Location:  Southside Meade House Wedgwood Road Bath BA2 1QN
  Job Title:  Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Senior Practitioner   Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)   Older Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)   The post holders must be female. Section 7 (2) (e) of the Sex Discrimination Act (1979) applies.
  Closing date:  Monday 14th June, 5pm
  Hours:  37.5 hours per week
  Description:  At Southside we focus our work on children, families and individuals with multiple and complex difficulties.   We’re here to help people get the care and support they need, so they enjoy the safety, experiences and opportunities they deserve.   Southside was established as an independent charity in 1997, but our roots go back as far as 1984.    Our team of paid and voluntary workers has grown steadily, building a strong reputation for expertise in family work and domestic abuse support.   Through this success, our innovative, flexible and responsive services are now available to children, families and individuals across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES).   We are now looking to recruit for three full time positions:   Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Senior Practitioner – £26,000 per annum The worker will provide support, advice and advocacy to victims/ survivors experiencing domestic abuse and who may also be experiencing a combination of other complex issues namely substance misuse and mental ill-health. They will assess the risk a victim/ survivor is in, deliver a service appropriate to the level of risk and need and work proactively within a multi-agency setting to ensure all agencies do their part. The worker will also deputise for the Domestic Abuse Services Manager, provide supervisory support to other team members as and when required and work alongside Southside’s Management team to develop and establish an integrated approach to working with family violence between the Family Support and Domestic Abuse services at Southside.   Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) – £24,000 per annum The work of the IDVA is distinct in that it assesses the risk a client is in and delivers a service appropriate to the level of risk. IDVAs work proactively within a multi-agency setting to ensure all agencies do their part. The primary focus of their work will be to keep clients safe via their work with survivors and the work of other agencies.      Older Person’s Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) – £24,000 The work of the Older Person’s IDVA is to provide support, advice and advocacy to older victims/ survivors experiencing domestic abuse. This group is hugely underrepresented among domestic abuse services as shown by the SafeLives ‘Older people and domestic abuse’ research. This new role will enable Southside to increase awareness, accessibility and provide targeted support for older women and remove some of the barriers.   The successful candidate will work at all times within the policies, procedures and ethos of Southside. Specifically the worker will:   – ensure all duties and responsibilities are carried out in a manner which promotes equality and values diversity.   – follow Southside’s Information Governance policies and procedures as defined by the NHS Toolkit.   – abide by Southside’s Confidentiality Policy at all times.   Southside are fully committed to protecting, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and partners to endorse this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure and two references will be requested, followed up in writing and verified by telephone.
  Application Details:  For further information on any of the vacancies and an application pack please email recruitment@south-side.org.uk or for an informal conversation, please call Andy Iles, Domestic Abuse Services Manager on 01225 331243.