Specialist Practitioner (Domestic Abuse) – Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Professional Industries:
  • Health & social care
Job Type:
  • Temporary
Reference Number: 10827
Wakefield, UK WF1


Role: Specialist Practitioner (Domestic Abuse)
Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Duration: 4 months+
Rate: £14.00 - £18.00 per hour



We are seeking to appoint a suitably skilled and motivated person to work as part of the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service for initially 4 month temporary contract with possible extension.

We are looking for applicants who are experienced in providing specialist Domestic Abuse support for victims.

The successful candidate will need to have extensive experience of supporting and advocating on behalf of domestic abuse victims and ideally hold a Safe Lives (CAADA) IDVA qualification.

This post will provide advice, support and advocacy to all victims experiencing domestic and sexual abuse and act as the primary point of contact for all cases, prioritosing those assessed as high risk , attend MARAC's, support victims through court proceeding and work closely with partner organisations to meet the needs and manage risk for clients.

This post will provide specialist domestic abuse support and guidance to colleagues and other professionals. A successful police vetting process may also be required to undertake this role.

The successful candidate will be required to work from a number of locations across Wakefield district.

Qualifications/ Training:
- Hold a CAADA IDVA training certificate or a relevant degree, or demonstrate equivalent experience, or vocational qualification (requirement to obtain CAADA IDVA certificate within 12 months of appointment if the qualification is not initially held)

- Have a good understanding and knowledge of domestic abuse, including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and children.
- Knowledge of support needs of those who are experiencing domestic abuse directly and their families.
- Have good theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of the civil/criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
- Excellent understanding of child protection, safeguarding and its relation to domestic abuse and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues.
- Understanding of the risk assessment and safety planning process, within the context of domestic abuse.
- Awareness of social and cultural issues in the context of domestic abuse, including HBV, Forced Marriage, LGBT, FGM.
- Knowledge of the roles of different agencies in relation to tackling domestic abuse.
- Knowledge of the housing needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including emergency accommodation and sanctuary provision.
- Knowledge of the issues surrounding health, health services and domestic abuse.

- Proven experience of multi-agency and partnership working to draw on the strengths of professionals in the contribution they can make to improving outcomes for individuals and families.
- Experience of assessing needs of vulnerable client groups and carrying out risk assessment with low/medium/standard risk domestic abuse victims including assessment for sanctuary scheme.
- Proven experience Domestic Abuse activities that provide independent advocacy support for victim’s going through the Criminal Justice System to seek redress or safety measures.
- Experience of collating and writing reports.
- Extensive experience in case management working with vulnerable client groups and complex families with multiple needs.
- Experience of presenting information and/or delivering training
- Experience of face to face work with service users in challenging, crisis situations
- Understand the health care systems and how this can contribute to supporting people experiencing domestic abuse
- Experience of providing support, guidance and advice to people around safeguarding and/or domestic abuse.
- Ability to challenge and negotiate inappropriate behaviour in a constructive manner.
- Experience of working in a performance driven environment.

Local authority experience is desirable.

Deekay Contact: Michael Wilde - 0161 747 1234


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