Safe House & Outreach Advocate – Modern Slavery Response Service

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 20-Apr-23

Location: ME7 1AS

Salary: £20,000 to £30,000 per year

Safe House & Outreach Advocate – Modern Slavery Response Service

Job Title: Safe House & Outreach Advocate – Modern Slavery Response Service
Reporting to: Team Manager
Contract: Permanent, Full time
Interview Date: TBCAbout the Service/Department
Hestia is the largest provider of accommodation and outreach support to survivors of Modern Slavery in London. We also provide safe house accommodation in Kent.‘Trafficking’ is the movement of a person from one place to another for the purposes of exploitation. Individuals may have been forced, coerced or deceived into coming, or may have come willingly to the UK but been deceived about the nature or conditions of work they would experience on their arrival.Victims of trafficking are often subject to high levels of physical, sexual and psychological violence. For this reason, and because they may be afraid of the police, it may take individuals time to disclose the full extent of their experiences.Hestia provides trauma informed care and support to survivors of Modern Slavery through our homely safe houses and responsive outreach service, assisting individuals to recover from the effects of trafficking and supporting survivors on their journey through the National Referral Mechanism recovery and reflection period. This service supports Men, Women & FamiliesAbout the role
To provide high-quality frontline support to individuals who may have experienced trafficking and modern slavery. The role will be based in a safe house in Kent supporting four potential victims of modern slavery, and will also carry a small caseload of outreach clients in the South-East.**Travel to meet with outreach clients will be reimbursedSome other main responsibilities of the role include:Conduct risk assessments and review support plans on a regular basis with all service users.To ensure that the overall physical appearance of the accommodation is of a high standard and to undertake housing management duties which include all aspects of health and safety.To prepare rooms for arrival of new residents.To develop individual safety and support plans to meet individual needs of the service usersAbout youEssential:Experience of providing advice and support to vulnerable adults, including adults with mental and physical health needsExperience of working in supported accommodation and housing managementDemonstrate awareness of safe practice when lone workingKnowledge and experience of providing a co-ordinated service with statutory and voluntary services available for the client groupAbility to support service users in crisis effectively, offer impartial advice and advocate on behalf of service usersKnowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues and ability to address them appropriatelyStrong written and verbal communication skillsAbility to cope with stressful situations and deal with emergencies in a professional mannerAbility to work with databases and keep accurate electronic records of support workAbility to record and manage financial transactions.Ability to work effectively in a teamDesirable:Knowledge of The Modern Slavery Act 2015, the National Referral Mechanism process, Immigration and Asylum legislation, and welfare benefits legislation Own form of transportPlease see the attached documents for the full job description and more information about Hestia.What Hestia offersHoliday allowance of 25days/195hours per annum plus 8days/62.4hours public holidays (pro rata)Company PensionLearning and Development Opportunities (including career progression opportunities across our services and departments, a full 9 month induction providing an understanding of The Hestia Approach and all Hestia’s practices and policies to support your career in Hestia and if applicable, a foundation knowledge to attain a Skills for Care Certificate)Hestia Rewards exclusive membership (Hestia Rewards is our staff wellbeing and benefits scheme which provides access to fantastic retail discounts, gym membership discounts, recognise a colleague eCards etc.)Access to a range of health and wellbeing support tools including our Employee Assistance Programme, Flexible working (including holiday trading and TOIL) and some roles include Clinical SupervisionOther benefits such as Eye care vouchers, Travel/Season Ticket Loans and Cycle to work scheme (with up to 40% savings on a new bike).If applicable to the role, Hestia will also support you on joining our existing ASYE (Assisted and Supported Year in Employment) programme if you are interested and fit the criteria.About HestiaHestia supports adults and children in crisis across London and the surrounding regions. We campaign and advocate nationally on the issues that affect them. This includes victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. Hestia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people who are potentially at risk, and we therefore expect all staff and volunteers to do the same. We require all staff to undertake internal and external safeguarding training throughout their employment with Hestia.Please note
If offered a role with Hestia, you will be issued a conditional offer based on satisfactory references and an Enhanced disclosure/DBS check.This job description is subject to change depending on the needs of the service/department.We recommend that you apply at your earliest convenience as we screen applications as they are received as well as interview and appoint suitable candidates on this basis (regardless of the closing date). We may also contact unsuccessful applicants regarding other suitable opportunities within Hestia.Disability confident
Hestia is a disability confident employer, committed to the employment and career development of individual with disabilities. As part of this commitment, we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the role they have applied for. We will also accommodate reasonable adjustment during the selection and interview process and throughout your employment with us.Hestia positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. But we particularly welcome individuals from an ethnic minority background and those with disabilities to apply. As an organisation, we are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and value the skills, abilities, talent and experiences, different people and communities bring to our organisation.How to apply
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