Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Chiswick, West London in 1971. Since then the charity has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day, its national network of services supports over 6,000 women and children. Committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety, Refuge aims to empower women and children rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear.
Position: Refuge Worker (Specialist South Asian Service)
Location: Kingston Upon Thames
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £22,828 to £26,390 per annum
Benefits: include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.
Closing date: 21 July 2019
About the role:
Do you think it is a national disgrace that in England and Wales, two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner? Or that one woman in every four will experience domestic violence at some point during her life?
Do you want to work for an organisation that provides a voice for abused women, and plays a vital role in ensuring that life-saving services are in place to support them? If so, then the role of Refuge Worker in our Kingston team may be perfect for you.
As Refuge Worker, you will be responsible for providing high quality practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence and their children living in our refuges.
You will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of women and children, and the opportunity to acquire and develop a variety of skills and wide ranging knowledge. This is one of the few jobs where it can be said that no two days are the same!
- You will ensure the smooth running of the refuge, including the admission of survivors of domestic violence to the refuge.
- You will also assess and advise on their entitlement to welfare and housing benefits.
- You will develop support plans for each resident and aid them to obtain permanent accommodation.
The successful candidate will have evidence of strong casework management skills, good written and verbal communication and an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. Knowledge and direct experience of providing support to women is essential as is a current understanding of legislation relating to domestic violence including civil / criminal legislation and welfare rights. The ability to work as part of an on-call rota is also essential.
Desirable Skills or Experience:
- Applications from candidates who speak a South Asian language would be desirable, although not essential.
Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. We offer the first Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited qualification for our profession. Other benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role.
Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post however is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
No agencies please - as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down.
You may have experience of the following: Refuge Worker, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Domestic Violence, Not for Profit, Survivor Support, Refuge, Aid, Care, Welfare Rights, Criminal Legislation, Women’s Advice, Residential Support, etc.