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ACCOMMODATION ADVOCACY SUPPORT WORKER – West Essex £22 037.50 p.a. Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm 37.5hrs/wk – Ref: AASWH006

Location: West Essex

Closing Date: 31st May 2019 at 17:30

JOB REFERENCE: AASWH007

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Safer Places is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse and family conflict who live in Essex and Hertfordshire. We are governed by a board of Trustees. The people who use our services are at the heart of our organisation and we aim to work to enable them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future for themselves and their children.

We have a full-time Accommodation Advocacy Support Worker position operating in West Essex Area.

• Your paid holiday will be based on an annual entitlement of 28 days plus Bank Holiday.
• Your hours of work will be based on a normal working week of 37.5 hours per week. You will work between 8:00 am and 22:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

Office base: Harlow

This role involves:

• Undertaking an accommodation assessment for clients who do not need to live in a safe house on the basis of risk and can safely remain in the community or who do not wish to come into refuge in spite of the risks they face.
• Working with the IDVA and the client to agree the options to be pursued to ensure the client and any children are safely accommodated. This will include such measures as addressing the physical security of an existing property, working with housing departments around occupation and tenancy adjustment orders to deny perpetrators access to the property and arrangements with housing to revoke joint and put in place a sole tenancy for the victim, for securing social housing transfers as necessary, working intensively with the most vulnerable who have additional needs to ensure they understand their options and have in place the multiagency support arrangements that will make tenancy sustainment most effective etc.
• Where clients need to move within the community or to resettle from refuge agree and put in place plans to support the client to do so with as much ease as is possible assisting with practical arrangements e.g. acquiring furniture and equipment, arrangements for transport and storage, rent deposits and applying for grants for those with the least resources
• Supporting clients living in the community where there are tenancy sustainment issues, liaising with the IDVAs, debt management and other specialist agencies in support of the client sustaining and thriving in their home
• Managing own case load ensuring that clients receive the best possible service , colleagues and partners are well informed and communication between the project and the housing partners is effective .
• Participating in IDVA tasking and coordinating meetings ensuring that you remain constantly up to date on case matters

This is a permanent – full time position, which requires the candidate to:
• Have experience working with vulnerable groups.
• Have experience managing a caseload
• Experience of recognising and responding to safeguarding concerns
• Experience of working within a multi-agency and legislative framework.
• Experience of working within supported Housing environment
• Have a good understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children.
• Understanding our Housing Act and Homelessness Law
• Have a good understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children.
• Understand the remits and resources of relevant statutory bodies and voluntary agencies
• Have an understanding of Data Protection Legislation and Confidentiality
• Understand the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
• Understand the remits and resources of relevant statutory bodies and voluntary agencies.
• Understand and be committed to equal opportunities and diversity issues in policy and practice.
• Have computer literacy skills and have some experience of working with databases.
• Have excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills, both written and verbal when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals.
• Have strong crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations.
• Be subject to a DBS check
• Be a driver with access to a vehicle.
• Participate fully in the ‘out of hours’ emergency services rota

Qualifications:
• Hold a Safe Lives IDVA training certificate, or a relevant degree, or working towards or hold Level 3 Skills for Justice NVQ, or demonstrable equivalent experience and the ability and commitment to achieve qualification within 6 months of appointment.
• Safeguarding Adults Level 2 and / or Safeguarding Children Level 2 or demonstrable equivalent experience and the ability and commitment to achieve qualification within 6 months of appoint

Upon receiving an offer:
• All staff must complete a DBS disclosure due to the nature of our services. You will also be required to bring proof of ID.
• We are legally bound to check the eligibility of all candidates to work in the U.K. We therefore must have proof of your NI number (either the NI card or a recent wage slip.)
• As you will be driving in the course of your duties we are also bound by law to make sure your vehicle is safe and road worthy. We must see your driving licence, Insurance and MOT before you start work. Also needs to be insured for Business use.
• We will two satisfactory references, one of which should be from your most recent/current employer. Please let us know if we can request the references in advance.
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To apply please complete the attached application form and return it to recruitment@saferplaces.co.uk by 31st May 2019 at 17:30

NB Please quote job reference, job title and location on application form. Kindly follow the application guideline notes when completing the application form.


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