Specialist Advocate

£25,000-£28,500 depending on qualifications and experience
Closing date
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
Contract type
Fixed Term - to 31st March 2020
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 a friendly and diligent individual to join our services and help us make a difference.

About the Service

Solace offers extensive violence against women and girls (VAWG) services in LB Southwark; these include a range of advocacy and support options for survivors, therapeutic support for children, a behaviour change programme for perpetrators and training for professionals and community members.

Support for survivors in LB Southwark is predominantly provided through Solace’s advocacy and support service (SASS). Provision includes one to one advocacy support, an IRIS service, a Group Programme, a Sanctuary Scheme and peer support. In addition, Solace provides a number of specialist services for survivors in the borough; these include outreach services in partnership with Children’s Social Care and Southwark Housing Solutions for women with multiple needs, and a supported accommodation service in dispersed properties for women and their children.

About the Role

We are looking to recruit an experienced, dynamic Specialist Advocate to join our Advocacy and Support Team in Southwark as part of an exciting partnership project with Children’s Social Care.

This exciting partnership works with women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse and finding it hard to engage with existing support services. Using learning from the “My Sisters Place” project developed in Middlesbrough, we offer women bespoke dedicated support which places emphasis on addressing their multiple needs. The project also offers therapeutic support for children to ensure the effects of witnessing abuse are addressed and long lasting effects minimised.

About You

The ideal candidate will have experience of working intensively with service users as part of a multidisciplinary team, be adept at risk and needs assessment and support planning.

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the intersection between domestic abuse and multiple/complex needs, a strong understanding of how this can make it difficult for women to engage with support, and an ability to reflect on your own practice.

If you demonstrate commitment, innovation, passion, a non-judgemental and collaborative approach, you will thrive in our diverse feminist team of professional women.   
Ideal candidates will have experience working with victim/survivors of VAWG and a solid understanding of the support options available to them.

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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