Senior Research Associate - Children in care

United Kingdom
£38,017 to £42,792 per annum
Oct 15, 2020
Nov 13, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to contribute to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awarded to explore the longitudinal mental health of children in State care. The post will be based at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

Although children in care constitute only 0.6% of the child population in England, they account for a disproportionate 10% of referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Despite this high prevalence of mental health need shown by the population of children in care, there is a dearth of knowledge on the longitudinal trajectories of mental health and the mechanisms by which State care influence their mental health. The role holder will contribute to an innovative research study designed to minimise this gap in knowledge. The findings from this research will enable health and social care professionals, commissioners and policy makers to identify gaps in service provision for children in care; identify variation and best practice; and make service improvements.

In consultation with the Principal Investigator (PI), the role-holder will have responsibility for advanced quantitative analyses of longitudinal administrative data on children in care; quantitative analyses of data from a survey for children in care; linkage of survey data to national administrative data; interpretation of results; and contribution to project reports and academic papers. The post will also entail maintaining relationships with personnel in multiple children's social care teams in local authorities across England.

The post holder will have experience of carrying out advanced statistical analyses of longitudinal datasets; a track record of successfully completed research in social work, psychology or a closely related social science or health field and relevant subject knowledge in children's social care research, policy and recent developments. In addition, the post holder will have high-level analytical skills; excellent communication skills; and evidence of the ability to publish in high-quality academic journals. Previous experience of multi-level modelling, structural equation modelling and/or latent trajectory modelling is essential.

The role is available from November 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until 02 April 2022.

Pattern of working: This is a full-time role. However, a part-time/flexible working pattern could be arranged with agreement with the line manager.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Mrs Dinithi Wijedasa. Please contact by email in the first instance ( ).

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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