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Salary    £32,628 – £35,286 Per Annum
Location    Twickenham, London
Closing Date    04/07/2017
Recruitment Agency    Local Government Jobs

The Company

Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for three years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.


We are looking for a Domestic Violence Specialist Worker to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.

As Domestic Violence Specialist Worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
– Proactively engaging with perpetrators of domestic violence to assess their understanding of the impact of violence and controlling behaviuor on both the victim and the children in the family.
– Developing an action plan to erode the drivers of behaviour and mitigate the risk to victim and family.
– Undertaking perpetrator risk assessments informed by relevant multi-agency input as appropriate and identifying key drivers to their harmful behaviour and risks to victims and their children.
– Delivering one to one interventions to perpetrators that challenge and hold perpetrators responsible for
their attitudes and behaviour and for the need to change with focus on disruption of domestic abuse.
– Delivering structured group provision for perpetrator of domestic violence and abuse.
– Effectively signposting perpetrators to specialist support services with additional needs, including substance misuse, mental health, welfare support etc, without detraction from perpetrators’ responsibility for their action.
– To be a Domestic Violence Specialist Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points.
– Significant experience of working with hard to reach and challenging clients with complex needs, delivering one to one tailored support and structured programmes.
– Undertaking effective assessments of needs, risks and vulnerabilities and delivery of appropriate interventions to meet assessed needs.
– Use of counselling, motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour approaches.
– Theoretical understanding of gender theory, definition of domestic violence and type of abuse and relevant dimensions for the use of violence.
– Knowledge and understanding of key principles for the work with male perpetrators.
– Strong interpersonal communication skills to effectively engage diverse range of service users.
– Educated to degree level with an appropriate professional qualification and proven evidence of continuing professional development.

In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Keval Shah for an informal discussion.

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centers and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to:
– Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
– A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
– Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
– A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
– Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
– Reflective supervision from an experienced management team

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

Provisional Interview dates: 11th and 13th July 2017