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See below for a paid vacancy that has arisen with the Axis Counselling ISVA Service


Children & Young People Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Job Description

Salary:                £17,316 per annum (actual)

(increasing to £17,719 upon successful completion of training)

Holidays:           25 days plus statutory holidays per annum to be calculated pro rata to hours worked


To work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to victims of sexual violence aged 11-17 within and outside of the criminal justice system to:

  • Risk assess and help clients keep safe
  • Help clients access their rights
  • Help clients access health and other services they require
  • Monitor and keep client informed of case progress
  • Provide support through the criminal justice system

The successful applicant will be required to understand and operate within the Axis organisation’s policies, procedures and guidelines and work to the principles of equal opportunities.

This post is subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau check.


All clients

  • Contact clients referred to the service, within 3 working days and support as necessary.
  • Undertake needs and risk assessment with client
  • Develop individual support plan to address risks/support needs of client
  • If assault was domestic abuse related and the client is assessed as high risk, refer on to Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) following agreed protocols and work with the IDVA
  • Attend and participate in MARAC meetings.
  • Help clients to access services to which they are entitled e.g. sexual health services, making referrals to mental health/counselling agencies, assisting with child care arrangements and return to work/ educational setting.
  • Provide face to face support to clients and their supporters
  • Communicate with client/agencies using e-mail, letter and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate
  • Help client develop own support network
  • Explain criminal, legal and, if relevant, civil remedies and housing options to clients
  • Provide information and support in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Where relevant, keep other agencies informed about important changes in client’s situation
  • Consider and respond to safeguarding issues


If client reports to the police

  • Support client through the criminal justice system, explaining the procedures and their role and rights within the system.
  • Support the client to report to the Police and during the trial phase in conjunction with Witness Services
  • Liaise with the police and CPS on behalf of the client, with the client’s consent and adhering to confidentiality policy in relation to release of information.
  • Keep the client informed about case progress on behalf of the police in line with the requirement of the Victims Code of Practice (once Information Exchange protocols have been agreed)
  • To understand the need for some clients accessing special measures


  • Manage a caseload
  • Maintain and monitor records of all cases
  • Follow procedures and protocols with other services so that the safety of the clients is kept central to any process
  • Note and feed back to other agencies any consistent difficulties clients are having accessing their service.
  • Contribute to the development of service policies, protocols, guidelines and strategies within area of practice as necessary
  • Develop and maintain effective communication systems with key partners including police, CPS, court services, social care, education, Victim Support, witness service, voluntary and statutory sector organisations.
  • Any other duties the Manager considers appropriate.


  • Attend monthly line management supervision
  • Attend monthly clinical supervision
  • Identify and attend appropriate training opportunities


  • To produce written reports as required
  • Any other duties as directed by your Line Manager

The post will be reviewed after three months and following consultation with the post holder duties may change or be developed subject to available funding and the needs of the service.


Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Person Specification

(This form indicates how the different requirements may be assessed during the selection process).

A – Application form  I – Interview

Essential / DesirableAny offers of appointment will be conditional on staff committing to completingtraining in those areas deemed essential to the post Method of Assessment
Education, qualifications and training
Good standard of education (Level 4) or equivalent experience X X
Employment History
Relevant previous or current employment / work experience X X
Skills and experience
Knowledge and understanding of the nature of sexual violence X X
Knowledge and understanding of the impact of sexual violence X X
Experience of working with victims of sexual violence X X
Experience of working with 11 to 17 year olds X
Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system X X
Experience of and ability to work pro-actively X X
High standards of practice and presentation of work X
Able to prioritise own workload and deal with competing demands X
Experience of working with a range of agencies X X
Knowledge of child protection issues and legislation X X
Understanding of gender equality duty X X
Understanding of the need to maintain personal records of clients
Proficient at using Information Technology including Windows, Microsoft Office, email and the Internet X X
Personal attributes
Ability to work on own initiative, in partnership and as part of a team X X
Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills X X
Ability to form and maintain good working relationships with colleagues X X
Ability to produce written and verbal reports
Understanding the need for professional confidentiality and its boundaries X X
Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice X X
Strong crisis management skills, methodical and well organised X X
Ability to work in an empathetic manner, to maintain consistency and develop a rapport with service users X X
Special requirements
Eligible to work in the UK X
An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check X
Willing to access training relating to duties X
Able to travel as required X


CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER, INTERVIEWS ON TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2018.  If you have not heard from us by 23rd October you will not have been shortlisted for interview.




For a word application form click CYP ISVA-application-form


To apply and for more information contact  You can also return your application by post to Axis Counselling, Fletcher House, 15 College Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1LY.



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