Duties and Responsibilities:

Development

  • To identify and develop support strategies to meet the needs of women and children seeking support
  • To develop policies and practice guidelines appropriate to the project in accordance with BSWA policies and procedures
  • To keep up to date with current legislative changes for dissemination within staff team, and for use when working with women and children around their rights.
  • To identify and make links with existing projects and community services and to develop joint services where appropriate
  • To develop monitoring and evaluation procedures
  • To keep abreast of issues regarding domestic violence on a national and local level with particular reference to those that may affect the work of the service
  • To promote awareness of the impact of domestic violence on women and children and BSWA services
  • To participate in multi-agency work as agreed with your line manager


Support work:

  • To recognise women and children’s individual needs, providing a short to medium term service to meet those needs
  • To support the empowerment of the service user and facilitate their understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence
  • To carry out risk assessment and safety planning with women and to promote women’s safety in multi agency settings.
  • To work with women to access services to help keep them and their children safe
  • To work with the staff team to develop and produce an Individual Support Plan for each service user
  • To facilitate access to BSWA and its services
  • To devise and implement appropriate and safe methods of communication with women and children, in agreement with your line manager
  • To work alongside colleagues to organise in-house training and information sessions on a range of issues for service users
  • To work with a team of volunteers to offer advocacy and practical support to women and children



Administration:

  • To work within BSWA’s administrative and financial systems
  • To ensure that adequate records are kept for all service users
  • To ensure that Health and Safety records are kept up to date
  • To produce monthly /quarterly reports for your line manager
  • To monitor and evaluate the project via various methods including feedback from service users


Communication:

  • To ensure that all staff team members are aware of any matters that are relevant to the welfare and security of the refuges, staff, volunteers and service users by:
    a) Maintaining BSWA communication records
    b) Following safety procedures
    c) Attending team meetings
    d) Carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with your line manager
  • To attend in-house training
  • To identify and attend training and conferences relevant to the post, in agreement with your line manager
  • To attend support and supervision sessions with your line manager
  • To develop a professional working relationship with external agencies
  • Feedback relevant issues from external meetings/ training to the staff and management teams as appropriate
  • To be involved in the Annual Review process


General:

  • To maintain the confidentiality of the women and children using the service
  • To maintain confidentiality in all matters relating to the organisation
  • To offer an equal service to all women and children regardless of age, class, culture, language, race, religion and sexual orientation
  • To ensure the efficient use of resources at all times
  • To work within BSWA policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethos of BSWA
  • To work within BSWA’s framework for equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
  • To adhere to Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, and Adult Safeguarding procedures throughout
  • To participate in the development and annual appraisal of a personal individual development plan with the line manager
  • To undertake any other duties required by BSWA, which may arise and commensurate with the post


If you are interested please download a recruitment pack from www.bswaid.org and return completed forms to: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Central Administration, Ryland House, 44-48 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA or email to [email protected]. Large print documents are available on request.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday 2nd February at 12 noon. Interviews will take place week commencing 14th February.

(18.5 hours per week (out of hours & weekend work will be expected)