Refuge is the UK’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, modern slavery and human trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 6,000 women and children in our national network of services. These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs/ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services, culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline. We advise Government and lobby hard to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, manage a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless.
We are looking for a domestic violence practitioner to join our dynamic peripatetic team. An exciting opportunity to enhance your experience in a variety of support roles including working in accommodation based services, independent domestic violence advocate, independent gender violence advocate, independent sexual violence advocate and community outreach worker.
You will deliver a high quality professional service to survivors of domestic violence living in our refuges, those who access our outreach service and independent domestic violence advocacy services. You will work from any of our National sites, providing cover for services who need additional staff. You may be required to travel including some Monday – Friday overnight stays during your assignments.
Your role will involve providing invaluable practice and emotional support to men, women and their children advocating on their behalf in areas such as welfare, housing, courts, police and emotional support as well as supporting women to move to safe, permanent accommodation.
The successful candidates will be passionate about ending gender based violence and have experience of providing emotional and practical support in a paid or unpaid capacity. They will need to work flexibly and have strong organisational skills, good written and verbal communication, and an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. The ability to work as part of an on-call rota is also essential.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality which underpin all of our work. Successful applicants will be expected to work within Refuge’s Values and Behaviour Framework and demonstrate these in their everyday work.
Competitive salary offering annual progression within points of the salary grade, 28 days annual leave increasing to 30 days, pension scheme with People’s pension that includes a 6% Employer contribution, comprehensive EAP.
Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. We offer the first Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) accredited qualification for our profession.
Please visit Refuge’s website for further details and other opportunities.
Closing Date: 26th July 2020
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.
Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post however is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
No agencies please - as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.