Vacancy: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor with RASA Merseyside

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RASA is here for anyone who has been sexually abused or raped, or who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives. We have particular experience in working with adults who have been sexually abused as children. We offer emotional support, counselling, advocacy and other services to help survivors in ways that work for them.

They are currently recruiting an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

  • Job Title: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (Full-time)
  • Responsible to: Clinical Lead ISVA Service Manager
  • Salary/Grade: £22,000 per annum
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Fixed term contract until 31st March 2021 (continuation subject to funding) to start 1st April 2020.

RASA Merseyside reserves the right only to recruit women. This has legal verification under the Sexual Discrimination Act 1975 Section 7(ii) (c).  

Job Description

To work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to adults who have become victims of sexual violence within and outside of the criminal justice system to:

  • Undertaking and review Safety and Support risk assessments and help clients keep safe
  • Support clients access their rights
  • Support clients access health and other services they require
  • Monitor and keep client informed of case progress
  • Provide support and advocacy through the criminal justice system if appropriate
  • Monitoring and checking of DPMS ISVA monitoring information to ensure all necessary information is captured.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make contact with all clients as soon as possible after referral is received, but no longer than 48 hours from such referral.
  • Undertake Safety and Support (SAS) assessment.
  • Develop individual care plan to address risks/support needs of client. 
  • If the client is assessed as high risk, refer to Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (where available following locally agreed protocols) and attend and participate in meetings, follow up on actions agreed in MARAC.
  • Help client to access services to which they are entitled, e.g. through setting up fast-track referral systems to sexual health follow-up services, making referrals to Mental Health, Housing, social services etc where appropriate.
  • Provide face to face and telephone support (non-therapeutic) to clients and their supporters where appropriate. 
  • Help client to develop own support network.
  • Explain criminal, legal and if relevant, civil remedies and housing options to clients and supporters.
  • Provide information and support in relation to Criminal Injuries Compensation.
  • Where relevant, keep other agencies informed about important changes in client’s situation with client’s consent.
  • Support client and supporters through the criminal justice system, explaining the procedures and their role and rights within the system.
  • Subject to local arrangements and the views of the client, support the client in the witness statement and during the trial phase in conjunction with the Witness Services.
  • Liaise with the police and CPS on behalf of the client, with the client’s consent and adhering to confidentiality policy in relation to release of information.  If local protocols can be agreed, keep the victim informed about case progress on behalf of the police in line with the requirements of the Victims Code of Practice.
  • Participate in case conferences with the police, CPS and prosecuting barrister. 
  • Understand the need for special measures and ensure such are in place as required.

General

  • Manage a caseload.
  • Maintain and monitor records of all cases.
  • Recording relevant data on DPMS.
  • Follow procedures and protocols with other services so that the safety of the client is kept central to any process.
  • Note and feed back to other agencies and consistent difficulties clients are having accessing their service.
  • Contribute to the development of service policies, protocols, guidelines and strategies within area of practice as necessary. 
  • Develop and maintain effective communication systems with key partners including the police, CPS, court service, social services, education, primary care trust (mental and sexual health), Victim Support, Witness Service, voluntary sector organisations.
  • Participate in team meetings and peer review.
  • Provide specialist advice to other workers and agencies, including participation in delivery of training sessions.
  • Have a clear understanding of the myths and facts of sexual violence, rape trauma syndrome, the long-term mental health effects of sexual violence, self-harm, suicidal feelings and attempts.
  • Be fully aware of resources available regarding interpreters, signers etc.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of the service

If you are interested in this role, please complete the above application form and return to me Vicky Green on victoria.green@rasamerseyside.org by Monday 23nd March 2020.

Interviews will take place on 26th March. The successful applicant will begin their post from the 1st April 2020. If you have questions in relation to the post, please contact Vicky Green.

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