The Homes & Communities team is changing. Our new, three-year Departmental Plan sets out an ambitious vision and set of priorities for the service that uses our unique position in and around people’s homes to enable them to thrive and live well. This includes making sure that those experiencing the trauma of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) receive the best possible help and support to stay safe and recover from their experiences. As part of this, we have committed to achieving the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation process.
This is an exciting opportunity for a housing professional to join the Keel Project, an innovative, multi-disciplinary team prototyping new ways of working to reduce the harm caused by DVA. Alongside colleagues in the multiagency team, you will undertake risk assessments and contribute to the development of safety plans for affected families. You will provide expert housing-related advice and support, facilitating personalised, creative, realistic housing solutions that enable the family to avoid crisis, stay safe and recover from their experiences. Your role will include working across the various departments and organisations delivering ‘housing’ to facilitate appropriate housing-related interventions for each family. In addition to directly supporting families, you will also have dedicated time to contribute to the development of new tools, approaches and practice. You will work closely with the wider workforce to share learning, be creative and grow your own skills in workforce development.
The Keel Project includes a variety of agencies and will benefit from close co-working, co-location and an emphasis on shared decision-making. Other agencies include; Islington Children’s Services, Substance use services, CAMHS, Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust, DVIP, the Metropolitan Police and Solace. This partnership will support all practitioners to take a broad perspective in relation to children and families and ensure the best chance of making meaningful change.
So, if you are passionate about tackling DVA and the housing-related challenges that compound the suffering of those affected; if you want to contribute your ideas, creativity and energy, whilst also developing your own career, this is the opportunity for you.
This is an 18-month fixed term contract / secondment opportunity aligned with current funding availability.
Closing Date: Sunday 18th November at 23:59
Interview date: Wednesday 28th November 2018
For an informal discussion about the vacancy, please contact Helena Stephenson on 020 7527 8761 or via email at helena.Stephenson@islington.gov.uk