Advance is a well-respected, award-winning and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse and supporting women with custodial and community sentences to reduce offending. Advance delivers nationally accredited, quality marked services at the ‘high end of best practice’ in West London. We are known for innovation as we were the very first IDVA service and the first service to work within Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts. Our values are to listen and support, to empower and respect, to collaborate, innovate and be accountable.

Community Key Worker*

Contract: Permanent

Salary:      £26,000 – £29,000 per annum incl. London Weighting, depending on experience*

(*£26,000 paid for those with less experience; £29,000 paid for those with considerable skills and experience

in similar or transferrable roles).

Working Hours: 35 hours per week according to contract terms, with some evening and weekend work required.

Benefits:  Workplace Pension, 30 days annual leave plus public holidays & 1 day for International Women’s Day.

Work Location: Based at Hammersmith or Finsbury Park. Regular travel across London required. 

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 April 2018 and funded by MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime) in order 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 to women in the Criminal Justice System and these additional services are offered across 15 London boroughs in North, East and West.  The 12 community keyworkers in Minerva WA offer an enhanced service to a total of 700 women across these boroughs, each of whom will have been assessed as having complex needs and therefore require additional support to our Minerva CR service 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.  Each keyworker will work with women in one or more boroughs, and are likely to be co-located for up to 4 days (depending on need) with a partner organisation in one of the boroughs they cover, with a requirement to attend Advance’s Regional Centre for Supervision and Team meetings at least once per month.


Closing date:  27th July 2019                                                                         Interview date:  17th-19th July 2019 & Early August -TBC

 To apply: Download the application form and Job Description from our website at – Completed applications should be emailed to OR submit a full CV and supporting statement that addresses the person specification.

Please use the link below to download documents

Advance Minerva Community keyworker-WA Job description June 2019

Equal Opportunities Form

Job Application Form

Letter to applicants

*This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed 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, BME backgrounds, the LBT community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation. 

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