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Research Ethics Committee Member

What Works for Children's Social Care

Location: London
Salary: £20/hr plus any travel expenses
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is seeking to recruit Research Ethics Committee (REC) Members from a variety of backgrounds. Whether you are an experienced academic with expertise in research with young people, or you work in children’s social care, or you are a member of the public with no professional experience of children’s social care or research ethics at all, we want to hear from you.

We are seeking to recruit REC members to sit on an ethics committee which reviews research proposals for projects to be delivered or commissioned by the WWCSC, providing an advisory role to the Centre.

The Research Ethics Committee provides support and guidance to WWCSC in relation to ethical principles. The purpose of this is to ensure that research being carried out protects the rights of participants, minimises risk of harm, maximises benefit for individuals and society, and that research participants are fully informed about the purpose of the research and take part voluntarily, free from coercion.

Person Specification

We welcome applications from any of the following: 

  • Care leavers, or parent/carers who have had contact with children’s social care
  • Representatives of Child/Young Person’s organisations, representing the voice of the child 
  • Qualified social workers
  • Members with methodological expertise such as as a trialist or trial statistician
  • Members with experience in research ethics, research methodology, and research and evaluation with young people.

Research projects will be varied, potentially involving sensitive subject areas. It is essential that you can: 

  • Work effectively within a group, bring a fair minded and pragmatic approach to addressing ethical issues 
  • Commit to attending meetings and review proposals as required  

Panel members will be given training in ethical review. The REC Chair will provide advice, guidance, support and mentorship as required to committee members.

The panel meets up to four times a year, and also undertake review of projects by correspondence in between meetings. Meetings are scheduled according to availability and members will have advance notice of these taking place. Meetings will be hosted at the Centre’s office in London and secretariat provided by the Centre. Remote attendance at meetings is possible where needed. Panel members will be compensated for their time at £20/hr plus any travel expenses.

The role is expected to start as soon as possible.

How to apply 

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter to, citing “Ethics Committee” in the Subject of the email. 

Deadline for Applications: 30th September

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis, so please apply before the deadline.

If you would like to discuss further the role of the REC Committee Members, please do not hesitate to get in touch with

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