Refuge Worker (Navigator) 1 FT 1 PT - East Susse

11 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you think it is a national disgrace that in England and Wales, two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner? Or that one woman in every four will experience domestic violence at some point during her life-time? Refuge is the UK’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 5,500 women and children in our national network of services.  These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs/ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services and culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid). We advise Government and lobby hard to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, managing a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless. Job title: Refuge Worker (Navigator) 1 FT + 1 PT Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract until September 2018 Salary: £19,800 – £22,500 per annum pro rata Hours:  FT - 37.5 hours per week, PT - 18.75  hours per week Location: East Sussex We are currently looking to recruit one full time and one part time Refuge Workers-Navigators to work across East Sussex. This is a great opportunity to become a part of an innovative programme. This year long pilot project will bring together Refuge (East Sussex) and RISE (Brighton and Hove) to test new approaches to working with those with the most complex needs. You will provide specialist support to a small cohort of women with multiple complex needs accessing or exiting refuge provision. Refuge Navigators will hold a small caseload (maximum five at any one time) and provide an assertive and robust approach to engaging service users with multiple, complex needs as part of their resettlement /recovery by facilitating closely managed hand-on to other services and providing longer term support where required. Navigators will also work closely with the project’s systems review manager to support the evaluation of this important project. The successful candidate will have strong casework management skills, good written and verbal communication, and an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. Direct experience of providing support to women is essential as is a current understanding of legislation relating to domestic violence including civil/criminal legislation and welfare rights. The ability to work as part of an on-call rota is also essential. All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpins all of our work. Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development.  We offer the first Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited qualification for our profession. Other benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme. Closing date: 22/01/2018 Interview date: 30/01/2018 An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role. Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  This post is however restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies. No agencies please - as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.