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Independent Victim Advocate

Victim Support
Closing date
8 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
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To ensure the delivery of excellent services to victims of crime through the direct provision of information and practical and emotional help, ensuring that the overall aim of helping people cope and recover from the effects of crime is achieved. 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.Our caseworkers play a vital role in delivering structured support services to victims of crime to assist them cope and recover. The key responsibilities of an IVA is to provide a quality support service (emotional, practical, advocacy, information advice and guidance) and working collaboratively with other key stakeholders to address the impact on crime on service users and ensure their interventions are delivered to assist in cope and recovery.The ideal candidate will have experience of delivering empowerment modelled caseworking to service users in either a statutory, voluntary or community setting. You will have an excellent understanding of the requirements of confidentiality and safe working practices, robust recording and excellent IT skills.The successful candidate will be able to work confidently without direct supervision and be able to deal effectively with competing and conflicting demands in an organised manner, as well as having good problem solving skills. You will be responsible for providing a cope and recovery support service as part of a team, varying from brief interventions to long term support services over the telephone or face to face depending on client's needs.An active commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is essential. You will need to be flexible with working hours in order to meet the needs of the role. All staff work collaboratively with other organisations and contribute to seamless services. Plus adding value to the work of the organisation e.g. building networks, providing both professional and quality delivery, building reputation.A full clean driving licence and access to a car is a requirement. (If you have a disabilitythat prevents you from driving please specify so we can assess what reasonableadjustments can be made). 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 outlined in the person specification under essential and tested area. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation we look forward to hearing from you.Victim Support is 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. Police Vetting and Disclosed Barring Service checks will be required.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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