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Senior Independent Sexual Violence Advocate - Jewish Women's Aid

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  • Sector: Not for Profit
  • Salary: £28,000- £30,000 pro rata
  • Employer: JWA
Jewish Women’s Aid is setting up a Sexual Violence Service – The Dina Project – offering Advocacy through the Criminal Justice System, a Helpline and Counselling for survivors. 
We are looking to recruit an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate to support women aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual violence and who are either considering or going through the criminal justice system. 

You will be empathic and be able to provide non-directive advocacy support with an ability to work under pressure. You will already have experience of working with vulnerable women in the criminal justice system; a knowledge and understanding of sexual violence and the Jewish community is essential. 

Key responsibilities: 

Support and Advocacy
  • Provide non-therapeutic but empowering and empathetic support, information and advocacy that enables survivors to access their rights and make informed choices
  • Undertake and regularly review risk and needs assessments to ensure a survivor’s safety and wellbeing
  • Develop a support plan, in conjunction with the survivor, to address their individual needs
  • Support survivors to access services that they require including forensic medical examination, therapeutic support, sexual health, legal, mental health and other services
  • Ensure that the safety of survivors and children is paramount by working within local and JWA safeguarding policies, procedures and protocols at all times
  • To liaise with helpliners and provide guidance and support as required

Support through the Criminal Justice system
  • Provide impartial and accurate information on reporting to the police and/or civil justice remedies
  • Support survivors through the criminal justice process from report to court and post-trial as necessary, acting as the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) when requested whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Advocate and inform survivors of their rights and entitlements in the criminal justice system as outlined in the Victims Code and the Witness Charter, including their rights to have decisions reviewed, make complaints or provide feedback to CJS agencies
  • Provide information and support in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation and refer to specialist agencies as required
  • Operate within legal and professional boundaries at all times and ensure a thorough understanding of the legal limitations of ISVA support
Case Management
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records of all work undertaken in keeping with the standards of the role, organisational policies and procedures and legislation
  • Attend and make effective use of line management and clinical supervision
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation information for clients in line with funding expectations and organisational policies and procedures
  • Inform the survivor about how they can complain or feedback about the ISVA service in line with organisational policy
  • Ensure the survivor understands the limitations of the service and signpost/refer to services for ongoing support if required
Partnership Working
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with key partners and outside agencies
  • Support the Communications & Training Manager with awareness raising, service promotion and/or training to external agencies as required
  • To undertake own administration
  • To attend team meetings, staff training supervision/appraisals as required 
  • To abide by and implement all JWA policies
  • To carry out other duties appropriate to the post as requested by your Line Manager or Chief Executive
Core Skills
Advice/advocacy skills in a SV agency, ISVA qualified

Person specification:

Knowledge & Understanding

1. Knowledge and understanding of the impact of sexual violence on survivors and society 
2. Knowledge and understanding of the Jewish community in Britain and the barriers to reporting faced by this community
3. Speaking and understanding Ivrit (Desirable)
4. Working knowledge of policy, legislation and services relevant to survivors of sexual violence, including the criminal justice system
5. Working knowledge of safeguarding legislation and practice
6. Understanding of and commitment to the Aims and Objectives of Women’s Aid in general and Jewish Women’s Aid in particular

Experience and Qualifications
7. Experience of direct working with survivors of sexual violence
8. ISVA qualified
9. Experience of risk assessment and management plus safety planning
10. Experience of managing a busy caseload, working under pressure and prioritising workload
11. Demonstrable track record of combating discrimination and actively promoting equality and good diversity practice
12. Experience of developing new, innovative projects/services    

13 Ability to work as part of a team
14. Ability to form good working relationships and maintain professional boundaries with survivors in crisis
15. Ability to communicate and maintain relationships with a wide range of voluntary and statutory agencies
16. Ability to advocate on behalf of service users
17. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
18. Enthusiasm and skill to develop knowledge of digitally-enhanced stalking and provide support to the rest of the team (training provided)
19. Ability to work well under pressure
20. Ability to keep excellent service data and produce monitoring reports as required
21. Possess good administrative skills including keeping high quality and accurate case notes

22. Ability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings 
23. Experience of developing new, innovative projects/services
24 Ability to manage professional boundaries 
25. Ability and willingness to travel across London
26. A commitment to delivering meaningful interventions and fostering innovation in working practice

18 month contract with possibility of extension.
Closing date: 21st February 2019
Interviews: 4th March 2019