Domestic Abuse Support Worker
Role: Domestic Abuse Support Worker – The Pathways to Change Project
Rate: £22,934 - £24,934
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours Monday to Friday
Our client, a specialist Domestic Violence charity based in the Black Country is looking to recruit a Domestic Abuse Support Worker for their innovative project “The Pathways to Change”.
The Pathways to Change project is an innovative project designed to reduce offending behavior of domestic abuse perpetrators through community and group interventions. Perpetrator work and victim support run in parallel. Perpetrator work is delivered by St Giles Trust and Relate Birmingham. Our client delivers the parallel victim support to victims
Synopsis of duties:
- Ability to work with low, medium and high risk victims, focusing on and prioritising high risk cases and providing pro-active, short to medium term crisis interventions to increase their personal safety (and that of any children) and informing them of their rights and options in terms of housing, legal and welfare rights.
- Provide direct casework support, advice, information and empowerment to individuals experiencing DVA through telephone contact and face to face meetings.
- Advocate for and work with high risk victims of domestic abuse to help them access services to keep them and their children safe.
- Identify and assess the risks and needs of domestic abuse victims using an evidence-based risk identification checklist.
- Keep in regular communication with victims and with the parallel perpetrator services to ensure risks are assessed, monitored and shared as appropriate.
- Recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the advocacy service, including those from hard to reach groups.
- Support the empowerment of victims, assisting them to recognise the dynamics of domestic abuse present in their own situation, and to help them regain control of their lives.
- Facilitation of group work, as and when needed, to raise awareness of the dynamics of domestic abuse and empower victims to live free from abuse.
- Attend criminal and civil court with clients when required, so that they feel supported and are aware of the process.
- Develop good working relationships and liaise with outside agencies about the risks and needs of victims when needed; this will include joint working and referrals to colleagues or other external agencies where appropriate.
- To be an active member of multi-agency networks and meetings, such as child protection conferences and core groups, maintaining good communications with other professionals involved and advocacy for the victim.
- Prepare reports to feed into MARAC and other operational safeguarding forums. Attendance to present cases at MARAC may be required on an ad hoc basis.
- Record case work accurately and ensure the administration of caseload is always up to date.
- Attend regular case review meetings within BCWA and with parallel perpetrator services in order to communicate information regarding cases and, in particular, share information around high risk cases.
- Ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the Senior IDVA/manager.
- Ensure that all data is recorded accurately, evaluation measures are completed and support outcomes are obtained and that the recording systems and maintained and up to date.
- IDVA qualification and/or direct experience of working in domestic/sexual violence.
- Qualification or training equivalent to minimum level 3 education standard in a relevant topic, such as health and social care.
- Experience of working with vulnerable adults and children, acknowledging safeguarding concerns and responding appropriately.
- Experience of managing complex casework, including issues such as child abuse, mental health, substance abuse, working with trauma in adults and children and crisis intervention.
- Experiencing of working within a supportive setting for vulnerable people, providing direct support and a needs led service, undertaking risk and needs assessments and support planning, using a variety of intervention tools.
- Experience of taking referrals for services, gathering information regarding the victim and their circumstances, assessing the information, agreeing needs and identifying risk, understanding the right service to refer on to.
Supporting Futures Consulting acts as both an employer and an agency.
Location: Sandwell | Salary: 22934 - 24934 per year | Job type: Permanent | Posted: 15/09/2023