Hammersmith, Greater London
£26,000 - £30,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description




Salary:           £26,000 - £30,500 per annum dependent on experience

£26,000 - £28,000 for an IDVA looking to gain experience in a new specialism
£28,500 - £30,500 for experienced IDVAs, particularly with a substance misuse background

Location:       Based in the Advance Head Office in Hammersmith

Hours:            Full time; 35 hours per week (10am-6pm – Monday to Friday)   

Contract:      Permanent 


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.



The project:

This post allows for developing a specialism around drug and alcohol use and building partnership working in this area to deliver high quality, trauma informed support to victim/survivors. The Problematic Substance Use 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 problematic use of substance(s) is a factor.


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 substance misuse 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 substance misuse 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 substance misuse services and partner agencies.
  • Provide high-quality crisis intervention, information, advocacy, and proactive support to women referred to the service.
  • 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 Substance Misuse.


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 20th October 2021 

Interviews are scheduled for 29th October 2021.  

To apply: Please submit your CV with a supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for the role


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

More about Advance

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Posted on: 29 September 2021
Closed date: 20 October 2021
Tags: Advice, Information, Advocacy

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