London, Greater London
£28,000 per year
Contract, Until March 2023, Full-time
Job description

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Pan-London Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (Pan-London Black Women’s ISVA) to join our West London Rape Crisis’s ISVA team. The Pan-London Black Women’s ISVA will provide high quality, specialist short-term support to women across London who have experienced any form of sexual violence and are engaging (or considering engaging) with the criminal justice system.

This post holder will support women and girls who cannot access an ISVA in their local area or who are on a waiting list and need rapid interim support or advice. The role fills a gap in the current sexual violence service provision in London, helping to ensure that more women who require independent support and advice are able to receive this in a timely manner.

This pilot post will help us develop dedicated ISVA support which more effectively identifies and challenges the intersectional disadvantage black women and girls face in the criminal justice system and supports them on their journey of surviving and thriving after experiencing sexual violence. The remit of the role is likely to adapt in response to survivors support needs and demands presented to the service during the pilot project.

The ISVA service aims to provide trauma-informed, intersectional, woman-centred, rights and strengths based advocacy that supports women on their unique journey of healing. The ISVA service at WGN is passionate about campaigning and being a part of institutional change and reform of the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual violence. This post will be crucial in helping to identify issues affecting survivors and opportunities for change.

The ideal post holder will be experienced in providing advocacy support to clients from diverse communities in frontline or community based roles. If you have a strong understanding of the theory of intersectionality and how this impacts on black women’s experiences, including their routes to accessing justice and are passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, then we would like to hear from you.

This role will initially be on a remote working basis, changing to office based (in Hammersmith and Fulham and involving travel across London) when circumstances allow and as required by WGN’s services.

We welcome and encourage applications from women of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic communities.

We provide clinical supervision, access to an on-going CPD programme and the opportunity to work in a leading multi-cultural feminist organisation. WGN’s employee benefits include: 3% pension contribution, enhanced leave entitlement and an Employee Assistance Programme.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October 2021

Applicants who have not received a response to their application within 2 weeks of the closing date should assume their application has not been successful on this occasion.

This post is subject to satisfactory references and DBS check.

WGN is an equal opportunities employer. The above post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1

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Posted on: 10 September 2021
Closed date: 10 October 2021
Tags: Advice, Information, Advocacy

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