Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a Homicide Caseworker to join the team working across Avon & Somerset, South Gloucestershire/ Wiltshire, working 22.5 hours per week.

Do you want the unique opportunity to work in a fast paced service, delivering exceptional support to families bereaved by homicide and eyewitnesses? Working closely with the Police Major Crime teams, coordinating a tailored package of support to service users and their families?

If yes, then we’d love to hear from you…

What we offer:

We believe in attracting and retaining the best people and offer a competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Flexible working options including hybrid working
  • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, rising to 30 days plus Bank Holidays
  • An extra day off for your Birthday
  • Pension with 5% employer contribution
  • Enhanced sick pay allowances and maternity payments
  • High Street, retail, holiday, entertainment & leisure discounts
  • Access to our financial wellbeing hub and salary deducted finance
  • Employee assistance programme and wellbeing support
  • Ongoing training and support with opportunities for career development & progression

About the role:

You will be joining a passionate & committed service providing high quality, bespoke support. You will be covering the South West, West Midlands and South Wales.

You will be driven to make a difference every day with the ability to focus on the needs of vulnerable service users. You will have resilience and adaptability; will understand the importance of professional boundaries; have excellent listening skills and the ability to demonstrate empathy. You will enjoy the challenge of a busy caseload and will be able to demonstrate the excellent organisation skills essential to managing a demanding and diverse workload.

Once in post you will benefit from the mandatory comprehensive training programme which will build on your existing skills and experience to prepare you for the role. Training includes the Homicide Training Package, covering criminal justice process; trauma informed approach to support; supporting traumatically bereaved families; personal and professional resilience, and Victim Support training, including Safeguarding, GDPR and Health and Safety.

As a fully trained Homicide Caseworker you will be responsible for managing your own complex caseload to the highest quality standards as set out by VS. You will be focused on listening to the needs of service users and will be able to develop a bespoke support plan. You will understand the impact of trauma and bereavement on service users (including eye witnesses) and will be able to provide trauma informed support. You will understand the criminal justice system and will be able to explain to, and support service users through, this process. The HS empowers service users to move on from support in their own time and therefore you will be able to support families to exit the service in a positive, structured way.

You will need to be able to travel to home visits within, and occasionally outside of region, and therefore a driving license and use of a car are essential. You will be reimbursed for all travel costs.

About Us:

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity providing a range of specialist services to people who have been affected by crime across England and Wales. We work towards a world where there are fewer victims but who have stronger rights, better support and a real influence in the Criminal Justice System. Everyone at VS is driven by our Vision Ambitions and Values to play their part in making a difference for those who experience crime and traumatic events. Working for VS gives you the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing high quality services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Victim Support are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks may be required.

Victim Support strives to represent the diverse communities we serve and are passionate about creating an environment where all staff and volunteers feel respected and heard. Being a diverse organisation with an inclusive culture is integral to us being able to meet our aim of ensuring that anyone who is a victim of crime gets the support they need.

As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we particularly welcome applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. VS is also a Disability Confident Employer and we provide a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates that are disabled and meet all essential criteria for a role.

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a medical condition which you believe may affect your performance during any aspect of our selection process, we’ll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to perform at your best.

How to apply:

To apply for this role please follow the link below to the Jobs page on our website and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.

We look forward to hearing from you.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if we receive enough suitable applications to take forward to interview prior to the published closing date.

Click here to apply.