Are you looking for a dynamic and rewarding role working for an organisation with the feminist agenda at the core of its ethos? Do you believe in our values; to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaborate, innovate, and take accountability?
Then Advance could be the career choice for you!
Advance is an award-winning and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women and girls who are survivors of domestic abuse and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending. We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives so that they can flourish and contribute to the community.
We are looking for A HOUSING IDVA (Independent domestic abuse advisor) to join our team WORKING IN A CO-LOCATED Westminster setting.
Salary: £26,000 - £30,500 per annum dependent on experience
£26,000 - £28,000 for an IDVA looking to gain experience in a co-located setting
£28,500 - £30,500 for experienced co-located IDVAs looking for a new challenge
Hours: Full time; 35 hours per week
Contract: Permanent with Advance, the current funding for this role is until 31st March 2022.
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community.
What we do:
Advance delivers nationally accredited, quality marked services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Brent. We work within a coordinated partnership response to domestic violence to provide independent domestic violence advocacy and support for women, children and young people and women’s community services for women who are involved in the criminal justice system, in anti-social behaviour or are at risk of breaking the law.
The Housing IDVA will work within a dynamic, fast paced, crisis intervention, advocacy and support service to ensure the voice of survivors informs every stage of the process specialising in working with clients for whom housing, and risk of tenancy breakdown is a factor. They will work within the team to make proactive contact and provide high quality advocacy and support based upon a client led needs and risk assessment to women from age 13, focusing on working with those aged 18 and over who access the domestic abuse service. They will advise women on criminal justice and civil remedies and related matters, support women to attend court where necessary, and coordinate the provision of multi-agency support.
What you will bring:
The post holder will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children and of best practice within the domestic abuse and Housing sectors. As an experienced domestic violence advocate who has worked with complex and multiple needs, the post holder will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. Experience of direct work with female survivors of domestic violence, of supporting women with housing needs, and of working within safeguarding procedures is essential for this post, as is the need to adopt and promote a strong partnership approach to service provision.
In short, you will:
- Establish positive, proactive and innovative working relationships with housing services and partner agencies.
- Provide high-quality crisis intervention, information, advocacy, and proactive support to women referred to the service, in respect to risk management and safety planning, criminal and civil remedies, housing, health, welfare rights, and children’s legislation.
- Assess the needs and risks of survivors, carry out short and longer-term risk management, safety planning and support and identify and refer to services appropriate to their needs.
- Advise women of their rights and options for seeking help and support from other agencies and proactively advocate to ensure barriers to accessing support and protection are reduced.
- Work as an advocate to raise awareness and upskill professionals within Housing plus work with colleagues to successfully develop and deliver training.
What we offer:
- 30 days holiday plus public holidays, and a day off for International Women’s Day
- Pension scheme
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
- Various forms of wellbeing support ranging from meditation to self-journaling
- Organisation wide away days
- The opportunity to work in a flexible, supportive environment with a team of committed, inspiring women and we will support you as you to continue to build your skills and experience and grow your career
The closing date for applications is Friday 30th April 2021.
Please note we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and inviting shortlisted candidates to interview throughout the process. We reserve the right to close this post early should the recruitment be successful prior to the listed date.
To apply: Please send your CV with a supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for the role and details of your notice period, salary expectations and where you first heard of this vacancy.
Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check