To deliver tailored, holistic support to women and their children affected by domestic abuse and living in the community, including practical and emotional support to increase their safety and meet identified needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support work:
To work with women to identify their, and their children’s, support needs and incorporate these into support plans
To assess risk and to safety plan with women, reviewing assessments and risks regularly
To provide practical support on a range of issues including housing, benefits, legal matters, and emotional support to enable women’s recovery from their experiences of abuse.
To develop and deliver one-to-one support programmes for children to enable them to explore their experiences of abuse and address issues arising from this.
To design and deliver group sessions for children to build confidence and participation within a mutually supportive environment.
To support mothers to enable them to understand and support their children emotionally and practically and to build confidence in their own parenting skills.
To deliver family support sessions with mothers and children designed to rebuild communication and develop strong parent-child relationships.
To work alongside colleagues at BSWA’s Home Options Hub to provide advice and support to women around housing options and develop individual housing action plans with women, supporting women and children through their resettlement process where relevant
To facilitate access to BSWA and its services and to refer and signpost into specialist statutory and community services where necessary to help meet needs
To work within the monitoring and evaluation procedures for the project including encouraging feedback from service users and producing statistical information

Development:
To identify and develop support strategies to meet the needs of women and children seeking support
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 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 Project
To participate in multi agency work as agreed with your line manager
To promote awareness of the impact of domestic violence on women and children and BSWA services


Administration:
To work within BSWA’s administrative and financial systems
To ensure that adequate records are kept for all service users and relevant monitoring data collected and recorded
To ensure that Health and Safety records are kept up to date
To produce monthly reports for your line manager


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 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 and 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 work within BSWA policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethos of BSWA
To work within BSWA and local multi-agency child and adult safeguarding procedures.
To work within BSWA’s framework for equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
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 29th September at 12 noon. Interviews will take place week commencing 11th October.