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Male IDVA - Housing Specialist

Employer
Victim Support
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 Jul 2022

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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We have a new and exciting role in the London Victim and Witness Service, which has created this fabulous opportunity for a Male Independent Domestic Violence Advisor- Housing Specialist to join our specialist male victims team. The role will be home and office based, covering the whole of London, working 37.5 hours a week.Do you want to join a committed and inspiring team? Do you want to help make a real difference every day?Do you want to contribute to change & improve the quality of lives of male survivors of domestic abuse?Do you have resilience & adaptability? Can you work effectively with a focus on safety and customer service and care?If yes, then we'd love to hear from you.What we offer:At Victim Support we believe in attracting & retaining the best people and offer a competitive rewards & benefits package including:Flexible working options including hybrid working25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, rising to 30 days plus Bank HolidaysPension with 5% employer contributionEnhanced sick pay allowances & maternity paymentsHigh Street, retail, holiday, entertainment & leisure discountsAccess to our financial wellbeing hub & salary deducted financeEmployee assistance programme & wellbeing supportOngoing training & support with opportunities for career development & progressionAbout the role:This role is home and office based, with travel throughout London. As a Male Independent Domestic Violence Advisor- Housing Specialist you will: -Ensure that male survivors' safety and housing needs are met.Provide specialist support for survivors at the moment of crisis.Provision of advocacy; supporting survivors to access safe accommodation.Ensure that the service prioritises the safety, security and dignity of service users and their childrenYou will need:A good understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their childrenUnderstand the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their childrenUnderstand Safeguarding issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issuesHave a good understanding of Housing Law to be able to provide up to date advice and information to victims of domestic abuse on housing related needsExperience of working with housing agencies or in a housing setting in the context of domestic abuseHave excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills, both written and verbal when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals. Understand and be committed to equal opportunities and diversity issues in policy and practice.Have a strong crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situationsThe ability to speak a second language: Sylheti/Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, Gujarati, Somali, Yoruba, Akan, French, Lingala, Igbo or Arabic is desirablePlease see attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.About Us: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.Victim Support 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 may 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.How to apply:To apply for this role please follow the link below to the Jobs page on our website, and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.We looking forward to hearing from you.We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if we receive enough suitable applications to take forward to interview prior to the published closing date.
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