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Research Associate, CASCADE

Cardiff University - Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £39,347 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata for part time hours (Grade 6)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 17872BR

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work within the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) Research Centre that is located within the School.

The working title for the research project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is “Evaluation of family group conferencing for children and families: Context, implementation, and effectiveness”.

Family group conferences (FGCs) in child welfare bring immediate and wider family members together to decide on the best way to meet a child’s needs. Unlike in professionally-led traditional case conferences, decision-making is shared with family members.

Qualitative and mixed-method research with FGC participants tends to show positive experiences: most participants feel their voices are heard; FGCs facilitate family-driven solutions and closer relationships - within families and with social workers. Although there is an existing literature on FGCs, there is a paucity of robust comparative UK evaluations. Comparative studies internationally have focused on a fairly narrow range of outcomes, not recognised the importance of context on FGC effects, and paid little attention to quality of delivery. Some qualitative studies have considered process and context but there is scant measurement of these.

The aim of this study is to establish how FGCs improve outcomes for families and what factors vary their quality. Given the importance of process and context, an evaluation informed by realist and complex systems approaches is needed.

This post is part-time (14 hours per week), fixed term from 1st February 2024 until 30th September 2025.

Salary: £39,347 - £44,263, per annum, pro rata for part time hours (Grade 6), with 4 annual increments up to £44,263 per annum, pro-rata (final salary at top of grade).

Responsible to Professor Jonathan Scourfield

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jonathan, Scourfield@cardiff.ac.uk 

In Higher Education, female and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff are underrepresented in senior academic roles. Applications are therefore particularly welcome from applicants who identify as female and / or BAME. We also welcome applications from members of the LGBT+ Community. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Closing Date: Sunday, 7 January 2024


Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: 
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