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Domestic Abuse Independent Victim Advocates

Employer
Victim Support
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
29 Jun 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Victim Support is looking for 4 Domestic Abuse caseworkers including two BAME workers based in one of our Lancashire offices, either Preston, Accrington, Blackpool or Lancaster. The roles will be working with and supporting victims of Medium risk domestic abuse.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.The current Covid situation has led to a rise in reported cases of domestic abuse and we are looking for an experienced and committed individuals to join the team to provide holistic support to enable our clients to keep safe, understand their choices and options , including support through the criminal justice process. Two of the caseworkers will be working with and supporting domestic abuse victims within the BAME community so you will need to demonstrate the ability to understand cultural sensitivities and communicate effectively. You will need to be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the issues facing victims of domestic abuse and experience of supporting clients within a multi agency context. The role is demanding and you will need to have high levels of resilience and the ability to work in a fast paced environment providing person centred support that meets the needs of our clients. In particular the ability to identify risk and the legal and practical remedies available to reduce risk for our clients. Initially the role will be home based (due to the Covid situation) but once restrictions ease you will be based in one of our hubs . You will need to be a driver with access to a car. You will also need to have high levels if IT literacy and be accustomed to record keeping and case management. Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification as A. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.VS 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 will be required.Full clean driving licence (and access to a car). * If you have a disability that prevents you from driving please specify so we can assess what reasonable adjustments can be made. 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.
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