Advance is an award-winning and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women and girls who are survivors of domestic abuse and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending.  We believe in empowering women and girls to lead safe, non-violent, equal lives so that they can flourish and contribute to the community.  Our values are to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability. As a result of significant growth over the past two years to over £3.5m income and approx. 90 staff, Advance is now able to provide vital specialist women’s services across London and in partnership on national projects.

Job Title: Community Key Worker x2

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: £25,000 – £29,000 pa (depending on experience and qualifications.  £25,000 paid for those with less experience; salary towards the top of the range paid for those with considerable skills and experience in equivalent roles).

Work Location: Co-located in one or more London borough with travel across boroughs to provide targeted support to women as required.

Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and discretionary 1 day for international women’s day, workplace pension.

Contract: Permanent

Advance’s Minerva service works with women involved in the Criminal Justice System offering safe, targeted support and advocacy to women to help them address their complex needs in relation to the 9 pathways to offending, such as substance misuse and financial difficulties.  Minerva aims are to reduce re-offending, encourage desistance amongst repeat offenders, divert women from Criminal Justice involvement as early as possible and reduce the number of custodial sentences imposed by Courts.

The Minerva WrapAround service is a 3-year programme launched in May 2018 to provide enhanced support to women and girls who have committed crime and are at risk of re-offending, with complex multiple needs.  The service is designed to be a “whole system” response offering an enhanced service to women and girls who have been assessed as having complex needs and therefore require additional support in the form of additional key-work sessions, innovative interventions or diversionary and group-work sessions and access to a women-only Centre in their region.

As a Community Key Worker, you will provide an in-reach service to women serving custodial sentences at HMP Bronzefield, HMP Downview and HMP Send and build a relationship and support them in the 12 weeks prior to their release. This will involve reviewing initial assessments of risk and need and providing one-to-one advocacy, support and advice.  You will work with those you support to create resettlement and support plans and help women to engage with licence requirements and court orders.

You will have significant experience of front line work with women experiencing issues related to offending, such as homelessness, substance misuse, domestic violence or mental health, ideally within a criminal justice setting and will have an in-depth understanding of issues facing women offenders and those at risk of offending, both in and outside of the criminal justice system.  You will need to have experience of crisis management in this key worker setting as well as experience of working in partnership with relevant statutory and voluntary groups and maintaining strong constructive working relationships.

It is important that you have experience of setting and maintaining professional boundaries with service users whilst delivering an excellent standard of service and being able to cope in stressful situations.
Closing date:     23rd February 2020                                                                                                       Interview Date : 2nd / 3rd March 2020

To see full details of the role, please click the link below:

Advance Minerva Community Keyworker- GENERIC JD and PS WA&CRC Updated Feb 2020

To apply: Please send your CV with a supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for the role to

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. 

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system.

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