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Presently we have 2 jobs being advertised.

One for an Adult Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (Closing date 5th June)

One for a Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (Closing date 12th June)

The Male ISVA Job Description and Person Spec follows the Adult ISVA details.(please scroll down)

PLEASE ENSURE YOU FILL IN THE RELEVANT APPLICATION FOR SPECIFIC ROLE YOU ARE APPLYING FOR.  THE APPLICATIONS ARE IN THE SCRIPT FOLLOWING THE RELEVANT PERSON SPECIFICATION

PLEASE READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION, AND ENSURE THAT OU ARE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE HOW YOU CAN CLOSELY FIT A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THE CRITERIA BEFORE APPLYING

ADULT INDEPENDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVISOR

Job Description

Hours:                30 hours per week

Salary:                £21,309 per annum (actual)

(increasing upon successful completion of training)

Location:           Telford & Wrekin (with some requirement to travel within Shropshire)

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

 

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

To work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to victims of sexual violence 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.

KEY TASKS

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
  • 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
  • To understand the need for some clients accessing special measures

GENERAL

  • 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.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT

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

OTHER

  • 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

Please note that the post holder must have a Full driving licence and a vehicle available for work.

Adult 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 / Desirable

Any offers of appointment will be conditional on staff committing to completing training in those areas deemed essential to the post

Method of

Assessment

A I
Education, qualifications and training
Good standard of education (Level 4) or equivalent experience X
Employment History
Relevant previous or current employment / work experience 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
Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system X X
Experience of and ability to work pro-actively 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
Knowledge of child protection issues and legislation X X
Understanding of gender equality duty X
Understanding of the need to maintain personal records of clients X
Proficient at using Information Technology including Windows, Microsoft Office, email and the Internet 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 X
Understanding the need for professional confidentiality and its boundaries X X
Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice X
Strong crisis management skills, methodical and well organised X X
Ability to work in an empathic 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

 

If you are interested in applying for the adult ISVA role please click here   for the  application form and return it to: vacancy@axiscounselling.org.uk

The closing date for this position is Friday 5th June.  If you have not heard anything by 9th June you will not have been successful in being shortlisted.  Interviews will take place on: Tuesday 16th June and Wednesday 17th June.

 

MALE INDEPENDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVISOR

Job Description

 

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO REQUIREMENTS OF THE POST, THIS ROLE IS ONLY OPEN TO MALE APPLICANTS AND IS EXEMPT FROM ‘THE EQUALITY ACT 2010’

Hours:                30 hours per week

Salary:                £21,309 per annum (actual)

(increasing upon successful completion of training)

Location:           Across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

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

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

This post aims to increase the number of male clients accessing the ISVA Service through identifying barriers and finding innovative ways to overcome them. The role will raise the profile of, and promote the ISVA Service across statutory and voluntary agencies, and establish positive, proactive and innovative working relationships with partner agencies to create straightforward referral pathways for male clients. The role will also work across all sections of our community to promote self-referrals.

The post holder will assist the organisation in attaining the consistency of service provision required to achieve the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence.

The role is to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to men and boys (aged 11+) who have experienced sexual violence 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 Enhanced DBS check.

KEY TASKS

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, and 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 services, counselling organisations, assisting with child care arrangements and return to work/ educational setting.
  • Provide direct support where the client is a young person, around identified issues such as self-harm, sleep disturbance, eating habits etc.
  • Provide face to face support to clients and their supporters
  • Communicate with client/agencies using a variety of methods such as e-mail, letter, video-calling, instant-messaging and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate
  • Help clients develop their 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
  • Work collaboratively with an integrated team of ISVAs providing support to clients of all ages and genders.

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
  • To understand the need for some clients accessing special measures

GENERAL

  • 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.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT

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

OTHER

  • 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

Please note that the post holder must have a Full driving licence and a vehicle available for work.

Please note due to commissioner requirements this role is only open to male applicants and is exempt from ‘The Equality Act 2010’

Male 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 / Desirable

Any offers of appointment will be conditional on staff committing to completing training in those areas deemed essential to the post

Method of

Assessment

A I
Education, qualifications and training
Good standard of education (Level 4) or equivalent experience X
Employment History
Relevant previous or current employment / work experience X
Skills and experience
Knowledge & understanding of the nature/ impact of sexual violence X X
Experience of working with victims of sexual violence X X
Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system X X
Experience of working with 11-17 year olds X
Experience of and ability to work pro-actively X
Experience in working with hard-to-reach groups 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
Knowledge of child protection issues and legislation X X
Understanding of gender equality duty X
Understanding of the need to maintain personal records of clients X
Proficient at using Information Technology including Windows, Microsoft Office, email and the Internet X
Experience in working towards and/ or achieving a quality standard 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 X
Understanding the need for professional confidentiality and its boundaries X X
Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice X
Strong crisis management skills, methodical and well organised X X
Ability to work in an empathic manner, to maintain consistency and develop a rapport with service users X X
Special requirements
Eligible to work in the UK X
An Enhanced DBS check X
Willing to access training relating to duties X
Able to travel as required X

If you are interested in applying for the Male ISVA role please click here   for the  application form and return it to: vacancy@axiscounselling.org.uk

The closing date for this position is Friday 12th June.  If you have not heard anything by 16th June you will not have been successful in being shortlisted.  Interviews will take place week commencing 22nd June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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