Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services provides support to all victims who have been the subject of domestic abuse/violence, supports them through the criminal justice system and offers relevant advice and assistance, both practical and emotional. NDAS empowers victims to make decisions, increase their options, their confidence and safety. Prevention and awareness raising activities are also delivered across Northumberland and counselling to the children of our service users.
We are looking to recruit 2 full-time Domestic Abuse Practitioners to work with our team and deliver a Domestic Abuse service across Northumberland.
Fixed Term Position for 12 months (extension possible subject to funding)
Salary: £25,311 per annum
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
To provide practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse/violence; including supporting them through the criminal justice system and providing guidance and assistance. The role also involves empowering victims to make decisions, increase their options, their confidence and safety.
DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Managing service delivery and performance
Provide an efficient, effective outreach service to all victims of domestic abuse/violence across Northumberland.
Establish the risks and the needs of the individual and deliver a service appropriate to that level of risk.
Develop and deliver individual support and risk management plans to address the risk of harm to victims.
Work with multi-agency partnerships with local agencies whose services victims may require, ensuring a coordinated community response.
Work in partnership with other agencies and to advocate for victims to ensure their needs are met.
Explain the intricacies of the criminal justice and family court systems to victims and give advice on how to proceed at different stages of the process.
Ensure that victims are aware of their rights to legal protection and to arrange for the provision of legal advice as required and accompany victims to appointments if appropriate.
Ensure the safety of the victim is paramount.
Attend MARAC meetings when needed, Case Conference, Core Groups and CAF meetings when required.
Liaise with other agencies as appropriate. Deliver training to colleagues and other professionals.
Work within Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services management system following all policies and procedures.
Provide statistical monitoring or reports as required to the planning officer.
Note and feedback to other agencies any consistent difficulties clients are having accessing their service.
Provide a service, which is sensitive to all cultural and other differences and needs.
Ensure that the views and experiences of the victims and agencies are sought actively and inform the development of the service.
Report any problems/difficulties/complaints to the Service Manager and participate in follow up investigations as required.
Maintain the security and well-being of victims of domestic abuse and to communicate immediately with the Service Manager any concerns regarding security.
Maintain confidentiality, professional boundaries and security, when working with service users, staff and external bodies.
NDAS also offer a competitive pension scheme, good holiday package including a birthday bonus day off, and a competitive travel mileage payment with a monthly car user allowance.