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Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
Female Only Complex Needs | 1 E1W |£16.73 per hour (incl. of Holiday Pay) | Permanent | Job Ref: BD8303 | Posted: 22/11/2022

Central is currently recruiting for a female only Independent Domestic Violence Advocate to work in the Kingston area. The service provides high-quality personal welfare support to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse including those at the point of crisis.

The successful candidates will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, working Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5:30PM. This role is permanent. The pay rate for this role is £14.41 per hour, with £2.32 holiday pay, totalling £16.73 per hour.

In this position, you will be required 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.
- Deliver individual support and risk management plans to address the risk of harm and needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse.
- Advocate, both verbally and in writing, in a range of settings including in civil and criminal proceedings and with criminal justice professionals.
- Work in partnership with other agencies, including participation at the MARAC, and to contribute to the design of interventions and plans which protect survivors and their children.- Ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the advocacy coordinator, or another manager.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.

Please note: this role involves lone working

To apply for this role, you must have;
- Experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
- Experience of working in a residential, refuge or any other domestic violence settings
- 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
- Experience of attending court in a professional capacity and knowledge of the legal system and legislations relating to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
- 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
- Understanding of issues relating to the safeguarding of children

Please note; this role is female only. Gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement - Equality Act 2010

Candidates must confirm their interest as soon as possible, with interviews scheduled shortly after and the appointed candidate expected to start as soon as possible.

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 either forward your CV for consideration to work@centralcare.co.uk or upload it below.

*Please note the above outlined experience is the 'minimum' first stage criteria for this role, we will therefore be unable to consider your application unless you are able to demonstrate a relevant work history in line with this position.

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