Children’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (CIDVA)

£26,000-29,000 dependent on experience
Closing date
Contract type
Fixed term until 31st March 2021
Interview date

Solace Women’s Aid is an innovative, exciting, grassroots charity working across London. Our purpose is to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors, and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has saved the lives of thousands of women, men and children in the capital. We are looking for friendly and diligent individuals to join our services and help us make a difference.

About the Service

Islington Solace Advocacy and Support Service (SASS) is a team made up of IDVAs, caseworkers and IRIS workers. We work with all levels of risk and work closely with our partner agencies to ensure victims/survivors of domestic violence receive a good standard of service.

About the Role

We are seeking a CIDVA to offer assertive advocacy and tailored support and information services to young survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual exploitation aged 5-17 years of age who are experiencing significant harm from interpersonal harm and relationship abuse. You will carry out holistic needs and risk assessments in a timely manner and refer high risk cases to MARAC where appropriate. Working with young survivors, you will agree Individualised Safety and Support Plans, working to reduce risk and meet identified needs including making referrals to other appropriate agencies. You will provide an effective and well managed case work service working to targets agreed in the Safety and Support Plan and to act as an advocate for survivors keeping their safety at the centre of all coordinated responses.  You will conduct early intervention activities to reduce the occurrence of domestic and sexual violence in communities where it is prevalent and run outreach to groups at high risk, and increase awareness with children and young people who need access to independent support.

About You

Ideal candidates will have experience of working with children and young people in a multi-agency setting, and of working in partnership with a range of statutory and voluntary sector practitioners including health practitioners.

A CAADA /Safe Lives/Women’s Aid IDVA or DAPA qualification is desirable.

You will have a good understanding of the causes and dynamics of domestic and sexual abuse, including its impact on victims/survivors, with a particular interest and knowledge of the complexities of the issues 13-17 year olds face as well as the fluidity of risk with this age group. A flexible approach to your work and a commitment to the values of Solace Women’s Aid is essential.

In return, we offer great employee benefits including three per cent employer pension contribution, generous holiday entitlement and a focus on learning and development.

How to apply

Please read the full Job Description & Person Specification. To apply, please send your CV and Supporting Statement outlining your interest in working for Solace and explaining how you meet the criteria set out in the Job Description & Person Specification. Along with this, please complete the Equality Monitoring form and send all three documents to [email protected] by the closing date.

We will only accept CV’s and Supporting Statements with a maximum of 2 pages and Font size 12. Please ensure you send the correct documents by the closing date, as late CV’s and Supporting Statements will not be accepted.

Due to the number of CV’s and Supporting Statements we receive, Solace Women’s Aid cannot communicate further with candidates who are not shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.

Solace is a Disability Confident employer. Please email us at [email protected] if you require any additional support to apply for this role.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to female applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

As part of safer recruitment we require all successful candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure.

No agencies.