Dundee Women's Aid
Dundee Women's Aid

Charity registered in Scotland SC006691

Dundee Women's Aid has been supporting women, children and young people who are experiencing Domestic Abuse for over 40 years. The development of our service has been influenced by the experiences of the women, children and young people that we have supported. As an organisation we provide a range of services including information, support and temporary refuge accommodation. 


Current vacancies

Women’s Support Domestic Abuse Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £25,300
  • Dundee
  • Closing 13th July 2020

PURPOSE OF THE POST

  • To work as part of the Women’s Support (WS) team to support and empower women who have experience of domestic abuse. In doing so, providing a quality service that meets legal requirements and DWA standards, policies and guidelines.
  • To promote the work of DWA in the local and wider community and work in partnership with others to develop services and provide support within the community.
  • To work with a wide range of women who may have complex needs.
  • To participate as part of the team in the ongoing development of services to abused women whether in refuge, re-housed from refuge or through the outreach service.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Direct Services to Women

  • Complete assessments (face to face and by telephone) with all women accessing DWA services, identifying risks and supporting women in managing their safety through development of safety plans and liaising with police and other relevant agencies.
  • Provide emotional, practical support and information to women as required. This could be on a one-to one basis, and/or in group setting.
  • Update and maintain DWA case management system for new referrals, managing the waiting list, and regularly checking in with those who are awaiting allocation of a DA Practitioner.
  • Support and empower women as appropriate and as determined by a person-centred assessment and support plan, with a particular focus on domestic abuse.
  • Admit women and children (if any) to refuge OR support them to access alternative accommodation as required.
  • Ensure women accessing the services receive appropriate and accurate information including advice about their rights, in particular their various housing options.
  • Liaise and advocate on behalf of service users with external agencies. This may involve accompanying women to appointments and referral to other appropriate agencies.
  • Deliver and support the delivery of our group work programmes.
  • Encourage good relationships between mother and child(ren) and be aware of child protection issues.
  • Keep up to date with changes in legislation and working practices and ensure Health & Social Care Standards and SSSC requirements are met at all times.
  • Ensure, in conjunction with the Facilities Manager, that refuges are maintained to a high standard.
  • Attend multi agency meetings, as appropriate, for the purposes of protecting and advocating on behalf of service users.
  • Cover DWA telephone support line on a rota basis

2. Promoting the Work of DWA

  • Help raise awareness of domestic abuse within the local and wider community
  • Help develop positive working relationships with key partner agencies and stakeholders in pursuance of WS objectives.
  • Support the promotion of DWA’s public and media profile.
  • Attend appropriate meetings and events on behalf of DWA.
  • Liaise and work in partnership with education, health, housing professionals, other voluntary and statutory agencies who could share knowledge and resources.
  • Work in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid and the wider Women’s Aid to share and develop good practice.

3. Internal

  • Work in accordance with: Dundee Women’s Aid standards, policies, procedures and guidelines; requirements of funders; Health & Social Care Standards, Child Protection and other relevant legislation.
  • Encourage and support service users in participating in events and opportunities to help the shaping of our service, including through monitoring and evaluation and service user focus groups.
  • Assist with the development, monitoring and evaluation of the services to women in refuge, follow on and outreach.
  • Perform administrative tasks timeously to ensure a seamless service.
  • Ensure quantitative and qualitative information on support and related issues is completed regularly.

4. Working Approach

  • Work collaboratively and assist, as appropriate, other DWA workers. This includes regularly attending team/other relevant meetings and keeping colleagues up-to-date on relevant work issues.
  • Support the CEO and Directors in creating a positive, supportive and participatory working environment which fulfils the aims and objectives of DWA.
  • Reflect on practice to ensure delivery of a professional service and positive learning experience.
  • Support the CEO and Directors in creating a continuously improving organisation focussed on service users and service user involvement.
  • Take a proactive role in promoting equality and anti-discriminatory practice throughout all aspects of the work.

This post requires a PVG scheme record check for both types of regulated work – work with children and work with protected adults.

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the scope of the post. The post-holder will be expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with the duties as detailed above.

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Lead Childcare Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £22,249 pro-rata
  • Dundee
  • Closing 16th March 2020

The Holiday Club runs four days a week during the two weeks of Spring and Autumn school holidays and for four weeks of summer holidays.

You will organise and lead interesting and stimulating outdoor activities throughout the school holidays in the summer, autumn and spring.

You will be expected to provide the highest possible standard of support to children and young people known to Dundee Women’s Aid who have experienced, or been affected by domestic abuse.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate and provide appropriate activity sessions for the Children and Young People Service aged up to 18 years.
  • Direct and lead the Holiday Club staff when planning and carrying out activities.
  • Organise interesting and stimulating outdoor activities throughout the school holidays in the summer, autumn and spring.
  • Work with groups of various ages to create a positive and reassuring atmosphere.
  • Encourage positive development of adult-child relationships through good example, e.g. no threats, bribes or corporal punishment.
  • Encourage positive play through the pre-planning of art and craft, drama, sports and dance sessions where children and young people can express themselves freely.
  • Demonstrate patience and understanding with a view to creating meaningful and enriching play opportunities.
  • Attend regular meetings with the CYP Service Manager and Domestic Abuse Practitioners to discuss progress of the project.
  • Evaluate the project, by means of a report, which will be used for future funding applications. Statistical evidence of the project’s progression should be gathered throughout the duration of the project.
  • As post holder you are required to travel extensively throughout Dundee. It is a requirement of the post holder to hold a full driving licence and have their own vehicle with insurance cover for business use. Please note, applicants who do not meet this criteria will not be shortlisted.
  • The post-holder is required to be a member of the PVG Scheme.
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Specialist Support Worker (Domestic Abuse)

  • Part time
  • £25,300 pro-rata
  • Dundee
  • Closing 16th March 2020

Purpose of the Role

To work as a member of a Housing First Team, which aims to offer support to single homeless women, providing permanent housing directly to street homeless individuals with ongoing assertive but flexible support, with a strong focus on harm reduction and sustainable tenancy within the community. You will be employed by DWA and seconded to the Housing First team. Women only need apply under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010. You will be required to provide creative permanent housing solutions, whilst providing support consistent with the internationally recognised Housing First Fidelities:

  • People have a right to a home
  • Flexible support is provided for as long as is needed
  • Housing and support are separated
  • Individuals have choice and control
  • An active engagement approach is used
  • The service is based on people’s strengths, goals and aspirations
  • A harm reduction model is used

The post-holder is required to be a member of the PVG Scheme.

Women only need apply under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010.

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Facilities Worker – Payments & Income

  • Part time
  • £19,600 pro-rata
  • Dundee
  • Closing 30th March 2020

Purpose of the Post

To ensure the smooth management of refuge accommodation, that occupancy is maximized and quality of refuges remain at a high standard

To ensure all income is collected from Housing Benefit and other sources. To ensure that other ancillary costs for refuges are collected. To liaise closely with the appropriate Department in all issues pertaining to refuge rents, ensuring that all relevant documents are completed and submitted timeously. To collect monies from women as required and keep accurate documentation. To provide regular reports, and to work alongside other Women’s Services team members.

The post-holder is required to be a member of the PVG Scheme.

Women only need apply under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010.

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Facilities Manager

  • Full time
  • £26,500
  • Dundee
  • Closing 19th June 2020

As Facilities Manager you will manage a small team of Facilities staff including the Refuge & Admissions and Payments & Income Facilities Workers and Cleaner. You will hold Health and Safety responsibilities for DWA, ensuring employees and clients operate within legal, regulatory and DWA standards and policies. You will also hold responsibility for ensuring DWA premises including offices, refuges, associated gardens and outhouses, are well-maintained, safe and meet legislative requirements.

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Assertive Outreach Domestic Abuse Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £25,300 pro-rata
  • Dundee
  • Closing 6th July 2020

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

· To work flexibly as part of the Assertive Outreach team to support and empower women who have experience of domestic abuse, who wish to remain in their own home or who we are unable to accommodate in refuge. In doing so, providing a quality service that meets legal requirements and DWA standards, policies and guidelines.

· To promote the work of DWA in the local and wider community and work in partnership with others to develop services and provide support within the community.

· To work with a wide range of women who may have complex needs.

· To participate as part of the team in the on-going development of services to abused women.

KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct Services to Women

· Work flexibly, undertaking assertive outreach to provide emotional, practical support and information to women experiencing domestic abuse, supporting them to secure safe accommodation and manage risks. This could be on a one-to one basis, and/or in group setting.

· Support and empower women who want to remain in their own home or who we are unable to accommodate as appropriate and as determined by a person centred assessments and support plan, with a particular focus on domestic abuse.

· Support women in managing their safety through development of safety plans and liaising with police and other relevant agencies.

· Admit women and children (if any) to refuge OR support them to access alternative accommodation as required.

· Ensure women accessing the services receive appropriate and accurate information including advice about their rights, in particular their various housing options.

· Liaise and advocate on behalf of service users with external agencies. This may involve accompanying women to appointments and referral to onto other appropriate agencies.

· Deliver and support the delivery of our group work programmes.

· Encourage good relationships between mother and child(ren) and be aware of child protection issues.

· Keep up to date with changes in legislation and working practices and ensure Health & Social Care Standards and SSSC requirements are met at all times.

· Attend multi agency meetings, as appropriate, for the purposes of protecting and advocating on behalf of service users.

Promoting the Work of DWA

· Help raise awareness of domestic abuse within the local and wider community.

· Help develop positive working relationships with key partner agencies and stakeholders in pursuance of DWA Women’s Services objectives.

· Support the promotion of DWA’s public and media profile.

· Attend appropriate meetings and events on behalf of DWA.

· Provide consultation and support to key agencies such as housing professionals, education, health, police and other voluntary and statutory agencies to increase their knowledge and skills regarding domestic abuse and improve responses to all women in the longer term.

· Assist the Senior Assertive Outreach DAP in delivering Violence Against Women training to other professionals.

· Work in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid and the wider Women’s Aid to share and develop good practice.

Internal

· Work in accordance with: Dundee Women’s Aid standards, policies, procedures and guidelines; requirements of funders; Health & Social Care Standards, Child Protection and other relevant legislation.

· Encourage and support service users in participating in events and opportunities to help the shaping of our services, including through monitoring and evaluation and service user focus groups.

· Assist with the development, monitoring and evaluation of the services to women in the assertive outreach project

· Perform administrative tasks timeously to ensure a seamless service.

· Ensure quantitative and qualitative information on support and related issues is completed regularly.

Working Approach

· Work creatively and collaboratively and assist, as appropriate, other workers internally and externally to achieve the best outcomes for women.

· Regularly attend team/other relevant meetings and keep colleagues up-to-date on relevant work issues.

· Support the CEO and Directors in creating a positive, supportive and participatory working environment which fulfils the aims and objectives of DWA.

· Reflect on practice to ensure delivery of a professional service and positive learning experience.

· Support the CEO and Directors in creating a continuously improving organisation focussed on service users and service user involvement.

· Take a proactive role in promoting equality and anti-discriminatory practice throughout all aspects of the work.

· It is a requirement of the post holder to hold a full driving licence and have access to a vehicle with insurance cover for business use. Please note, applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be shortlisted.

This post requires a PVG scheme record check for both types of regulated work – work with children and work with protected adults.

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the scope of the post. The post-holder will be expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with the duties as detailed above.

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