Independent Sexual Violence Advisor | Suffolk Constabulary

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Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

The Ferns, Ipswich
Full Time (37 Hours) - Temporary to 31 March 2023
£28,725 - £32,673 per annum
Closing Date: Friday 24 September 2021 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: L2020 on application form

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre within the Crime, Safeguarding and Incident Management sector of Suffolk Constabulary, provide support to victims of sexual assault, irrespective of whether the abuse is reported to the police or not. This is achieved through access to forensic/medical services, the option to provide anonymous intelligence about an assault and referral to both in house and third sector support agencies.

The Independent Sexual Violence Advisors are key professionals to ensuring the client’s individual needs are met, providing emotional support, information on local services and specialist support during the Criminal Justice system should this be the client’s chosen route.

Applications are invited for the above post department at The Ferns (SARC).

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing individualised support to men, women and children who have reported rape and sexual abuse. The ISVA will hold a varied caseload and can expect to support an individual for between a few weeks to as much as 4 years. It is a client led, varied role and flexibility in your approach is essential. The SARC is located in Ipswich and covers the whole of Suffolk. There will be an expectation to travel throughout the county on a frequent basis.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of a relevant degree or professional qualification/experience in sexual violence or a related field and willingness to undertake and successfully complete an accredited ISVA training qualification
  • Proven experience of working with vulnerable people and supporting them in extremely difficult and sensitive circumstances, in a proactive, empathetic and compassionate manner, while exercising a high degree of professionalism at all times
  • Demonstrate highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to relate to people at all levels, including victims and internal and external partners in complex and demanding situations 
  • Proven ability to undertake detailed risk assessments and safety planning, review progress and advise on a wide range of support  
  • Demonstrate strong crisis management skills with experience of supporting those deemed to be at high or very high risk of harm from themselves or others
  • Proven ability to manage and prioritise work effectively, combining caseload management under pressure, recording, reviewing and working to specific timescales
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision and as part of a team. Good organisational skills are essential
  • Demonstrate competent computer skills and a working knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Office 365, excel etc and ability to become competent with other specialised systems specific to the role
  • Ability to travel throughout the county 

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of an accredited ISVA qualification
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice system and some understanding of partner agencies processes and responsibilities
  • Awareness of local and national developments in the field of sexual violence work

Role profile >> isva_pvp_-_march_16_1.pdf

Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a temporary basis.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].