Development Officer - Harm Assessment Unit

Police Staff
Force Investigations
Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

08/12/2022, 12:00

Development Officer - Harm Assessment Unit

Saltisford, Warwick

Permanent Contract

Full Time


Salary £28,530 to £33,348


The closing date for this post is 12 noon on 6th December 2022

Those currently eligible on the redeployment register will be given prior consideration.

The main purpose of the role is to be a central point of contact for the continual assessment of high-risk critical information, research, evaluate, instigate and record initial action in relation to the receipt of notifications/referrals from internal staff and/or external statutory agencies in relation to the protection of vulnerable people.


To make decisions (where appropriate with other agencies) in respect of safeguarding activities that are required to be undertaken, ensuring the organisations Statutory Safeguarding responsibilities are met.  To allocate cases to other appropriate units/teams for further action or retain ownership in order to progress further lines of enquiry, ensuring all parties are fully updated and aware of current proceedings.


Main Responsibilities:

Research, evaluate and risk-assess notifications/referrals received from internal staff and/or external statutory agencies in relation to child abuse, domestic abuse, mental health and the abuse of vulnerable adults and decide on onward dissemination to partner agencies and / or further police involvement. 

Identify actions required to manage assessed risks, making informed professional decisions regarding further investigations, referral to other statutory agencies for interventions, and/or allocation to police units/teams, maintaining an auditable decision-making process.

Respond to agency requests for multi-agency Strategy Meetings and Case Conferences related to the protection of vulnerable people.  Researching, evaluating and disseminating information to relevant parties and appropriate agencies and in line with local protocols engaging in Strategy Discussions and other appropriate meetings to ensure the Statutory Safeguarding responsibilities of the police are met. This includes deciding, jointly with partners, the level of risk presented and if further police involvement in safeguarding activity is required.





5 A-C Grade GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English

Knowledge of statutory guidance, approved professional practice and local safeguarding procedures, related to the varying areas within protection of vulnerable people in particular child protection, domestic abuse and safeguarding vulnerable adults

Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the assessment and management of risk in relation to the protection of vulnerable people, in particular the multi-agency approach to child protection, domestic abuse and safeguarding of vulnerable adults

Demonstrable knowledge of statutory guidance, approved professional practice and local procedures, in relation to the Management of Police Information



Proven experience of handling information of a confidential, sensitive and personal nature

Proven experience of researching, analysing and assessing information in order to identify and manage risk

Experience in successful working relationships both internally and with external statutory and voluntary agencies

Demonstrable knowledge of the criminal law


Key Skills:

Research, Analysis and Investigative skills

Ability to confidently and effectively work in partnership with other statutory and voluntary agencies

High level of communication skills both written and verbal including influencing and negotiating with other agencies when appropriate within information sharing discussions and strategy meetings

Competent in the use of IT including Windows, Microsoft packages including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat or equivalent

Ability to enter and gather information from a range of sources using an appropriate computer system and retrieve and present information in a suitable format


Special Conditions


The duties of this post involve the processing of referrals related to child abuse and/or indecent images of children, as well as information of a distressing nature related to the protection of vulnerable people.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


You will be required as part of Warwickshire Police recruitment process to successfully complete vetting and credit checks.


We support the “Happy to talk flexible working” campaign, which aims to encourage uptake of flexible working for individuals, the flexible working options that may be considered for this role include; Part Time.



Why work for Warwickshire Police?

Warwickshire Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Warwickshire Police is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Warwickshire Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Warwickshire Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained.  You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.