Vacancies

 TRUSTEE WITH FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE WANTED 

The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) Board of Trustees is looking for trustees with financial experience and knowledge

This is a great opportunity to contribute to a small but significant charity.

PRCBC is the first and only organisation to focus directly on children and young adults and securing their rights to British citizenship.  PRCBC was founded in November 2012 and was previously hosted by Ealing Law Centre then by Migrants Resource Centre/Consonant. It was registered as a charitable company in 2015 and as a charity in January 2020 and has been independent since March 2020. Its CEO/supervising solicitor is Solange Valdez-Symonds; it also employs a paralegal assistant. It uses the services of a consultant bookkeeper and is fundraising in order to be able to employ a second solicitor. It plans to apply for its own legal aid contract in the next LAA tender.

General Trustee responsibilities

Trustees are all volunteers. They must:

1 Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the

Charity Commission as regulator; ensure that the charity prepares periodic reports,

annual returns and accounts as required by law;

2  Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its

governing document and remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out

there;

3  Comply with the requirements of other legislation and regulators, which govern the

activities of the charity;

4  Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds

or assets.

Trustees are the employers of PRCBC staff and oversee the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure its financial viability. There are seven trustees at present.

See Charity Commission Guidance

The Essential Trustee: What you need to know, what you need to do 

The overall financial role of PRCBC’s trustees, led by the treasurer and in conjunction with the director, is as follows:

5          To ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

6          To oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements.

7          To liaise with the director about financial matters.

8          To ensure compliance with relevant legislation e.g. Companies and Charity legislation.

9          To ensure any recommendations of the auditors are implemented.

10        To ensure accounts meet the conditions of contractual agreements with external

agencies such as statutory bodies and funders.

11        To present financial reports to the committee.

12        To make a presentation of the accounts at any annual general meeting (AGM).

13       To advise on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic and operational

plans.

14      To make applications for trust and grant funding and to support the director in making applications for funding

PRCBC’s treasurer has general experience of trusteeship of small charities but no specific financial qualifications.  PRCBC needs a trustee with financial expertise and experience to assist the treasurer and other trustees with financial oversight and with the financial aspects of fundraising. We need more financial expertise and support for the workers!

Time commitment

The overall time commitment varies, but it could be up to one day per month.

There are Trustee meetings approximately every eight weeks, usually on Monday evenings. They were held in London, but are currently held on zoom, and all Trustees are expected to attend these.

How to apply

To apply please send a CV with a short covering email to the Chair of PRCBC, Carol Bohmer, at trustees@prcbc.net

Your email should include a short paragraph explaining/outlining your interest in joining PRCBC’s trustees and your relevant experience.

Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)

174 Hammersmith Road

London

W6 7JP

email: trustees@prcbc.net

Website: https://prcbc.org

JOB AD

PARALEGAL

The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) is seeking to recruit a Paralegal to provide casework and administrative support to Solange Valdez-Symonds, supervising solicitor and CEO of PRCBC. The post will be based at our office in Hammersmith, London.

PRCBC is a small registered charity representing children and young people with their citizenship rights; undertaking strategic litigation and policy advocacy to remove legal and practical barriers to citizenship; and providing information and training to the public and professionals to increase knowledge of citizenship rights and capacity to secure these.

The work of the paralegal will be supporting all aspects of PRCBC’s work: complex citizenship casework, including litigation in the higher courts; raising public awareness; delivering training to affected individuals and interested organisations; and publishing briefings, blogs and articles. The prospective candidate must have a minimum of one year’s experience as a paralegal, have completed the Legal Practice Course or its equivalent and be able to work under pressure. Please see job description and person specification for more information.

The position is full-time, one-year fixed term (to be extended subject to funding). It is for 5 days per week, which will include out of hours/weekend work. A normal working day is 7 hours, with core hours from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The position is funded by Therium Access. We would wish the successful candidate to start as soon as possible and no later than 18 October 2021.

Salary:                                           28k per annum
Closing date for applications:   5pm on Wednesday 1 September 2021

Interviews:                                      

First interview: Week commencing Monday 6 September 2021 (first interview will be for about an hour and half. This will include a legal skills test).

Second interview: Week commencing Monday 13 September 2021 (second interview will be for about an hour. This will involve a case study scenario and presentation)

Application pack

  1. Application Form

Word version   JOB APPLICATION FORM

PDF version JOB APPLICATION FORM

2) Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form:

Word version              Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form

PDF version Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form

3) Job Description and Person Specification:

Word version       JobDescriptionANDSpec

PDF version JobDescriptionANDSpec

2 August 2021

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We are looking for experienced qualified solicitors/caseworkers to volunteer at our monthly Saturday children’s citizenship casework surgery

You will need to :-

  • be a qualified practising solicitor or qualified to advise at OISC level 3;
  • have specialist knowledge on children and British nationality law or be willing to receive thorough training on this;
  • have a passion for social justice;
  • have a real commitment to the needs of children/young adults and their carers;
  • be able to work within a team of professionals and volunteers from a very diverse group;
  • be able to work under pressure and with limited resources;
  • have a non-judgmental approach towards our young clients and carers;
  • commit to volunteering first Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 5:30pm for a minimum period of 6 months.

Our volunteers are given thorough induction, training, support and supervision. We provide lunch, reasonable travelling and childcare expenses. All our volunteers have to submit to periodic enhanced DBS checks.

Please send your CV to Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Solicitor/Director, e-mail: solange.valdez-symonds@prcbc.net

August 2020