Victim Support is looking for a number of Independent Victims Advocates who will be based in Ashford to cover work across Kent, Medway and other parts of the South and East of the UK.
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 looking for a number of people to join our existing team of staff and volunteers who deliver excellent support to victims of crime living in Kent and Medway. You will, either by telephone or face-to-face, undertake a structured needs and risk assessment of victims at first contact, provide immediate emotional support and for those needing longer-term support develop a full end to end cope and recovery support plan for victims of crime that is either delivered by a staff member or by one of our volunteers. As part of this work you may also be responsible for the case management of volunteers.
The role of an IVA is one that you can make your own and your prior experience, either from work, university or your personal life will be considered during screening so please do apply even if your skills and background are not an ideal fit. An ideal candidate will have experience of working in the Criminal Justice System and be aware of the challenges and barriers that victims of crime can face when recovering from their experience of crime however this is not essential as you will receive a comprehensive training package as part of your induction process. What is essential is that you are solution focused, have resilience to manage the challenges that come with this work and look to learn from and work closely with the rest of your team. Although the job is on a fixed contract it is subject to extension if funding is available and whilst the posts are full-time we can consider flexibility about the range of hours worked.
Applicants will have a good understanding of confidentiality, safe working practices and maintenance of records in accordance with the Data Protection Act. In addition you 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. Good IT skills are essential as is the ability to record, store and process data for reporting purposes.
Due to the number of roles available we will be assessing and interviewing candidates as applications are submitted therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if we receive enough suitable applications to take forward to interview prior to the published closing date.
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.