Domestic Abuse Worker
This role has a starting salary of £29,291 per annum, based on a 36 hour working week.
We are recruiting a Domestic Abuse Worker to work within the Family Safeguarding teams across the county and provides practical and emotional frontline support, advice and guidance to victims of domestic abuse to enable them to live safely.
In Surrey, the Family Safeguarding model brings together under one roof, all the professionals needed to help children. This ground-breaking approach has proved highly successful in other authorities around the country and Surrey is the first council in the South East to implement it, for the benefit of Surrey's children.
The Family Safeguarding model is a strength-based model that works on a simple concept; to get people who are working with the same family to work in a team and share their concerns and risks to improve outcomes. Collectively we can provide intensive support to parents to address the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse that place children at risk of significant harm; helping them to understand the impact of their issues and actions on their children and parenting.
Typical tasks may include (but will not be limited to) offering recovery work, safety planning to allow those experiencing domestic abuse to access and maintain safe accommodation, undertaking motivational interviewing to obtain information to support them and look at the impact of domestic abuse on their children.
You will be required to ensure case records are accurately maintained in line with procedural and legislative requirements and to deliver domestic abuse group work programmes.
Working closely with an allocated Social Worker as well as other adult's specialist workers, you will support the planning, running and review of cases within the team; contributing to case discussions and exchanging information where appropriate. You will also liaise with a broad network of partners such as probation, mental health services, housing and the voluntary sector to ensure that a multi-agency approach to the way that cases are managed and services are delivered is applied.
This role will require you to be able to quickly establish effective relationships with colleagues, partners, children and families, working respectfully in a way which encourages them to recognise what help they require and empowering them to develop strategies to support their needs. You will be operating in sometimes challenging and emotionally charged situations therefore you must have the ability to communicate clearly, remain calm under pressure and deal with each request confidentially, applying a discreet and sensitive approach to all that you do.
To be shortlisted for this role you will:
- Have a good understanding of domestic abuse
- Be a skilled listener with high level verbal and written communication skills
- Have an understanding or awareness of the relevant legislation with previous experience of working with children and families
- Have successfully collaborated with partners to effectively deliver work but also have the ability to plan your work using your own initiative
- Have proven IT skills
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 24 March 2023 with interviews to follow.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit the advert on the employer site.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.