Hammersmith, London (hybrid working)
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 Housing IDVA to join our team on a permanent, full-time basis, working 35 hours per week.
- Salary of £28,000 - £31,000 per annum, depending 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
- Access to our Wellness platform
- Perk Box
- Organisation wide away days
- Enhanced maternity benefits (full pay) up to 12 weeks
If you have experience supporting women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage or ‘honour-based violence’ this is your chance to provide key support and guidance to women and girls in need.
You’ll join a collaborative and committed team, providing high-quality advocacy and support to a range of women and supporting them with their housing needs.
We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives and the expertise you bring will be key to providing crucial support to our service users when they need it most.
As a Housing IDVA, you’ll provide support to women who have experienced domestic violence, focusing on individuals with housing or tenancy issues.
Working in our fast-paced crisis intervention, advocacy and support service, you’ll ensure the voice of survivors informs every stage of the process.
You will have your own caseload of survivors and will focus on working with those aged 18 and over who access our domestic abuse service.
To be considered as a Housing IDVA, you will need:
- Experience supporting women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage or ‘honour-based violence’
- Experience of risk and needs assessment, safety and support planning, particularly with clients with complex and multiple needs
- Experience of partnership working and maintaining excellent working relationships with a range of stakeholders
- Experience working with housing agencies or in a housing setting
- A thorough 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 excellent understanding of the criminal justice system and relevant legislation with particular regard to legal and civil options, housing, benefits, matrimony and children
- Thorough knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures and legislation
- Specific knowledge and understanding of the housing system and options available
- Excellent risk assessment, support and advocacy skills and the ability to advocate
- Good data collection, monitoring and IT skills
- Good report writing skills, including preparing reports for courts, case conferences and information for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACS)
- A relevant qualification or training, for example in domestic violence, criminal justice, law, social work, substance misuse or related area
Experience providing independent domestic violence advocacy and support for women who approach housing advice and assessment for help would be beneficial to your application, as would the ability to develop individual safety and support plans in-line with the clients’ needs and the risks they face.
Experience working with housing service providers and the local council to introduce the service and encourage practitioners to identify domestic violence would be equally advantageous.
Experience advising women of their rights and options for seeking help and support from other agencies would also be desirable, as would experience co-ordinating the provision of multi-agency support and making referrals.
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Although you will be based at our Hammersmith office, there is flexibility for co-location working across the London boroughs.
Please note, you will be required to work three days per week in the office alongside two days working remotely.
We are keen to launch this exciting project at the earliest opportunity. We will therefore review all applications as they arrive and may offer interviews to exceptional candidates prior to the closing date.
The closing date for applications is 29th May 2022.
Please note, any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK.
Other organisations may call this role Domestic Violence Support Worker, Domestic Abuse Support Worker, Support Worker, Social Worker, Social Care Worker, Social Care Co-ordinator, or Housing Support Worker.
Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community.
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