Female Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate working to help others
Posted August 29, 2019 by
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Aurora New Dawn is pleased to announce the following job vacancy:

Female[1] Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

Hours of work

Part-time: 22 Hours per week (to include Fridays)
Salary £22,221 – Unaccredited (pro rata) £26,276 – On completion (or prior attainment) of relevant role-related Accreditation
Duration: Contract until March 2020, continuation subject to funding.
Location: Based in Portsmouth and covering the Eastern Area of Hampshire. Regular travel required.

The Independent Sexual Violence Advocate Role

Aurora New Dawn is a registered charity providing support and advocacy to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to join our team as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA).

ISVAs provide high quality, proactive (non- therapeutic) support to victims of sexual violence (aged 16+), particularly through the criminal justice process, by:

  • Record, reconciliation and banking of all donations to the Charity.

  • Identifying the support needs of each individual client via a holistic assessment process.

  • Assessing risk using an evidence-based risk identification checklist, where required.
  • Providing information and support, with a focus on enabling clients to make informed choices about the options available to them.

  • Supporting clients through the criminal justice process, including support and attendance at court, as required.

  • Advocating on behalf of clients with other agencies as required, maintaining an independent role, and ensuring that their needs remain central at all times.

  • Working within a multi-agency framework, and liaising with other statutory and voluntary agencies.

(see Job Description for all information)

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has the following:

  • Experience of working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

  • An excellent understanding of sexual violence, including the impact on victims, their families and their children.

  • Theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of sexual violence.
  • A clear understanding of safeguarding issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these.

  • Excellent communication, negotiation and advisory skills – both written and verbal – when interacting with a range of agencies and individuals.

  • Strong crisis management skills and the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations.

  • Use of a vehicle and a full, clean, UK driving license. Please note: due to the nature of the post it is an essential requirement that applicants are able to drive.

Please see the full Job description and person specification for additional information.

Prior completion of accredited ISVA training would be beneficial, but is not essential. Applications from those with a relevant degree, demonstrable equivalent experience, a vocational qualification, or a willingness to undertake relevant training/study are welcomed.

How to apply for the job:

Applications should be in the form of a letter, sent by email to info@aurorand.org.uk, detailing why you think you are suitable for the post. Please put ‘ISVA application’ in the subject line and return your completed diversity monitoring form with your letter.

The deadline for all applications is 9.00am on Monday 23rd September 2019.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

You are advised to read the job description and person specification carefully as the decision to shortlist you for interview will be based on the information you provide in your letter.

To save on administration costs we are not able to contact you if your application is unsuccessful, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work.

For a discussion about the role, or for any other queries, please contact Gemma Green (Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service Manager) on 023 92 479254.

Important documents:

To download a copy of the Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) job description, click here.

To download a copy of the Aurora New Dawn Diversity Questionnaire, click here.

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