Research Associate, School for Policy Studies

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33199 - £37345 per annum pro rata
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Division/School School for Policy Studies
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Part time
Salary £33199 - £37345 per annum pro rata
Closing date for applications 23-Jun-2019

Location: Bristol, UK

The School for Policy Studies is seeking to recruit a part time (0.6 FTE/21 hours per week) Research Associate to assist in a feasibility study to inform the design of an evaluation of a new approach to working with children and families.

Family Focus is a new assessment approach developed by the NSPCC. It is underpinned by the recognition that every interaction between a practitioner and a parent/carer and child gives the opportunity for a moment or relationship which may change the direction and improve the future for an individual child.

The University of Bristol is working in partnership with NSPCC to undertake a feasibility study into how Family Focus is currently working, both in the NSPCC and in some authority Children’s Services Departments.

This study will explore what aspects of this approach are thought to work well, and what might facilitate or hinder its use in practice. It will gather qualitative data on whether or not this new approach appears to provide a robust assessment of need that helps practitioners to better support parents and children. These data will inform future development of the approach and – if positive – provide the basis for the next stage in evaluation.

You should have research experience in a social science or social work area with children and young people; knowledge of qualitative and survey research methods; well-developed analytical skills; and excellent interviewing skills. A good honours degree (or equivalent) with subject knowledge in the relevant area e.g. social work, psychology, social research methods; and a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. social work, psychology, social research methods or equivalent professional qualification/experience or to be working towards one is essential.

This post is available on a fixed term contract for 12 months.

The closing date is midnight on 23 June 2019. It is expected that the selection process will be held as soon as possible following the closing date.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Geraldine Macdonald (email: or tel: +44(0)117 954 6729).

We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to the overall success of Bristol and help maintain our position as one of the world’s leading universities.

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