Refuge Worker

Derby, Derbyshire
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Job Summary

  • Job Reference: TWHS1706_1623944055
  • 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 Refuge Worker for our client in Derby.

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 welcome new residents, explain and arrange for them to sign occupancy agreements, ensuring that they are aware of their options for moving on to more permanent accommodation and to develop a proactive move on strategy for individual residents
  • To collect rent payments promptly, record properly, and bank within agreed timescales
  • To ensure that rooms becoming vacant are re-let as soon as possible, taking all appropriate steps to enable new referrals into the service
  • To establish the risks to, and the needs of survivors of, domestic violence and their children through assessing their practical and emotional support needs throughout their stay at the refuge
  • To develop individual support and risk management plans which address the risk of harm to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse and their children, and to ensure that such plans are in place for each resident
  • To ensure that any issues in relation to safeguarding children or vulnerable adults are brought to the immediate attention of the service 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, arranging for the provision of legal advice as required and accompany women to appointments if appropriate
  • 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 recognised social work/housing/legal/ counselling or other relevant qualification
  • Experience of providing direct 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/or any other domestic violence setting
  • Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse 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

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