Do you have experience working within a domestic abuse setting or services? Have you got experience of working with individuals and / or families who have been affected by, or perpetrated domestic abuse?
At Richmond Fellowships Domestic Abuse services, we provide a range of services and interventions for victims and survivors including children and young people, and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Right now, we are looking for someone to join us – with a chance to make a real difference.
We are currently seeking a dynamic senior domestic abuse practitioner to join our team, working alongside the Birmingham Children’s Trust offering an exemplary and expert advice, guidance and intervention based service.
This is an exciting role that will provide you with the opportunity to play a key role in developing Domestic Abuse services, working in partnerships with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies to deliver effective community responses to domestic abuse, in line with RESPECT practice standards. Day to day, you will be working flexibly, managing a caseload, assessing risk and suitability for intervention, and engaging families and professionals. In this rewarding role you will be providing specialist support to professionals working with families experiencing abuse, through provision of expert consultations and training.
Within this service your role will require you to be co located within social care services, working within a guided intervention model and providing on the ground specialist and expert advice and guidance to professionals in relation to complex cases whereby domestic abuse is present and a concern. Working with professionals you will have the opportunity to share your skillset and inform approaches to working with families where domestic abuse is a feature. You will support professionals specifically to work with resistant and reluctant individuals using harmful behaviour and have constructive and meaningful conversation and engagement with such individuals and affected others. The service will enable safe, assessed, planned and adequate collective responses to domestic abuse, to reduce harm in a safe way for families. Alongside expert consultation and risk assessment will be home visits and joint appointments with professionals to support their safe engagement of identified clients and families for the service.
Direct interventions with perpetrators of domestic abuse will be a key component of your role, delivering flexible and structured brief interventions to those individuals identified as in need and suitable for this element of the service. You will have the opportunity to do this individually and in collaboration with the allocated professional working with the case, with a view to sharing your approach, skills and intervention styles to support professionals with their wider reach of identified cases.
There will be a flexible approach to specialist training and reflective practice, of which you will create, design and deliver to your professional audience, based upon identified need and across all teams within Birmingham Children’s Trust and the organisation.
The role will require you to have a good understanding of domestic abuse, child abuse and trauma, and the impacts of this on individuals lives. As well as a good understanding of the nature of domestic abuse and its effects on victims and survivors, including children, and on the parent-child relationship. You will need experience of providing direct work with people using harmful behaviour and work responding to challenging or harmful behaviour to facilitate change and an excellent understanding of Safeguarding procedures, showing you are confident to work both independently and as part of a team, working closely and collaboratively alongside partner agencies and your peers.
As a senior you will be required to demonstrate a level of autonomy in decision making, particularly relating to case based decisions, escalation requirements and accurate advice to professionals to safely and appropriately support the assessment and management of risk wherever identified. In addition you will be required to support the service in the collation, interrogation and presentation of data related to performance and outputs, as well as representing the service in professional forums such as MARAC, and at community based events to promote the service aims and objectives and encourage access for those who could benefit.
You will be able to work independently and flexibly and will be required to manage your workload and related admin. The role will require you to communicate clearly with a range of people about sensitive and complex issues, including the writing of professional consultations.
This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in facilitating positive change for families who have been impacted by abuse and violence.
Richmond Fellowship are actively seeking to develop a workforce which reflects the diverse communities we work within; we offer flexible working arrangements and ongoing professional development to all staff and volunteers.
If you have experience of delivering domestic abuse support and want to join a growing and developing project to improve the lives of those impacted by domestic abuse apply now by submitting your CV and Supporting Statement!
This post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
The salary for this post is £29,000 per annum (pro rata for part time employees).
This is a permanent full-time role requiring the post holder to work 37.5 hours per week.
Richmond Fellowship (Recovery Focus) is committed to working towards equal opportunities and we select staff solely on merit irrespective of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, social class, religious belief, disability or history of mental health or addiction problems. If you need support to apply for the role or adaptions at interview please contact the recruitment team to discuss this.
The is a rolling recruitment process; and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the earliest opportunity, we reserve the right to close this vacancy at the point of need, and once as successful candidate has been appointed.
It is a mandatory requirement of the application process for this post that candidates submit a CV and Supporting Statement, thus only candidates that provide this, and who meet the essential criteria within the person specification, will be considered for an interview.
Richmond Fellowship is part of Recovery Focus, a national group of charities highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic abuse.