Job Vacancy – IRIS Advocate Educator – Fortalice

Job Title: IRIS Advocate Educator

Contract Type: Temporary post until December 2024, with the possibility of extension subject to successful funding

Hours: Full time – 35 hours

Pay rate: £15.63 per hour

The closing date for applications to be returned is 12pm Monday 24th July 2023.

We are looking to recruit a forward-thinking, passionate and dedicated person to join our established, experienced team of IRIS Advocate Educators.

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.

· As this is a community based project and the work will involve travelling to different venues, therefore it is essential to have a current valid driving licence and access to a vehicle with business insurance for work.

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

· Please note that any completed applications received after this date will not be considered. If you do not receive a response within five working days from the closing date, then you have not been selected for interview.

· 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.

· Please note we do not accept CV’s.

Purpose of the role:

The role of the Advocate Educator will include providing Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) training to GP surgeries to improve health professionals understanding of domestic abuse, with the aim of increasing the number of referrals made by GP surgeries for domestic abuse support. You will also provide support and advocacy for medium risk individuals experiencing domestic abuse who have been referred by the participating GP surgeries. Working as part of a team you will be involved in planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating the IRIS service across Bolton.

Key skills:

• Experience of working within the domestic abuse and violence sector or a similar field

· An understanding of child protection and the protection of adults at risk and a commitment to follow procedure

· Experience of delivering training

· Experience of project or service development

· Experience of building and maintaining professional relationships and partnerships

Background Information:

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

The organisation has expanded over the past years and now provides a wide range of services for adults, families, children and young people within both the Refuge and our Outreach Support Centre. The ethos of Fortalice in relation to support is to focus on self-help, promoting self-esteem, confidence and independence to enable victims to break free from abusive relationships and reduce the chance of re-victimisation thus moving on to a self-sustaining, independent life.

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