Crisis Advocate

Salary : £22,866.00  per annum rising to £23,227.00 per annum on successful completion of probation

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

Base : Swindon SARC

Contract : fixed term until 31 March 2023 with the potential for extension subject to future funding

Application form – part one
Application form – part two
optional equal opportunities form
role profile

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) as a Crisis Advocate. Working as a member of a small, dedicated team, you will provide vital support services to victims of rape and sexual assault:

Key responsibilities:

  • Supporting survivors following SARC support as part of the SARC pathway
  • Acting as a liaison between SARC and ISVA services
  • Maintaining survivor engagement in the Criminal Justice System process until the client is allocated ISVA support
  • Supporting a victim through the referral pathway from crisis to recovery
  • Ensuring that the victim feels supported, listened to and believed
  • Being the nominated case manager and point of contact for the victim and their family to allow smooth transition from SARC to other services
  • Supporting the safety planning, monitor risk (including escalation to high risk and safeguarding concerns)
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential electronic case management records and contribute to monitoring for the service
  • Providing face to face and virtual appointments at the SARC for clients who have completed a forensic medical examination.

Essential requirements:

  • Full driving licence and access to a car

Added benefits:

  • A comprehensive induction and training programme, with a hybrid working policy for a better work/life balance.
  • Access to external supervision to discuss personal or emotional responses to traumatic or difficult cases, to ensure emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • Health and wellbeing resources including our staff Wellbeing Group and active participation in our employee engagement platform.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme which includes a 24/7 telephone helpline offering medical, emotional and financial support.
  • Employer contribution pension scheme.

Additional Information: The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check and police vetting. Please note that due to our policies regarding COVID-19, staff may sometimes be required to work from home.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 9:00 am Monday 11th July 2022

Expected date for interviews: TBC

If you do not hear from us by 22nd July, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply: Due to Safeguarding requirements we are unable to accept CVs as part of your application, or employ any candidate who has been a client of First Light within the last two years. Please complete both sections of our application form that can be found at the top of this page and email to . 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.