What Works for Children’s Social Care is a social purpose startup, dedicated to providing the best possible research to help children and families, social workers, and the social work system to thrive.

Just as our research utilises a wide range of methodologies, and covers a range of outcomes for children at all stages of their life and with a huge variety of levels of need, we need a diverse and talented team to help us achieve our mission.

So, whether you are a researcher or a social worker (or both), a programme manager or a product developer, an educator or an administrator, or something else entirely – or if you want to be – please consider the roles advertised below, or check back again soon.

All that we ask is that you are passionate about helping young people and their families, and believe in the impact that research can have. We know that great colleagues can come from anywhere – so whoever you are, we want to hear from you!

Current Vacancies

Members for our Young Person’s Advisory Group

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) are looking for up to seven young people who are aged between 18 and 25 to join our Young Person’s Advisory Group. The advisory group meets four times a year to discuss and advise on research projects which WWCSC are planning or are undertaking.  Meetings are either virtual or face to face in our London office. 

We welcome applications from all young people who have had experience of social services. You do not need to have experience of research, just a willingness to share in discussions, give feedback and share information with other groups occasionally. We know that your voice is key to us being able to get it right, we want to understand the things which are important to you and how best to make positive changes within social care. 

Find out more

If you are interested in applying for this exciting role then please complete the application form and email to:

Deadline: 31st July at 5pm

Researcher – Quantitative

What Works for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Researcher to work in our research team. This role will work particularly on the team’s growing portfolio of projects, including randomised controlled trials in children’s social care. This research aims to help us to understand how best to support social workers and young people in contact with the care system, from the point of contact and referral, all the way through to foster care and adoption.

For more information and how to apply.

Deadline: 12pm 31st July 2020

Self Evaluation Project Manager

Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) is our programme to develop early stage research that can inform our larger programmes, while helping partners to evaluate their own projects and programmes and helping to create an evidence-minded profession.

As the PINE lead you will manage and be the main contact for the PINE programme within the Practice team.  The successful applicant will be adaptable, resilient and have great interpersonal skills.  You’ll also be a skilled manager with the ability to see potential in projects, have the drive to innovate and develop our work, with impressive organisational skills to get the job done.

For more information and to apply.

Deadline: 5pm 7th August 2020

Assistant Programmes Manager

What Works for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit an Assistant Programmes Manager to work as part of a small but growing team, to support the delivery of existing programmes and the competitive funding of new research. 

More information and how to apply

Deadline: 5pm 19th August