Domestic Violence Specialist
We are looking for a Domestic Violence Specialist (Children and Families) to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change. This is a new post within the exciting new Strengthening Families Plus Service, which is being introduced as part of our cutting edge Partners in Practice programme.
The post holder will provide a dual model of support to families affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse through targeted intervention for the non-abusing parent, alongside age appropriate support for their child (aged between 5 - 18 years) who has witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. The post holder will offer a series of individual one to one support sessions for the victim and their child with a focus on post crisis intervention to aid effective recovery and settlement.
As Domestic Violence Specialist (Children and Families) for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for
- Providing tailored support to victims of domestic abuse and their children with the aim of strengthening the parent-child relationship and mitigating against the adverse impact of Domestic Violence.
- Empowering victims to regain control over their lives and make positive decisions for their children.
- Providing support through a series of one-to- one visits with children and young people in school or an agreed location to support them in recovery and resilience. Complete joint sessions with parent and child, where necessary.
- Completing thorough risk assessments to identify and manage key risk factors with families, formulating a personalised plan of support to minimise likelihood of repeat incidents and monitor risk.
- Taking appropriate steps to manage risk in the event of an incident, referring to MARAC and specialist DV services when required.
- To monitor outcomes of intervention at timely intervals using distance travelled tools and impact evaluation tools.
You will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children's services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs' children's services and we have established a reputation as one of the leading children's services providers in the country.
AfC is one of the Department for Education's seven 'Partners in Practice', tasked with leading improvement
across the sector. As a Partner in Practice, we have been awarded a grant to test new ways to support some of the most vulnerable children in our boroughs - including an innovative approach supporting teenagers on the edge of the care system.
What we're looking for
To be a Domestic Violence Specialist for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
Significant experience of working with hard to reach and challenging clients with complex needs, including high risk domestic violence and abuse.
Experience of delivering one to one tailored support and structured programmes.
Use of counselling, therapeutic and cognitive behavioural approaches
Experience of working holistically with families affected by domestic violence
Ability to maintain effective, transparent and timely communication with families and key partners.
Knowledge and understanding of key principles for the work with female victims and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Knowledge and experience of power and coercive control dynamics and principles in relation to child safeguarding issues.
Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award.
As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the
employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.
The successful candidate will have access to;
- Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
- A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
- Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
- A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
- Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
- Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/
How to find out more
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Keval Shah for an informal discussion.
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the
welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this
All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.