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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Researcher - Catch 22 Dawes Unit

See here for details:

£20,796 - £25,689 + £2,241.15 London Weighting
London EC1

Funded by The Dawes Trust, our recently formed Dawes Unit drives forward an understanding of how we can effectively tackle problems caused by gangs. Working with individuals, families, schools and communities, it brings together research, policy and practice to help reduce the harm caused by gangs and gang-related crime. Your input will help us ensure this innovative programme is a success.

As a Researcher you will:

• Play a key role in evaluating the programme and raising the profile of the Dawes Unit
• Support the development of research proposals, undertake desk-based research, carry out literature reviews and write reports
• Analyse qualitative and quantitative data and develop research tools such as interview guides and questionnaires
• Promote our work by producing a newsletter, managing our Twitter account and writing blogs
• Provide vital administrative and communications support

As a Researcher you will need:

• A degree in a relevant or associated field i.e. social sciences, social policy/criminal justice policy and excellent report writing skills
• High level research experience that includes managing and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
• Good knowledge of the criminal justice system
• Excellent communication and team working skills and the ability to work autonomously
• A well-organised, proactive and positive approach, lots of initiative and a proven ability to provide administrative and project support
• A flair for solving the range of problems that arise during different types of research
• A willingness to travel in order to ‘get the job done’

If you’ve got the skills we’re looking for, this is a great opportunity to make a difference to young people at a crucial time in their lives.

A forward-looking social business, Catch22 has over two hundred years’ experience of providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around. Our programmes help those we work with to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in school or college and develop skills for work, live independently on leaving care or custody, gain new skills and confidence as parents, and play a full part in their community.

Closing date: 28th June 2013. Interviews: w/c 15th July 2013.

For further details about this post and other vacancies visit

No agencies please.

If you’re successful you may be required to consent to relevant checks by the Criminal Records Bureau and the young people you’ll be working with may have a say in your appointment. Equal and diverse, we see the potential in everyone.


As a charity we are keen to reduce our costs and so encourage all applicants to apply online. However, if you are unable to for any reason, please email the contact person on the advert for further assistance.

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