Community Outreach Worker

Derby, Derbyshire
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Job Summary

  • Job Reference: TWHSCOMW_1623944775
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Date Posted: 2021-06-17
  • Location: Derby, Derbyshire
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-16
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  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

Tradewind Recruitment are currently recruiting for a permanent Domestic Violence Community Outreach Worker for our client in Derby.

The post holder will provide a high quality personal welfare support service to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse including those at the point of crisis. The post holder will provide advice, advocacy, support and training to statutory agencies, in accordance with Refuge's philosophical principles. The role involves empowering survivors to make decisions, increase their options, their confidence and their safety. The job involves working within a multi-agency framework to develop referral, joint working and information sharing protocols

Main duties:

  • To provide practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse in accordance with Refuge's philosophical principles. This will include conducting key work sessions on a regular basis and keeping casework records up to date
  • To establish the risks to and the needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, through enabling women to assess and manage risk to their own and their children's safety
  • To develop and deliver individual support and risk management plans to address the risk of harm to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse, and to ensure that such plans are in place for every client
  • To ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the Services Manager, or if unavailable another manager
  • To work in partnership with other agencies and to advocate for survivors to ensure their needs are met
  • To assess benefit requirements of women escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and to ensure prompt take up of housing and other benefits
  • To ensure that survivors are aware of their rights to legal protection for themselves and their children, and to arrange for the provision of legal advice as required and accompany women to appointments if appropriate
  • To prevent future homelessness amongst survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children
  • To recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the service, including those from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, LGBT communities, disabled people, women with complex needs and other hard to reach groups
  • To be an ambassador for Refuge, working in partnership with other agencies to ensure an effective, coordinated community response to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children

Skills and experience:

  • A relevant qualification - ISVA/IDVA/Social work/Housing
  • Experience of providing emotional, practical and welfare support
  • Experience of identifying and responding to the risks to and needs of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Experience of working in a residential setting/ refuge
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and how best to support survivors
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation relating to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse
  • Evidence of the ability to build and develop supportive relationships with individuals who may have complex needs
  • Evidence of the ability to build effective relationships, both internally and externally, showing sensitivity for others' viewpoints and valuing diversity
  • Evidence of the ability to provide, non-judgemental, nondirective and confidential support to individuals to take control of their lives and set realistic objectives and goals
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, including the ability to listen actively and match communication to the needs of the recipient

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