Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
Hillingdon is London's second largest borough, with fantastic transport links with the A40, M25, the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines all local to us, so you can travel to work with ease and boasting over 20 square miles of scenic countryside, consisting of canals, rivers, parks and woodland. We're also home to some of the world's most renowned brands such as Coca-Cola and United Biscuits.
With an ambitious strategy we pride ourselves on delivering services that improves the lives of all our residents, businesses, and partners. Embarking on our journey of continuous improvement, we've set an agenda to ensure the provision of; safer communities, a thriving local economy, a greener more sustainable environment, whilst increasing our digital capabilities throughout the Borough.
Putting our residents first is at the heart of everything we do! We want talented individuals like you to share our aspirations for the borough, supporting us to deliver exceptional services for Hillingdon.
Violence Against Women and Girls in all its forms including Domestic Abuse (DA) is wholly unacceptable. Our vision is for Hillingdon Borough to be a London Lead in preventing, tackling and responding to VAWG and DA. The borough is committed to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence and abuse against women, children and men and supporting those so victimised to achieve their full potential in life.
We adopt and promote a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of violence against women and girls.
Our activity is prioritised using the following four pillars of work:
· Prevention and Early Intervention
· Provision of Services - Protection and Support
· Pursuing Perpetrators and supporting perpetrators to address their behaviour
· Effective Partnership working
What will you be doing as an Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate?
The role is a challenging, proactive and rewarding role in which you will work collaboratively with 'floating support' colleagues, the police, social care, housing and other agencies as part of a multi-agency partnership to advocate and support DA victims (irrespective of sex) and their children and keep them safe.
You will be working with high-risk DA at point of crisis. This will include telephone and face to face risk assessment and safety planning for both the victim and any children within the household. As well as providing crisis intervention and safety planning, you will also hold a caseload, which includes providing ongoing support and advocacy.
The role requires that professionals involved in the case receive written and verbal reports based on your analysis of risk, the facts of the case and your professional judgement as well as participation in meetings to advocate on the victim's behalf, supporting them at court and signposting them to relevant and appropriate services.
This is not a role for the faint-hearted, but for the right candidate it will be a rewarding role playing an active role in supporting some of our most vulnerable residents.
You will need to be organised and be able to demonstrate excellent time management skills, responding to victims of DA within 24 hours.
We are also looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:
- recent experience of working with high-risk DA victims is essential as well as an understanding of the dynamics, manifestations and impact of DA on victims and their children including intersectional and complex needs and barriers facing victims.
- holds good working knowledge of the criminal, civil, housing and practical options available to safeguard victims and their children.
- excellent communication written, verbal, listening skills are essential.
- experience of supporting and advocating on behalf of DA victims.
- has completed the CAADA/Safelives IDVA qualification.
What we offer
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
For more information on the role and to discuss this further, please contact Sonia Stewart, Recruiting Manager, at