience of barriers to balancing work and caring responsibilities. For example, this might include experience of inflexible work policies, being made redundant because of your responsibilities at home, balancing insecure work and childcare, or discrimination because you were having a baby.

You will need to be happy to use video-conferencing to meet with us; if you don’t have the right equipment at this time, just let us know.

We don’t expect you to have any formal qualifications, just come with a willingness to talk about your own experience

What will I do as a panel member?

As part of the panel you might:

  • Share your perspective as a working parent or carer at meetings or via polls and surveys
  • Be invited to speak publicly about your own experience at media events and interviews
  • Help us to test and review our services, and give us your feedback on how they work for you
  • Review our guidance and resources and make sure we get the tone right
  • Attend meetings, training and peer networking events as needed

What will I get out of taking part?

We want being part of the panel to be a rewarding experience and for members to see the impact of their contributions. You will get to meet other parents and carers who want to help remove the barriers that people face, and the chance to develop skills in influencing and designing services. When we meet in person we will reimburse all out of pocket expenses, and we offer training on doing media interviews free of charge.

How much time do you need?

Joining the panel will likely need about 2-4 hours from you every other month, including meetings and feedback requests. Where possible we will involve you outside of your usual working hours and we will try to take your availability into account.

Panel membership is for a maximum of two years. This will give you the chance to see the impact of your work with us, and help us to seek views from a range of parents and carers. You can leave the panel at any time.

How to get involved

Please complete the form using the blue box below to register your interest.

Registration form

If you meet the criteria above, we will invite you to attend an Information session.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about getting involved please email Simon Kelleher, Head of Policy & Influencing.