Edinburgh Woman's Aid
Edinburgh Woman’s Aid (EDDACS) provide support and advocacy for female victims of domestic abuse crimes which are going through the court system. The EDDACS team support clients by explaining the court process, the potential outcomes from the court and by completing risk assessment and an individualized support & safety plan with the client.
EDDACS will prepare a report for all hearings to inform the court of risk and will keep clients informed of the court progress and outcomes. The Trainee role will contribute to the efficient processing and input of data.
The post holder will be expected to carry a caseload appropriate to experience and to provide a high quality frontline service to victims of domestic abuse. The role requires the ability to work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC and local partnership responses to domestic abuse.
Women only need apply under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality Act 2010
Edinburgh Women’s Aid is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Company No: SC237521
Registered Charity No: SC028301
• Identify and assess the risks and needs of domestic abuse victims using an evidence based risk identification checklist.
• To provide information, support and referrals as detailed in the EDDACS procedures.
• Work with victims of domestic abuse to help them access services to keep them, and their children safe.
• Advocate for victims with agencies who can help to address the domestic abuse by:
I. Understanding the role of all relevant statutory and non-statutory services available to domestic abuse victims and how your role fits into them.
II. Providing advocacy, emotional and practical support and information to victims including in relation to legal options, housing, health and finance with support from mentor
• Co-manage a case load ensuring each client receives the appropriate service individual to their needs.
• Support the empowerment of the client and assist them in recognising the features and dynamics of domestic abuse present in their situation, and help them regain control of their lives.
• Work with in a multi-agency setting which will include participation at the MARAC.
• You will contribute interventions and help design a plan to protect victims and any children, while maintaining an independent role on behalf of your client, keeping their safety as central to any response.
• Carry out periodic case reviews as directed by mentor /supervisor based on a review of risk and abuse which:
i. Feeds back into action planning to further progress, signpost or close cases and;
II. Provides feedback to your clients/agencies.
• Help maintain accurate and confidential case management records and databases and contribute to monitoring information for the service.
• Carry out end of service questionnaires with clients.
• Comply with data protection legislation, confidentiality and information sharing policy and procedures and all legislation connected to your work.
• Respect and value the diversity of the community in which the services works in, and recognise the needs and concerns of a diverse range of survivors ensuring the service is accessible to all.
You’ll have a head start in this vacancy if you’ve completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in a related field. We’ll need you to provide evidence of your qualification and show you gained the relevant skills from your placement
• Interest in developing an understanding of domestic abuse including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and their children.
• Ability to develop theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of civil and criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
• Awareness of child protection issues, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues.
• Willingness and ability to develop an understanding of the principles for risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
• Awareness of the roles of relevant statutory bodies and voluntary agencies.
• Be committed to equal opportunities and diversity issues in policy and practice.
• Good computer literacy skills (MS packages, databases and email).
• Have the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations.
Desirable qualities / skills:
Experience of working with vulnerable people.
Record keeping skills and or ability to learn such skills quickly.