#childsafety | Senior Practice Advisor | Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk / Working From Home

Temporary (37hrs)

£37,677 per annum plus London weighting

Closing date: 4 September 2020 at 5pm

Please quote Ref: C741 on application form


Are you:

  • A highly experienced professional, interested in improving the practice of policing across vulnerability, violence and public protection?
  • Ready to take on a new challenge whereby you will be leading peer reviews of police forces, with a team of experts and an evidence base of case reviews, academic research and evaluated police practice?
  • Both great working with and developing a team but also leading independent projects?

Please read the details below on the role and how to apply. Hours and days can be negotiated for the right candidate. Secondment could be considered for suitable candidates. We welcome applications from retiring or retired police officers and staff, candidates from organisations which have worked extensively with police and also, we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates and other communities that are under-represented in policing.


The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)

The VKPP is a government funded programme aimed at supporting police forces’ work to protect some of society’s most vulnerable individuals and communities. This includes supporting responses to child exploitation, serious violence and domestic abuse. Operating on behalf of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), the programme is responsible for generating a shared understanding of where the most significant gaps in practice and knowledge are nationally and identifying/promoting emerging promising practice.

The programme delivers a wide range of vulnerability and violent crime work, including mapping learning across statutory reviews (SCRs, DHRs, SARs), reforming the National Vulnerability Action Plan, leading the policing response to the changes in local children’s safeguarding arrangements and many other work streams.

Further details can be found at https://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Pages/Vulnerability.aspx


Main Activities of the role (not exhaustive):

  • Lead on the design and delivery of activity which will strengthen and improve the standards, quality and consistency of the evidence being collected by the VKPP as custodians of the National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP) and wider national practice mapping efforts. Collect, analyse and disseminate that practice in order to address any systemic gaps in Policing’s approach to vulnerability. This includes identification and progression of opportunities to build, utilise and converge national safeguarding practice (policing and partners) to build improved strategic understanding of vulnerability and to deliver effective policing tactics so that those people who are vulnerable and encounter harm and abuse are better protected by the police and the policing systems
  • Direct the delivery of bespoke impactive local activity to gather information and intelligence regarding local practice and initiatives which have been sighted by Constabularies relating to the questions posed in the NVAP. Carry out strategic activity to identify national good practice.
  • Lead the development of relevant frameworks, using a strengths-based approach, which are bespoke to each piece of work and could include, but are not limited to; thematic deep dives, literature reviews, operational debrief, appreciative enquiry, personal interviews and focus groups. Present findings in the most suitable format (written and oral) to relevant parties including at Cross Government Level.
  • Through presenting with authority and expertise, building trusting, effective relationships with the most senior leaders in Policing in order that the evidence gathering activity is carried out in an environment where the post holder can anticipate the maximum possible disclosure is made regarding the effectiveness of the practice being examined in order to maximise the learning
  • Influencing national and local stakeholders to enable progress towards improved practice which withstands the risks associated with varying models of practice and application across force boundaries. This includes leading the research of successful projects, advocating their crucial benefit and identification/ escalation of national policy issues. This will require the post-holder to dynamically operate between many different levels and types of stakeholder, including: civil servants, Chief Officers of Police, Chief Executives of Local Authorities, Responsible Officers of Clinical Commissioning Groups, professionals and practitioners in the statutory and non-statutory sectors, families and young people including victims and perpetrators.
  • Briefing officers up to Chief Constable level on the learning gained from the evidence gathering activity relating to the NVAP and to provide professional advice on the local and force level application of good practice.
  • Presenting key findings on a national stage by delivering inputs at police and multi-agency conferences and related events.
  • Drawing together the multi-agency safeguarding community – taking leadership through negotiating and influencing stakeholders, sharing guidance/good practice and developing or overseeing the development of resources.


Job advert (including person specification)

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Significant experience of leading interviews/engagement sessions with key stakeholders to effectively gather evidence from personal testimony and analysing literature, data sets and information from a wide variety of different sources
  • Significant, recent experience of Policing practice in the Public Protection context and clear knowledge of how reforming systems can lead to better protection of children and vulnerable people and the importance of ensuring the voice of the victim/ child/ vulnerable adult is at the heart of system reform
  • Demonstrate previous experience of directing fieldwork and logistical organisation, including debriefing processes
  • Experience evaluating evidence, interrogating performance and intelligence management processes and techniques to influence the development of wider strategic responses
  • Experience of preparing and delivering operational debrief activity, business cases and designing, producing and quality assuring a range of different products.
  • A thorough understanding of the legislation and statutory guidance relating to vulnerability relating to children, young people and adults (and the importance of these within a safeguarding or policing context.
  • Experience in the writing of terms of reference and the analysis, interpretation and inference development of complex information [not necessarily within policing]
  • Demonstrate effective report writing and presentation skills, with experience in delivering to all levels of an organisation including up to executive levels and being articulate and able to debate complex issues
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, with proven evidence of forming and maintaining effective internal and external relationships, and effecting and positively influencing change and others where required
  • Ability to travel throughout England and Wales as required


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • A working knowledge of Evidence Based Policing principles
  • Experience of or understanding of proactive police tactics
  • A working knowledge of project management techniques including costs, benefits and risk management
  • Previous experience of delivering learning to a wide range of stakeholders, including those in prominent positions and at a national level.
  • A strong knowledge of practice and policy relating to CSA/CSE/CCE, modern slavery, domestic abuse, sexual violence, multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for children and adults, multi agency public protection arrangements in relation to dangerous and sexual offenders, community safety partnerships and violence reduction units and any similar vulnerability or experience of working within a public protection related area
  • Working knowledge of the responsibilities of the National Police Chief’s Council portfolio holders.


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a fixed term contract.

Interviews will be held between 9th and 11th September 2020.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 


Applications from our at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].

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