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.

Job Title:                             *Criminal Justice and Social Care IDVAs

Contract:                             Permanent

Salary:                                  £26,000 – £28,000 per annum incl. London Weighting, depending on experience (£26,000 paid for those with less experience; £28,000 paid for those with considerable skills and experience  in equivalent  roles).

Working Hours:                Full time  – 35 hours per week or Part time – 17.5 hours per week according to contract terms

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

Work Location:                 West London

The Community & Co-location team has co-located posts within the Criminal Justice Services, Housing, Healthcare and Social Care. We are currently recruiting for IDVAs who would be co-located in Social Care and Criminal Justice settings.  As a specialist IDVA you should have experience in one of these areas and you will support clients in relation to your specialism. You will work within a dynamic, fast paced, crisis intervention, advocacy and support service to ensure the voice of survivors informs every stage of the process. You will proactively contact referrals and once this contact is established will provide  high quality support based upon client led needs and risk assessment and will advise women on criminal justice, civil remedies, housing and related matters. You shall provide initial advice and crisis safety planning. All IDVA’s carry a caseload and offer support for between 3 – 6 months depending on the case.

The post holder will have two main facets of their work: directly working with survivors and directly working with partners within the co-located services where they are working.  The post holder will develop new and maintain existing working relationships with colleagues within Criminal Justice and/or Social Care depending on their specific role.

The post holder will have an excellent understanding of domestic violence and its effects on women and children, and of best practice within the domestic abuse and the relevant Criminal Justice/Social Care sectors. As an experienced domestic violence advocate who has worked with a high volume of clients who have complex and multiple needs, the post holder will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. Experience of direct work with female survivors of domestic violence, and of working within safeguarding procedures is essential for this post, as is the need to adopt and promote a strong partnership approach to service provision and being able to build partnerships with external agencies.

Closing date:   25th November 2019                                                                 Interview date:   2nd December 2019

 To apply:  Submit a full CV and supporting statement that addresses the person specification to Please access the link below to access the Job description and Person Specification. Please click the link below to access the Job Description and Person Specification

Co-located IDVA JD PS July 2018 CJ and Social Care

*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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