Female* Children and Young Person’s (under 18 years) Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CYPSVA)

Safe Link
£25,927 per annum
Contract Type: 
Full Time
37.5 hours each week
South West
Contract Details: 
permanent full-time
Details of Role: 

Award Winning Service Safe Link

Would you like to work for an award winning service by providing specialist sexual violence support to Children who live across Avon and Somerset?

We have a rewarding and exciting opportunity available for a Female Children and Young Persons Sexual Violence Advisor (CYPSVA) to join our team based in Bristol. You will join us on a full‐time, Permanent working 37.5 hours each week (8.30am – 4.30pm & 9.30am – 5.30pm also including a Saturday morning on a rota basis (around 1 in 12) and the expectation to work until 8pm if and when needed); you will provide support and advocacy to victims who have experienced rape or sexual assault. Travel across Avon and Somerset will be required. In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £25,927 per annum and benefits.

In return for joining us, we will offer you:

 Up to 30 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
 3 extra holidays including International Women’s Day
 Excellent development and training opportunities
 Employer pension contribution (minimum 5% of your gross salary)
 Mindful Employer Plus Scheme
 Cycle to Work Scheme
 Long Service Awards
 Wellness Awards

SAFE Link was established in 2009 and is a service that works across the Avon and Somerset Police Area and provides emotional and practical support to victims of rape and sexual assault. SAFE Link provides an independent victim-focused service. The service is committed to the Victims Code of Practice. Our ethos is to enable victims to cope and recover after their assault. We can support victims to report to the police if they wish.

Our Children and Young Persons Sexual Violence Advisor will work closely with the Bridge (SARC), CYPS, Police, CPS, safeguarding and social care agencies and both voluntary and statutory agencies including mental health and drug and alcohol agencies. You will have a good understanding of the traumatic impact of sexual assault and rape. You will need to have knowledge around the criminal justice process and will have a commitment to providing a high quality, victim focussed and inclusive service.

Key duties and responsibilities of our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor:

 Empower victims to increase their options; make positive choices/decisions; increase their confidence; safety and to enable and empower them to cope and recover from their experience
 Work with the victim and their family to establish a support network and create a complete package of support
 Promote the service, establish positive, proactive and innovative working relationships with partner agencies
 Work collaboratively within an integrated team of ISVA’s working across Avon and Somerset
 Support with victims who are adults (18+); children and young people (U18) and historic victims (adult or children and young people) with a history of mental health and substance misuse.
 Take referrals from with the Bridge, Lighthouse, self‐referrals and those from voluntary and statutory agencies
 Maintain up to date, accurate, legible and accessible records of all work and contact with service users
 Actively participate in regular one‐to‐one supervision, reflective practice groups, and annual appraisals
 Provide cover for and assist in the delivery of the Triage telephone line
 Advocate on behalf of service users in a professional and respectful manner

What we are looking for in our ideal Independent Sexual Violence Advisor:

 Experience of supporting victims to make informed positive decisions
 An understanding, knowledge and experience of Safeguarding
 A sound knowledge of working with Children and Young People.
 Experience of working in a health/social care environment
 Experience of risk assessing, safety planning and support planning
 Knowledge around rape and sexual assault and its impact on victims
 Experience of Multi-Agency working
 A commitment to the victim’s code of practice
 Strong numeracy, written communication and ability to carry out own administrative workload
 Excellent level of IT literacy, operate case management systems
 Ability to work with victims empathetically, understanding their needs and managing sensitive information appropriately
 Ability to facilitate and deliver solutions and support within a partnership setting
 A current full driving licence and access to an appropriate vehicle is essential

Please apply now to join us as our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and contribute to the valuable work of Safe Link and its wider services, delivering hope and support to survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Closing Date: 
Thursday, 25 August, 2022 - 09:00
How to Apply: 

Please download the application pack from our website and complete the application form. Please submit your application by Thursday 25th August 2022. Please do not send CVs. Interviews will be held on Weds 31st August 2022.

Contact Person: 
Pam Barton
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
5 Queens Square Bristol BS1 4JQ