London, Greater London (On-site)
£26,000 - £30,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Location: Southwark


Qualified applicants (with an accredited VAWG /domestic abuse qualification) dependent on experience: £27,500-£30,000 per annum.

Unqualified applicants, dependent on experience: £26,000-£27,500 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Vacancy Reference:


Closing Date: 14/02/22 at 9am

Interview Date: 17/02/22


Solace Women’s Aid is an innovative, exciting, grassroots charity working across London. Our purpose is to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors, and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.


You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has saved the lives of thousands of women, men, and children in the capital. We are looking for friendly and diligent individuals to join our services and help us make a difference.


About the Service


The Southwark SASS team provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse living in Southwark. An exciting opportunity has arisen in this busy team for an Independent Sexual  Violence Adviser. This includes a package of support covering crisis intervention, risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning. A key aspect of the role will be to advocate on behalf of  men and women service users and guiding them through the criminal justice process.



About the Role


We are looking for an experienced ISVA to join our dynamic team in Southwark, working with survivors who have experienced sexual violence and abuse. You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team and collaborating with external agencies in your work. The role includes co-location work with partner agencies and co-locating at the local BCU with the Sapphire unit. 


The ISVA will work specifically with  women and men survivors of recent of historic sexual violence. The ISVA will provide high quality, specialist support to women in London who have experienced any form of sexual violence and are engaging (or considering engaging) with the criminal justice system.

Your role is to provide a mix of emotional, practical, and factual support so survivors have all the information they need to make informed decisions that are right for them. You will understand the barriers survivors face when accessing the criminal justice system and work closely together to advocate for their needs within the system.



About You

The women we are looking for should have demonstrable experience working with survivors of sexual violence and of working in a trauma-informed way.


You will need a thorough understanding of sexual abuse and its impact on women and their children, as well as experience of providing emotional and practical support and strong casework management skills.


You will have the skills to provide effective crisis intervention, carry out risk assessments, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning. You should have demonstrable experience of working in an ISVA or similar position with this or a similar client group.

You will be highly organised, self-motivated and passionate about ending gender-based violence. You will have a “can-do‟ approach and demonstrable commitment to Solace’s feminist approach to supporting women and their children to be safer. You will receive training and support for this role as necessary.


In return, we offer great employee benefits including three per cent employer pension contribution, generous holiday entitlement and a focus on learning and development.


Solace Women’s Aid values diversity promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.


This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role.

No contact from agencies.

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Posted on: 21 January 2022
Closed date: 14 February 2022 at 09:00
Job ref: S056
Tags: Advocacy

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