Hours of work: negotiable
Full or part-time
Closing date: Sunday 26 September 2021
Interview date: Wednesday 29 September 2021 tbc
For an informal discussion, please contact Michaela Richards, Head of Safer Communities, East Sussex County Council on 07895 208 804
About the role
East and West Sussex County Councils want to see an end to domestic and sexual violence and abuse in Sussex. We are committed to preventing domestic abuse, improving the support and protection for victims/survivors and their children, and ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. When someone is a victim or survivor of abuse, they are believed not blamed, treated with dignity and respect, and supported to feel safe within their community. Across Sussex, we will work together, breaking down barriers between sectors and services, in neighbourhoods and communities, recognising that Domestic and Sexual Violence is everyone’s business; and that responsibility for tackling the issue is truly shared.
We are committed to raising the voices of those with lived experience (adults and children) and creating genuine and inclusive opportunities to meaningfully influence the development of policy and services.
To deliver on this ambition, the two authorities are jointly funding an exciting new position dedicated to creating long-term and sustainable co-production mechanisms, and the establishment and support of a Lived Experience Board which will be fully represented on the Pan-Sussex Domestic Abuse Partnership Board.
In addition to establishing this important governance function, the Community Development Officer will undertake the development of tasks within strategic workplans, ensuring they are co-produced with people with lived experience of domestic abuse; present proposals to stakeholders in various settings to engage, support, and develop innovative solutions to identified gaps in provision and/or approach; support the identification of champions with lived experience of domestic abuse and assist them in establishing or joining existing local peer support groups; and support colleagues to take forward the actions and learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews across the two local authorities.
Applicants will need to bring experience of working with those from a range of vulnerable backgrounds, in particular those who have experienced domestic abuse; alongside an IDVA qualification and/or comparable experience which demonstrates a level of either applied knowledge either in the domestic abuse field or community development, client involvement or a similar function.
We are looking for candidates who show a high degree of political sensitivity and who have strong negotiation and influencing skills and community capacity building, consultation and engagement skills alongside a commitment to collaborative working and co-production.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.