DAIS Intervention Officer - Children & Families Service
Work Hours: 36 Hours per Week
One year fixed term contract / secondment
The Domestic Abuse Intervention Service (DAIS) provides advice, information and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse who are 16 and above, of any gender or sexual orientation and who live in Hackney. The service also works with perpetrators to assess and address their violence where it is safe and appropriate to do so. An Intervention Officer is never expected to work with a victim and a perpetrator from the same family/relationship unit.
Our purpose is to provide high quality support to those who have experienced any of the various types of domestic abuse from an intimate partner or family member (the victim / survivor must be 16 or over). This includes possible physical, financial, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse, 'honour' based violence and forced marriage. We aim to provide a quick response to victims / survivors where there has been a recent incident, risk assess, safety plan, and to provide advice and guidance around reports to police, navigating the criminal justice system, obtaining legal injunctions, relocating into a refuge or into accommodation within or out of borough.
Intervention Officer's will support, enrich and enhance the high quality effective and responsive service to provide targeted interventions that result in tangible improvements in people's lives.
You will contribute to the development and delivery of the service which may include advocacy through the Specialist Domestic Abuse Court, co-locating in Children and Families Services, and facilitation of training to other professionals in the Council and the community. You will be expected to be able to build rapport and establish a respectful, honest and supportive relationship with victims / survivors of domestic abuse and work within the community to promote the safety and well-being of those we work with. You will be part of a team that provides duty advice and information to those who self-refer and to various professionals. Within this role you may complete home or community visits with or without other professionals (only where safe to do so).
You will also be expected to train and develop skills in working with perpetrators of domestic violence, primarily in assessment with a view to identifying the most appropriate interventions.
Hackney Children and Families Service has a strong learning culture and offers an attractive CPD package. We go that extra mile for our people, offering a work environment which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive; giving you the chance to use your knowledge and skills, and enhance your practice within a high profile organisation.
Hackney is one of the UK's highest performing local authorities, serving one of London's best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.
If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.
When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
The next stage of the recruitment process is to complete an online test. This will be sent to you within 3 days after the application closing date. The email you receive will be from the test site, Skills Arena. Please contact the recruitment team on if you not receive online tests within 3 working days once the role is closed. Please do not contact us prior to the 3 working days.
Closing date for applications: 23rd July 2019
Assessment/Interview Dates: To be advised
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.