Assertive Outreach Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Salary : £22,866 per annum rising to £23,227 per annum on successful completion of probation and £24,257 per annum after accreditation.

Hours : 37.5 hours per week

Holiday : 25 days annual holiday entitlement increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service per annum plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Base : Truro

Contract : fixed term until 31st June 2025 with the potential for extension subject to future funding

application form – part one
application form – part two
Equal Opportunities Form
Role profile

To provide direct outreach support and advice to anyone impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence, ensuring appropriate support is in place to improve outcomes for those effected by domestic abuse. To raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence within hard to reach groups in the local community. To provide support for those identifying and engaging in abusive behaviours and form part of the We Are With You outreach team and Safer Futures IDVA team. This role is open to people of any gender.

Key responsibilities:

The Outreach IDVA will:

  • Provide high quality practical and emotional support to people of all genders living in the community who are living with, or have lived with, domestic abuse/violence
  • Raise awareness within hard to reach groups within the local community about Domestic Abuse and support available
  • Be able to adjust their practice to deliver a truly individualized intervention that is based on complex need and risk
  • Identify and make links with existing projects and community services and to develop joint support where appropriate
  • Provide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence support to the outreach teams and develop assertive outreach support within the Safer Futures teams.
  • Work within a crisis intervention team and will have the ability to engage and work flexibly to demonstrate positive outcomes for service users.
  • Follow First Light procedures and protocols as well as those from other services so that the safety of the clients is kept central to any process
  • Maintain accurate case notes in line with data protection
  • Ensure that clients get the services to which they are entitled
  • The post holder will need to be highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis

 Essential requirements:

  • Provide a pro-active service to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence
  •  Full driving licence and access to a car

A comprehensive induction and training programme will be provided, and all staff have access to external supervision. This is a safe space in which employees can discuss the personal or emotional responses to any traumatic or difficult cases, to ensure their emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Added benefits:

  • Membership of Perkpal, our employee discount and rewards programme (such as for cinema, shopping and gym memberships)
  • Health and wellbeing resources including our Wellbeing group.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme which includes a comprehensive telephone helpline available 24/7, offering information on medical, emotional and financial support.

Additional Information: The successful applicant will be subject to the Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check . Please note that due to our policies regarding COVID-19, some staff may currently be required to work from home. We are unable to employ any candidate who has been a client of First Light within the last two years.

Deadline for receipt of applications:02/06/2022

Expected date for interviews: 10/06/2022

If you do not hear from us by 08/06/2022, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply: Please complete both sections of our application form that can be found at the top of this page and email to hr@firstlight.org.uk . Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile, which is a combined job description and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack. Due to Safeguarding requirements we are unable to accept CVs.