West Sussex

Up to £21500 per annum

Permanent, Part-time


About the organisation

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

Job Description

Victim Support is looking for an Independent Victim Advocate to work 15 hours per week in East Sussex.


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.


Please note the salary advertised is the full time equivelant. The pro rata salary would be £8,600 per annum.

The successful candidate will be required to co-ordinate and provide a tailored support package to the most complex, high risk and vulnerable victims of Hate Crime and those who are persistently targeted. As a case leadership role, the Independent Victim Advocate (IVA) will offer a single point of contact, providing immediate emotional support and undertaking a structured needs and risk assessment in order to develop a full end to end cope and recovery support plan. Multi agency focussed, the role will coordinate support from other service providers across both statutory and non-statutory agencies, and also the voluntary sector in order to meet the needs of the victim, help recovery and increase resilience.

Identifying and building strong links with partner organisations that can provide additional support services is essential to the success of this role. Experience of delivering a service and working one to one with clients or service users in a statutory, voluntary or community setting would also be beneficial.

Excellent IT skills are essential as is the ability to record, store and process data for reporting purposes.

Applicants will have a good understanding of confidentiality and safe working practices and maintenance of records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. In addition they must be able to demonstrate an active commitment to promoting equal opportunities and diversity. It is also essential you can demonstrate that you are able to work without direct supervision, that you can prioritise your work and deal with competing demands in an organised and methodical manner.

The role of Independent Victim Advocate is part-time, 15 hours per week and will require travel around East Sussex. Travel beyond East Sussex will be required on occasion in order to attend training, meetings or other events. Based in Hastings Police Station, appointment will be subject to satisfactory checks made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will also require police vetting.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata if part-time), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, 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 as (s). 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 takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. Diversity matters and we value it