The Next Chapter (East Of England)

Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Community)

Colchester | 21,852 - £23,077 DOE & qualifications

Job Function: Social Care
Industry Sector: Charity & Not-for-Profit

Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Community)
Working at our locations across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford

If you have experience of supporting individuals affected by domestic abuse, this is an incredible opportunity to help change lives within your community as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner.

About Us

We are Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity that provides free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse. We work across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford.

Formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge, our mission is to provide rapid responses that increase safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change.

We are passionate about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse. We’re currently looking for a Domestic Abuse Practitioner who shares our vision to join us.

The Rewards

- Salary of £21,852 - £23,077 DOE & qualifications
- On-call pay
- Career development and progression opportunities
- Join a skilled team who are passionate about making a positive change

Our staff are our most valuable asset, so we are dedicated to creating a nurturing work environment where all can thrive. We are open, honest and fair, value diversity and always strive to act with courage; challenging injustices and enabling the voices of our survivors to be heard.

We will support you to develop, both personally and professionally, enabling you to realise your potential while you help others to achieve theirs.

Your Role

As a Domestic Abuse Practitioner, you will provide a high-quality domestic abuse support service to women, men and their families.

Working as part of the Community Outreach Team, you will manage referrals both in person and over the phone. You’ll use a needs-led, trauma informed approach to deliver an individually tailored support plan for service users.

Additionally, you will:

- Work with multiple agencies to ensure individuals are safe and do not become ‘high risk’ cases
- Carry out an initial needs and risk assessment for individuals
- Support individuals to build their resilience and future opportunities
- Encourage service users to get involved with in-house programmes or those provided by other community partners
- Signpost individuals to any other beneficial services

About You

To join us as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner, you will need:

- Experience of working with individuals experiencing domestic abuse and other vulnerabilities
- Previous experience of managing a caseload of service users with differing needs
- Experience of multi-agency legislative frameworks
- A good understanding of the affect domestic abuse has on victims and their children
- An understanding of the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children
- A valid driving licence and access to your own transport

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Experience of any of the following would be beneficial: partnership working, representing organisations at external meetings and conferences, using qualitative and quantitative data to compile reports, working with other domestic abuse services, or creating and delivering domestic abuse awareness and training packages.

Other organisations may call this role Caseworker, Support Worker, Domestic Violence Support Worker, Case Worker, Abuse Caseworker, or Protective Services Worker.

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you’re looking to take your next step as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week plus participation in an on-call rota