Job: Criminal Justice IDVA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor)
Contract: Permanent, the current funding for this role is for 24 months.
Salary: £26,000 – £30,000 per annum depending on experience
£26,00 – £28,000 for an experienced IDVA looking for a new challenge
£28,000 + for a Senior IDVA with experience in co-located settings, particularly having worked in a criminal justice environment e.g. police station.
Hours: Part time; 28 hours per week
Location: Westminster/Hammersmith

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community. 

What we do:
Advance delivers nationally accredited, quality marked services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Brent. We work within a coordinated partnership response to domestic violence to provide independent domestic violence advocacy and support for women, children and young people and women’s community services for women who are involved in the criminal justice system, in anti-social behaviour or are at risk of breaking the law.

The project:
The Mentor Court Project is a pilot partnership project in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea which aims to embed early intervention and domestic violence homicide prevention best practice into multi agency responses to address domestic violence crimes that disproportionately affect women and children. The project seeks to improve integrated working between criminal justice agencies from the point of reporting an incident to court and beyond; to reduce attrition through earlier intervention and improved outcomes for victims/survivors and their children, and to hold more perpetrators to account through the justice system; and to transform the Westminster Specialist Domestic Abuse Court into a mentor court, supporting other courts to build capacity to improve the same outcomes for domestic abuse cases in their areas.

What you will bring:
The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children and of best practice within the criminal justice system. As an experienced domestic violence worker, you will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. Experience of direct work with women survivors of domestic violence, of supporting women involved in criminal and civil justice systems and of working within safeguarding procedures is essential for this post, as is the need to adopt and promote a strong partnership approach to service provision.

In short, you will:
• Work with criminal justice agencies and in a criminal justice setting, providing high quality intervention, information and advocacy to women and young people referred to the service.
• Assess the needs and risks of survivors, and safety and support planning, particularly with clients with complex / multiple needs.
• Work pro-actively with partners to promote successful and safe use of the criminal justice system
• Attend the Mentor Court when required and work alongside the specialist prosecutor to support efficient case-progression, whilst ensuring opportunities to increase survivor safety are prioritised at every stage.
• Strengthen multi agency relationships and ensure agency accountability whist maintaining good communication and working relationships at all levels

What we offer:
• 30 days holiday plus public holidays, and a day off for International Women’s Day
• Pension scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Staff away days
In addition to the great benefits listed above, you will have the opportunity to work in a flexible, supportive environment with a team of committed, inspiring women and we will support you as you to continue to build your skills and experience and grow your career

For the full job description and person specification please click here: Criminal Justice IDVA JD and PS

Applications close on Sunday 23rd April. 

Please note we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and inviting shortlisted candidates to interview throughout the process. We reserve the right to close this post early should the recruitment be successful prior to the listed date.

To apply: Please send your CV along with a supporting statement addressing your suitability for and interest in the role, paying particular attention to the essential criteria in the person specification and indicating where you first saw this role advertised, your notice period and salary expectations to recruitment@advancecharity.org.uk

Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check and police vetting. 

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@advancecharity.org.uk