Job Description

First Light is a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. We are independent of statutory agencies, including the Police, and every year we help thousands of adults and children in the South West to lead safer lives, free from violence and abuse.

First Light has partnered with Barnardo’s in Cornwall to deliver the county-wide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service – Safer Futures. A full-time vacancy has arisen for a Children and Young Persons IDVA role, on a fixed term contract for a period of 12 months, due to expansion within the service. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, willing, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis but also as part of a team . The post holder will work closely with all members of the integrated service.

The role of CYPIDVA will be to provide a pro-active service to children and young people who are victims of domestic abuse to keep them safe; providing a premium service to those assessed at highest risk. The post holder will work pro-actively within a multi-agency setting (including MARAC & MARU) to develop comprehensive safety and support plans to help keep victims safe. Key to the success of this role is the use of advocacy and partnership working skills to develop a network of agencies, professionals and forums that will identify and refer cases.

The CYPIDVA will act as a champion for young people raising awareness of the severity of the abuse young people experience and the sources of support available across Cornwall.

The post holder will also provide a pro-active service to adult victims of domestic abuse to keep them safe, working within a multi-agency setting (including MARAC) to develop comprehensive safety and support plans to help keep victims safe.

Candidates will have sound knowledge of the impact of domestic violence on victims and children and experience of multi–agency working to support a victim’s safety and future development. It is expected that candidates will have experience of direct work with victims of domestic abuse at a crisis stage, of conducting risk assessments and of managing the safety planning process.

Candidates must also have knowledge of child and adult safeguarding procedures and an understanding and commitment to the Equality, Diversity & Human Rights agenda.

Added benefits:

First Light is an innovative organisation and career progression is supported.

Membership of Perkpal our employee benefits, perks and reward programme. The programme includes access to a number of free resources, including free eyesight tests, free health and wellbeing resources, access to our employee assistance programme as well as a host of other free discounted benefits.

Internal line management and external supervision is also provided which gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life.

To help the successful candidate fulfil the role, we will deliver a comprehensive induction and training programme to help them understand the numerous services we provide across the South West.

Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted and subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme.

It is essential that you have a full driving licence and the capability to travel within Cornwall.

To apply: Please visit our website to complete an application form. Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

Salary: £22,220 – £22,550 per annum after successful completion of probation period

Holiday: 25 days per annum plus bank holidays

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Contract: Fixed term to August 2022 with a possibility of further extension subject to funding

Base: Negotiable dependent on location.

CVs will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 9:00am Monday 12th July 2021

Interviews are expected to take place on: Monday 19th July 2021

If you do not hear from us by Friday 16th July 2021, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

Contract length: 12 months

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: £22,200.00-£22,550.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Flexible schedule
  • Sick pay
  • Wellness programmes
  • Work from home


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
All clients and staff to wear masks in communal areas of buildings; Social distancing; virtual meetings where appropriate

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19