Vacancy – Independent Domestic Violence Advisor

Job Type: Full-time (37 hours) – Fixed Term Contract (up to 12 months)

Reports to:Senior IDVA of the Sunflower Centre

Salary Scale:  6 – (£26,865-£28,725)

Closing Date: 22nd January 2021

Interviews: 9th February 2021

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide a pro-active service and advice to victims of domestic abuse to keep them and their children safe
  • Risk assess and deliver service in keeping with the results
  • Explain housing, civil and criminal legal options to clients
  • Complete safety planning with clients
  • Develop individual service plans to meet the individual risks a client faces
  • Refer High Risk clients on to Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences
  • Participate proactively within the MARAC process ensuring a clients views are considered, volunteering for actions and ensuring feedback when actions completed
  • Ensure that clients get the services to which they are entitled
  • Understand the legal framework relating to the protection of children including the policy and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
  • Support clients through the Criminal Justice System, explaining the procedures and their role and rights within that system
  • Participate proactively in the Specialist Domestic Violence Court
  • Help clients develop their own support network
  • Refer on and arrange meetings with other agencies/services as necessary, for instance, solicitors, benefit agency, etc.
  • Manage a caseload
  • Maintain and update records of all cases within files and on NICHE
  • Follow procedures and protocols with other services so that the safety of the clients is kept central to any process
  • Keep other relevant agencies informed about important changes in a client’s situation
  • Refer regular difficulties that clients are experiencing to the Senior IDVA and contribute to efforts to improve procedures and services
  • Note and feed back to other agencies any consistent difficulties clients are having accessing their service

Person specification

  • Pro-active
  • Empathetic
  • Strong crisis management skills
  • Good communication skills: written and verbal
  • Computer literate: word-processing, emailing, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to work in partnership and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of impact of domestic abuse on victims and children
  • Understanding of child protection issues and legal responsibilities
  • Willing to undertake regular training
  • Ability to prioritise a large and varying workload
  • Ability to use own initiative

Note:

The job description reflects the major tasks to be carried out by the post holder and identifies a level of responsibility at which the post holder will be required to work.  In the interests of effective working major tasks may be reviewed from time to time to reflect changing needs and circumstances.  Such reviews and other consequential changes will be carried out in consultation with the post holder.  The post holder will be also required to carry out such other duties as may be determined from time to time to be within the general scope of the post.

Conditions of Service

The appointment will be full time and subject to the conditions of service of Voice for Victims and Witnesses Ltd.

The annual leave entitlement is 23 days with an additional 5 days after 5 years continuous service.

Whilst the core base of work is clearly stated in this job description there may be occasions when flexibility is required to cover staff (leave or illness), or high case loads, at another base in Northamptonshire.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Good knowledge of the statutory and voluntary services at a local and national level relating to domestic incidents.
  • High level of understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families (SS)
  • A clear and current understanding of legislation relating to domestic abuse including child protection, safeguarding duties and criminal law
  • Proven record of dealing with victims. (SS)
  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to relate to a broad spectrum of individuals and groups.
  • The ability to cope with a high and demanding workload. (SS)
  • The ability to meet deadlines and prioritise workloads with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to deal with a demanding working environment and issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Sound understanding of the causes and implications of domestic incidents. (SS)
  • Sound administration and organisational skills. (SS)
  • Self-reliance and motivation.
  • Empathy
  • Possession of a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a level of awareness of equality issues appropriate to this role.

Desireable Criteria

  • Computer literate.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Commitment and understanding of the Sunflower Centre aims and purpose
  • Safe Lives (CAADA) Trained or undertaking training.
  • Willingness to self develop as required in the role

Please attach a supporting statement of no more than 2000 words providing evidence of your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities. The criteria that you will need to demonstrate in your statement are marked above with (SS). You will be required to provide full, clear and specific examples to demonstrate how you meet the criteria. Please number your responses to make it clear which criteria you are evidencing in accordance with the job specification.

Please note that it is the examples you provide in the supporting statement that will determine your suitability for invitation to interview and will contribute to our overall assessment of your suitability for the role.

Closing Date: 22nd January 2021

Interviews: 9th February 2021

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  • Ideally you should have no criminal record, however, some minor offences may not exclude you from applying for this position.
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