Vacancy – Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
JOB TITLE: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
SCALE: SCALE 6 (£26,865-£28,725)
SUPERVISION: Senior Service Delivery Manager
Accountable on a daily basis to Serenity Manager
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours a week To work with the team to cover core hours Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00. Hours can be worked flexibly, but will include some evening work
Closing date: 1st October 2021
Interview date: 14th October 2021
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
As a member of the Serenity SARC team the post holder will work in partnership with colleagues and other services to coordinate and deliver a multi-agency response to adult victims ( male, female and transgender) who have experienced sexual abuse and assault, ensuring they receive information, advice, support and access to the follow up services appropriate to their circumstances.
This post-holder will be employed by Voice for Victims and Witnesses Ltd and will be employed on Voices terms and conditions, policies and procedures. The post holder will be seconded to Serenity and line managed by the Serenity Manager on a daily basis.
The post holder will be expected to manage and lead a caseload of victims assessed as having a range of different needs that will vary during the year (c.100 cases). They will;
- Undertake a risk assessment and support a needs analysis with a client.
- Provide specialist support delivering an individual service plan to address risks/support needs of each client.
- Attend and participate in MARAC meetings on a case by case basis.
- Will be required to advise & enable clients to access services to which they are entitled. The post holder will be expected to use the Serenity fast-track referral systems to sexual health follow-up services and referrals to mental health services, local counselling organisations, and other specialist services, assisting with the arrangement of child care and return to work.
- Will be expected to re-contact all clients referred to the service, if possible, within 48 hours of initial attendance for forensic examination or support, and subsequently as necessary until other support is identified or at the client’s request. (If the police have already made a referral to victim support services under Victims Code of Practice, liaise with relevant victim agency re contact and the needs and risk assessment).
- Will provide specialist support face to face and via telephone support (non therapeutic) to clients and their supporters where appropriate around the needs identified. The post holder must have excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills where there may be barriers to communication.
- Will help clients develop their own support network
- Will explain and advise on criminal/ legal, and if relevant, civil remedies and housing options to clients.
- Provide information and support in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation.
- Consider safeguarding issues where they have been assaulted in a domestic setting and follow safeguarding policies and information sharing protocols and refer to service manager.
- If the client reports to the Police
- Support the client through the criminal justice system, explaining the procedures and their role and rights within the system.
- Subject to local arrangements and the views of the client, support the client in the witness statement and during the trial phase in conjunction with Witness Services.
- Liaise with the police (direct request must have occurred) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on behalf of the client, with the client’s consent and adhering to confidentiality policy in relation to release of information. If local protocols are agreed to keep the victim informed about case progress on behalf of the police (Witness Care Unit) in line with the requirements of the Victims Code of Practice.
- Participate in case conferences with the police, CPS and prosecuting barrister
- Understand the need for some clients accessing special measures and advocate on their behalf where necessary in relation to their provision.
- Good knowledge of the statutory and voluntary services at a local and national level relating to sexual abuse and assault.
- High level of understanding of the impact of sexual abuse and assault on victims and their families (SS)
- A clear and current understanding of legislation relating to sexual abuse including child protection, safeguarding duties and criminal law (SS)
- Proven record of working with sexual assault victims. (SS)
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate to a broad spectrum of individuals and groups, and quickly build rapport with vulnerable individuals. (SS)
- The ability to cope with a high and demanding workload, to work flexibly and during crisis/sensitive situations. (SS)
- The ability to assess cases, and prioritise workloads with minimal supervision.(SS)
- Experience of working successfully with other agencies and seeking joint solutions. (SS)
- Ability to work as part of a team and assist other team members when required.
- Sound understanding of the causes and implications of sexual assault incidents.
- Sound administration and organisational skills including computer literacy.
- Demonstrate self-reliance and self-motivation.
- Empathetic approach when dealing with all clients.
- Possession of a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate a level of awareness of equality issues appropriate to this role.
Prior to applying for this role there are a number of important aspects for you to consider:
- The post-holder must have a full UK clean driving license as they will be expected to travel county-wide.
- The post-holder must undergo mandatory training which will be paid for by the company.
- This post will be subject to Police vetting.
- SARC staff and medical personnel will be asked to voluntarily provide DNA and fingerprints for elimination purposes only.
- The post is subject to an exception order under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.This stipulates that all previous convictions including those that are ‘spent’ must be declared. Previous convictions will not necessarily preclude an individual from employment within the Provider Services but must be declared in writing at the appropriate stage during the recruitment
- The post-holder will be exposed to distressing and highly emotional circumstances.
- The post-holder must be flexible and able to cover office hours between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday.