Female* Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Safe Link
www.safelinksupport.co.uk
Salary: 
£24,799 per annum and benefits
Contract Type: 
Temporary/Contract
Hours: 
Full Time
Hours: 
37.5
Location: 
Bristol
Contract Details: 
full‐time, fixed term contract lasting until March 31st 2022, working 37.5 hours each week; a competitive salary of £24,799 per annum and benefits. Travel across Avon and Somerset will be required.
Details of Role: 

Female* Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
Award Winning Service Safe Link

We have a rewarding and exciting opportunity available for a Female Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) (Complex Needs) to join our team based in Bristol. You will join us on a full‐time, fixed term contract lasting until March 31st 2022, working 37.5 hours each week. You will provide support and advocacy to victims of rape and sexual abuse with a history of Complex Needs/Mental Health/substance misuse and in return, you will receive a competitive salary of £24,799 per annum and benefits. Travel across Avon and Somerset will be required.

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

SAFE Link was established in 2008 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 Female Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) will work closely with the Bridge (SARC), CYPS, Police, CPS and both voluntary and statutory agencies incl 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.

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

Key duties and responsibilities of our Female Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA):

- 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 Duty telephone helpline
‐ Advocate on behalf of service users in a professional and respectful manner

What we are looking for in our ideal Female Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA):

- Experience of supporting victims to make informed positive decisions
- 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
- A current full driving licence and access to an appropriate vehicle is essential
- 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

How to apply:

Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020
Interview date: 19th August 2020 (via zoom)

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

www.safelinksupport.co.uk HR.Enquiries@missinglinkhousing.co.uk

Safe Link 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. Next Link is committed to Equal Opportunities. *Due to the specific requirements of this role, this post is exempt under the Equality Act (2010), Part 1, Schedule 9 (Genuine Occupational Requirement) Next Link is part of Missing Link Housing.

Closing Date: 
Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 09:00
How to Apply: 

Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020
Interview date: 19th August 2020 (via zoom)

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

www.safelinksupport.co.uk HR.Enquiries@missinglinkhousing.co.uk

Contact Person: 
HR Team
Contact Email: 
HR.Enquiries@missinglinkhousing.co.uk
Contact Phone: 
01179251811
Postal Address: 
5 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4JQ