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Carers Specialist Advocate - Whole Housing Service

Advance Charity
Hammersmith, London
£27,000 - £30,000 per annum, dependent on experience
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Carer Specialist Advocate – Whole Housing Service
Hammersmith, London

The Company

Advance is a well-respected, award-winning, and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending.

We’re currently looking for a Carer Specialist Advocate to join our VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) team and provide support to female carer victims of domestic abuse.

The Benefits

- Salary of £27,000 - £30,000 per annum, dependent on experience
- 30 days’ holiday plus public holidays and a day off for International Women’s Day
- Pension scheme
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
- Wellbeing Support
- Perkbox

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a track record of supporting women who have experienced domestic violence and with complex needs to make a genuine difference to the lives of victims.

Joining our collaborative team, you will discover ample support to help you to grow into the role as well as a focusing on your own mental health and wellbeing through an extensive array of benefits and perks.

We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives and you will play a key role in helping us deliver vital services to those who need them the most.

The Role

As a Carer Specialist Advocate, you will work with our service users who are Carers experiencing domestic abuse to build safety and support plans, engage with multi-agency partners and maintain or access safe accommodation.

You will provide advocacy and support via phone and face-to-face, for both crises and in the longer-term, empowering women and ensuring that the voice of survivors informs every stage of their journey towards improved safety.

Holding a caseload of survivors, you will work as part of our duty team on a rota basis which will involve completing intake assessments and providing crisis intervention support.

About You

To be considered as a Carer Specialist Advocate, you will need:

- Experience of supporting women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage or ‘honour-based violence’
- Experience of risk and needs assessment and safety and support planning, particularly with clients with complex and/or multiple needs
- Experience of crisis management
- Experience of successfully managing high numbers of calls and/or caseloads
- Experience of partnership working and maintaining excellent working relationships with a range of stakeholders
- Knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures and legislation
- A good understanding of violence against women and girls with a particular focus on the dynamics of domestic violence (physical, emotional and sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based violence’, forced marriage, stalking and harassment) and its impact on women, children, families and communities
- An understanding of the criminal justice system
- Understanding of legislation relating to legal and civil options, housing, benefits, matrimonial and children
- The ability to network, influence, problem solve to facilitate positive outcomes for women and children
- A relevant qualification or training, for example in domestic violence, criminal justice, law, social work, substance misuse or a related area

This post is open to female applicants only as this is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. Please note, any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

The closing date for applications: 29th May 2022

Other organisations may call this role Support Worker, IDVA, Domestic Abuse Support Officer, Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, Housing Support Worker, or Support Advocate.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community.

So, if you want to have a real impact as a Carer Specialist Advocate, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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