Calling researchers interested in children's social care

SALARY: Circa £32,000 pa dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits.

Closing date: 7 Dec 2018, 5 p.m.

Fixed term contract 37.5 hours per week

London, UK

How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining clearly how you meet the criteria for this role to
Please cite “WWC Researcher” in the subject of the email.
The closing date for completed applications is 5.00pm on 7 December 2018.
If you have any questions about this role please email


Candidate brief: Researcher_JD_-FINAL-_Nov_18.pdf (711.2 KB)

Role Description
The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Researcher to work in a
newly established research team. The team will lead the centre’s programme of work to understand how best to support social workers and young people in contact with the care system, from the point of contact and referral, all the way through to foster care and adoption.

Among other responsibilities, the Researcher role will include:

  • Data analysis. Working with the head of research and the leadership team of the centre, the researcher will conduct data analysis to help identify the impact of interventions in children’s social care.

  • Collaboration and Partnerships. The Researcher will work on projects being conducted in partnership with other research organisations, notably the Centre’s Research Partner (led by Professor Donald Forrester at Cardiff University’s CASCADE) and other What Works Centres. They will also work with the sector and with officials at the department for education to ensure that the centre’s research is of a high standard both in terms of its robustness and its usefulness.

  • Randomised Controlled Trials. The Researcher will develop and assist with the leadership of randomised controlled trials in children’s social care, focused on helping improve the outcomes of young people and their families.

  • Happier, healthier professionals. The Researcher will work with our academic collaborators as part of our happier, healthier professionals programme, designing and evaluating interventions to improve the wellbeing, and reduce sickness, absence and burnout, of social workers.