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Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
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£23,279 per year Pro Rata
To support women experiencing domestic abuse who are attending Umbrella Sexual Health Services.
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Leicester, Leicester
£19,621.00 - £22,821 dependent on qualifications and experience
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description

Salary: £19,621 - £22,821 dependent on qualifications and experience.

Hours: 37 hours per week

With occasional weekends and evenings as and when the organisation requires (flexi-scheme available)

Fixed term contract to cover maternity leave

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS Check and Police Vetting 

We are looking for a highly motivated Children's Independent Sexual Violence Adviser to provide emotional and practical support to people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse; alongside a Helpline Adviser to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence via the UAVA Public Helpline

Main purposes of the post

To provide pro-active services to children and young people (aged 0 – 18**) who have been victims of sexual abuse and/or rape within and outside the criminal justice system. Please note: this post is subject to successful Police and DBS checks 

a) Support the ISVA Team Leader and SV Service Manager to develop and maintain a safe, professional and accessible service. b) Ensure that the needs of clients are being addressed and that equal access to services is provided to all clients regardless of age, class, culture, language, race, religion and sexuality

c) Risk assess clients and help clients keep safe

d) Help clients access their rights that they are entitled to including access to health and other services that they require

e) Ensure that the CYP’s voice/wishes/feelings are considered throughout any process.

f) Provide support to parents/carers where appropriate

g) Monitor and keep clients/families informed of case progress h) To ensure that the support is working according to internal and multi-agency best practice guidelines.

** There is an expectation that you will have a proportion of adult clients on your caseload where demand on the service requires.

Main duties

1. Client work/service delivery

  • Have a clear understanding of the myths and facts of sexual violence, rape trauma syndrome, the long-term mental health effects of sexual violence, self harm, suicidal feelings and attempts
  • Ensure all children and young people referred to the service are contacted within 24 hours where possible, that risk assessments and support needs analysis are completed and individual service plans developed
  • Ensure face to face, telephone, text and email support appropriate to need is provided to children and young people, their parents/guardians and their families, where appropriate, in a professional and supportive manner  Ensure contact with other agencies and services is well managed and referral and communication systems are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they are effective
  • Ensure child protection issues are dealt with through engagement with children and young people assaulted in a domestic setting, and child protection policies and procedures followed, whilst keeping the needs of the child/young person paramount.
  • Explain the Criminal Justice System and Witness Services to clients, in particular procedures and their role and rights within the system, including access special measures.
  • Ensure positive and constructive relationships are maintained with the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to the benefit of children and young people, their parents/guardians and their families and to ensure that the requirements of the Victims Code of Practice are being met.
  • Liaise with the police and CPS on behalf of the client, with the client’s consent and adherence to confidentiality policy in relation to release of information. If local protocols can be agreed, keep the victim informed about case progress on behalf of the police in line with the requirements of the Victims Code of Practice.
  • To participate in case conferences with the police, CPS and prosecuting barrister.
  • Attend and make effective use of clinical supervision on a regular basis
  • Work within a multi-agency setting to provide institutional advocacy for the rights of the CYP.
  • Provide support and facilitate access to clients who have reported to the police, or referred to the service by a SARC, hospital or other organisation, if possible, within 24 hours of initial attendance for forensic examination or support, and subsequently as necessary until other support is identified or at the client’s request.
  • If the client is assessed as high risk, refer on to MARAC/Children Services following locally agreed protocols and attend and participate in meetings and follow-up on actions agreed in meetings.
  • Helping clients to access services to which they are entitled.
  • To keep an up to date information knowledge base about appropriate and useful services to support clients who have a range of complex support needs. Liaising with team manager in developing referral routes and pathways as necessary.
  • Help clients to develop their own support network and access appropriate therapeutic interventions  Explaining criminal sanctions, and if relevant, civil remedies and housing options to clients.
  • Providing information and support in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation.
  • Where relevant (e.g. domestic violence cases), keep other agencies informed about important changes in client’s situation.
  • Act in accordance with local policies to protect vulnerable adults.

Qualifications (Assessed by Application)

Essential:

A degree or recognised professional qualification in a related field (or alternatively a minimum of 3 years’ experience of working within the sexual violence or related field).

Experience of working with children and young people.

Desirable:

Recognised Accredited ISVA Qualification or equivalent professional qualification 

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Job Application Form (.doc)
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Posted on: 06 August 2020
Closing date: 25 August 2020
Tags: Advocacy,Social Work
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