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Role of the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee

1) Background

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has been established to help bring about significant and system-wide change in how child sexual abuse is responded to locally and nationally. Through research we hope to identify what works to prevent and tackle child sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation), and to inform both policy and practice. The Centre is funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo’s, and works closely with key partners from academic institutions, local authorities, health, education, police and the voluntary sector.

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse is looking to recruit a Chair for a soon-to-be-established Research Ethics Committee (REC).

The Centre currently has an interim Ethics Committee, chaired by a member of its Advisory Board, which has enabled the Centre to establish the processes, support and documentation for the new REC. Further information on our framework for research ethics can be found below.

A Chair is sought for a two-year term (renewable, subject to funding). They will have an important role to play in ensuring that ethical issues are identified, addressed and reviewed. The REC will provide scrutiny of the Centre’s proposed research and evaluation activities, which are usually commissioned from external providers or partner agencies.

2) Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Chair of Research Ethics Committee are to:

  • plan, prepare and chair the meetings of the REC held throughout the year.
  • ensure that there are suitable guidelines, procedures, codes and other material that will support colleagues at the Centre to submit ethical applications and receive decisions.
  • foster a culture in which everyone has a responsibility for ethics
  • when necessary, encourage engagement with appropriate experts to enable informed decisions
  • take decisions on final outcomes for applications
  • ensure that information about the REC’s work is shared appropriately with the Centre’s management, Advisory Board and others.

3) Person profile

The Chair of REC will be:

  • an established individual, with an interest in and experience of managing research ethics issues, particularly on issues relating to child sexual abuse
  • well-networked to assist in seeking expert advice where special issues arise
  • knowledgeable about the ethical challenges and debates around youth participation
  • knowledgeable about data protection
  • able to chair meetings effectively.
  • a good communicator who can enlist the support of the research community in embedding ethics awareness, compliance and continuous improvement in our processes.
  • pragmatic and fair-minded in their approach to addressing ethics issues, showing a balanced approach to risk and complexity
  • supportive internally and externally of the Centre’s leadership in its commitment to upholding a rigorous process of ethical review and relevant follow-up actions – and appropriately challenging as needed
  • able to demonstrate independence of the Centre

4) Further information

Fees and expenses will be paid up to £450 per day. REC meetings are likely to be held face-to-face to discuss each research application. This is likely to result in around 10 days’ of work throughout the year, subject to number of applications.

ToR Interim Ethics

Please submit a supporting statement and short CV  to by 22nd December 2017. Interviews will be held on 8th January 2018. For further discussion please call Rosaline Sullivan on 07525 289 002.