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Independent Domestic Violence Advisor

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£23,500- £28,000

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2 July 2021

25 July 2021

We are looking to recruit x3 IDVA roles within out Southwark service. One of our 3 roles roles is a Maternity cover starting in august.

All 3 roles are being offered on Fixed Term Contract coming to an end in March 2022.

Location: Southwark (remote working at present with some office days)
Qualified applicants (with an accredited VAWG /domestic abuse qualification) dependent on experience: £27,000-£29,000 pro rata per annum.
Unqualified applicants, dependent on experience: £26,000-£27,000 pro rata per annum
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full-time)
Contract: short term contract Maternity cover starting in August 2021 until March 2022
Vacancy Reference: SWA3105

Interview Date: 30th July 2021

Solace Women’s Aid is an innovative, exciting, grassroots charity working across London.

Our purpose is to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors, and in particular women and children.

Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has saved the lives of thousands of women, men and children in the capital.

We are looking for friendly and diligent individuals to join our services and help us make a difference.

About the Service
The Southwark SASS team provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse living in Southwark.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in this busy team for an Independent Domestic Violence Adviser.

This includes a package of support covering crisis intervention, risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning.

A key aspect of the role will be to advocate on behalf of service users pursuing remedies through the criminal and civil justice systems.

The IDVA will work mainly with high risk clients whose cases are referred to the MARAC but may be required to work with medium and standard risk service users at times.

About the Role
We are looking for an experienced advocate to join our dynamic team in Southwark, working with survivors who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.

You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team and collaborating with external agencies in your work.

At present, the IDVA team is continuing to work remotely with our partner agencies, but in the future, it is likely that the successful candidate will be required to co-locate in a multi-agency setting.

About You
You will need a thorough understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on women and their children, as well as experience of providing emotional and practical support and strong casework management skills.

You will have the skills to provide effective crisis intervention, carry out risk assessments, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning.

You should have demonstrable experience of working in an IDVA or similar position with this or a similar client group.

You will be highly organised, self-motivated, and passionate about ending gender-based violence.

You will have a “can-do‟ approach and demonstrable commitment to Solace’s feminist approach to supporting women and their children to be safer.

You will receive training and support for this role, as necessary.

In return, we offer great employee benefits including three per cent employer pension contribution, generous holiday entitlement and a focus on learning and development.

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to female applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role.

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