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Overview of the job
Work with victims and current partners of men attending domestic violence programmes in order to promote the safety of women and children.
The postholder will provide contact and support at specified periods to victims and partners of service users who are scheduled to attend a domestic abuse intervention programme.
This role will entail regular liaison with group facilitators, case managers and external agencies and will require at high profile risk management meetings such as MAPPA or MARAC.
Flexible working hours are required i.e. evening and weekends, where necessary, to be flexible as to when partners/ victims can meet / be contacted.
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
Initiate timely contact with victims and partners of perpetrators attending an NPS domestic abuse intervention.
Provide written information and discuss programme content with the victims and partners of perpetrators attending NPS interventions and obtain a signed disclosure of information form and manage victims’ expectations.
Assess safety of home visiting, including offender information such as OASys and contact with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies e.g. social services, police, Victim Support etc and complete a DASH risk assessment.
Explain the purpose of the SARA (spousal assault risk assessment) and administer if required.
Request feedback from partners/ victims at regular intervals throughout the intervention
Carry out safeguarding children and safeguarding adult duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies.
Ensure that any information relating to the service users’ risk is, where appropriate, shared promptly and in a victim sensitive manner with the Probation Practitioner, programme team and other agencies where relevant.
Complete a victim/ partner report as required, summarising key victim issues
Promote the safety of victim’s, children and other dependants by supporting victims to construct a realistic safety plan and provide information about appropriate local support organisations.
Provide victims and partners with information about the perpetrator’s attendance on the programme.
Form and maintain relationships with local support services to enable successful referrals for support and advice and contributing to a co- ordinated community response to domestic violence.
Take an active part in interagency risk management meetings where appropriate, such as MAPPA and MARAC.
To support the programme manager in delivering presentations and providing information about this aspect of the service.
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.