Chris Hunter Network Autism Team
January 25, 2019 - 2:10pm
The National Autistic Society has a vacancy for a Criminal Justice Research Consultant
Autistic people, with and without a diagnosis, can find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system. Their experiences there, and routes in and out, are likely to be especially challenging. The National Autistic Society has received two years’ funding for a number of criminal justice projects, including:
- Evaluation of training and support measures for prison and probation staff working with autistic people convicted of sex offences.
- Research into the routes in, experiences and needs of autistic youth offenders.
This is an opportunity to conduct ground-breaking autism research of national significance. Thanks to the National Autistic Society’s reach and influence it is also an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable autistic people and their families.
The work you will be contracted to carry out
- Designing fieldwork methods and materials.
- Obtaining ethical approval.
- Recruitment of participants.
- Collecting data through questionnaires and from administrative sources.
- Conducting fieldwork with offenders, prison and probation staff, and family members, including in criminal justice settings.
- Analysis and dissemination of findings.
- Working closely with an advisory group.
Key working relationships - Ian Dale, Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation; Clare Hughes, NAS Criminal Justice lead; a senior academic consultant (to be confirmed); policy and campaign colleagues at the NAS; key contacts in the prison and probation services.
Skills and experience required
- Understanding of autism through study, training or a personal connection; and preferably experience of conducting research with autistic people.
- Either a Masters level qualification with a strong research element, or equivalent experience as a professional researcher.
- Experience of conducting face to face fieldwork, ideally including experience in criminal justice settings.
- Good planning skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to sift and summarise evidence.
- Skill in presenting research findings.
Start date - March or April 2019.
Hours - contracted hours will initially be 25 hours per week. This will be reviewed on a three-monthly basis. Some flexibility will be expected to allow for peaks and troughs of work. A contract based on a job share would be possible.
Location - National Autistic Society offices in Central London, Nottingham and Bristol. Many National Autistic Society staff and consultants work from home.
Fieldwork will take place mainly in the North West of England, but also in South Wales and in London.
Remuneration - £15 per hour, to be invoiced monthly in arrears. Reasonable expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed.
Selection process - applicants should email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 15th February 2019:
- a Word document (up to one side of A4) explaining their suitability for the post
- a CV
- names and contact details of two people able to provide a reference
Following a paper sift, we will discuss with each shortlisted candidate how best to assess their suitability for the role, and what adjustments to make.
A full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.