Probation Practise Researcher

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company

Location: This role can be based within any of our offices throughout Kent, Surrey or Sussex.

KSS CRC are a high performing Community Rehabilitation Company delivering a range of services designed to stop reoffending and prevent the harm caused to communities by crime. We have a strong ethos for engaging with our service users and work in collaboration with the people and communities we serve. We take great pride in providing a high level of service and are strongly committed to delivering on performance and quality. 

We are excited to recruit to this new role of Probation Practice Researcher. The role will have responsibility for the collection, collation and analysis of data and information on practice trends within the Justice sector. The information provided will be key in enabling the leadership team to make informed decisions on new thinking, industry trends and good probation practice standards, policies and activities.

Working for KSSCRC offers the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. The successful candidate will use their background in research and data analysis to recommend new ideas and really influence the CRC on ways of working. You will need to be innovative and passionate about delivering your recommendations in order to support change.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Use academic learning to influence practice across the CRC and to create a compelling narrative that challenges the status quo.
  • Design and develop surveys, research methods, consultation or customer intelligence projects, in order to ensure accurate analysis of the key issues facing KSS CRC. 
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research into sector trends in practice, providers of known good practice and examples of innovation and new thinking within the sector, both nationally and internationally.
  • Investigate trends using a broad range of research techniques and tools – academic research papers, outputs from national HMIP audits, conferences, internet searches etc.
  • Correlate qualitative data on quality practice approaches with quantitative data on performance, analyse and interpret to identify patterns and solutions.
  • To work in accordance with KSS CRC Safeguarding policies and procedures and assist the organisation to carry out its duties in a way that protects children and vulnerable adults and promotes their welfare. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong background and understanding of the Justice sector, though this is not essential to the role.

Skills & Experience:

  • Degree educated with academic knowledge and interest in the justice sector
  • The ability to study at a high academic level, if not already attained
  • Strong understanding of electronic media
  • Experience of influencing and supporting stakeholders
  • A strong network of contacts within the sector
  • Ability to use quantitative and qualitative social research methods in a practical way; collate, analyse and interpret complex information based on international, national and local management information
  • Awareness of sensitive issues, confidentiality and the ethical conduct of research and consultation 

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate their ability to influence multi-disciplinary teams, plan work and deliver to deadlines, present statistical and qualitative research and consultation findings in an appropriate format.

For more information on the role a full job description can be found at:

Or please contact Jennie Alcock on 01273 627892 for an informal discussion.

We welcome applications from those interested in a secondment into KSS CRC.

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