Hours of Work: 37 hours per week (some out of hours work will be expected)

Salary: £24,982

Job Purpose: To deliver tailored, holistic support to women with learning disabilities affected by violence and abuse, including practical and emotional support to increase women’s and children’s safety and meet identified needs.

Responsible To: Service Manager


Duties and Responsibilities

Development:
To identify and develop support strategies and good practice to meet the specific needs of women with learning disabilities seeking support
To identify and make links with existing specialist projects and community services and to develop joint services where appropriate
To share good practice around supporting women with learning disabilities who are experiencing abuse with BSWA staff and volunteers and with other relevant agencies
To keep up to date with current legislative changes for dissemination within the staff team, and for use when working with women and children around their rights.
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

Support work:
To work with women to identify their, and their children’s, support needs and incorporate these into women’s support plans
To assess risk and to safety plan with women, reviewing assessments and risks regularly
To devise and implement appropriate methods of communication with women, in agreement with your line manager
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 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 encourage the development of safe and appropriate support networks within the community
To work within the monitoring and evaluation procedures for the project including encouraging feedback from service users and producing statistical information

Development:
To consult with women with learning disabilities to identify and develop support strategies and good practice to meet their specific needs
To identify and make links with existing specialist projects and community services and to develop joint approaches where appropriate
To share good practice around supporting women with learning disabilities who are experiencing abuse with BSWA staff and volunteers and with other relevant agencies
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 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’s framework for equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
To adhere to Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, and Adult Safeguarding procedures throughout
To undertake any other duties required by BSWA, which may arise and commensurate with the post

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

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