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Senior Research and Evaluation Officer (CSA Centre) (3299)

Are you an experienced researcher who would enjoy working with us to inform local and national policy and practice, improving the response to child sexual abuse in England and Wales? This is an exciting opportunity to join our unique, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team as a Senior Research and Evaluation Officer.

We are looking for someone to lead elements of the CSA Centre's research and evaluation work. You would be responsible for planning, commissioning and overseeing research and evaluation projects on child sexual abuse.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of current legislative, policy and practice developments and key research issues and findings in relation to child sexual abuse
  • Excellent understanding of governmental and public sector landscapes; charity sector; health and social care sectors; children's services; police, ideally from direct practice experience.
  • Significant and demonstrable experience of planning and delivering relevant research and evaluation projects using a range of methodologies.
  • Experience of analysing complex written information and numerical data.
  • Experience of working in cooperation with professionals within public or voluntary sector agencies, ideally the childcare sector

Applications for secondment will be considered.

The role will be based at our Barkingside office, however, regular travel to our offices in Central London will be part of the role. Occasional working from home can be accommodated with prior agreement.

About us

We are the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (the CSA Centre). Our aim is to create a future where children are free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse by radically improving how we prevent and respond to the issue through really understanding its causes, scope, scale and impact.

Funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo's, we are independent and will challenge any barriers, assumptions, taboos and ways of working that prevent us from increasing our understanding and improving our approach to tackling child sexual abuse.

We are focused on building knowledge and understanding by:

  • Collating and analysing existing research, policy, practice and the real  experiences of those affected, and filling the gaps we identify with new research, insights and analysis;
  • Using that evidence and insight to challenge and improve existing policy and practice, develop new approaches and increase everyone's knowledge and confidence to more effectively tackle the issue.

The CSA Centre is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. We actively encourage applications from disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as they are currently under-represented at the CSA Centre.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.


Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

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Barnardo House, Barkingside
Barnardo House, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Essex, England, IG6 1QG
  • Location:
    Barnardo House, Barkingside
  • Contract type:
    Fixed term
  • Hours:
  • Salary :
    £39,358 - £49,059 per annum plus £1885 Outer London Weighting
  • Closing Date:
    31 March 2019
  • Interview Date:
    16 April 2019
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