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Victim Volunteer Advocate
- Provide support via telephone and have face to face engagement with victims of crime – in their own home or in an agreed location.
- Be a listening ear and provide emotional support and care, based on the individual needs of victims.
- Liaise with our support officers to ensure the right support services are in place and provide updates regarding information shared, support provided and outcomes achieved.
- Provide support that may range from a one-off contact to support through the whole criminal justice system and beyond.
- Develop your knowledge of local and national services, utilising and contributing new organisations to the directory of services where appropriate.
- Carry out your role with a non-judgmental attitude, upholding our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
For further information please contact:
0800 011 3116 or email email@example.com
Currently hiring an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
All Victim and Witness Support Officers are trained to be active and empathetic listeners. Their focus is to understand everyone’s individual’s needs and direct them to the service that meets their needs. We recognise that not everyone will feel that they require a referral to an external organisation and may just want a listening ear. Alongside emotional support, a core part of the Cope and Recovery plan is coordinating pathways of care to external service providers.
We also encourage victims to take up support from a team of dedicated volunteers, who are able to provide on-going emotional support throughout their recovery journey.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
This is a secondment/fixed term opportunity until March 2023
Salary Banding: £21,399 – £23,406
We are seeking to appoint an experienced Independent Sexual Violence Advisor. This is a crucial role within the organisation, providing expert and quality support to victims of all genders and ages, including children, who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse within or outside of the criminal justice system.
In return for your dedication and experience, we offer 23 days’ leave, excluding bank holidays, increasing to 28 days for 5 years+ service. We support our people inside and out of work – offering a very competitive pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card. And to take care of your physical and mental well-being, we’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service and access to gyms in some stations.
What will I be doing?
You will have a busy caseload, providing independent support and advice for all victims of rape and serious sexual offences, developing personalised cope and recovery plans and co-ordinating specialist support in accordance with the Victims Code of Practice.
You will attend court with victims and witnesses, where required, and provide information and advice around attending court as well as delivering and accompanying victims at pre-trial visits.
You will monitor the progress of crimes and provide information and advice, in conjunction with the officer in charge, to victims about their crime within specified timescales, including notification of court cases and outcomes.
You will risk assess victims, providing appropriate safeguarding advice and actions and help them access their rights.
For more information please see the role definition: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor role definition.docx
What do I need?
The ideal candidate will be an experienced ISVA with excellent communication skills, in particularly empathetic listening and ability to engage vulnerable victims.
You will have experience supporting victims of crime, ideally victims who have been victims of sexual offences. You will have proven experience of case management specifically with high caseloads and risk assessment processes.
You will have knowledge and experience of the Criminal Justice System and the ability to explain and navigate this with victims of crime.
Applicants without formal ISVA training would also be considered if they meet the essential points on the person specification, as ISVA training can be provided
Recruitment Vetting (RV)
Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 3 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed. A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references.
Vacancy Contact: To discuss the position in more detail please contact Service Manager, Rachel Carr by email at Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org