Head of Legal Advice and Welfare Services
Hours: 28 hours per week
Location: London, Finsbury Park
Salary: £40,573 per annum (FTE £50,717 per annum) (inclusive of London Weighting) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance
The Head of Legal Advice and Welfare Services is responsible for leading Freedom from Torture’s Legal Advice and Welfare Service (LAWS) through which advice is provided to treatment clients and their clinicians on asylum and immigration legal matters and welfare entitlements as a core element of Freedom from Torture’s holistic model of rehabilitation. The role involves managing, coordinating and developing the Legal Advice and Welfare Service which consists of a multi-sited, multidisciplinary national team. You will also ensure accessible, high quality, safe and ethical legal and welfare advice and casework is delivered by the service to treatment clients and their clinicians.
Holding and maintaining a current practising certificate from either the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council, the Law Society of Scotland or the Faculty of Advocates, the ideal candidate for this role will also have the following experience and skills:
• Expert in UK and European asylum, immigration and human rights law and procedure
• Knowledge of UK case law, policy and procedures relating to use of expert medical evidence in asylum claims
• Recent provision of legal advice in asylum and immigration matters including to torture survivors
• Advising or providing representation in Judicial Review proceedings
• Ability to convey information clearly (orally and in writing) to audiences lacking legal expertise
• Sensitivity in working with people who have experienced trauma
• Strong relationship builder able to priories and manage a demanding work load
• A good knowledge of Home Office policies relating to survivors of torture will be highly desirable.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please click on the link provided.
Candidates must have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position
Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the Job Description and Person Specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.
Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.
Our team of dedicated professionals provide direct support to survivors including psychological therapy, physical health services, legal and welfare support, and expert medical reports for use in survivors' asylum claims. We also support other providers to deliver high quality rehabilitation services to survivors.
We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.
None of this can happen without our vibrant community of supporters who help to create this change.
Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.
Closing date: 8 September 2019
Expected date of interviews: 17 September 2019
As an organisation working with a potentially vulnerable client group, Freedom From Torture has a legal duty to ensure that those under its care are protected from abuse, and that where is abuse is suspected or has occurred, has a clear framework of response. Therefore the successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS application and the result will need to be reviewed before the candidate is confirmed in post.
Freedom from Torture is an Equal Opportunities Employer
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