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Public Health Engagement Officer - Life Chances (PO1-PO3)

This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.
Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£32,430 - £39,774
Waltham Forest
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
15/07/2019 at 00:00 AM
Vacancy Description

Waltham Forest is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team, focusing on the new Council Priority of improving children's life chances. The Public Health Engagement Officer will be responsible for the  project management of a distinct set of projects designed to improving children's health and wellbeing, and hence the life chances of Waltham Forest residents. This incorporates a number of different public health priorities, ranging from food poverty and healthy eating, improving parenting skills and knowledge around health, and addressing issues of relationship violence through our local whole school approach to VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls).

In the first instance, the post holder will lead the public health element of the Waltham Forest Partnership’s Whole School Approach to addressing all forms of violence against women and girls in our schools. This project has been in operation since 2018, and involves working with individual schools, a number of local support providers, governors, and policy leads to coordinate an effective approach that meets the needs of our young people.

In addition to this major project, other examples of discreet projects for the Officer to take forward may include:

  • Supporting local work to improve parents knowledge and skills, especially at the point of transition to secondary school
  • Improving uptake of Healthy Start vouchers locally
  • Taking forward actions within the local Food Poverty action plan
  • Improving awareness of the community and voluntary sector offer around children's mental wellbeing

The post will sit within the Public Health Team but will involve working closely with other departments in the Families Directorate and external project partners. You will work in co-operation with other colleagues within Public Health as well as other key council directorates to deliver against the Life Chances agenda. Further to this you will work with a range of external stakeholders including schools, the NHS and voluntary sector partners and will need to establish and maintain a wide range of working relationships. You will need to develop a good understanding of the context of services in the borough which impact on health and health inequalities of children and young people.

You will be joining the Public Health team at an exciting time in the development of the public health function in London Borough of Waltham Forest. The role will contribute towards achieving the priorities set out in JSNA and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy around children and young people. This includes reducing childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, reducing STIs and teenage pregnancy, promoting the mental and emotional health of children, reducing smoking, drug and alcohol use and increasing immunisation uptake.

We are looking for someone who has strong project management skills, and experience of delivering and supporting public health initiatives, particularly in schools and other educational settings. Experience in delivering relationship based programmes will also be an asset.  Ideally the person will be familiar with working in Waltham Forest or a borough with a similar demographic profile.   

We invite applications from individuals who:

  • Are skilled at managing relationships and negotiating across a wide range of organisations
  • Understands the challenges faced by schools, local authorities and the Health Service,
  • Have experience working in projects related to improving children’s health
  • Who will contribute positively to the work of our dynamic public health team. 

In return we provide a stimulating environment within which to work, running reflective practice sessions and other CPD opportunities

For further information please contact Catherine Hutchinson, Senior Public Health Strategist on 0208 496 4617 or email

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks from the closing date please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

London Borough of Waltham Forest values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

Waltham Forest Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

How to apply
Application Information The councils preference is for on-line application forms. However if you have a disability and are unable to complete an on-line application, please ring 0208 496 4227 who will be able to arrange an alternative. For more information on how to complete your application form, follow this link: Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council

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