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CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse)
£26,999 - £28,785 per year
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£32,029 - £33,779 per year
Permanent, Contract, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Main purpose of job:To lead CARA’s Adult Practice and manage the day-to-day provision of specialist sexual violence counselling and group support for our adult clients.  The post holder will also provide weekly counselling for adults of all genders, holding a caseload of clients.

Start date:As soon as possible (subject to Enhanced DBS Check and satisfactory references).

Salary:£32,029 - £33,779 (NJC scale 29 - 31), per annum pro-rata, with pay rise expected.

Hours:28-35 hours per week (exact hours to be agreed).

Place of work: To work flexibly at CARA premises across mid and north Essex, including Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester and Dunmow. At present, due to COVID 19, CARA staff are predominantly working from home.

To apply: Please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from our website, explaining how your skills and experience relate to the person specification.

Applications must specifically address each essential and desirable criterion, giving evidence from previous experience or qualifications. 

Application deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 19th August 2020

Interviews:  Tuesday 8th September

Start date: As soon as possible, subject to receipt of satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check.

Mandatory Training Dates: To be confirmed.  

This post is restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.

About CARA

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs. 

CARA is a registered charity working with adults of all genders, young people and children from across mid and north Essex.  We have a head office in Colchester and outreach premises in Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Dunmow and Harwich.

During the COVID-19 crisis, CARA has continued to provide a range of remote services.  From early June, we have gradually started to offer limited face-to-face support.

About Synergy Essex

CARA is part of Synergy Essex – the Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership. We work closely with South Essex-based SERICC and Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis) to deliver the contract for the Office for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex for services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across Essex.

Job Description

The role of CARA’s Adult Practice Manager is to lead CARA’s team of Adult Practitioners and manage the day-to-day provision of specialist sexual violence counselling and group support for our adult clients. The post holder will also provide weekly counselling for adults of all genders, holding a caseload of clients.

This is a new and exciting role, giving the post holder significant opportunity to develop CARA’s adult practice and lead a talented and committed team of counsellors. As well as overseeing day-to-day operations of the team, the post holder will be part of CARA’s management team and will have the opportunity to play a key role in CARA’s wider development, working closely with the Director and Manager. The post holder will also work closely with our sister centres, SERICC and SOS Rape Crisis to develop the coordination of counselling and group services across Essex.

Main Responsibilities

Management and leadership

  • To manage the day-to-day operations of CARA’s Adult Practice, including overseeing the delivery of our specialist counselling service and our social group. This may also include managing any new adult practice projects that CARA develops.
  • To work in accordance with CARA’s policies and procedures and embed a feminist approach in CARA activities.
  • To review, develop and coordinate effective processes within the Adult Practice, pro-actively solving problems. The post holder will work closely with the Manager, the Allocations Co-ordinator and the counselling team.
  • To line-manage a team of Adult Practitioners and our Allocations Co-ordinator, providing day-to-day support, monitoring performance and identifying training and development needs. This will include keeping up to date notes of line management meetings and conducting and recording annual staff appraisals.
  • To oversee the work of a wider team of sessional and volunteer counsellors, including supporting Adult Practitioners in line managing this team and identifying training needs.
  • To support Adult Practitioners and sessional counsellors in maintaining up-to-date client records and ensure that gaps in data are addressed, as required.
  • To work with CARA’s manager to recruit and train new staff and sessional and volunteer counsellors, as required.
  • To lead regular Adult Practice meetings, producing notes to share with team members and with senior management.
  • To help co-ordinate a monthly sessional and volunteer counsellor meeting.
  • To maintain an overview of Adult Practice waiting lists, working closely with the Allocations Co-ordinator, Manager and Director to ensure that staff and resources are deployed effectively.
  • To keep up to date with relevant legislation, policy and practice issues, including BACP guidance and ensure the Adult Practice is aware of changes.
  • To liaise with CARA’s other teams and more widely with Synergy Essex teams, resolving problems and ensuring good communication and mutual understanding of respective roles and ways of operating.
  • To liaise with external agencies, including mental health and social care, ensuring CARA is represented at meetings as required and developing effective relationships to ensure our services co-ordinate with statutory and voluntary services.
  • To be part of the CARA management team and attend regular management team meetings, contributing to CARA’s ongoing development.

Counselling and client support

  • To oversee client work within the adult practice, working closely with team members to resolve client issues and ensure consistent, high quality service provision.
  • To undertake client assessments and make appropriate arrangements for client support.
  • To provide weekly counselling for adults of all genders, holding a caseload of clients.
  • To keep client records up to date.
  • To work flexibly at CARA centres across mid and north Essex, providing face-to-face and remote sessions, as required.


  • To work flexible hours, including some evening work and occasional weekends.
  • To participate in CARA team meetings, supervision, training and development. 
  • To provide specialist advice to other workers and agencies, including participation in delivery of training sessions.
  • To raise awareness of sexual violence and its impact in the community and within other agencies.
  • To keep appropriate records in accordance with CARA policies and procedures.
  • To adhere in full to all CARA’s organisational policies and procedures, including safeguarding procedures.
  • To be administratively self-servicing.
  • To report to the Manager, Director and Trustees as required, including the production of regular written reports and verbal reports.
  • To undertake any other related activities as required by the Manager, Director or the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Additional documents
Adult Practice Manager JD and Person Specification (.docx)
Adult Practice Manager Application Form (.doc)
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CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse)

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Posted on: 21 July 2020
Closing date: 19 August 2020
Tags: Management,Support Worker

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