Job details

Reference number - 2521-3148

Location - Portsmouth

Salary - £28,785 - £31,370 p.a

Job type/hours - Permanent, full time

Closing date - 5.00pm, 26 July 2019

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

As an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) you will work with victims and survivors of domestic abuse (including Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Harmful Cultural Practice abuse) assessed to be at ‘high risk’ of harm. You will work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and wider local partnerships to identify and assess victims of domestic abuse to provide a proactive, short to medium term crises intervention service to reduce risk. You will offer emotional support and information about options to empower and enable clients to live their lives free from abuse. This would also include assistance with immediate safety and/or access to emergency accommodation as well as supporting clients to access other services to keep them and their children safe from abuse.

You need to be non-judgemental, promote client safety and be able to manage difficult information in a calm and professional manner. You will provide both telephone and face to face support around practical safety planning, advocacy, crisis and longer term work and emotional wellbeing. You need to be able to manage competing demands, as you could be dealing with crises several times a day. You will be empowering clients to develop their own safety plans to reduce the risk of serious harm or death.  You will work within the remit of confidentiality adhering to a multi-agency model of working. You will also be responsible for delivering domestic abuse training to both internal and external staff and recovery programmes for adults and their children.

You will need to have an understanding of the needs of victims and survivors of domestic abuse, be able to support and empower the client to assist them in recognising the features and dynamics of domestic abuse present in their situation, and help them regain control of their lives. This includes supporting clients, in a lone working setting, in understanding the dynamics in their relationship and when safe to do so could involve contact with the perpetrator. The role requires working with statutory and non-statutory agencies in recognising their roles and responsibilities to support the wider family and ensuring that individual needs have been identified and an appropriate action plan is in place to reduce the likelihood of further abuse.

What you'll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the "Job Profile" and refer to the 'How to apply' document to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

How to apply

You can apply by post or email. Please see the 'How to apply' document below.