Main purpose of job: To provide specialist counselling and support to adults who have experienced rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse. The role includes line-management of sessional or volunteer counsellors and activities to raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence amongst agencies and the wider community.
Start date: As soon as possible (subject to Enhanced DBS Check and satisfactory references).
Salary: £27,741 - £29,577 (NJC Scales 23-25) per annum pro-rata, with pay rise expected.
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week. Some flexibility may be possible
Contract: This will be a one-year fixed term contract in the first instance, with potential for extension if funding allows.
Place of work: To work flexibly at CARA premises across mid and north Essex, including Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester and Dunmow. The post will also involve providing some remote counselling, working from home.
To apply: Please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from the CARA website, explaining how your skills and experience relate to the person specification.
Applications must specifically address each essential and desirable criterion, giving evidence from previous experience or qualifications.
Application deadline: Thursday 17th June, 11am.
Interviews: Thursday 24th June
Mandatory Training Dates: To be confirmed, provisionally Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August.
This post is restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.
To provide one-to-one counselling and support to adults, holding a caseload of clients.
To undertake client assessments and make appropriate arrangements for their support.
In the first instance the post is likely to cover Braintree, Clacton, Colchester and Chelmsford but the postholder must be able to work flexibly at CARA centres across mid and north Essex.
To provide training on sexual violence, self-harm and related issues to volunteers and other agencies.
To raise awareness in the community and within other agencies of the short and long-term responses people may develop to sexual violence.
To liaise with other agencies and attend meetings, where required.
To line manage the work of CARA sessional counsellors and volunteers, where appropriate.
To keep up to date with relevant legislation, policy and practice issues.
To work flexible hours, including some evening work and occasional weekends.
To participate in CARA team meetings, supervision, training and development.
To provide specialist advice to other workers and agencies, including participation in delivery of training sessions.
To keep appropriate records in accordance with CARA policies and procedures.
To adhere in full to all CARA's organisational policies and procedures, including safeguarding procedures.
To be administratively self-servicing.
To report to the Adult Practice Manger, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer and Trustees as required, including the production of regular written reports and verbal reports.
To undertake any other related activities as required by the Adult Practice Manager, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer or the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs.
CARA is a registered charity working with adults of all genders, young people and children from across mid and north Essex. We have a head office in Colchester and outreach premises in Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Dunmow and Harwich. We also provide remote services.
CARA seeks to be an inclusive organisation that actively encourages, supports and values diversity amongst both our service-users and our workers. We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.
About Synergy Essex
CARA is part of Synergy Essex - the Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership. We work closely with SERICC Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Service and Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis) to deliver the contract for the Office for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex for services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across Essex.