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Victim Support

Domestic Abuse Practitioner/ Adult Specialist Worker

Job Type

Fixed Term


West Midlands




Posted Date

5 September 2022


Closing Date

15 September 2022

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work within a multi-disciplinary team within Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support. We have some considerable flexibility with these roles – please specify on the application which is your preference.

Working as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner (DAP) in a Adult Specialist Worker (ASW) role. The role involves working closely with Children’s Social Care and other specialist agencies involved as part of a multi-disciplinary response to the family; where a child is at risk or potential risk; ensuring an holistic, joined up, problem solving approach.

As a Domestic Abuse Practitioner you will work alongside the other professionals in the ASW team, your role will be to focus on Domestic Abuse that is impacting the family, supporting to reduce risk and increase safety. You will use your knowledge to offer appropriate support, identify other services and directly offer interventions.

Upon receiving a referral from Staffordshire Children's Advice and Support, you will check that we have consent of the person being referred. On having consent, you will be making contact with both victims of domestic abuse and those suspected of perpetrating domestic abuse to discuss support for there individual domestic abuse support needs. Upon acceptance you will onward refer into New ERA domestic abuse service, other than for victims that are identified as having brief intervention domestic abuse support needs. In these circumstances, you will meet these needs, as an ASW.

What we offer:

At Victim Support we believe in attracting & retaining the best people and offer a competitive rewards & benefits package including:

Flexible working options
25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, rising to 30 days plus Bank Holidays
Pension with 5% employer contribution
Enhanced sick pay allowances & maternity payments
High Street, retail, holiday, entertainment & leisure discounts
Access to our financial wellbeing hub & salary deducted finance
Employee assistance programme & wellbeing support
Ongoing training & support with opportunities for career development & progression

As an DAP (ASW) you will:

be an integral part of a multi-agency framework consisting of local partnerships within Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support Service across Staffordshire.
co-locate and work closely with Children's Safeguarding Team and other specialists involved as part of a multi-disciplinary response to the family where a child is at risk or potential risk; ensuring an holistic, joined up, problem solving approach. Empowering families.
provide a fully integrated, high-quality, front-line service to victims of domestic abuse, seeking to achieve joint outcomes for the victim and their children.
offer the service provided by New Era to perpetrators; and make onward referral to services.
Working within a responses to domestic abuse to keep safety central to all services for victims of domestic abuse.

You will need:

strong communication skills
experience of offering support and tailoring support plans.
Experience of working in the Domestic Abuse field with victims or those perpetrating domestic abuse. Alternatively, if you have worked in a similar field and have built knowledge on the complexities of Domestic Abuse and feel you can advocate on behalf of a victim within a social care setting then we would like to hear from you.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.

About Us:

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity providing a range of specialist services to people who have been affected by crime across England and Wales. We work towards a world where there are fewer victims but who have stronger rights, better support and a real influence in the Criminal Justice System. Everyone at VS is driven by our Vision Ambitions and Values to play their part in making a difference for those who experience crime and traumatic events. Working for VS gives you the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing high quality services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Victim Support are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks may be required.

Victim Support is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe having a diverse workforce at all levels allows us to represent the communities we serve and connect better with people affected by crime. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all communities and monitor the diversity of applicants to analyse if we are representative of the communities we serve in terms of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, age and socio-economic status. As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities

How to apply:

To apply for this role please follow the link below to the Jobs page on our website, and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.

We looking forward to hearing from you.

For more info please contact Megan Cheadle on either or 07843374945

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