To assist the refuge manager in the day-to-day running of the refuge, developing and delivering a front line service offering support, advice and guidance to women and their children living in the refuge.

- 30 hours per week

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration:
• To work within BSWA’s administrative and financial systems.
• To ensure that adequate records are kept for all service users.
• To keep accurate records of financial transitions in line with BSWA’s procedures.
• To ensure that Health and Safety records are kept up to date.
• To monitor and evaluate the refuge service via various methods including feedback from service users and by producing statistical information.
• To keep inventories of all refuge contents.
• To contribute where appropriate to the preparation of returns for funders.

Support Work:
• To produce and regularly review Individual Support Plans (ISP) for each service user, in conjunction with the service user.
• To recognise women and children’s individual needs and refer to specialist agencies where necessary as part of their ISP.
• To identify the needs of women and children leaving BSWA refuge after being offered permanent accommodation.
• To identify and make links with existing projects and community services and to develop joint services where appropriate.
• To ensure the primary needs of residents are met. This includes medical, financial, housing, legal and education rights.
• To organise activities and celebrations in the refuge for women and children which raise self-esteem, bring people together and broaden awareness.
• To assist women in making claims for any welfare benefits that they may be entitled to.
• To ensure that appropriate applications are made for re-housing.
• To accompany women as appropriate and agreed by your line manager, to case conferences and meetings that may affect their own and/or their children’s welfare.
• To make representations, as appropriate and agreed by your line manager, to external bodies in support of women and children.
• To keep the refuge ‘welcome pack’ up-to-date.
• Devise and implement appropriate methods of communication with women and children living in refuge, in agreement with 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 refuge, staff, volunteers and service users by:
a) maintaining BSWA communication records
b) following safety procedures
c) carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with your line manager
d) attending team and project meetings
• To attend in-house training.
• To attend support and supervision sessions with your line manager.
• To participate in multi-agency work and to develop a professional working relationship with external agencies.
• To contribute towards your project’s quarterly Management Committee report.
• To be involved in the Annual Review process.

Premises and Equipment:
• To take referrals and welcome women and children into the refuge.
• To ensure that the appropriate agreements related to tenancies are completed.
• To ensure that the appropriate agreements related to support are completed.
• To ensure that the refuge revenue is collected by completing housing benefit forms and all personal contributions are collected on a weekly basis, in advance.
• To report to your line manager any difficulties in relation to the collection of rent and other charges.
• To ensure that any house rules are read and understood by new tenants and that all residents comply with them.

Training:
• To identify and attend training relevant to the post 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 raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence on women and children and of the BSWA services.

General:
• To maintain the confidentiality of the women, young people 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, adhering to BSWA’s framework for equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.
• To maintain an awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence on a national and local level with a particular reference to those of relevance to refuge work.
• To adhere to Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, and Adult Safeguarding procedures throughout.
• To ensure the efficient use of resources at all times.
• To support volunteers in the delivery of BSWA services.
• To work within BSWA policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethos of BSWA.
• To participate in the development and annual appraisal of a personal individual development plan with the line manager.
• To participate in 24 hour on call cover and provide emergency cover.
• To undertake any other duties required by BSWA, which may arise incidentally, develop, or be assigned 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.