Leeds, West Yorkshire
Birmingham, West Midlands
Bristol, Bristol City
£22888.80 - £25312.46 per annum
Contract, Fixed Term Contract until September 2022, Full-time
Job description

Victim Support are looking for an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor to join our Safer Spaces project.

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity providing a range of specialist services to people who have been affected by crime across England and Wales. We work towards a world where there are fewer victims but who have stronger rights, better support and a real influence in the Criminal Justice System. Everyone at VS is driven by our Vision Ambitions and Values to play their part in making a difference for those who experience crime and traumatic events. Working for VS gives you the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing high quality services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

We are delighted that Victim Support has been awarded the contract to manage a new national flagship project:- Safe Spaces, a joint Anglican and Catholic church project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse. We are now recruiting an Advocate to help deliver this service. An ISVA qualification is desirable, or the willingness to work towards one. The project is to help all survivors so applications from all genders are welcome.

As a national project covering the whole country, Advocates will be home based and will work virtually with survivors to understand their needs and develop support plans, advocating on their behalf and providing practical and emotional support. They will also help in making sure the service is promoted, and that the needs of survivors from across England and Wales are met.

Good IT skills, knowledge of criminal justice issues and an understanding of the effects of abuse and trauma are essential, along with an appreciation of the nature and impact of church-based abuse.

The Safe Spaces team will run the service over 6 days Monday-Saturday on a rota basis.

Interviews will take place the week commencing the 16th August 2021.

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 outlined in the person specification under essential and tested area. 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 is 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 supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. 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 believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all communities and monitor the diversity of applicants to analyse if we are representative of the communities we serve in terms of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, age and socio-economic status. As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities.

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Victim Support

VS is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Our specialist teams provide individual, ... Read more

Refreshed on: 26 July 2021
Closed date: 11 August 2021
Job ref: 3451
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker