We have an oppurtunity for a Senior Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (SIDVA) to join our East London team. You will lead our IDVA team co-located at Romford Police Station and Magistrates Court as part of the pan London Victim and Witness Service. This is a hybrid working role, involving some home, office and co-located working, primarily focusing on Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, working 37.5 hours a week.
Do you want to join a committed and inspiring team? Do you want to help make a real difference every day? Do you want to contribute to change & improve the quality of lives of domestic abuse survivors?
Do you have resilience & adaptability? Can you work effectively with a focus on safety and customer service and care?
If yes, then we'd love to hear from you
What we offer:
At Victim Support we believe in attracting & retaining the best people and offer a competitive rewards & benefits package including:
- Flexible working options including hybrid working
- 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, rising to 30 days plus Bank Holidays
- Pension with 5% employer contribution
- Enhanced sick pay allowances & maternity payments
- High Street, retail, holiday, entertainment & leisure discounts
- Access to our financial wellbeing hub & salary deducted finance
- Employee assistance programme & wellbeing support
- Ongoing training & support with opportunities for career development & progression
About the role:
As a Senior IDVA you will:
- Effectively manage and develop a high quality, innovative and pro-active domestic abuse team.
- Manage a team of IDVAs, conducting supervision and case reviews to ensure safe practice.
- Ensure that the service prioritises the safety, security and dignity of service users and their children.
- Carry a small caseload, supporting domestic abuse victim/survivors to increase their safety.
- Liaise and provide domestic abuse awareness training to other professionals within the CJS.
You will need:
- You will need a passion for working with victim/survivors and a thorough understanding of domestic abuse and its impact.
- Knowledge of the issues facing women, children and men affected by violence against women and girls along with the ability to identify women's individual and collective needs
- A thorough understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and harmful practices and its impact on women, children, families, and communities.
- Experience of managing a team delivering front line support to victims or domestic abuse or vulnerable people to a high standard
- To be Non-judgemental, non-directive and anti-discriminatory approach to empowering victim/survivors of domestic abuse
- The ability to speak Urdu, Tamil, Sylheti/Bengali, Punjabi, Polish, or Lithuanian is beneficial
Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.
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.
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 may 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.
How to apply:
To apply for this role please follow the link below to the Jobs page on our website, and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.
We looking forward to hearing from you.
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.