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Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner

Closing date 15th August 22

Salary: £23,139 to £27,444 pa depending on experience and qualifications

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.

Salary: £23,139 to £27,444 pa depending on experience and qualifications

Main Tasks 

  1. To accept referrals allocated by the service manager or senior DAP and commence an initial need and risk assessment with the client within the specified timescales initiating plans to manage and address risks, needs and immediate safety
  2. Managing own case load, planning and delivery of support to clients and their children on the basis of risk and need
  3. To provide support to clients and their children living in our own accommodation in line with a structured plan that is driven by the risks posed to the client and the needs and preferences of the individual client, which is regularly reviewed with the client and line manager to ensure it reflects their current situation and priorities across the caseload as a whole, using mandated best practice tools.
  4. To ensure clients have in place, and continuously review with them and the line manager, robust risk management plans to support them living safely and ensure that they always have 24 hour access to support in the event that a crisis arises and they need to be made safe using additional support.
  5. To work closely with external partner agencies, advocating on behalf of the client to meet their individual support needs in particular where those needs are specialist e.g. Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Legal etc and signposting and supporting clients to access the community based services. Ensure excellent professional relationships are forged and maintained with both the clients and agencies.
  6. To ensure you work in close partnerships with other professionals and organisations in the locality effectively integrating with their services where this enables us to better reach visible and hidden clients
  7. To ensure that all safeguarding measures are delivered in respect of the client and their children and that at all times you adhere strictly to Safer Places policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
  8. To support clients to improve their resilience and prospects by encouraging engagement with the various programmes and opportunities offered within the service such as specialist programmes for people who have experienced domestic abuse (triple R), improving numeracy and literacy, ESOL, Employability and other programmes provided in house or by other community partners
  9. Ensure that all monitoring information is delivered on time, that KPI’s are met
  10. Working as part of a team take responsibility as part of that team for the day to day running of the refuge and community services, fulfilling whatever role is allocated to you by your line manager, including ensuring that all Health and Safety requirements are managed appropriately and that the refuge and outreach facilities are clean, welcoming and resourced at all times.
  11. To maintain and develop effective working relationships within a designated area of responsibility ensuring all opportunities are exploited to enable clients to directly access our services through local drop ins co-located within partners facilities or within our own facilities
  12. To maintain excellent confidential records, provide detailed handover reports to colleagues, appropriate referral information when working in partnership with other agencies and ensure that consistent and accurate monitoring systems are
  13. To act in a professional manner at all times, communicating effectively with colleagues and partners, building and sustaining effective and appropriate relationships at all times with clients, colleagues and partners and complying with Safer Places policies and procedures
  14. Ensure that all monitoring data is completed on time
  15. To work flexibly within the shift pattern allocated by your line manager

EXPERIENCE

Working with vulnerable people

Essential

 

Managing a caseload

Essential

 

Working within a multi-agency and legislative framework

Essential

 

Working with client who have Mental Health and / or Substance Misuse issues

Desirable

KNOWLEDGE

Have a good understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children

Essential

 

Be able to form good working relationships with women whilst working within professional boundaries

Essential

 

Have theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic abuse and their children

Essential

 

Understand Safeguarding and child protection issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues

Essential

 

Understand the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children

Essential

 

Understand the remits and resources of relevant statutory bodies and voluntary agencies

Essential

 

Understand and be committed to equal opportunities and diversity issues in policy and practice

Essential

 

Have a good working knowledge of the local area

Desirable

 

Mental health, drugs and alcohol issues. Understand the requirement to maintain a safe and clean living environment for clients and their children

Essential

SKILLS

Have computer literacy skills and have some experience of working with databases

Essential

 

Have excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills, both written and verbal when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals

Essential

 

Have strong crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations

Essential

QUALIFICATIONS

Hold a Safe Lives IDVA training certificate, or a relevant degree, or demonstrable equivalent experience, or a vocational qualification

Essential

 

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 appointment

Essential

Essential: 

  • Be subject to an Enhanced DBS check  
  • Be a driver with access to a vehicle.  

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

Application Form 

Guidance Notes 

Job Description

Safeguarding Statement 

Closing date: 15/08/22

Please send any enquires to [email protected] 

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