Inclusion and Diversity IDVA

Health and Wellbeing programme, Additional leave

Inclusion and Diversity Domestic Violence Advisor – Swindon

Working for Swindon Women’s Aid calls for a very special individual, someone who has had previous experience working with victims of domestic violence and supporting those from a diverse range of community networks. This is a full time post working Monday to Friday and is supported by an attractive salary and benefits package.

The overall objective is to provide a pro-active service a diverse range of victims in Swindon with protected characteristics of domestic abuse to keep them safe whether residing in the refuge or other safe accommodation. You will develop links with many service partners, including Local Authority, GP’s and Medical professionals, The Police and Courts system in order to reach the best outcomes for the support and safeguarding of victims within the Swindon community, in order to build relationships and encourage reporting of domestic abuse.

Working as an advocate of service and support, you will work in a trauma informed way to provide support, advice and safety planning to the victims and their children as appropriate. This will include the assessment of the needs of the victims and their families and work jointly with or signpost to other support and therapeutic services as necessary to empower them to be able to live a life free from abuse.

The ability to work on a number of cases, taking ownership and responsibility for overall support, referral and positive outcomes will need a number of key skills. You will have a naturally caring, compassionate and emphatic nature, the ability to listen, offering best advice using correct verbal and body language communication skills at all times. You will maintain accurate and legally compliant notes and records, have an advanced working knowledge of Word, Outlook and Excel for reporting requirements. 

You will be a positive ambassador for Swindon Women’s Aid ensuring services are delivered to the highest of standards and all policies and procedures are adhered to at all times. Ideally you will hold an IDVA qualification or willingness to work towards qualification stage, with previous experience and necessary knowledge of working with, managing and engaging with highly vulnerable victims of abuse in a support function.

Of course you will receive the very best training and on-job coaching in order to maintain  incredible high standards and regulations and you will be able to provide satisfactory employment references, be willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check. Own transport is required for this role, as there is a need to visits a number of locations and setting in the wider Swindon area

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