To plan and implement a high quality support and advocacy project to women affected by domestic violence, seeking legal redress through the Court system (both criminal and civil)<br/>To provide women affected by Domestic Violence advice and information on options, rights and services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support Work:
To recognise women and children’s individual needs, providing a support service to meet those needs, advocating on their behalf where appropriate
To support the empowerment of the service user and facilitate their understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence
To carry out and regularly review risk assessments and safety planning with women, keeping them informed about developments in legal proceedings as they arise.
To provide a duty service at Birmingham’s specialist domestic violence courts
To work with women to access services to help keep them and their children safe
To devise and implement appropriate and safe methods of communication with women and children, in agreement with your line manager

Development:
To work with the staff team to identify and develop support strategies to meet the needs of women and children seeking support.
To work in partnership with the project’s steering group.
To work with line manager to develop operational protocols to define partnership arrangements and the referral process.
To identify and build up links with referral agencies such as Police, Witness Care and other partners.
To keep abreast of issues regarding domestic violence on a national and local level, including legislative changes, 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 explore the development of volunteering opportunities within the Project.
To promote awareness of BSWA services and the impact of domestic violence on women and children.


Administration:
To work within BSWA’s administrative and financial systems
To ensure that clear and accurate records are kept for all service users
To ensure that Health and Safety records are kept up to date
To monitor and evaluate the Court work project, via various methods including feedback from service users, evaluation and statistical information

Communication:
To ensure that all staff team members are aware of any matters that are relevant to the welfare and security of the services, 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.
To feedback relevant issues from external meetings/ training to the staff and management teams as appropriate.
To be involved in the Annual Review process.
To promote awareness of the impact of domestic violence on women and children and BSWA services to external agencies linked with the Court project.

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.