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Affected Others Worker

FearFree delivers services across the Southwest for victims, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse and victims of sexual violence. We provide responsive, victim focused, and trauma informed support and this post will be fundamental to ensuring service users, stakeholders and partners experience this in our daily delivery.

This role will work with the partners and/ or ex-partners and other affected adults (parents/siblings) of any participants of our DVPP or 1-2-1 behaviour change support. The overall aim of this role is to ensure their safety is not compromised by the intervention.

This role will involve providing emotional and practical support to affected others following a personal needs led assessment as well as corroborating information to assure safety, In addition there will be the opportunity to deliver psychoeducation sessions designed to increase the understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain, domestic abuse, healthy relationships and the impact on parenting.

The successful candidate will work closely with the PRG Manager, group facilitators and the Partner Safety Worker to deliver a holistic approach to addressing domestic abuse.

The role will also include working with other agencies to ensure that a coordinated community response approach is taken to support the persons recovery and personal goals and attendance at multi agency meetings as required.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by domestic abuse.

Main duties and responsibilities

• Complete specialist risk assessments.
• Develop personal safety plans in collaboration with clients.
• Ensure high risk victims are referred to MARAC as required.
• Ensure safeguarding concerns are reported and escalated.
• Undertake proactive contact with clients, providing emotional and practical support.
• Ensure people are referred to other support agencies to meet their needs and aid recovery
• Provide information about the nature, possible impact, and limitations of the program.
• Participate in case management process.
• Communicate effectively with other professionals to manage risk.
• Participate in all required training and supervision activities.
• Plan, debrief and undertake the necessary follow-up work in relation to client contact.
• Develop joint working arrangements with other organizations providing support to those at risk from domestic abuse and follow referral pathways to those organizations.
• Participate in practice management and clinical supervision.
• Make priority contact with people as the need arises, including when there are concerns about an increase in risk.
• Assist with monitoring policies and procedures and producing reports.
• Attend team meetings and training as required
• Communicate with other staff related to activities and work undertaken.
• Carry out other tasks appropriate to the post, which may be identified as the service develops and as agreed with your line manager.

Health & Safety
All individual employees are required to promote a health and safety culture within the workplace, observe all health and safety rules and procedures, attend training courses as required and, where appropriate, conduct risk assessments e.g. VDU, maternity, lone working, H&S audits, etc.

Safeguarding / Disclosure and Barring Service
FearFree is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and bring any concerns (whether in respect of service users or members of staff) to the attention of Safeguarding Leads immediately. This role will require an enhanced DBS check

Confidentiality and Data Protection
All employees must ensure that essential information of a sensitive and/or personal nature is not disclosed to, or discussed with, inappropriate persons and that all information is maintained in accordance with the GDPR and other related legislation/requirements.

Equality and Diversity
FearFree is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce and our service users, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our service users, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. The role has the responsibility to ensure all duties and responsibilities are carried out in a manner which promotes FearFree’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

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