Ineqe Group provides clients with a wide range of services, including consultancy, conferencing, training and technical solutions. We are a dynamic company providing a close-knit and lively working environment, where all the staff work in a supportive and creative environment.

Due to significant growth in our business, we are now seeking to recruit a Research Assistant on a 4-month fixed term contract to provide support and additional capacity to our Research Team. There may be the opportunity for a permanent role offer at the end of the 4 months.

This is a unique opportunity to research and create bespoke content on contemporary Safeguarding topics. Your role will be to identify new trends and themes in Safeguarding, conduct in depth research and quality assure content. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to enhance their research and writing skills in a dynamic and contemporary environment.

The INEQE Safeguarding Group is the largest company of its kind, specialising in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the context of their access to technology and use of social media. As a Research Assistant, you will have the opportunity to research and create contextual safeguarding content which will have an impact and support the work we do; to help make people safer.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Identify, research and conduct comparative analysis of new themes and trends in safeguarding

  • Monitoring trends through daily alerts

  • Present findings in appropriate formats and reports

  • Maintain existing content in line with new legislative developments and updates (includes tailoring content to different regions across the UK and Ireland)

  • Support the research team to source safeguarding information from local authorities and request FOI’s

  • Support the management of the company Social Media accounts, including posting on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

  • Research and write short blogs and briefings on safeguarding related topics and social media platforms and apps

  • Work collaboratively across teams to develop our content and create bespoke safeguarding content for our diverse customer base

  • Ensure compliance with established standards of quality assurance

  • Developing and maintaining a contemporary insight into current and emerging safeguarding trends and an up to date understanding of relevant statutory guidance and sector specific good practice

  • Providing general administration support


  • 2:1 or above in a degree with a research / sociology / criminology / journalism / social care / legal / humanities related element

  • Excellent research, data collection and analytical skills

  • Knowledge and experience of a range of social research methods including both qualitative and quantitative techniques

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Be able to adapt style of research

  • High attention to detail and have a thorough approach

  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to multi-task

  • A high level of integrity with the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential matters

  • The ability to assess risk, analyse and report upon inspection and audit findings

  • The ability to conduct open-source research focused on identifying emerging issues and trends

  • A good level of computer literacy

  • Be able to work under pressure

  • A self-motivated team player but happy to work on your own initiative

Desirable Criteria

  • Practical experience of working with children and young people at risk

  • Have a good understanding of contemporary technology and social media and its use by children and young people

  • An interest in developing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of safeguarding in the context of the digital world

In return, we will offer you:

Regular salary reviews are conducted and staff who meet our productivity targets are rewarded.

The successful candidate can expect to be supplied with top-of-the range equipment.

Our permanent full-time staff benefit from 28 days annual leave, which increases with service The successful candidate will receive a pro-rata number for their fixed-term contract).

As a company we strive to develop our staff and a training budget is available to ensure that staff can undertake relevant training.

The Directors have been keen to develop a family environment within the business and this ethos underpins our team spirit.

The following benefits enjoyed by our permanent team members include:

  • Company pension scheme

  • Subsidised gym membership

  • Private health insurance (partners and children can join)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • A flexible approach to the working day

  • Travel insurance (for staff required to travel for work)

  • Discretionary productivity bonus scheme (paid twice yearly)

  • Supplied with a range of equipment relevant to your role

  • Life insurance for key staff

  • Paid volunteering leave to work with a relevant charity

  • Endless supply of tea, coffee and soft drinks

  • On-site parking

How to Apply

To apply, applicants MUST complete ALL of the following steps:

  1. Send your current CV together with a covering letter explaining why you want to work at INEQE Safeguarding Group to [email protected]
  2. All candidates MUST submit a copy of our Equal Opportunities monitoring Form, which can be found at the bottom of this page. Name the file with your first and last names only and send separately to: [email protected]

Equal Opportunities

INEQE Safeguarding Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

Safeguarding Commitment

INEQE Safeguarding Group are committed to ensuring that all children and young people are protected from harm and exploitation and are able to thieve and grow. This is especially so for children and young people who come into contact with our business.

Our culture is built upon a Safeguarding First approach in everything we do. As such, the company has a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse.

Our commitment extends to all staff, whether full or part-time and all associates, with whom the company engage from time to time.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore all staff are required to adhere to this commitment and to strictly comply with our safeguarding and other relevant policies.

Any breach of this commitment will be treated as gross misconduct under our Code of Conduct.

Employees will be expected to:

  • Read and be familiar with our policies and procedures
  • Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Know who you should make reports to if you have concerns about a child or young person.

To enable you fulfil these commitments, the Company will provide relevant training. This will include but is not limited to Level 1 Safeguarding.

Access NI

Whilst a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to being appointed, as the successful candidate will be part of our ‘Safer Schools’ programme, you will be required to undergo and pass enhanced vetting through AccessNI.

The AccessNI Code of Practice can be found at:

INEQE Safeguarding Group have a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. A copy of our Equality and Diversity Policy, which deals with ex-offenders can be made available on request.


  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Current Working Arrangements

In order to comply with government directions during the pandemic, our staff are primarily working from home, with an increasing presence in the office. Once restrictions are lifted, we will all return to office working.

The company are about to participate in the NI Smart: Asymptomatic Testing Programme with twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing made available for staff working in the office.

Reference ID: Research Assistant 0621

Job Type: Fixed term for 4 months, which may be extended by mutual agreement.

Salary: £19,000 per year PRO RATA

COVID-19 precaution(s)

  • Remote interview process with possible face-to-face element

  • Personal protective equipment provided or required

  • Plastic screens at workstations

  • Temperature screenings

  • Social distancing guidelines in place

  • Virtual meetings

  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place