Essex (On-site)
£27,741 - £29,577 per year
Contract, Fixed term to end 31st March 2023. There may be potential to extend if funding is secured., Full-time
Job description

Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) provide emotional and practical support and information to victims and survivors of sexual violence who have reported to the police, or are considering reporting to the police. 

Location:  Based at CARA premises at Colchester, with regular travel across mid and north Essex.   Some homeworking is likely.

Preferred start date: ASAP (subject to enhanced DBS Check and satisfactory references)

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

Contract: Fixed term to end 31st March 2023.  There may be potential to extend if funding is secured.

Hours:  Full time - 35 hours a week.  

 

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, Tuesday 25th January 2022.

Interviews:  Tuesday 1st or Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Start date: As soon as possible, subject to receipt of satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check.

Mandatory Training Dates: To be confirmed.

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

Job Purpose

Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) provide emotional and practical support and information to victims and survivors of sexual violence who have reported to the police, or are considering reporting to the police. 

The role of an ISVA is to support victims and survivors by:

  • Ensuring their voice is heard.
  • Helping them make the choices that feel right for them.
  • Accompanying them to important appointments and to court.
  • Supporting them with their next steps after the legal process is over, regardless of the outcome of the case.

If victims and survivors are considering reporting to the police, ISVAs can also help them by:

  • Providing impartial information to enable them to make an informed decision.
  • Offering an overview of police processes and what to expect if they do decide to report.
  • Supporting them in their next steps.

CARA provides an ISVA service to adults, young people and children who have been victims of sexual violence from across mid and North Essex.   

Most ISVA clients are referred to CARA through the Police or the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).  Clients can also refer themselves.

Duties and Responsibilities

For all clients

  • To liaise with CARA’s Information and Referrals Coordinator and the Synergy Essex team of First Contact Navigators in supporting new referrals to the ISVA service.
  • To undertake risk assessment and support needs analysis with clients.
  • To develop individual service plans to address risks/support needs of client. 
  • To help clients access services to which they are entitled, e.g. through setting up fast-track referral systems to sexual health follow-up services, making referrals to mental health services, assisting with the arrangement of child care and return to work.
  • To provide face-to-face and telephone support (non-therapeutic) to clients and their supporters where appropriate. 
  • To help clients to develop their own support network.
  • To explain criminal, legal and if relevant, civil remedies and housing options to clients.
  • To provide information in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation.
  • Where relevant and with client’s consent, to keep other agencies informed about important changes in client’s situation.
  • To consider safeguarding issues and follow CARA’s safeguarding policy and procedures.

If a client reports to the Police

  • To support the client through the criminal justice system, explaining the procedures and their role and rights within the system.
  • Subject to local arrangements and the wishes of the client, to support the client in the witness statement and during the trial phase in conjunction with the Witness Services.
  • To liaise with the police and CPS on behalf of the client.  To 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. 
  • To understand and support the need for some clients to access special measures.

General

  • To manage a caseload of around 50 clients (or  a pro-rate equivalent), including adults, young people and children.
  • To maintain and monitor records of all cases, using a purpose-built online database.
  • To follow procedures and protocols so that the safety of the client is kept central to any process.
  • To note and feedback to other agencies difficulties clients are having accessing their service.
  • To contribute to the development of service policies, protocols, guidelines and strategies within area of practice as necessary. 
  • To develop and maintain effective communication systems with key partners including the police, CPS, court service, social services, education, primary care trust (mental and sexual health), Victim Support, Witness Service, CAFCASS and voluntary sector organisations.
  • To participate in team meetings, supervision, training and development. 
  • To provide specialist advice to other workers and agencies, including participation in delivery of training sessions.
  • To develop and supervise the work of CARA volunteers, where appropriate.
  • To have a clear understanding of the myths and facts of sexual violence, trauma, the long-term mental health effects of sexual violence, self-harm, suicidal feelings and attempts.
  • To be aware of resources available regarding interpreters, signers etc.
  • To attend regular team meetings and to work with colleagues to further the objectives of CARA.
  • To adhere in full to all CARA’s organisational policies and procedures, including safeguarding procedures.
  • To report to the ISVA and Advocacy Manager, Manager, Director and Trustees as required, including the production of regular written reports.
  • To be administratively self-servicing.
  • To undertake any other related activities as required by the ISVA and Advocacy Manager, Manager, Director 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: 25 January 2022 at 12:00
Tags: Advice, Information, Support Worker

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