Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)
Black Country Women’s Aid Let us introduce ourselves… Black Country Women’s Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions.
All services are client and needs-led.
Job Title: Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)Position available: 9-month maternity cover (37.5 hours), based across Sandwell and WalsallSalary: £24,310.04 (unqualified)/ £26,430.04 (qualified)Closing date: 16 January 2023All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams Is this you?If you have an interest in working with this client group then we have a fantastic opportunity for you to work within our ever-growing and dynamic domestic abuse team.
As an IDVA (Care and Support needs/ Disability) you will be expected to provide a high-quality frontline support service to victims of domestic violence and abuse over the age of 16, with a focus on supporting those with a learning and physical disabilities.
We are looking for a qualified/unqualified IDVA (training may be provided for the right candidate) to join our dynamic team.
We are looking for someone with extensive experience of supporting victims/survivors of domestic abuse, managing a caseload and understanding the principles of safeguarding children and adults.
The post holder will have a good understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and how this can affect victims, particularly people who have disabilities.
The Role:The specialist IDVA will provide targeted outreach and raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on clients with disabilities across Sandwell and Walsall via voluntary and statutory agencies, to increase the number of clients with disabilities accessing our Community Domestic Abuse Support Service.
They will have the knowledge and awareness of how to support this client group and the complexities of domestic abuse for those with a disability as well as assessing their level of risk, informing clients of their options as well developing a tailored safety plan.
They will manage a caseload whilst working within a multi-agency framework to advocate for clients, including responding and reporting to Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) on behalf of clients, working closely with adult social care, occupational therapist and other agencies.
They will also support the wider Community Domestic Abuse Support Service, dealing with telephone calls, taking drop-in referrals and attending team meetings.
If you are self-driven, compassionate and hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you.
Important information for all positions Black Country Women’s Aid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975.
It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau for details of any previous criminal convictions.
Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
The post holder must be female.
Employment checksAs a responsible employer we adhere to safer recruitment practice and all our employees are subject to the following recruitment checks:
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You may be refused an interview if you do not bring the correct documents with you.
ReferencesFollowing your interview, two employment references will be sought.
One of these should be your current or most recent employer.
If you have finished full-time education and you have no employer reference, we will accept a reference from:
• a professional from your centre of study, for instance, a teacher, lecturer or headteacher• GP or health visitor• a character reference from a person who knows you• a civil servant from a government agency• a bank manager
DBSAll positions are subject to DBS checks at the relevant level.
COVID-19BCWA has adapted services during COVID to support victims of violence and abuse that meet all the latest Government guidance.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all our sites and distributed to all staff as appropriate.
Full details of the BCWA Risk Assessment can be found on our website.
Please read this as it provides the framework that we are delivering services against.
You will receive appropriate training to undertake the duties of the job on and on and offsite basis and all situations are risk assessed.
Management supervision, support and oversight is embedded in our practice to ensure all parties are kept safe.