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Research Assistant: Anna Freud Centre / LifePsychol (Looked After Children), working from home

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Research Assistant – “Transforming Children’s Social Care” (BERRI)

Title: Research Assistant – BERRI
Reporting to: Miriam Silver, Research Manager
Employer: Anna Freud Centre
Salary: £23,000 to £26,000 FTE per annum, plus 6% contributory pension scheme
Location: Homeworking during COVID-19
Centre address: 4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH
Working hours: Full-time (35 hours per week; Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00)
Holidays: 27 days plus Bank Holidays (includes Christmas closure days) FTE
Term of contract: 16 months fixed term, starting 1st March 2021

The post is a collaboration between the Anna Freud Centre and LifePsychol, funded within a successful Innovate UK Smart Grant project.

The Anna Freud Centre is the leading national charity supporting young minds through innovative therapeutic practice, training and research. The Centre sets out to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health by:
- Carrying out research to improve understanding of mental health and resilience and to evaluate and improve the treatments and services children and families are offered.
- Developing new approaches, tools and services to support children, young people and families in distress.
- Taking a leading role in the development of policy and practice in the UK and beyond to ensure that it is built on science, tested experience and has the input of children, young people and their families.
- Collaborating in partnerships which jointly develop a step change in child mental health and wellbeing.

The role falls within the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research (ChAPTRe) unit, a partnership between the Anna Freud Centre and University College London.

BERRI
BERRI is an innovative digital tool set designed to identify the needs of individual children, in terms of their behaviour, emotional-wellbeing, mental health, development, risk to self/others, and ability to form relationships. BERRI can be used to gain a more holistic picture of children’s needs, to track how this changes over time and to target particular concerns and monitor the effectiveness of interventions to address them. The over-arching goal is to further develop the BERRI tools and complete the norm groups to which the BERRI program refers when generating reports, by gathering data from a wider sample of children known to local authorities, parent-reported data and comparison groups (such as children in a mainstream secondary school). This data will be analysed to develop a more robust BERRI tool with wider applications to support the psychological health and wellbeing of children and their families/carers.

Overview of the post
The post is a full time research position (for 16 months) which will focus on quantitative research about the BERRI. During the data collection phase, BERRI data will be collected from a minimum of one thousand children across a minimum of three local authorities. This will span children who are Looked After in foster care and residential care, as well as (where possible) children known to the authority as being in need, on the edge of care, or as care leavers. Additional BERRI data will be collected from parents concerned about the psychological wellbeing of their children.

It is intended that data is analysed and papers be submitted to academic journals for publication in relation to:
• The reliability, validity and factor structure of BERRI
• The influence of demographic variables such as age, sex and time in Care on BERRI scores
• The impact of life events on BERRI scores
• The differences in BERRI scores between children known to local authorities and those in the comparison group
• The differences in BERRI scores between children in different types of placements, or receiving different services
• Whether any features of BERRI predict placement breakdown
• The relationship between BERRI scores and placement cost
• Whether BERRI scores are improved after parents/carers use psychological consultations or undertake training about the psychological needs of children who have experienced trauma or poor early care
• The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on BERRI scores for children in residential care settings

The topics for analysis will be prioritised by the steering group, according to the data and time available.

Organisation
As the lead organisation, LifePsychol will manage this project, and will facilitate access to the BERRI software for participating local authorities and parents/carers to use to evaluate the needs of children. The two project field workers employed by LifePsychol will ensure that data is collected from sufficient samples of participants to fulfil the project requirements. The project lead, Dr Silver, will determine the questions for the research analysis, and ensure that suitable anonymous data is provided to Anna Freud Centre to complete such analysis. The postholder, with the support of academic colleagues in ChAPTRe, will provide the research evaluation that makes sense of the data collected, processing and analysing the data collected to explore how variables such as age, sex, placement type, placement cost, life events and care history impact upon a child’s needs. These findings will be written up for publication in professional journals, and presented at professional conferences.

Purpose
The over-arching goal of the research is to further develop the BERRI tools and complete the norm groups to which the BERRI program refers when generating reports, by gathering data from a wider sample of children known to local authorities, parent-reported data and comparison groups (such as children in a mainstream secondary school). This data will be analysed to develop a more robust BERRI tool with wider applications to support the psychological health and wellbeing of children and their families/carers. The wider aim of BERRI is to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their carers whilst making significant cost savings for the public purse.

Duties and responsibilities

• Support the collection and management of quantitative Berri data from the LAs using Microsoft Excel and SPSS;
• Data entry, cleaning, coding and maintenance of databases;
• Maintain study spreadsheets in order to provide the Research Manager with regular updates;
• Conduct small scale literature searches;
• Taking a lead role in writing papers for publication in relevant peer-reviewed journals;
• Liaise with field workers to track participants and arrange for data transfer;
• Use own initiative to deal with day to day problems which might affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines;
• Coordinate own work with that of others to avoid duplication of effort, working closely with colleagues to deliver research objectives;
• Maintain regular communication and contact with other members of the research team (including PhD student, academics, clinicians and field workers);
• Maintain the highest standard of professional conduct and record keeping in accordance with NIHR and UCL policies and procedures;
• Attend training events as appropriate in order to update knowledge and develop skills;
• Assist with any other duties of a similar natures that are delegated by senior staff members of the project.

Other

• To actively follow and promote the Centre’s policies, including Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding and Information Governance;
• To complete all Centre mandatory training, including Safeguarding and Information Governance training, within the required timescales;
• To maintain an awareness and observation of fire, health and safety regulations;
• The welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.

This is not an exhaustive list of tasks; the post-holder will be asked to undertake any other ad hoc tasks commensurate with the scope and purpose of this post.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post, and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post-holder.

The post-holder will be required to have a DBS disclosure which the Centre will apply for.

Note: We are envisaging this post being worked from home throughout the 16 month contract, but with some visits to the centre to allow in-person connection with the team, or the option of working on site, being available after the coronavirus restrictions are no longer required. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is within walking distance from Kings Cross/St Pancras station.

Advert will go live on AFNC website next week.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon Friday 18th December, 2020.

Notification of interview

Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Friday 8th January 2021.
Please note: due to volume of applications expected, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.

Interviews
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2021.
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After a short delay, the advert went live yesterday and is visible here:

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