At Staf, we have recently increased our capacity to develop policy work through embedding a greater number of policy-focused roles within our structures. Influencing policy and practice to improve the lives of care leavers in terms of income, education, employment, housing, justice and health is at the heart of our new three-year strategic plan. In order to effect this change, we know that centring members' voices throughout all of our work is crucial.

That's why we are delighted to announce Staf's new Policy Engagement Group, which will bring together representatives from across our membership to develop policy positions, advise on event content, scrutinise political output, oversee campaigning activity, and amplify the voice of members within key sectoral debates.

The group shall comprise seven members and will be chaired by David Barr, whose term as Staf Board Chair will cease this autumn, and Assistant Director of Operations at Aberlour Child Care Trust. Commenting on his appointment as Chair of the Policy Engagement Group, David stated: 

“I am excited to play a key role in shaping Staf’s policy output for the years ahead. In particular, I look forward to working with colleagues from our knowledgeable, passionate and driven membership organisations to develop robust policy and achieve positive change. Working together, we can advance our collective mission of ensuring that the life chances of care-experienced young people are indistinguishable from those of their peers.”

We are looking for six representatives to join the Policy Engagement Group: if you are currently working within one of Staf’s membership organisations, and/or have experience of care, we would be delighted to hear from you.

You can register your interest in becoming a member of the group by clicking on the button below. We will then be in touch to let you know the next stages.

Register my interest

To request further details please email [email protected]