The Challenging Behaviour Foundation is a forward-thinking national charity (based in Kent) that makes a difference to people’s lives and has a reputation for driving change at an individual, local and national level. Read details about the latest vacancies at the CBF here.

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Research and policy internship 2021-22

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Research and policy internship 2021-22


Salary: National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage.

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week).

Contract: Fixed term for one year.

Location: Challenging Behaviour Foundation Office, Chatham, Kent (5 minute walk from the train station) We will be working within Government Covid-19 guidelines.

Jump to watch the video filmed by our current policy and research intern about her role

About the role

This is an opportunity for a paid internship, ideal for a recent graduate wishing to work in the field of learning disabilities. This role has been structured to provide you with valuable experience in learning disability policy and practice, researching and presenting information, evaluation of projects and working with a range of professionals in the field.

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  • Do you want to make a difference to the lives of family carers who have a relative with severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging?
  • Do you want to influence policy and practice at a strategic level?
  • Do you have the ability to present information in ways that are engaging and relevant?


This is an exciting opportunity, ideal for recent graduates wishing to gain experience within a small national charity with a reputation for excellence.

Now in its 11th year, our internship programme is well established and structured to provide you with valuable experience in Policy and Research. It is an excellent stepping stone into a career within academia, the learning disability field and/or the voluntary or public sector and gives insight into the experience of family carers.

Previous CBF interns have gone on to:

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate at leading universities
  • Senior level policy and communications roles in the voluntary and public sector
  • Practitioner roles such as: social work, learning disability and mental health nursing and special needs teaching

This post will be based at the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) office in Chatham. There are good transport links, and we are within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. We will be working within the Government Covid-19 guidelines.

This is a fixed one year post.

  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Salary: National Minimum/Living Wage
  • Holidays: 25 days Annual Holiday plus Bank Holidays

About the CBF

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is an independent registered charity that supports children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges and their families.  We support, equip and empower families through our individual Family Support work, which informs our Strategic Influencing work to drive change nationally based on best practice evidence.

About the Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities ABA Research and Impact Network

The Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities ABA Research and Impact Network (SF-DDARIN) is a network of like-minded research practitioners. The over-arching purpose of SF-DDARIN is to increase the reach and impact of behaviourally-based interventions for children and adults with developmental disabilities (including intellectual disabilities and/or autism) to support their independence and increased quality of life.

To apply

To apply, download the following:

Research & Policy Internship – Job Description

Research & Policy Internship – Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Statement

Return the application form by email to or by post to:
Challenging Behaviour Foundation, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BE

  • Please note that CV’s will not be accepted
  • All roles require a Basic Disclosure Check and documentary evidence of your right to work in the UK.


Closing date:  9am on Monday 16th August 2021

Interview: Friday 20th August 2021 (please note this may be by video link and include an online task depending on national guidance)

Start date: Monday 13th September 2021


Further information

Find out more about what we do

If you have any questions, get in touch with us by telephone 01634 838739 or email:

Video filmed by our current policy and research intern about her role

Opportunities at the CBF

We are always happy for volunteers to join the CBF family.

Opportunities include becoming a local champion, representing CBF at local events, sharing your story or simply sharing information.

For more information see our volunteering page, which is linked below.

Being a parent of a child with Severe Learning Disabilities and behaviour that challenges can be very isolating, the ripple effect is huge. Supporting other families who know you ‘get it’ can make an enormous difference. Jen, Family Link Volunteer

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

We’re looking for volunteers who want something rewarding to do in their spare time. We are currently recruiting Local Champion volunteers! Read about our volunteers and how they support the CBF.

Fundraise with us

Fundraise with us

We’re always looking for new fundraisers and we’ll support you every step of the way. Click on the links at the bottom of our webpage to discover some of the ways you can do it.

Projects and research

Projects and research

The CBF aims to improve lives for individuals with severe learning disabilities who display behaviour that challenges through our project work, using new approaches and encouraging others to learn from this work and improve their practices.