BD006 – Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

Location: Blackburn Status: Full Time Hours Per Week: 37 hours per week (fixed term until 21st May 2020) Salary: £21,500 - £23,200 per annum Closing Date: 19th February 2019 Interview Date: 26th Febraury 2019

About you

Do you hold a CAADA IDVA training certificate, or a relevant degree, or demonstrable equivalent experience, or a vocational qualification, or be willing to undertake relevant training? Do you have strong crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations? Do you have excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills, both written and verbal when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals?

Do you have experience managing a caseload? Do you have experience working within a multi-agency and legislative framework? Do you have experience working with vulnerable people?

Do you have theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic abuse and their children? Do you have an understanding child protection issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues? Do you have an understanding of the remits and resources of relevant statutory bodies and voluntary agencies? Do you have a good understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children?

Do you have the ability to work flexibly as part of a team and in an open plan office environment? Do you have the ability to act with integrity and respect when working with all clients, agencies and individuals? Do you have the ability to motivate individuals and agencies to move through courses of action and decision making processes?

If so, the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate role may be the role for you.

About us

Changing Lives is a national charity that supports over 17,500 people each year. We are a well-respected, growing organisation dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable people across the UK.

We began as a soup run supporting people who were homeless in the North East over 45 years ago, and are proud to still have our main base and central office in the North East. Since 1970, our services have grown and developed to support people experiencing a wide range of personal challenges, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic abuse.

We’re looking for committed and compassionate professionals who share our enthusiasm for changing lives.

About the job

To provide a high-quality frontline service to victims of domestic abuse, delivering a service to those at highest risk. To work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership responses to domestic abuse.

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