Guildford, Surrey (On-site)
£26,534 - £27,534 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are currently recruiting for a young person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), supporting survivors of recent and non-recent rape and sexual abuse aged 13 – 17 years old. 

Please note 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

RASASC is a registered charity which has been providing support to male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse (both recent and non-recent) and young people aged over 13, from across Surrey since 1992.

We provide an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service. ISVAs support survivors to help them overcome the abuse they have suffered and to rebuild their lives. This service also includes supporting the survivor to seek justice through the judicial system, should they wish.

ISVAs are survivor-focused advocates, who support survivors of recent and non-recent rape and sexual abuse to enable them to access the services they need in the aftermath of the abuse they have experienced. An ISVA provides individual support and this will vary from client to client.

This role is based at the RASASC Guildford office and will work across Surrey. The ISVA must have a full, clean driving license and use of a car that can be used for work purposes.

You will be part of a dedicated, experienced, and friendly team consisting of eight ISVAs. The ISVAs meet fortnightly for peer support and work collaboratively with each other to share knowledge. You will also be provided with fortnightly clinical supervision and attend monthly one-to-one meetings with the ISVA team leader.

Job Description

  • To support survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
  • To train and support the existing ISVA team to become better aware of issues presented by young people so that they are more confident to support survivors of this age group.
  • To deliver supportive outreach to schools to help educate young people about healthy and safe relationships.
  • It is the responsibility of the ISVA to impartially advise the client on all options open to them, such as the Criminal Justice System, SARC, GUM clinic and other local services.
  • The ISVAs are expected to balance a caseload that includes survivors progressing through the criminal justice process as well as survivors that have decided not to report, or who are no longer in the criminal justice process.
  • The ISVA will be based at Guildford RASASC office but will be expected to travel throughout Surrey. 
  • The ISVA is expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with those in this document, as the job description cannot cover every issue which may arise within the post. 

Personal Specification

  • Female- 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


  • ISVA Accreditation and/or CAADA Qualification desirable, but not essential



  • Experience of working with young people/adult survivors of trauma, sexual abuse and violence
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and a proven ability to prioritise workload, including time management skills
  • Ability to work on your own and as part of a small team in a busy environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of child and vulnerable adult protection procedures and information sharing protocols
  • Full driving licence and car that can be used for work purposes.


  • ISVA qualification from Lime Culture, The Survivor Trust or an equivalent
  • Case Management skills – ability to accurately maintain records
  • Crisis management skills – including risk management
  • Experience of multi-agency partnership working

In return, we can offer you 25 days’ annual leave, eight public holidays, contributory pension scheme and reimbursement of travel expenses at 40p per mile.

If you are interested in joining our team or if you have any questions about the role please contact us or please complete the application form.

Closing date for applications is: Monday 7th February 12.30pm note the recruitment will close earlier if sufficient suitable applications are received. 

Vacancy Downloads: Application form and Job Description

How to Apply: Please complete the attached application form 

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Posted on: 10 January 2022
Closed date: 07 February 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Advice, Information, Support Worker

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