Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Tradewind Recruitment - Social Care
£9 - £10.50/hour
14 Jul 2017
13 Aug 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Tradewind Social Care have a fantastic opportunity for an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) to join a fantastic organisation based in Manchester.

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. They must 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.

Main duties:
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
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
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
To advocate, both verbally and in writing, in a range of settings including in civil and criminal proceedings and with criminal justice professionals
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
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
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
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
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
To ensure that the views and experiences of service-users and agencies are sought actively, recorded carefully, and inform the development of the service

Essential skills and experience:
Experience of providing emotional and practical support to survivors of 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
Evidence of the ability to speak up and present well-structured cases in settings such as criminal and civil proceedings
Up to date knowledge of legislation relating to survivors of domestic violence
Demonstrable strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to write reports, deliver presentations and communicate with stakeholders
in a clear and effective way
Evidence of the ability to manage in a crisis and to work under pressure within a stressful working environment

Job requirements:
Must have a minimum of 2 years recent experience working within the same role with Domestic Violence sufferers
An enhanced DBS of satisfactory level is essential

Our promise to you:
A highly experienced recruitment consultant who will provide you with regular updates about vacancies across the UK
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Free yearly DBS disclosures
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Excellent aftercare service
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