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 SOCIAL CARE IDVA (INDEPENDENT DOMESTIC ABUSE ADVISOR) TO JOIN OUR TEAM WORKING IN A CO-LOCATED WESTMINSTER SETTING.
Salary: £26,000 - £30,5000 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 for 12 months.
Start date: By 1st April 2021
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 Social Care domestic violence project is a partnership project between Advance, Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, aiming to embed early intervention and domestic violence homicide prevention best practice into a multi-agency whole family approach response to lead to better outcomes for families. The purpose of the Social Care IDVA role is to work closely with Family and Children’s Services and to support women who have children and who have needs relating to domestic violence.
What you will bring:
The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of domestic abuse and its effects on women and children, and an understanding of children’s social care and care proceedings. As an experienced domestic violence advocate who has worked with complex and multiple needs, you will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information daily.
In short, you will:
- 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 proactively and in cooperation with social care and DVIP to keep the client’s perspective and safety at the centre of proceedings, maintain referral routes and increase access and earlier intervention resulting in better results for the family.
- Work as an advocate to raise awareness and upskill professionals within social care 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
Please find the job description attached.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th February.
Shortlisting will occur week beginning 1st March with interviews to take place week beginning 8th March.
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
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, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.