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
Our peripatetic staff team provide front-line support to accommodation based and community services all over London across our organisation. As a member of the peripatetic staff team, you will cover vacancies in a variety of roles, providing a high quality support service to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
About the Role
Within community services, you will typically fill roles as a caseworker or IDVA. As a caseworker you will carry out risk and needs assessments, safety planning, and individual support planning with survivors as well as advocating on their behalf with external agencies. As an IDVA you will also contribute to the local MARAC process; representing survivors at MARAC meetings and action planning alongside other agencies to improve survivor safety.
Within accommodation services you will typically fill the role of refuge worker. You will ensure the smooth running of the refuge, including the admission of survivors of domestic violence to the refuge. You will work with women to devise a support plan that meets their immediate practical and emotional needs and starts the process of recovery, linking women into more specialist support services where required.
If you demonstrate commitment, innovation, passion, non-judgemental and collaboration, you’ll thrive in our diverse feminist team of professional women.
Ideal candidates will:
• Have a sound understanding of practical, emotional, social and economic issues affecting survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
• Have in depth knowledge and confidentially advising on a range of options including safe housing, criminal justice, civil remedies
• Have sound knowledge of adult and children safeguarding
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Thrive on working under pressure, prioritising workload and crisis management
• Have a sensitive and non-judgemental approach when working with vulnerable clients
• Be experienced in risk assessment, management and safety planning
• Have the ability to have enhanced DBS
• Ideally CAADA/Safe Lives/Women’s Aid IDVA or DAPA qualified, or willingness to study.
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
To apply please complete and send the Application Form AND Equality Monitoring form to [email protected] by the closing date above. If for any reason you are having trouble downloading the documents, please email us and we will send the documents to you.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs.
Please ensure you send the correct documents by the closing date, as late applications will not be accepted.
Due to the number of applications we receive, Solace Women’s Aid cannot communicate further with applicants who are not shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application was not successful this time.
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 feel free to 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 women 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.
An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role