Essex (On-site)
£27,741 - £29,577 per year
Contract, Fixed term contract until 31st March 2023, with potential for extension if funding is secured., Part-time
Job description

Main purpose of job: To provide support to children under 12 (this age is flexible depending on the child’s level of maturity) who have experienced, or are at risk of sexual abuse, and their parents and carers.  The role also includes wider responsibilities as a member of CARA’s staff team, including management of sessional and/or volunteer counsellors, and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.

 

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

Salary:  £27,741 - £29,577 (NJC Scales 23-25) per annum pro-rata, with pay rise expected.

Contract:  Fixed term contract until 31st March 2023, with potential for extension if funding is secured.

Hours: 0.6fte (21 hours per week).  There may be potential for the post to develop and hours to increase, if funding allows.

Place of work: CARA’s premises in Colchester.  The post will also involve providing some remote service delivery, including home working.

 

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, Monday 7th February 2022.    

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

Job Description

To provide support to children under 12 (this age is flexible depending on the child’s level of maturity) who have experienced, or are at risk of sexual abuse, and their parents and carers.  The role also includes wider responsibilities as a member of CARA’s staff team, including management of volunteer and/or sessional counsellors, and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide play therapy and emotional support to young service-users.
  • To provide counselling and emotional support to their parents or carers.
  • To undertake client assessments and make appropriate arrangements for their support.
  • To liaise with other agencies including social care, the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) and schools, and attend meetings and provide reports, where required.
  • To keep client database records up-to-date.
  • To raise awareness in the community and within other agencies of the short and long-term responses people may develop to sexual abuse.
  • To line manage the work of CARA sessional counsellors and volunteers, where appropriate.
  • To keep up to date with relevant legislation, policy and practice issues.
  • To work flexible hours, including some after school and 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 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 Child and Young Person’s Practice Manger, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer and Trustees as required, including the production of regular written reports and verbal reports.
  • To undertake any other related activities as required by the Child and Young Person’s Practice Manager, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer or the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

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.  We also provide remote services.

About Synergy Essex

CARA is part of Synergy Essex – the Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership.   We work closely with SERICC Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Service 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.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

CARA seeks to be an inclusive organisation that actively encourages, supports and values diversity amongst both our service-users and our workers.  We particularly welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

To apply: Please review the full job description and personal specification and then complete the application form, explaining how your skills and experience relate to the person specification.

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

All supporting documents can also be downloaded from our website.

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Posted on: 04 January 2022
Closed date: 03 February 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Support Worker, Practitioner

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