Police IDVA

Bexley & Lewisham Police Station
£25,000-£28,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience
Closing date
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
Contract type
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

Bexley’s Solace Advocacy and Support Service (Bexley SASS) provides support to survivors of domestic abuse residing in the London borough of Bexley. Working across all risk levels the team consists of independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs), caseworkers, and a group worker who facilitates domestic abuse awareness programmes across the borough.

About the Role

IDVAs provide a proactive service to survivors of domestic abuse identified as being at high risk of imminent harm. As an IDVA you will carry out risk and needs assessments, safety planning and support planning with survivors and advocate on their behalf with external agencies. A key part of this role involves contributing to the local MARAC process; representing survivors at MARAC meetings and action planning alongside other agencies to improve survivor safety.
In this role you will work as part of the Bexley Solace Advocacy and Support Service (SASS), providing support to high risk survivors of domestic abuse in the borough. In addition to this, you will work in partnership with the BCU for the tri-borough area providing advice to professionals and ensuring effective support for survivors coming through these services.

About You

If you demonstrate commitment, innovation, passion, non-judgemental and collaboration, you’ll thrive in our diverse feminist team of professional women.   
Ideal candidates will: 
• Understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and its impact on women and their children
• Have experience of providing emotional and practical support survivors of domestic abuse, managing risk and following case management procedures
• Be organised and be able to juggle conflicting demands, including managing a busy caseload, acting as part of a duty rota and co-locating within other agencies, primarily the Police.

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

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