Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) | Suffolk Constabulary

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Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Previous applicants (within the past 12mths) need not apply.

The Ferns provides a service to victims of rape and serious sexual assault in Suffolk.  We provide face to face support and also have an advice line that professionals and members of the public can access.  We work with those who report to police and those who choose not to.  Applications are invited for the above post in The Ferns, Sexual Assault Referral Centre at Ipswich.

To work within the SARC setting by being one of the main points of contact for victims of rape and serious sexual abuse.  To provide a pro-active service to both child and adult victims, whilst working within a multi-agency context.

To provide victims with emotional and practical support and advice.  Awareness of priorities of risk and safety such as sexual and mental health concerns, drug and alcohol concerns and domestic abuse. To keep clients engaged in the criminal justice process.

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 pro-active, 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 measures
  • Demonstrate strong crisis management skills with experience of supporting those deemed to be at high or very high risk of harm either 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 Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to travel throughout the county

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of an accredited ISVA training 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.pdf

Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday, which may be required to work outside of normal office hours if necessitated by the exigencies of the service, for example occasional late hours.  This post is offered on a permanent 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]