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Location: Lambeth, London
Salary: Up to £14 per hour
Posted: 29 days ago
Contract Type: Temporary or Contract
Industry: Health & Social Care
Contact Name: Colette Niles

Support Worker -Domestic Violence

Job Description

Our client provides various kinds of support to women and children in need.

Position Available: Support Worker -Domestic Violence, Lambeth, 2-3 months, £14 per hour, 37.5 hrs per week

Role Purpose:

The post holder will provide a high quality personal welfare support service to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse including those at the point of crisis. The post holder will provide advice, advocacy, support and training to statutory agencies, in accordance with philosophical principles.

The role involves empowering survivors to make decisions, increase their options, their confidence and their safety.

The job involves working within a multi-agency framework to develop referral, joint working and information sharing protocols.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  1. To provide practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse in accordance with philosophical principles. This will include conducting key work sessions on a regular basis and keeping casework records up to date.
  2. To establish the risks to and the needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, through enabling women to assess and manage risk to their own and their children's safety.
  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 to ensure that such plans are in place for every client.
  4. To ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the Services Manager, or if unavailable another manager.
  5. To work in partnership with other agencies and to advocate for survivors to ensure their needs are met.
  6. To assess benefit requirements of women escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and to ensure prompt take up of housing and other benefits.
  7. To ensure that survivors are aware of their rights to legal protection for themselves and their children, and to arrange for the provision of legal advice as required and accompany women to appointments if appropriate.
  8. To prevent future homelessness amongst survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children.
  9. To recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the service, including those from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, LGBT communities, disabled people, women with complex needs and other hard to reach groups.
  10. 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.
  11. To work within quality management system following all policies and procedures.
  12. To provide statistical monitoring or reports as required.
  13. To ensure that the views and experiences of women and agencies are sought actively and inform the development of the service.
  14. To report any problems/difficulties/complaints to the services manager and participate in follow up investigations as required.
  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.

Managing security

  1. To ensure lone working procedures are followed and report whereabouts to the services manager when visiting clients.
  2. To maintain the security and well-being of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children, and to communicate immediately with the services manager any concerns regarding security.
  3. To ensure that security of sensitive information is maintained and complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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 working in a residential setting
  • Experience of providing emotional practical and welfare support.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and how best to support survivors
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation relating to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse.
  • Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with individuals who may have complex needs
  • A relevant qualification - ISVA/IDVA/Social work/Housing is desirable but not compulsory

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

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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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