Senior Research Fellow
National / Remote Working
Full time (37 Hours) - Temporary
£45,996 - £50,250 per annum
Friday 18 June 2021 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C962 on application form
The National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) is a diverse and passionate team working across all of England and Wales to aim to improve policing for vulnerable children and adults.
We are looking for an experienced & knowledgeable academic to lead our national review programme. This programme identifies key learning for police from child practice reviews, adult practice reviews, domestic homicide reviews, serious further incident reviews (in MAPPA arrangements) and other significant sources – and then puts the learning into digestible briefings for police on a range of different subject areas. These subject areas include: information sharing, exploitation & Adultification, work with communities who face structural inequality, responding effectively to risk, rapidly escalating online stalking, young parents, intra-familial abuse & violence & self-neglect. You can find our publications here: Vulnerability and violent crime programme | What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (college.police.uk)
You will be managing a small team of Research Assistants to ensure the analysis, coding and writing is of a high standard and beneficial to policing. You will also be expected to deliver at regional & national events on the findings of the research. The successful candidate also needs to prioritise equity, diversity & inclusion & understand the challenges that face children, victims and the policing service at this time.
We have a range of benefits in addition to the salary available such as:
All expenses such as travel and meals when travelling for work
Cycle to work scheme
Blue Light Card with 100s of discounts
Paid-for training available
It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:
PhD in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional standing and experience
Substantive knowledge of research methods, ethics and analytic techniques and sound experience in project managing and delivering multiple, concurrent research projects, including primary research and/or evaluation and secondary research methods such as literature reviews and document analysis
Substantive knowledge of the evidence-base in relation to one or more areas of vulnerability and relevant safeguarding legislation and policy frameworks and ability to consider these in relation to policing
Strong line management skills with the ability to provide direction, co-ordination and motivation to his/her team engaged in a wide range of research and review activities. This is inclusive of matrix management knowledge and skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly the ability to explain and present complex issues affecting policing and vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime with a range of stakeholders at different levels (such as Chief Officers, senior police personnel, cross-government representatives, academics and operational staff and partners)
Ability to translate research evidence into effective, practical and accessible messaging for police personnel and other stakeholders
Commitment to engaging with an equality, diversity and inclusion approach within primary and secondary research activity and in translation of this for policing practice
Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint and relevant research software packages and experience of communicating with stakeholders through a variety of media
It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:
Knowledge of strategic and operational policing related to vulnerability and violent crime
Experience of delivering research within a policing environment or working in partnership between academia and police
Experience of cost-benefit analysis or social return on investment
Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday. This post is offered on a temporary basis.
Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.
The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.
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 [email protected].