Job Description

Victim Support, South Wales Victim Focus is looking for an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) to work 37.5 hours a week. This is a fixed term position for 1 year. South Wales Victim Focus is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.

County/Borough – Cardiff
Office location – Home based at present, Rumney, Cardiff in future
Full time/Part time – Full time
Hours per week – 37.5
Work schedule – Mon-Fri 9-5, with flexibility to meet business need
Basic Salary – £24,773 per annum
Contract type – Fixed Term
DBS required? – Yes
End date (if fixed term) – 1 year fixed term
Police vetting required? – Yes
Closing Date – 20/07/2021
Ref No – 3376

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.

In the role of IDVA you will:

• Provide a high quality support service to victims of domestic violence and abuse through on-going risk assessment, individual safety planning, advocacy, emotional and practical support.

• Work within a multi-agency framework and with local partnership responses to domestic abuse to keep safety central to all services for victims of domestic abuse

• Work with survivors and other agencies to co-ordinate their care pathway and ensure they remain safe and empowered

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a proven track record of supporting victims of domestic abuse or other vulnerable people, have appropriate IT skills, interpersonal skills and be able to work as part of a busy, supportive team to deliver all aspects of support to victims and their families. Ideally you would have an accredited IDVA qualification if not willingness to work towards.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are outlined in the person specification under essential and tested area. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.

If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role.

If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

Victim Support is 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 will be required.

Victim Support is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe having a diverse workforce at all levels allows us to represent the communities we serve and connect better with people affected by crime. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all communities and monitor the diversity of applicants to analyse if we are representative of the communities we serve in terms of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, age and socio-economic status. As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities.