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Location: Richmond upon Thames, London
Salary: Up to £28000 per annum
Posted: about 1 month ago
Contract Type: Temporary or Contract
Industry: Health & Social Care
Contact Name: Colette Niles

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) - Richmond

Job Description

Our client is a large charity that support women and girls with a history of violence, abuse or domestic violence.

Position Available: Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA), Richmond, 2 months ongoing, £28,000kpa full time 37.5 hours per week

Role Purpose: The independent domestic violence advocate will work closely with victims of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse , from the point of crisis, to provide high quality independent advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence at the highest risk and their children.

The job involves working within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership protocols and procedures that prioritise the safety of survivors.

The post holder will empower survivors by providing them with emotional, practical and personal welfare support. The job involves ensuring that women are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment and enabling them to access their rights, make decisions and increase their life options.

The job involves informing survivors of the full range of civil, criminal and practical options that might increase their safety.

Responsibilities:

  1. To provide practical and emotional support to women, applying the principles of effective casework when supporting survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse at the highest risk and their children and to advocate for survivors to ensure their needs are met
  2. To establish the risks to and the needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, identifying and prioritising those at the highest risk. r
  3. To develop and deliver individual support and risk management plans to address the risk of harm to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children, working directly with all key agency partners to ensure that their plans are coordinated through the MARAC.
  4. To advocate, both verbally and in writing, in a range of settings including in civil and criminal proceedings and with criminal justice professionals
  5. To work in partnership with other agencies, including participation at the MARAC, and to contribute to the design of interventions and the design of plans which protect survivors and their children whilst maintaining an independent role on behalf of the survivors, keeping their safety central to the plans.
  6. To be an ambassador working in partnership with other agencies to ensure an effective, coordinated community response to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children
  7. To ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the advocacy coordinator, or if unavailable another manager
  8. To recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the advocacy service, including those from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, LGBT communities, disabled people and other hard to reach groups.
  9. To support the empowerment of survivors, assisting them to recognise the dynamics of domestic abuse present in their own situation, and to help them regain control of their lives.
  10. To carry out periodic and regular case reviews in liaison with the line manager, to review ongoing risk and needs, using the outcomes to inform action planning.
  11. To report any problems/difficulties/complaints to the line manager and participate in follow up investigations as required.
  12. To work within the quality management system following all policies and procedures
  13. To provide statistical monitoring or reports as required.
  14. To ensure that the views and experiences of service-users and agencies are sought actively, recorded carefully, and inform the development of the service.
  15. To maintain confidentiality and to ensure that professional boundaries are observed when working with clients, staff and external bodies and to work within Code of Conduct.

Experience required:

  • Experience of identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Experience of identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Experience of providing, non-judgemental, non-directive and confidential support to individuals and of encouraging them to take control of their lives and set realistic objectives and goals
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and how best to support survivors
  • Understanding of multi-agency partnership structures, including the MARAC, in responding to domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Working knowledge of the legal system as it relates to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse

How to apply:

If you feel that you fully meet the above outlined criteria for this role and would like to apply for this post, please forward your CV for consideration to coletteniles@barkerross.co.uk or call directly on 07824016243

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Disclaimer: This vacancy is based in the United Kingdom. Barker Ross Health&Social Care only operates in the UK and can only process applications from candidates who are currently a resident and eligible to work in the UK.

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