Up to £19195.38 per annum
Job description

Victim Support is looking an Initial Response Officer based in Stafford as part of their Children and Young People (CYP) Team

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales. We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and respect they deserve.

New Era is the holistic Domestic Abuse service operating across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, offering free and confidential support for victims, perpetrators and their families affected by domestic abuse. We are looking for an experienced practitioner to join our team until the end of May 2021 who has experience of supporting children and young people affected by domestic abuse and completing domestic abuse risk assessment.

The main duties and responsibilities of this role include helping to manage our public helpline and respond appropriately to incoming requests for service regarding children and young people affected by domestic abuse. Our Initial Response Officer will undertake comprehensive assessments of young victims' needs and complete thorough risk assessments with children and young people or their safe parent/carers. The role will also involve delivering immediate emotional and practical support to young victims before directing referrals to an appropriate colleague within New Era.

Our Initial Response Officer must have in depth knowledge, understanding and awareness of the current issues for children and young people experiencing crime, domestic abuse and relationship abuse. The successful candidate will have an awareness of risk and needs assessment in a domestic abuse setting, alongside experience of delivering a service in a statutory, voluntary, community or private social care setting.

We are looking for our Initial Response Officer to be based within our Stoke office but be willing and able to support the delivery of service across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.

If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role. If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

Victim Support are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks will be required.

Victim Support is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for our staff. We believe having a diverse workforce at all levels allows us to represent the communities we serve and connect better with people affected by crime. We welcome applicants from all communities and as part of our commitment to the we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities.

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Posted on: 23 September 2020
Closed date: 09 October 2020
Job ref: 2879
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker