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Black Country Women’s Aid
Let us introduce ourselves…
Black Country Women’s Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions. All services are client and needs led.
Our women’s justice services support women in the criminal justice system, women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and women who may struggle with mental health issues or drugs and alcohol. We offer a range of help including emotional and practical support, including one-to-one risk and needs assessments, trauma-informed program sessions, like skills and finding safe accommodation. We support women to cope with difficult circumstances and plan a safer future.
Job Title: Women’s Specialist Criminal Justice Practitioner
Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours), based across the Black Country
Salary: £22934 -£24798.60
All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.
Is this you?
We are looking for someone who is dynamic, personal, creative and empathetic to deliver therapeutic group work, undertake one-to-one sessions, community asset building and psycho-social interventions that support and enable people to make positive changes to their lifestyle.
Experience of holding an active caseload is important along with knowledge of case management systems.
We have an exciting opportunity available within our Women’s Justice Services. The role of Women’s Specialist Criminal Justice Practitioner falls under the Women’s Justice Partnership, consisting of BCWA, Changing Lives, Greensquare Accord, and ANAWIM.
This role requires the successful candidate to work within a dynamic team in order to meet the needs of women who present with multiple disadvantage whilst in the criminal justice system. The successful candidate will support the enforcement of the probation service who are co-located with, whilst also delivering support sessions either on a 1:1 or within a group setting.
The successful candidate will be based between our head office in West Bromwich and our Office in Jewellery Quarter, however, may be required to travel to other sites across the region in order to support our partner agencies.
If you are self-driven, conscientious, and hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you.
Important information for all positions
Black Country Women’s Aid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975. It will be necessary for an enhanced disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service for details of any previous criminal convictions.
Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies. The post holder must be female.
As a responsible employer we adhere to safer recruitment practice and all our employees are subject to the following recruitment checks:
Right to work in the UK
Under Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act, we, as a responsible employer need to ensure that we do not employ anyone illegally. To avoid discrimination we treat all job applicants equally.
We, therefore, ask all candidates selected for interview to bring original documentation to show their Right to Work in the UK. A copy of these will be taken. Once the successful candidate has been appointed the unsuccessful candidate’s documents will be destroyed confidentially. You may be refused an interview if you do not bring the correct documents with you.
Following your interview, two employment references will be sought. One of these should be your current or most recent employer.
If you have finished full-time education and you have no employer reference, we will accept a reference from:
• a professional from your centre of study, for instance, a teacher, lecturer or headteacher
• GP or health visitor
• a character reference from a person who knows you
• a civil servant from a government agency
• a bank manager
All positions are subject to DBS checks at the relevant level.
BCWA has adapted services during COVID to support victims of violence and abuse that meet all latest Government guidance. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all our sites and distributed to all staff as appropriate.
Full details of the BCWA Risk Assessment can be found on our website. Please read this as it provides the framework that we are delivering services against.
You will receive appropriate training to undertake the duties of the job on and on and offsite basis and all situations are risk assessed.
Management supervision, support and oversight is embedded in our practice to ensure all parties are kept safe.