Sexual & Domestic Violence Adviser
This is a temporary post within Warwick University Wellbeing Support Services; to cover a 3-month maternity absence.
The role will involve providing specialist support to students or staff of the University of Warwick who have experienced sexual misconduct (a broad range of inappropriate and unwanted behaviours of a sexual nature including sexual violence) or domestic violence.
To work closely both with colleagues within the University / Students’ Union, and key external partners to ensure appropriate support is offered to all students following any report of sexual/ domestic violence. Particularly, close working will be needed with our Student Liaison Officers to ensure that as they clearly and impartially explain options available to an individual who has made a disclosure – including to raise a case formally either through internal University procedures or with the Police, the SDVA will be providing that specialist support.
As part of our prevention work to be involved in the delivery of specialist training, and awareness raising and collaborate with key stake-holders to run campaigns, develop resources etc
- To offer specialist and inclusive advice and support to students and staff who have experienced any form of sexual misconduct, violence or abuse, or domestic violence including advice on health and other services they may require.
- To tailor specialist support to the individual needs of the student
- maintain accurate professional records, use appropriate levels of confidentiality, respond appropriately to any safeguarding concerns that may arise, following the University Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, collect feedback etc
- To clearly and impartially explain options available to an individual to raise a case formally either through internal University procedures, or with the Police
Partnerships and collaboration:
- To collaborate with colleagues within the University and the SU e.g. Student Liaison Officers, Student Discipline and Resolution Team, Warwick Accommodation, SU, personal tutors, HR – with relevant permissions – to enable staff to provide effective support to those impacted, and facilitate the effective implementation of University/ SU processes e.g. risk assessments and accompanying actions.
- To build close working relationships with Student Liaison Officers (when they are single point of contact for students taking action through the University disciplinary process), providing specialist advice on individual cases and regarding outreach work
- To attend meetings with the student/ staff member, as part of University/ SU proceedings, to provide specialist emotional support.
- To collate reports and share relevant data, to help identify trends which will contribute to the continuous improvement of University/ SU support in this area
- To continue to grow effective partnerships with local SARC and sexual violence support agencies providing ISVA support, local domestic violence support agencies etc to allow for seamless referrals, as and when appropriate
- To liaise with any other relevant external agencies (e.g. Police/ Bluesky) on behalf of students/ staff, where required
- To keep updated on relevant, local, regional and national best practice and share that across the relevant teams
- To participate in relevant institutional committees and working groups and contribute to the development of service policies, protocols, guidelines etc
Awareness raising and training:
- To proactively engage with the University community at all levels to ensure consistent positive messaging around consent and healthy relationships, through running training and awareness sessions, often in collaboration with colleagues (e.g. for academic departments, disciplinary panel members wellbeing professionals etc), collaborating on campaigns, raising awareness of Report and Support, and educating our community in the area of sexual violence
- To pay particular attention to ensuring minority groups find our support accessible
Service Delivery and Development:
- To be the deliverer of specialist SV/ DV support for the University
- To support the development of consistent and best practice responses to staff/students from diverse backgrounds
- To develop service resources
- To participate constructively in team and other essential meetings , including supervision and line-management
- To undertake other relevant activities commensurate with the level of the post as identified by senior colleagues in Wellbeing Support Services.
- Educated to degree level
- An accredited professional qualification for supporting victims of sexual violence. E.g. BACP accredited counsellor/ ISVA/ social worker.
- An accredited service manager qualification is desirable e.g. ISVA service manager
- An accredited professional qualification for supporting victims of domestic violence. E.g. BACP accredited counsellor/ IDVA/ social worker is desirable.
- Significant experience of using counselling and advice and guidance skills to offer a wide range of brief evidence based interventions to those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, providing appropriate advice and information.
- Experience of offering advice and guidance to those who have experienced domestic violence is desirable.
- Experience of offering individual support within a Higher Education or Further Education environment or a similar institutional context/age group.
- Experience of providing support to a diverse client group
- Some experience of developing and delivering training.
Knowledge and Skills
- Strong interpersonal skills, a sound understanding of the impact of sexual / domestic violence, and knowledge of the evidence based strategies to support individuals, with the ability to respond sensitively and professionally to unexpected and potentially challenging situations and to work with students and staff at all levels, including the ability to work with people who may be distressed, in crisis or experiencing problems with their mental health
- A sound understanding of confidentiality, and safeguarding issues and legal responsibilities.
- Ability to show sensitivity to working with students of diverse backgrounds, an awareness of how to provide an inclusive service, and an understanding of the impact issues of diversity may have on support
- The ability to engage students
- The ability to be the sole deliverer of specialist SV/ DV support for the University, and hence to work autonomously within your specialism, whilst working closely within the broader Wellbeing Support Services team
- Strong communication skills, with the ability to network and demonstrate effective collaboration to engage with a wide range of colleagues/ teams at all levels, building relationships to effectively carry out the role/deliver the services and to modify approach to suit particular audiences or messages,
- Very strong organisational skills, able to handle competing demands and priorities and remain focused, working autonomously whilst also working successfully in collaboration with colleagues
- The role-holder must have experience of recording personal and sensitive information and of maintaining such records to a high professional standard.
- The role-holder must also have a proven ability to maintain personal and professional boundaries.
- Confident IT skills including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programmes such as Outlook, Word, and Powerpoint
- A flexible approach to service provision – occasional work outside standard hours
Please ensure to include a detailed covering letter with your application