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Exiting Caseworker

Salary £27, 625 - (37.5 hours per week)

Women@thewell is a women-only drop-in centre in Kings Cross. We provide a creative and supportive space for women, whose lives are affected by street based prostitution, including women who have been trafficked or are otherwise at risk of sexual exploitation.

Many of the women we work will experience:

  • Rough sleeping or other problems with accommodation
  • Substance use issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Experienced Sexual Violence
  • Problems with the criminal justice system or the immigration system; or
  • Are victims of trafficking and modern slavery

This is an exciting time of growth for women@thewell and we are seeking an exceptional new team member to join us.

The Exiting Caseworker will work across the organisation providing specialist input and proactive support to women, by creating and delivering an employability skills development programme for women.

This will include managing a small caseload of women, and work alongside the women to develop their routes out of prostitution. The successful candidate will be resilient, flexible in their approach to the needs of the women and will have the ability to work in a self-directed manner and experience of working with a range of external agencies.

Contact info@watw.org.uk
or
54-55 Birkenhead Street London WC1H 8BB
for an application pack please email: recruitment@watw.org.uk
Application deadline: 17th June 2019

Interviews will be held on the 4th July and 5th July 2019.

THIS POST IS EXEMPT UNDER THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 SCHEDULE 9, PART 1 APPLICATION OPEN TO WOMEN ONLY



POST : Exiting Caseworker

SALARY : £27,625

REPORTS TO : Exiting and Outreach Support Services Manager

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

Provide specialist support to women to exit from prostitution and create and deliver an employability skills development programme for women

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Supporting women to exit prostitution

  • 1.  Work across the organisation to support frontline staff to support women seeking to exit
  • 2.  Hold a caseload of women and support them as needed
  • 3.  Support the staff team to develop their understanding of routes out of prostitution
  • 4.  Work with the Team Leader - Outreach and Support and the Service Managers to develop our recording and monitoring systems to support reporting effectively on steps towards exiting
  • 5.  Review Client facing policies and procedures with the staff team to ensure they are fit for purpose and reflect best practice in supporting women to exit prostitution
  • 6.  Continue to develop expertise in the area of exiting, undertaking training and reading as required
  • 7.  Consult, plan and deliver a pre-employment programme that is flexible and tailored to the needs of the women we support.

Partnership and Networking

  • 8.  Ensure effective liaison and work with both statutory and non-statutory agencies
  • 9.  Ensure effective promotion of the services and resources of w@w to external audiences
  • 10.  Develop partnerships with businesses and social enterprises that may provide employment opportunities

Team-working

  • 11.  Attend staff meetings, daily briefings & debriefing, weekly handovers as needed
  • 12.  Carry out joint client support work with other staff members
  • 13.  Liaise with volunteers to support and increase the impact of the project
  • 14.  Participate in supervisions & appraisals

Information Management

  • 15.  Produce and maintain accurate and useful information in a range of formats, in order to promote effective service delivery and evaluation.
  • 16.  Ensure the development of case studies particularly in relation to exiting outcomes
  • 17.  Record attendance, case notes, incidents, risk assessments, support plans on database
  • 18.  Undertake regular audits of cases on the database
  • 19.  Be aware of and adhere to confidentiality policies and procedures
  • 20.  Undertake training and use own initiative to increase knowledge and understanding and stay up to date with changing legislation, best practice etc.

Risk Management and Health & Safety

  • 1.  Undertake risk assessments & risk management for individual women
  • 2.  Undertake risk assessments & risk management for activities, outings etc.
  • 3.  Respond to panic alarms if needed and manage conflict, health and other emergency situations
  • 4.  Maintain building security & safety and be aware of and adhere to safety and emergency procedures
  • 5.  Undertake the assessment of behavioural and health and safety risks prior to referral to internal services and partners (e.g. legal advisor, counsellor) conducting one to one work and ensure appropriate procedures are in place to manage risks
  • 6.  Be aware of and comply with all policies and procedures for safe working practices for the women, staff, volunteers and visitors

Other Duties

  • 7.  Provide cover in the absence of other staff to ensure continued smooth running of the charities services
  • 8.  From time to time the post holder may be required to perform other duties commensurate with their role and abilities, as reasonably required, to facilitate the smooth running of the charity

Other information

w@w is a dynamic charity, therefore changes in the core duties and responsibilities of the role may evolve as the organisation develops. These guidelines are not a term or condition of contract.

Each post holder is expected to contribute to their own professional development which includes regular supervision, self appraisal and participation in training and development opportunities.

We expect all staff to abide by w@w’s equal opportunities policy and to share our organisational values and behave in a way that reflects these.

THIS POST IS EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 7(ii) (d) OF THE SEX DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975. APPLICATION OPEN TO WOMEN ONLY.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • A.  Experience of working with vulnerable and socially excluded women, particularly those involved in sexual exploitation and prostitution
  • B.  Experience of working as a subject expert in and organisation is desirable
  • C.  Experience of managing a caseload, needs assessment, planned support, key working, goal setting and advocacy with chaotic individuals
  • D.  Experience of developing a social enterprise or other employment models involving vulnerable women desirable
  • E.  Experience of networking and effectively liaising with specialist service providers or agencies in order to establish and/or improve access to services for clients
  • F.  Experience of challenging appropriately and maintaining clear and appropriate boundaries
  • G.  Experience of managing complex and difficult situations in relation to vulnerable client group(s) and a working understanding of the complexities of the legal frameworks that impact on the services users, including the legislation regarding prostitution, trafficking and enforcement
  • H.  Practical experience of working in a therapeutic environment
  • I.  Experience of developing exiting strategies to support women
  • J.  Strong knowledge (both practical and theoretical) of the issues affecting women involved in or at risk of becoming involved in prostitution. Including a strong understanding of the complex process of ‘exiting’
  • K.  Crisis management skills and the ability to cope with stressful situations including violence and aggression
  • L.  Experience and knowledge of working in a trauma informed environment
  • M.  A level of numeracy, literacy and comprehension that enables you to prepare and maintain case records, communicate in writing with other agencies and analyse written and numerical information
  • N.  Excellent communication skills, written and oral, including the ability to communicate appropriately with diverse audiences
  • O.  Professional or other relevant qualification desirable (e.g. Social Work or mental health)
  • P.  An ability to be self-servicing in the use of IT applications and basic keyboard skills to create letters, minutes, collate statistics and use them to generate appropriate reports and to send and receive emails
  • Q.  Ability to network and effectively liaise with specialist service providers or agencies in order to establish or improve services for clients
  • R.  An understanding of the principles underlying a quality service which is user focused, with proven ability to empower clients
  • S.  Ability to work under pressure, and manage time effectively, prioritising different areas of work according to need
  • T.  Good analytical, problem-solving and organisational skills
  • U.  Self-motivating, with initiative and drive
  • V.  Open, flexible, friendly and enthusiastic disposition and a team player
  • W.  Willingness to work flexibly in response to changing organisational requirements and work outside of office hours on occasion


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