Research Assistant

OCC, Wymondham – Home working 
Various posts and hours - Temporary up to either 31.03.24 or 31.03.2025
£26,232 - £29,433 per annum / pro rata
Friday 17 February 2023 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: L2860 on application form

The National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) is a diverse, passionate and multi-disciplinary team working across all of England and Wales with an aim to coordinate and enhance the police services response to vulnerability.

We have a range of professionals on the team: people from the charity sector, academics, police officers and staff all with wide ranging expertise.

We are looking for a Research Assistant to join us. This person will have a commitment to applied research and have previous experience of supporting a research team or researcher. They will understand different types of harm that sit under the umbrella of vulnerability and will have a strong interest in being part of a team that is supporting police nationally to respond to vulnerability and violent crime. 

This is a homeworking role, with a requirement to travel and work at other establishments nationally as may be reasonably required. There will be an expectation for occasional overnight stays. Travel and expenses will be reimbursed in line with police staff council conditions of service. If you are working from London, London weighting will apply.

We have a range of benefits in addition to the salary available:

  • 24 days holiday per year in addition to public holidays
  • We operate a Flexi-time scheme, a working schedule which allows employees to choose when to start and end their workday, and/or how long to take their break for, within agreed limits set by line managers. 
  • Option of joining the local government pension scheme
  • Option of joining the staff association, Unison, and enjoying the benefits this provides
  • All expenses such as travel and meals when travelling for work
  • Blue Light Card with 100s of discounts
  • Paid-for training available and the opportunity to have mentoring. Development is encouraged
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) A confidential service, available 365 days a year, 24/7, free of charge.  To provide around the clock support and guidance to help you manage work and personal stressors, as well as support you through lifestyle changes. 
  • Support Networks that provide information and an opportunity to share an experience as well as offer advice and support to members.

There are various roles which are grant funded until 31.03.24 and 31.03.25, the projected vacancies are yet to be determined.

Hours of work are various, and this is negotiable. The post is offered on a fixed term contract. We are also recruiting for potential future vacancies

Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)

The VKPP was launched in 2018 in response to a growing and changing demand picture across policing. This was with a view to developing the evidence base and related policing responses to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and adults at risk to reduce offending and improve outcomes for those impacted. Funded by the Home Office, the VKPP has grown rapidly and is expected to employ around 60 people this financial year. The VKPP work in collaboration with a range of wider partners to support policing’s leaders develop joined up evidence-based responses to some of policing’s most demanding and complex areas. For more information: (vkpp.org.uk)

The VKPP report into DCC Maggie Blyth, National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Lead for Violence and Public Protection. For more information: About (npcc.police.uk)

VKPP workstreams

Across the programme there are multiple workstreams taking place that look to support the VKPP aim and support police forces nationally. Many of these projects focus on direct engagement with forces and partners in order to gain an understanding of current practice, identification of gaps and exploration of opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. For more information: VKPP work | Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme

VKPP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) commitment:

VKPP are committed to EDI- please see our EDI commitment on our website:  Equality and Diversity | Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (vkpp.org.uk)

VKPP are committed to carry out blind recruitment. Hiring managers also receive regular inputs around EDI. 

We appreciate not every candidate will meet every requirement for the role. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you! 

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles within the VKPP and will be hosting a virtual open evening via Microsoft Teams for those interested in learning more about the VKPP and for an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  If you would like further details of the open event and/or wish to attend please email [email protected], Executive Project Officer at the VKPP for details, indicating which role you are interested in applying for. In recognition that you may wish to remain unidentified we would welcome you to attend without your name appearing on screen and/or without your camera on.  You will be provided with details on how to access team’s meetings.

You will find the main activities and essential criteria of the role on the Job Description for the role:

The VKPP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please email [email protected] or [email protected], Research Fellow’s at the VKPP.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Please return completed applications by email to below email address quoting vacancy Reference Number: L2860

[email protected]

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to quoting vacancy Reference Number: L2860 [email protected]

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.