Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people



Last updated: 14 Aug 2019

Senior Research Fellow: Contextual Safeguarding Programme

University of Bedfordshire - International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking and Violence (IC)

18 months Fixed Term – with a view to extend pending bids in progress, (0.7 FTE)

Application closing date: 20/08/2019

Location: Luton

The post holder will spend most of their time working collecting data in Bristol, Wiltshire and Oldham and flexible working arrangements can be offered. The appointee will be expected to attend occasional team meetings in Luton and London.

We are seeking an organised, innovative, experienced researcher with an interest in child welfare, public service design adolescent development or young people’s experiences of violence, exploitation and other forms of abuse to join a growing action research team.

The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking and Violence (IC), at the University of Bedfordshire is at the forefront of developing holistic, integrated responses to young people’s experiences of abuse and violence, and works in partnership with practitioners, young people and policymakers to achieve its goals. The Contextual Safeguarding (CS) programme is one of IC’s leading initiatives, developed to create practices, systems and partnerships that are better equipped to address the harm young people experience in extra-familial contexts. Under the leadership of the founder of Contextual Safeguarding theory, Dr Carlene Firmin, the team works with a UK network of practitioners, provides in-depth support to sites attempting change how they work with adolescents and is building an evidence base about the nature of harm experienced by young people beyond the family home and the interventions required to keep them safe.

The team is running multi-year research programme and are currently seeking a senior research fellow to coordinate work in test sites (Wiltshire, Bristol and Oldham) as well as develop and oversee plans to consult young people and families on Contextual Safeguarding during the scale-up programme. Reporting directly to the programme’s principal investigator, Carlene Firmin, the postholder will also provide managerial support to research fellows and assistants working in the CS team. The senior research fellow will coordinate and work in a team using practice observations, narrative reviews of policies and case files, embedded methods and co-creation with practitioners, in addition to reflective workshops and interviews to evidence the nature of Contextual Safeguarding in practice.

The successful applicant for this post will join a growing team who are working directly with professionals to change child protection practices. We spend much time in test sites, and this post holder will spend up approximately two days per week conducting fieldwork.

Please note that these posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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Interview date: 5th September with a start date for the post of the 1st October or as close to this date as notice periods permit.

Due to the Home Office and UK Visas & Immigration requirements on immigration and Right to Work in the UK, the University of Bedfordshire can only accept job applications from Non EEA applicants who hold a current Tier 1 or Tier 2 (in country) visa and their status allows them to work and reside in the UK with no restrictions.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population.

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