This role will be undertaken by either one full-time or two part-time Research Associate(s) / Senior Research Associate(s), contributing to a study of the discharge of care orders in England and Wales, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The study aims to increase knowledge and understanding of current practices relating to discharging care orders by identifying characteristics of orders which are discharged, and of those which are not discharged. Using data extracted from Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru e-casefiles and qualitative data from interviews with a range of professionals (including social workers, children’s guardians, independent reviewing officers, and local authority lawyers), this role will help identify and explain variations in the discharge of care orders. You will be working within a team consisting of the Principal Investigator and four further team members, some of whom will share responsibility for key tasks with you.
What will I be doing?
Over the next year, you will be responsible for collecting data on discharge proceedings from Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru e-casefiles, entering data into the project SPSS database, preparing short pen pictures of children in the study, and/or interviewing a range of professionals (including social workers, lawyers, Independent Reviewing Officers and Children’s Guardians). If appointed as a Senior Research Associate, you will share responsibility for designing and creating the project database and/or developing the interview schedule/s and analytical framework, and identifying relevant professionals for interview. You will have responsibility for maintaining research relationships with Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru, be involved in some project administration and participate in the dissemination of results.
You should apply if
You have excellent skills in collecting and analysing data from legal or children’s social care casefiles and/or interviewing professionals within public sector agencies such as children’s services, education, or health You have excellent knowledge of the care proceedings system You have experience in using SPSS and/or NVivo You have excellent written and oral communication skills You are able to work well within a dynamic team, can manage competing priorities, and have strong project management skills You have an understanding of the ethics of working with sensitive data held in administrative databases, court documents and local authority files. You have a track record of successfully completed research in social work, children’s social care, child care law or a closely related social science or health field, and a postgraduate level qualification or equivalent professional experience in the social sciences. You have or are willing to complete an enhanced DBS check.
Contract type: Open ended with fixed funding until 31.1.2022 Work pattern: Full time or 2 part-time (17.5 hours each) Grade: I/J Salary: Grade I £33,797 - £38,017 per annum Grade J £38,017 - £42,792 per annum (pro rata if part-time) School: School for Policy Studies This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 8 December 2020.
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