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Senior 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.

Community Engagement Project

The Senior Research and Engagement Officer will join the highly regarded Community Engagement Project run by Black Country Women's Aid.

The project conducts innovative work to identify and support women who are sexually exploited in the West Midlands.

We are a small, passionate team working on the front line.

Although we are an independent charity, we work closely with law enforcement and partner agencies.

We work on the ground in communities, and we combine this with OSINT and traditional research methods to identify victims of organised crime.

Job Role

Job Title: Senior Research and Engagement Officer
Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours), based across the Black Country
Salary: £28,000 - £35,000
Closing date: Monday 16th October
Interview date: Interviews will be held the week commencing 30th October
Interviews will be held in person

Is this you?

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

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of sex work, sexual exploitation and modern slavery.

Experience of working with vulnerable people with complex needs is desirable.

The Role:

This is a unique, exciting and rewarding role, allowing the successful candidate to make a significant contribution to tackling exploitation.

The role provides the opportunity to combine desk-based research on sexual exploitation with face-to-face work with victims and survivors.

You will be involved in a variety of activities, including (but not limited to):

, Visits to sex work locations throughout the West Midlands and, occasionally, elsewhere in the UK
, Support for victims
, Joint working with police and partner agencies
, OSINT collection and analysis
, Qualitative data collection and analysis
, Delivering training to law enforcement on sexual exploitation
, Involvement in BCWA's Romania Project, aimed at tackling the trafficking of women from Romania to the UK

Please note, for this role, enhanced vetting procedures will be required.

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

Click apply to be emailed information about 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 candidates' 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


All positions are subject to DBS checks at the relevant level.


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 an 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: £28000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
  • Location: Sandwell, England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Other
  • Recruiter: 2MES
  • Contact: 2M Employment Solutions
  • Tel: 02392 387722
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  • Posted: 2023-09-21 17:54:56 -

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