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.

Female* Diversion Keyworker  

Contract: Permanent

Salary:      £23,000 – £25,000 per annum incl. London Weighting, depending on experience*

(*£23,000 paid for those with less experience; £25,000 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: Islington/Camden

The Diversion Programme is a new two-year pilot programme launching in July 2019 and funded by MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime). This pilot will drive multi-agency working between the police, Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) service providers and other statutory partners and is part of a wider programme of work to develop a whole system approach to identifying and addressing the needs of women involved in the criminal justice system in London.

The Diversion Programme keyworker will:

  • Divert women from the traditional criminal justice process, motivating them to engage in positive community activity to allow them to leave safer lives, free of crime;
  • Provide an in-reach service to women in the custody suite, advocating for the police to caution women instead of charging them;
  • Complete an initial assessment of risk and need, and provide referrals, signposting, support and advice across all 9 pathways to women who have been given an out of court disposal as an alternative to charge;
  • Co-ordinate and sequence appropriate community interventions to enable the woman to meet the objectives on the Support Plan, liaising with co-located support workers from other agencies as required;
  • Work short-term with a selected caseload to provide a more tailored, specialised approach;
  • Work closely with Advance’s other teams, as well as other Minerva partners (eg Hibiscus, Housing 4 Women and others), as well as local borough agencies (Social Care, Police, Mental Health, Housing, Substance Misuse and others) to link and improve holistic services for women and reduce re-offending.

Closing date: 22nd August 2019                                                                        Interview date:  26th August 2019

 To apply: Submit a full CV and supporting statement that addresses the person specification

Please click the link below to access the Job Description

Advance Minerva Diversion keyworker NE – JD May 2019

*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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