Colchester, Essex
£21,852 - £24,585 DOE & qualifications
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)
Working at our community outreach locations across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford

Do you have experience of supporting women who have been affected by domestic violence? Want to make a difference with a well-established charity and provide a vital service as an IDVA? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

About Us

We are Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity that provides free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse. We work across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford.

Formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge, our mission is to provide rapid responses that increase safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change.

We are passionate about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse. We’re currently looking for an IDVA who shares our vision to join our team.

The Rewards

- Salary of £21,852 - £24,585 DOE & qualifications
- On-call pay
- Career development and progression opportunities
- Join a skilled team who are passionate about making a positive change

This is an amazing opportunity to take on a challenging, yet highly rewarding role where you will empower women, men and children across the community to live the lives they choose.

Our staff are our most valuable asset, so we are dedicated to creating a nurturing work environment where all can thrive. We are open, honest and fair, value diversity and always strive to act with courage; challenging injustices and enabling the voices of our survivors to be heard.

We are working towards a future without domestic abuse. If you are approachable, compassionate and eager to help us achieve our goal, this is the role for you.  

Your Role

As an IDVA, you’ll provide a high-quality specialist frontline service to individuals affected by domestic abuse.

Working alongside multiple agencies, you will help individuals who are at highest risk by helping them to access services that will support and keep them safe.

Specifically, you will:

- Identify and assess the risks and needs of domestic abuse victims
- Provide emotional and practical support and information to victims including legal options, housing, health and finance
- Ensure that individual’s safety plans are successfully co-ordinated across agencies
- Act as an advocate for individuals to make sure they receive the best support possible
- Monitor high risk cases until they are no longer at imminent risk and complete handovers to the appropriate service

About You

To join us as an IDVA, you will need:

- Significant experience of working with individuals experiencing domestic abuse
- Experience of identifying safeguarding concerns and reporting these in line with local policies and procedures
- Previous risk experience and the ability to provide advice on moving service users forward
- An excellent understanding of how domestic abuse affects victims and their children
- Knowledge of safeguarding procedures and how to recognise types of abuse including neglect and physical harm
- A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Previous IDVA experience or a qualification would be highly beneficial to your application. Experience of the following would also be an advantage: multi-agency partnership working, representing organisations at external meetings and conferences, creating and delivering domestic abuse awareness and training packages or using qualitative and quantitative data in the compilation of written reports.

Other organisations may call this role Domestic Violence Support Worker, Domestic Abuse Support Worker, or Support Worker.

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you’re looking to do something incredible with your career as an IDVA, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week plus participation in an on-call rota

Posted on: 07 January 2020
Closed date: 06 February 2020
Job ref: HKVHP1802/PK-HL
Tags: Social Care/Development