Job Vacancy – Family Support Worker – Fortalice

Job Title: Family Support Worker (with a Domestic Abuse specialism)
Salary/ Rate: £11 per hour
Hours: 28 hours per week  Contract Type: Part time Deadline: 12pm Wednesday 3rd May 2023.

To apply for this position, please request an application pack by email

Do you have an empathic personality and want to work in a challenging but rewarding field? If you have a passion for working within the domestic abuse sector, Fortalice has an exciting opportunity to recruit a Family Support Worker to be based in our Refuge, supporting women and families to rebuild their lives.

Fortalice was established in 1977 to provide emergency accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse within their own homes.

Purpose of the role:

The post is based at Lewis House, a purpose built Refuge comprising of 22 self-contained flats, Outstanding OFSTED registered Children’s Services, offices, a meeting room and a communal area in which group activities can be facilitated. This facility is staffed on a 24 hour basis by Family Support Workers. There are a number of workers whose prime responsibility is to ensure service users have a smooth transition into the Refuge, are afforded the required level of support and practical help during their stay and are re-settled back into the community independently or into alternative supported accommodation as appropriate.

Key skills:

· A genuine passion for working with vulnerable people

· An ability to understand the impact of trauma and the complexities around domestic abuse

· An ability to build and develop supportive relationships with abused women and their children whilst maintaining professional boundaries

An ability to conduct in-depth assessments and safety planning with women, children and young people

· An understanding of child protection, Early Help, adults at risk and a commitment to follow procedure

How to apply and other information

· Women only applicants can apply for the post as this is an occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1, schedule 9 of the Equality Act under section 7.2e of the Equality Act 2010

· The posts will be subject to an enhanced DBS check due to the nature of the work undertaken by the organisation

· To apply for a post, please request an application pack by email

The closing date for applications to be returned is 12pm Wednesday 3rd May 2023.

· Please note that any completed applications received after this date will not be considered.

· Successful applicants will be invited to an interview via email. Please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, we may be unable to contact applicants who are not shortlisted for an interview.

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