We are looking for a creative and proactive individual who has experience of supporting high-risk survivors of domestic abuse. Working with survivors of domestic abuse as an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) you will play a crucial role in advocacy, risk assessment and risk management, safety planning and empowerment.
As part of our passionate and committed team of approximately 35 staff, our aspiration is that you will thrive and develop in this varied role. You will be contributing to the invaluable work of the Rising Sun and making a lasting difference to the lives of those who are impacted by domestic abuse.
- To provide practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic abuse, including crisis intervention, risk assessment and safety planning.
- To develop individual support plans, which address the risk of harm and offer information, advocacy, advice and signposting to survivors, underpinned by individual risk and need.
- To empower survivors, thereby increasing self- esteem, reducing isolation and helping survivors to keep safe.
- To provide survivors with information relating to their rights and ensuring survivors are empowered to make decisions based on their options.
- To work in collaboration with partner agencies and survivors and attend MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide high quality case work support and information to victims/survivors who have experienced domestic and/ or sexual violence who are considered high risk
- Support those who are experiencing domestic and sexual abuse to access services to keep themselves (and their children) safe
- Identify and assess the needs of domestic abuse victims using an evidence-based risk identification checklist while taking a trauma informed approach
- Provide 1:1 casework support to women within the Ashford, Canterbury and Folkestone and Hythe districts, either over the phone, in community venues or at Rising Sun officesManage a caseload in accordance with organisational policies and procedures and adhere to confidentiality
- Maintain up to date and accurate records
- Attend case review meetings and work as part of a team, supporting colleagues and building positive working-relationships with team members
- Attend regular supervision and appraisals with line-manager
- Hold weekly information and advice drop in sessions and facilitate relevant programmes when required i.e. Phoenix Programme
- Advocate for high risk victims with agencies who can help to address the domestic abuse by:
- Understanding the role of all relevant statutory and non-statutory services available to domestic abuse victims and how your role fits into them.
- Providing advocacy, emotional and practical support and information to survivors including in relation to legal options, housing, health and finance.
- Effective partnership working with all key agency partners (including housing and other specialist services, such as drug and alcohol support) to address the safety of high risk victims and ensuring that their safety plans are coordinated particularly through the MARAC (multi-agency risk assessment conference).
- Identify training opportunities and feed in to this where appropriate
- Work with volunteers (where appropriate) to enhance the capacity of the service
- Attend wider team meetings to share learning and feed into organisational developments
- Ensure that the service user is at the heart of all service delivery by encouraging participation in service development and reporting on their recommendations and complaints
- Be willing and available to work occasional evenings and weekends to support wider team activities such as representing Rising Sun at events (time off in lieu can be taken)
- Ensure publicity materials are effectively distributed as well as contributing to the development of literature
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.