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Practitioner (within Complex Care Pathfinder service supporting adult survivors of Sexual Abuse)

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Axis overview

Axis Counselling is a charity which has been supporting survivors of sexual abuse for 30 years. We support adults and children aged from 5 years and over, plus family members and loved ones. We currently provide services via our three departments: Counselling; Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service; and Training.

We are delighted to be able to offer a new service from November 2023 through a Complex Care Pathfinder.

Complex Care Pathfinder overview

This post is one of several roles working within a Complex Care Pathfinder, a 2-year project in which Axis is working in partnership with the NHS, to support adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse, with complex trauma related mental health or social needs, across Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin.

There are roles within this project that would suit candidates with experience in Counselling, training, group delivery/ facilitation, advocacy, and/ or have experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse or have experience working with clients who have complex mental health needs. Other backgrounds would also be beneficial to some of the roles.

We are looking for individuals who can not only fulfil the requirements of their individual job roles but can also work together to create and deliver the new pathways intended by the project, in a way that best meets the needs of survivors.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of support for this client group.

All posts will start on 1st November 2023 and are fixed term for 2 years (with potential to extend dependent on funding).

Post overview

To work within a new Complex Care Pathfinder (CCP) project, in collaboration with statutory and non-statutory partners. To provide one to one support to adult survivors of sexual abuse with complex needs. This will include advocacy; practical support; one-to-one psychosocial education where the client is unable to access it in a group setting; and working collaboratively with other professionals involved in the clients’ care.

  • To develop individual support plan to address risks/support needs of client.
  • Help clients access their rights.
  • To stabilise clients who are victims of sexual abuse/ violence who are presenting with complex trauma.
  • Help clients to access services to which they require.

Key tasks

  • Contact clients referred to the service, within a specified timeframe and support as necessary.
  • Undertake a needs and risk assessment (where necessary)
  • 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 Multi-disciplinary Team meetings.
  • Provide appropriate method of support for the needs of the client (face to face/ online/ telephone etc).
  • Provide a programme of one-to-one psychosocial education.
  • Communicate with client/agencies using e-mail, letter, and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate.
  • Help client develop own support network.
  • Work within a multi-agency team to assess the most appropriate services for clients with complex needs.
  • Work with mental health professionals to assess and support clients with complex trauma related mental health needs.
  • Where relevant, keep other agencies informed about important changes in client’s situation.
  • Consider and respond to safeguarding issues.
  • Hold and manage a caseload of clients with complex needs.


Please note that only vacancies made using the application form on our website and including a supporting statement in section 9 of the application, will be considered.

Closing date: Noon Wednesday 13th September 2023

Interviews: w/c 25th September 2023 for those shortlisted.

Funding and Supporters

Axis is Funded by a number of different organisations and private donations

Membership and Quality

Axis is membership of, or accredited by, a number of organisations

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