Main purpose of job: To provide specialist counselling and support to young people (12-19) who have experienced rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse. The role includes wider responsibilities as a member of CARA's staff team including 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: 28 or 35 hours per week (to be agreed).
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.
Application deadline: 3pm, Tuesday 24th August 2021.
Interviews: Tuesday 31st August.
Start date: As soon as possible, subject to receipt of satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check.
Mandatory Training Dates: To be confirmed.
This post is restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.
To provide specialist counselling and support to young people 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.
To provide one-to-one counselling and support to young people (aged 12-19), holding a caseload of clients.
To provide occasional counselling and support to adults.
To undertake client assessments and make appropriate arrangements for their support.
In the first instance the post is likely to cover Braintree, 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 Child and Young Person's 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 Child and Young Person's Practice Manger, Head of Operations, Chief Executive Officer and 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.
During the COVID-19 crisis, CARA has continued to provide a range of remote services. From early June, we have gradually started to offer limited face-to-face support.
About Synergy Essex
CARA is part of Synergy Essex - the Essex Rape and Sexual Abuse Partnership. We work closely with South Essex-based SERICC 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.