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Careers at the CCRC

Any latest vacancies and how you can apply will appear on this page. We are committed to being a diverse organisation. We welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Groups.

Investigations Researcher

Starting Salary: £29,291 pa (Scale £29,291 – £33,195) FTE pro-rata

Part-time 10-15 hours per week

Fixed Term for 18 months

Location: Attendance at our central Birmingham office with opportunities for some home working and occasional travelling. 

Sometimes things go wrong. At the CCRC, we help to put them right. 

From time to time, a criminal case ends with a wrongful conviction or sentence – there may have been errors at trial, or fresh evidence may have emerged.

  • Can you research Police IT systems such as PND, PNC and HOLMES?
  • Can you research open-source material available on the internet?
  • Do you have an enquiring mind and determination to uncover the truth?

If the answers are yes, then this could be the start of an incredibly rewarding career – the work you do with us can transform lives and ensure justice is finally done.

We are looking for a researcher to support our team of Case Review Managers who manage mixed caseloads covering the broad spectrum of criminal investigations, ranging from traffic offences to murder. Your work will be varied, interesting and sometimes challenging but always rewarding. You will need to be inquisitive, initiative-taking, analytical and articulate.  You must be able to prioritise, planning your work to ensure you produce timely, dependable, and informed reports.

You will be part of a small investigations team that assists Commissioners and Case Review Managers with research relating to the investigation of criminal convictions and sentences prosecuted in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

So, if you enjoy variety, helping colleagues and have an interest in miscarriages of justice, we would be delighted to hear from you!

About the role  

This interesting and rewarding position requires you to support and advise our Commissioners and Case Review Managers on technical and sometimes sensitive investigative issues arising in casework. Under the supervision of the Head of Investigations, you will assist specifically in conducting research on police national IT databases, principally PND and PNC. If you have experience of using the police HOLMES system that would be beneficial, but it is not essential. You will also assist in conducting online open-source research to identify information of relevance to casework reviews. On occasions, you may be called upon to assist colleagues in searching paper records held remotely at locations throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

You will report your findings to colleagues in a clear, factual, and accurate manner, and when necessary, provide advice on further lines of enquiry. You will need to ensure that your knowledge of criminal investigations and IT systems is kept updated.

About you 

We are looking for an experienced researcher to join us on a fixed term basis of 18 months.  You will have experience of dealing with criminal investigations and providing support to law enforcement agencies. Your strong research and analytical skills, including experience of analysing criminal intelligence, information, and data, will enable you to quickly identify critical information and assist you in establishing where there are important knowledge gaps or anomalies.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are also important as your role will involve communicating effectively with colleagues in the CCRC and members of the public, public bodies, and criminal justice agencies.

About the Criminal Cases Review Commission 

We are the independent public body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice. It is down to us to tackle complex issues across a broad range of criminal cases. We have dealt with some of the most serious miscarriages of justice of the last 50 years. This is your opportunity to play a part in this essential, often life-changing work.  

At the CCRC, we work in the interests of justice, and we are wholly independent. We do not represent the police, prosecution, court, or government. We do not represent the person applying for a review of their case. Staying independent helps us investigate alleged miscarriages of justice objectively and impartially. 

We have unique statutory powers that allow us to obtain any material in the possession or control of a public body, including sensitive material like medical or intelligence records. Not only that, but we are empowered to form a complete picture of a case from start to finish, and we are the only people who can send a case back to court for a second or subsequent appeal. 

Benefits  

We offer a wide range of benefits, including remote and flexible working options . You can also look forward to: 

  • A Civil Service pension – this will see us making a significant contribution to your pension fund
  • 29 days’ annual leave allowance (pro rata), in addition to eight statutory bank and public holidays 
  • Reimbursement for any travel, subsistence, and overnight expenses  
  • Flexitime 
  • Trained Mental Health First Aiders 
  • Three paid days for volunteering activities each year 
  • Occupational Health Services and an Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Free eye tests and a contribution towards lenses or spectacles for VDU users 

To find out more and apply, please visit our recruitment site

Diversity & Inclusion  

We are committed to being an inclusive organisation and support diversity in the Criminal Justice System. We welcome people who will bring diversity of thought and provide constructive challenge. We encourage applications from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority candidates and from individuals from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The CCRC is a Disability Confident Committed employer. 

Closing date: 11:55pm on Sunday 5th June 2022

We are the official independent body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice. Tackling complex matters, across a broad range of criminal cases, we have dealt with some of the most serious miscarriages of justice of the last 50 years.

Although rare, sometimes something goes so wrong in a criminal case that it leads to a miscarriage of justice.

There might not have been a crime at all, the wrong person may have been convicted, the process might have failed, or important new information might become available, meaning that the conviction is unsafe, or the sentence is wrong.

The CCRC is a Disability Confident employer

We are committed to being an inclusive organisation and support diversity in the Criminal Justice System. We welcome people who will bring diversity of thought and provide constructive challenge.  We encourage applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates and from individuals from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Benefits of working at the CCRC

Our working culture encourages inclusion and diversity
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • 29 working days annual leave allowance, in addition to 8 statutory bank and public holidays.
  • Generous paid maternity, paternity and shared parental leave (SPL) which is in excess of the statutory minimum.
  • The Civil Service Pensions Scheme – A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire. Visit Civil Service Pensions for more information.
  • 3 paid volunteering days per year
  • Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket and the purchase of a bicycle.
  • Occupational Health Services and an Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate.
  • We have Flexible working patterns including access to a Flexible Working Scheme, allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours per week.

Our location

We are located in central Birmingham.

If you are selected for appointment, we will carry out enquiries into your previous employment, your availability to work in the UK and your health.  It is a requirement that the post holder achieves the necessary security clearance level.

Existing Civil Servants sign a new employment contract and do not have continuous service on joining us, however, pensionable service with the Civil Service Pension Scheme would continue.