Research and Engagement Officer

Black Country Women's Aid

Let us introduce ourselves…

Black Country Women's Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions.

All services are client and needs led.

The Centre for Analysis of Exploitation

The Centre for Analysis of Exploitation has been set up to undertake research, evaluate current practice and develop real-time strategies to identify and gather intelligence on the exploitation of women happening within the West Midlands.

This is a specialist project within Black Country Women's Aid.

Its operational team are integral to the regional strategic and operational partnership across the West Midlands.

This work is highly responsive and reactive to changing circumstances as they present.

This work is innovative and targeted at reducing risk to women but also increasing awareness and understanding to our partners to influence their strategies to combat modern slavery in the West Midlands.

This position is located within the Centre for Analysis of Exploitation.

Job Role

Job Title: Research and Engagement Officer
Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours), based across the Black Country
Salary: £26,820.59-£28,429

Closing date: 25th November 2022

All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams

Is this you?

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with experience of research and analysis.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of sex work, sexual exploitation and experience of working with vulnerable people with complex needs.

There will be opportunities for progression for the right candidate.

The Role:

The Research and Engagement Officer will research, analyse and manage the collection of intelligence on sex work, modern slavery and all types of female exploitation in the West Midlands.

The Research and Engagement Officer will assist in training and developing the team, wider BCWA employees and where appropriate partners.

They will assist in local strategic partnerships developing strategies and operational responses based upon evidence and sensitive data capture.

They will work with statutory partners as necessary eg joint visits, warrants overseeing the support to potential victims of exploitation and link victims to pathways for help and support such as the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

They will liaise with local, regional, national partners and UK law enforcement.
Please note, for this role, enhanced police checks will be required.

If you are self-driven, conscientious, hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you.

To be considered for this position, click 'apply' and you will be emailed a link to an application form, job description, and equal ops form, plus details on how to complete your application.

CVs will not be accepted.

Important information for all positions

Black Country Women's Aid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975.

It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service for details of any previous criminal convictions.
Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

The post holder must be female.

Employment checks

As a responsible employer we adhere to safer recruitment practice and all our employees are subject to the following recruitment checks:
Right to work in the UK
Under Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act, we, as a responsible employer need to ensure that we do not employ anyone illegally.

To avoid discrimination we treat all job applicants equally.

We, therefore, ask all candidates selected for interview to bring original documentation to show their Right to Work in the UK.

A copy of these will be taken.

Once the successful candidate has been appointed the unsuccessful candidate's documents will be destroyed confidentially.

You may be refused an interview if you do not bring the correct documents with you.


Following your interview, two employment references will be sought.

One of these should be your current or most recent employer.

If you have finished full time education and you have no employer reference, we will accept a reference from:

, a professional from your centre of study, for instance a teacher, lecturer or headteacher
, GP or health visitor
, a character reference from a person who knows you
, a civil servant from a government agency
, a bank manager


BCWA has adapted services during COVID to support victims of violence and abuse that meet all the latest Government guidance.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all our sites and distributed to all staff as appropriate.
Full details of the BCWA Risk Assessment can be found on our website.

Please read this as it provides the framework that we are delivering services against.
You will receive appropriate training to undertake the duties of the job on and on and offsite basis and all situations are risk assessed.
Management supervision, support and oversight is embedded in our practice to ensure all parties are kept safe.

  • Start: ASAP
  • Rate: £26820.00 - £28429.00 per annum
  • Location: West Bromwich, England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Other
  • Recruiter: 2MES
  • Contact: 2M Employment Solutions
  • Tel: 02392 387722
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  • Posted: 2022-10-28 17:06:58 -

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