Reports to: Drive Project Director
Hours: 37.5 hours per week with flexible working hours and provision of an out-of-hours response to the Drive Director as needed
Salary: £38,000- £42,000 pro rata
Contract: Fixed term contract to 31 March 2021
Location: Flexible across London and other Drive sites (with extensive travel across UK)
Benefits: A generous package including 25 days holiday per year plus public holidays, employee
pension scheme with 4% employer contribution, Cycle2Workwork scheme, 365 days a
year Employee Assistance Programme, flexible working
Who are we?
We are SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.
We work with organisations across the UK to transform the response to domestic abuse. We want what
you would want for your best friend. We listen to survivors, putting their voices at the heart of our
thinking. We look at the whole picture for each individual and family to get the right help at the right time
to make families everywhere safe and well. And we challenge perpetrators to change, asking ‘why
doesn’t he stop?’ rather than ‘why doesn’t she leave?’ This applies whatever the gender of the victim or
perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relationship.
Last year alone, nearly 11,000 professionals working on the frontline received our training. Over 65,000
adults at risk of serious harm or murder and more than 85,000 children received support through
dedicated multi-agency support designed by us and delivered with partners. In the last three years, over
1,000 perpetrators have been challenged and supported to change by interventions we created with
partners, and that’s just the start.
Together we can end domestic abuse. Forever. For everyone.
The Drive Partnership - Respect, SafeLives and Social Finance - are working together to develop a
sustainable, national response to perpetrators of domestic abuse that knits together local services,
complementing and enhancing existing interventions. The primary aim of this work is to reduce the
number of child and adult victims of domestic abuse by developing a whole system response that drives
service users to change their behaviour. Our vision is that one day there will be a national approach
which sees agencies in all PCC and local authority areas across England and Wales working together
to disrupt abuse and change behaviour.
The Drive intervention model explicitly targets high harm high risk perpetrators of domestic abuse and is
based on an intensive case management approach working alongside a co-ordinated multi-agency
response. Drive started as a pilot project which began delivery in 2016 and was evaluated as having
successful impact by the University of Bristol. In 2018 we moved into testing the replication of Drive in
We recognise that the Drive intervention is just one part of the bigger picture in responding to
perpetrators of domestic abuse. A comprehensive pathway of interventions for different cohorts of perpetrators is needed alongside significant workforce development across the voluntary and statutory sectors, changes in the use of civil powers and legislation across the criminal justice system as well as long term strategic commissioning models that provide the resources needed to effectively do this work. Based on this thinking, in 2019, the Drive Partnership co-ordinated a Call to Action on the government to develop a strategic response to perpetrators of domestic abuse which has been signed by over 80 organisations and individuals.
Pulling together learning from the Phase I Drive pilot, Phase II Drive replication testing and progress made from the Call to Action collaboration, we are now beginning Phase 3 of Drive which has two main strands of work:
• Rolling out operational delivery of the Drive intervention in other areas of the country and
• National systems change programme to influence a transformation in the response to all perpetrators of domestic abuse across England and Wales.
Team members are employed across the three organisations within the Drive Partnership. There are two posts, one employed by Respect and one by SafeLives.
The role of the Drive Expert Adviser is to provide expert knowledge in Domestic Abuse to the Drive teams and to support the National Programme Lead and Drive central team in their work. We have extensive learnings from our original pilot and replication testing sites around the key success factors that need to be in place for Drive to deliver a successful intervention. The Drive Expert Advisor will play an important role in applying this best practice to new and existing delivery areas through training and providing sites with expertise of the Drive model, ensuring that local systems and processes are developed and adapted for Drive and supporting the Drive service provider.
In addition to developing practice within the sites, the Expert Advisor will ensure that learning is captured and applied to a continuing developing a national model and practice framework that is fit for further scale up and replication.
This role will involve working closely with local police, multi-agency partners and delivery providers in sites to ensure: structures and processes required for effective Drive delivery are established during site preparation; quality of service development; consistency in the development of Drive; fidelity to the evolving model across delivery sites.
During the set-up period of new sites, the Expert Adviser will work closely with the National Programme Lead and National Project Manager as required in managing key strategic stakeholder relationships and networks. This will include assisting them as required in keeping stakeholder groups well informed of progress to ensure that multi-agency links and working relationships are optimal. This will be particularly important in ensuring victim and child safety through establishing good working relationships at strategic and operational levels with IDVA and victim support services, social services, children’s social care, the police and probation.
For the new sites the Expert Advisors shall support them in ongoing quality assurance ensuring they are operating in line with Respect standards, provide support for service managers and local Drive fellows in the ongoing development of sites and work as part of a central team to ensure ongoing networking and learning for all staff.
The Expert Adviser will use their existing relationships and links with experts in the domestic violence sector in this role. Alongside their expertise in the field of Domestic Abuse they may also have experience and understanding around related issues (for example mental health, child protection, substance misuse, CJS response, restorative justice and practice, DVPPs). They will bring this complementary knowledge to support the Set Up Manager, and keep a watching brief on new research and reports on working with these issues and/or domestic abuse, putting forward recommendations for improvements.
For further information and to apply, please go to our website via the Apply button.