Recruitment Opportunity – Norfolk Police – Research Assistant

OCC, Wymondham (flexible – can be national, please check advert for full details)
Full Time (37 hours) – Temporary to Tuesday 31 March 2020
Band D: £23,361 – £26,433 per annum
Wednesday 19 June at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C455 on application form

The position we have available is for one fixed term role until March 31st 2020.  This is a national role so working from London, working from home and working from Norfolk are all options which can be discussed at interview stage.  If you are working from London, London weighting can be added to the salary.


The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP):

Policing has seen prolonged significant increases in demand associated with protecting vulnerable persons. It is one of policing’s highest threat, harm and risk areas. Nationally however responses have traditionally been fragmented with significant focus on single threat strands.  At a local level demand and budgetary pressures have meant this area of policing is no longer the preserve of the specialist.  The associated evidence base both in terms of understanding how the threat strands intertwine and what works with regards to policing intervention has struggled to keep up. The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has sought to begin to address this challenge through the Violence and Public Protection (VPP) portfolio led by Chief Constable Simon Bailey (QPM).  A National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP) has been created which consolidates relevant actions featuring across multiple single strand threat areas plans.  Funding has also recently been secured from the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) up until March 2020 to establish a national policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)


Purpose, role and function of VKPP:

  • Work in collaboration with forces, relevant NPCC leads, NCA, College, HMICFRS and range of external partners to gather a more detailed understanding of current practice and the interventions deployed to address vulnerability and the serious violence threat
  • Generate a shared understanding of where most significant gaps in practice and knowledge are nationally and identify/promote emerging innovative practice being developed
  • Identify a minimum of 10 of most promising interventions that have not been independently evaluated (at least 5 must focus on addressing serious violence). These will in turn be subject to independent evaluation through an independent commissioning process led by the college of policing utilising a £1.5m dedicated fund. Prioritisation will be given to early intervention and prevention interventions which seek to directly address multiple vulnerabilities or those that may have wider applicability / potential to do so
  • Own and coordinate the response to the National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP). This includes benchmarking force activity, progressing relevant national actions and maintaining its content based on emerging learning from national reviews/ research
  • Incorporate a specific provision to focus on proactive policing
  • Develop a small analytical resource with specific focus on mapping out existing national data collections across NPCC/ HMICFRS/ Home Office. Specifically this will seek to identify any opportunities to de conflict and improve current collections and enable improved analysis / collective understanding of the threat
  • To liaise proactively with partners to promote the NVAP, share learning and influence future multi agency practice development including national Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) reform

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Commitment to applied research and experience of working with professionals in demanding roles and show knowledge of the realities of their work contexts
  • Excellent written communication skills with experience of producing policy, research or analysis
  • Ability to engage with professionals on many levels to collect data (operational staff, senior staff, voluntary sector, social care, health for example)
  • Experience of supporting a research team or researcher
  • Demonstrative knowledge of research methods in a social science or related field
  • Experience of researching and collating data through a wide range of channels and summarising the work in a coherent and engaging way
  • Good organisation and planning skills with the ability to work on own initiative
  • Knowledge of ethical practice in research and commitment to carrying out work ethically
  • Ability to work to deadlines, and identify and communicate any challenges or barriers in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of some of the issues underneath the umbrella of Vulnerability, which includes sexual abuse and exploitation, criminal exploitation and serious violence, domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, neglect, modern slavery and other forms of abuse and exploitation
  • Excellent IT skills and competency in Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel and nVivo


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a fixed term basis.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 11:59pm.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Norfolk Constabulary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.


Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to