Policy Officer

Salary: £30,000 pro-rata

Location: Home working with occasional travel to London

Hours: Part-Time – Three days (24 hours) per week

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 19th June 2024


CEASE is looking for an experienced Policy Officer with a passion for ending all forms of sexual exploitation. Reporting to the Head of Policy and Public Affairs, the role will entail political advocacy, relationship building across stakeholders, including Parliament and research and policy analysis. We welcome applications from people who have experience of policy, public affairs and advocacy, and who believe in a world free from sexual exploitation.

• Pornography is a ‘public health crisis’ of the digital age.
• The pornography industry is exploitative and unregulated.
• Prostitution is fundamentally exploitative.
• Victims and survivors of sexual exploitation should have the full support of the law to rebuild their lives.
• Human trafficking and prostitution are intrinsically linked.
• The commercial sex industry puts children at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation.
• Hypersexualisation in media and wider culture is an underlying driver of sexual abuse and exploitation.

If you agree with our views on sexual exploitation, please apply for this role.


Job duties

Policy and advocacy:

• Development of CEASE’s policy in respect of sexual exploitation issues, including, but not limited to, pornography, prostitution, child sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, AI and other tech-facilitated sexual abuse and exploitation, and preparing briefings of same for internal and external use.
• Supporting the development of submissions, consultation responses, policy papers, research reports, blogs, presentations and similar on the above issues.
• Assisting in the development of effective short and long-term political strategies to engage key stakeholders with CEASE’s policy solutions.
• Horizon scanning, researching and providing briefings of government initiatives and policy which are relevant to CEASE’s work across the UK as well as relevant developments internationally.
• Supporting the Head of Policy and Public Affairs in shaping legislative recommendations in line with CEASE’s strategic priorities for the coming years and with reference to new opportunities as they emerge.
• Supporting CEASE’s mission to engage and collaborate with policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders by undertaking tasks including, but not limited to, identifying important contacts, facilitating meetings and events, and maintaining relationships with key contacts.
• Contributing to CEASE’s corporate advocacy strategy development and implementation.
• Undertaking research on the legislative landscape in the UK, including stakeholder mapping, researching allies and potential political leads.
• Maintaining and utilising parliamentary database PoliMonitor to support CEASE’s analysis and engagement in relevant political discussions.
• Preparing statements/talking points for the Head of Policy and Public Affairs and the CEO, to deliver to parliamentarians, committees, inquiries and similar.
• Working in conjunction with the Head of Policy and Public Affairs to implement the Policy and Public Affairs Three Year Strategy.
• Supporting the Head of Policy and Public Affairs as needed.

Representation and relationship building:

• Establishing and maintaining strong relationships across government and political parties, civil society, academics and influential voices.
• Strengthening CEASE’s reputation as a rigorous and trusted source of analysis and evidence.
• Representing CEASE at parliamentary and stakeholder events, webinars, coalition meetings, working groups and individual meetings.
• Supporting the CEASE Communications Team to maintain and grow our external profile across all our audiences.


• Collaborating with the Head of Policy and Public Affairs on analysis of existing and emerging research relating to sexual exploitation issues including, but not limited to, pornography, prostitution, child sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, AI and other tech-facilitated sexual abuse and exploitation.
• Analysing, distilling, and writing up the results of research projects to provide compelling, credible evidence for parliamentarians, policy makers and other stakeholders.
• Identifying gaps in current research on CEASE’s issues and undertaking related research to inform policy positions.

Emotional impact:

• Manage your response to challenging and distressing themes and content when working on certain topics about pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking.

You are likely to read case studies and research that may be distressing, and may be required to see images or video  related to sexual exploitation. Care is taken to protect staff welfare due to the nature of the work, and there are internal strategies in place to support employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

Please view the full Job Description here or download below.


How to apply

Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter (maximum two pages) to recruitment@cease.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 19th June 2024 with the subject line ‘Policy Officer application’.

The covering letter should outline how your skills, knowledge, and experience, alongside your personal character, values and beliefs, make you an ideal candidate.

Please also include the contact details of two references. We will not contact the references without your permission.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 15th July 2024.

If you have any questions about the role, please email Gemma Kelly, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, at gemma.kelly@cease.org.uk.


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