Job Vacancies

We currently have 2 available positions at HARV.

We are inviting applications for a BAME (Black, Minority and Ethnic) Family Housing Support Worker, and a BAME Outreach and Group Worker.

Join a team of Ending Violence against Women and Girls Specialists.

BAME Family Housing Support Worker

Responsible to: HARV Housing Service Manager

Hours: 36.5 hours per week

Salary: £20,500 per annum with 8% pension contribution

JOB PURPOSE:

This post will work in an integrated team within HARV Housing and HARV Domestic Abuse Services.

This worker is to undertake Specialist Support for Families, in relation to their accommodation needs. The worker will focus on BAME service users and will provide specialist support to these families giving additional support to enable access to statutory and non statutory services.

To be actively involved in ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in the service.

The role involves empowering survivors to increase their options, make positive choices/decisions, increase their confidence, safety and recovery in relation to their accommodation.

MAIN OBJECTIVES:

The worker will aim to support families who have experienced domestic abuse (women and children in refuges/safe houses and women and men in an outreach setting) with a person centred package of specialist trauma informed support.

The worker will provide support to families and individuals who are seeking refuge or other safe accommodation.

The worker will support families whilst they are living in HARV refuges/safe houses and with follow on service, to support the transition between refuge/safe house accommodation and re-integration in the community.

The worker will ensure that support will be available to each family and will complete a CAF when necessary for each family.

The worker will seek to meet the cultural and language needs of people with complex needs accessing the service.

The worker will provide short term support for households when they are moving into independent tenancies.

The service is to be delivered in a refuge/safe house and/or on an outreach basis within Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.

The worker will support and work with women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. These responsibilities include:

Championing service user empowerment and involvement by ensuring our services:

Are accessible to all potential service users;
Value and respect service users as the experts of their experience;
Work in strength-based and solution-focused ways with clients;
Facilitate agreed actions into practice; and
Use service user feedback and involvement to improve our service
Have a trauma informed family approach

The worker is to provide information and support to service users on issues such as housing, education, health, employment, counseling, welfare benefits, legal rights and other relevant issues
Respond to emergency and crisis situations by providing telephone support, advice, signposting or direct face to face interventions as necessary.
Conducting risk and needs assessments and developing individual support/action plans
Making referrals and advocating on behalf of service users as required, both to external agencies and the Emily Davison Centre Internal services.
Ensuring that performance is upheld in relation to relevant quality standards and frameworks
Liaising with relevant statutory, voluntary and other agencies as appropriate
Ensuring service user records are maintained and treated in line with policies and procedures
Maintaining service user records on the electronic database – Oasis).

General duties

The general duties of the position include:
Acting in accordance with the organisations policies and procedures.
Work in a manner which positively promotes the aims and objectives of the organisation.
Positively upholding and promoting organisations feminist ethos and commitment to equality, diversity and anti-discriminatory practices
Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and taking reasonable care of personal safety and that of other persons and resources whilst at work
Attend and participate in regular training when required
Attend and participate in regular supervision, staff and other meetings as necessary and attending management committee meetings when required.
Carrying out your own administrative duties
Undertaking any duties consistent with the post as may be reasonably requested by the Senior Managers, the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees


This job description is for guidance only and outlines the general ways in which it is expected you will meet the overall requirements of this post.
The list of tasks is not exhaustive and duties may be varied from time to time, with the job description being subject to review and periodic amendments.

HARV is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

HARV is committed to Equal Opportunities.

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


PERSON SPECIFICATION
Personal requirements –


Qualifications, Training and Experience

1 A relevant qualification IDVA, youth work, social work, housing or equivalent experience E
2 Safeguarding training/first aid training E
3 Practical experience of working with children and families experiencing domestic abuse E
4 Experience of supporting families or individuals in accommodation settings E
5 Experience of assessing risk and safety planning E
6 Interpretation qualification D
Skills

1 High level of interpersonal skills with both children, young people and parents E
2 Effective communication skills with colleagues and external agencies E
3 Ability to identify and respond to the emotional needs of families and prioritise workload E
4 Administrative and report writing skills including benefit applications E
5 Experience of delivering family support programs – strengthening families etc E
6 Clean driving license and use of a car for work purposes E
7 Knowledge of implementing health and safety procedures and safe working practices E
8 Knowledge of immigration law/legislation D
9 Knowledge of housing legislation and advocacy experience E
9 Ability to write case notes and use electronic case management system E
10 Ability to speak the community languages of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley – Urdu Punjabi E
Aptitude

1 Ability to work as part of a small multi professional team E
2 Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations E
3 Caring, non-judgmental and empowering approach E
4 Ability to respond flexibly to the needs of the service and to prioritise situations and circumstance E
5 Willingness to undertake training, identifying own training needs E
6 Ability to work un supervised and to use own initiative E
7 Proven track record of working in a housing setting E

Black, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) Outreach and Group Worker

Responsible to: The HARV Domestic Violence Team Management Committee and Manager

 

Responsible for: Providing a responsive service to BME survivors and potential survivors of domestic violence living in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.

To network effectively with a range of agencies working within

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley in order to promote services for BAME women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

 

Salary: £20,500

Working hours: 36.5 hours per week

Work location: Based in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

The post is funded as a fixed term contract. Pension arrangements are 8% of salary.

 

Section 7(ii)(e) of the Sex Discrimination Act and Section 5 (ii)(d) of the Race Relations Act apply.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and is subject to a CRB check.

 

Applications from Women only.

 

The post holder main duties include;

 

1. Provide pro active service and advice to BAME victims of DV to keep them and their children safe.

2. Risk assess and deliver service specific to need and risk of cleint

3. Explain housing, civil and criminal legal options to clients

4. Safety planning and support planswith clients

5. Refer very high risk clients to MARAC’s (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)

6. Ensure that clients get the services to which they are entitled

7. Understand the legal framework relating to the protection of children including the policy and procedures of the local safeguarding children’s board.

8. Support clients to develop their own support network

9. Refer on and arrange meetings with other agencies / services as necessary, for instance, solicitors, benefit agency etc

10. Manage a caseload

11. Maintain and update records of all cases

12. Follow procedures and protocols with other services so that the safety of the clients is kept central to any process

13. Keep other relevant agencies informed about important changes in clients situations

14. Undertake appropriate training

15. Provide a service, which is sensitive to all cultural and other differences and needs.

16. Work at all times within the policies, procedures and ethos of Employer.

17. Increase the awareness of local services on the needs and issues facing BAME women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.

18. Ensure the aims and objectives of the project are met.

19. To provide support on an individual and group work basis to survivors and potential survivors of domestic abuse.

20. To facilitate and encourage the use of the centre and the service provided by HARV domestic violence team.

21. To provide interpretation for clients whose first language is not English.

22. To deliver group support to service users – Freedom programme, Recovery Toolkit et

 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Personal requirements –

Qualifications, Training and Experience

1 A relevant qualification IDVA, youth work or social work or equivalent experience E

2 Safeguarding training/first aid training E

3 2 years experience of working with adults experiencing domestic abuse E

4 Experience of assessing risk, safety planning and developing a support plan E

5 Interpretation qualification D

 

Skills

1 High level of interpersonal skills E

2 Effective communication skills with colleagues and external agencies E

3 Ability to identify and respond to the emotional needs of women and priorities workload E

4 Administrative and report writing skills E

5 Experience of delivering group and one to one support E

6 Clean driving license and use of a car for work purposes E

7 Knowledge of implementing health and safety procedures and safe working practices E

8 Knowledge of domestic abuse and the impact it has E

9 Ability to write case notes and use electronic case management system E

10 Ability to speak the community languages of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley – Urdu Punjabi E

Aptitude

1 Ability to work as part of a small multi professional team E

2 Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations E

3 Caring, non-judgmental and empowering approach E

4 Ability to respond flexibly to the needs of the service and to prioritise situations and circumstance E

5 Willingness to undertake training, identifying own training needs E

6 Ability to work un supervised and to use own initiative E