Domestic Abuse Practitioner specialising in Support to Children and Young People

Hours of Work:

1 * 30 hour post and 1 * 25 hour;

both posts 38 weeks per year, term time only (very occasional work outwith may be required)


Salary £22930 – £25912 pro-rata dependent on experience & qualifications, (bandings currently under review and subject to change); annualised contracts; 5% pension & other benefits

Place of Work:

PWA offices, First Floor, Merlin House, Necessity Brae, Perth.

Can be required to travel within and outside Perthshire

Reporting to:            Depute Manager

Purpose of the post

The post holder will provide services to children and young people with experience of domestic abuse throughout the Perth and Kinross area. These services are delivered to;

  • Children and young people living in refuge accommodation
  • On a follow-on basis when they move to permanent accommodation
  • Children and young people who access the service independently on an outreach basis

The post holder will raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse and work with a range of agencies and multi- disciplinary partnerships with a focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Core Tasks and Responsibilities

Services to Children and Young People

  • Manage a caseload as allocated by the Depute Manager.
  • Provide practical and emotional support to individual children and young people with experience of domestic abuse. This includes one to one support.
  • Ensure children and young people’s individual needs are being met by undertaking support planning and risk assessment in consultation with children and young people and accessing required support services.
  • Undertake group work with children and young people.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate family support initiatives and interventions with service users e.g. parenting groups, facilitating conversation between parent and child, individual reflective work with mother/primary female carer.
  • Work in partnership with mothers/primary female carers to empower them and to enable them to achieve better outcomes for their children.
  • Facilitate children and young people’s participation in the planning, delivery and evaluation of activities.
  • Provide assistance to service users with applications e.g. registration with health services.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate services, activities and information materials in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Provide access to relevant services for children and young people within PWA and the wider community.
  • Promote the rights of and represent the views of children and young people by maintaining regular contact with key partners.
  • Keep up to date with PWA policies, changes in legislation and working practices and ensure Care Inspectorate and SSSC registration requirements are met at all times.
  • To accommodate specific cultural support required by children and young people in the community.
  • To accompany children and young people to appointments if required, e.g. housing, homeless, solicitor and court.
  • To provide a specialist housing support service for children and young people residing in our refuge or other homeless accommodation.
  • At all times to comply with Perthshire Women’s Aid policies and procedures when carrying out the duties of the post.
  • Carry out the duties of the post in a professional, caring manner at all times.
  • To maintain confidentiality of service users accessing the service, and ensure that all confidentiality agreements are signed.
  • Always maintain professional boundaries when working with service users, staff and external bodies, working within PWA and Care Inspectorate Code of Conduct.
  • Participate in Team Meetings.
  • Integrate and engage with other teams within PWA.
  • Achieve the service’s project outcomes and indicators.
  • Implement monitoring and evaluation methods to evidence the difference made to the safety and wellbeing of service users.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.

Raising Awareness

  • To carry out preventative work in the community, raising awareness of domestic abuse and violence against women.
  • Support the promotion of PWA’s public and media profile.
  • Participate in wider forums and events on behalf of PWA.
  • Contribute to local and national campaigns that influence policy, practice and legislation relating to women, children and young people.
  • Develop and maintain good public relations out-with the organisation.

Working Approach

  • Reflect on and evaluate practice to ensure delivery of a professional service and positive learning experience for children and young people.
  • Assist PWA to develop and facilitate service user participation and evaluate services.
  • Support colleagues in creating a positive, supportive and participatory working environment.
  • Develop and maintain good public relations outwith the organisation.
  • Keep up to date with PWA policies, legislation and working practices and ensure Care Inspectorate requirements are met at all times.
  • Assist with the development and monitoring of service provision.
  • Promote equality and anti-discriminatory practice throughout all aspects of the work.
  • Produce a good standard of written reports and maintain accurate and up to date records.
  • Participate in organisational planning and decision making and undertake work that further the aims and objectives of PWA.
  • To support and participate in the continuous improvement of the services; through support and supervision sessions, annual appraisals and performance management.
  • To participate in on-going training and development.
  • To ensure regular Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Procedures are carried out with particular reference to lone working arrangements.
  • To work within a line management structure and to report immediately any problems/ difficulties/ complaints to the Line Manager and participate in any follow up investigations as required.
  • Provide reports to funders and other stakeholders on work undertaken with children and young people.
  • To support and participate in the continuous improvement of the services; through support and supervision sessions, annual appraisals and performance management.
  • Reflect on and develop practice.
  • All staff are expected to promote equality and anti-discriminatory practice, show respect to colleagues and service users and work collectively to achieve Perthshire Women’s Aid’s objectives and vision.
  • Promote multi-agency partnership working- internal and external.
  • To provide services at times suitable for families. This may include some out of hours work.
  • The post may involve unsocial and flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Working Principles

  • Work to PWA’s aims, objectives, vision and mission.
  • Work to a key worker model with a person centred approach.
  • Promote multi-agency partnership working- internal and external.
  • Focus on positive outcomes for children and young people and that they are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included

Decisions made within the course of the work

  • Responsible for managing own work load and planning.
  • Support planning with children and young people.

Contacts Internal include

  • PWA staff paid and unpaid.
  • Students and volunteers.

Contacts External include

Perth and Kinross Council, youth services, schools, social work, health agencies, child protection, children’s hearings, voluntary sector, funders, Women’s Aid network, Scottish Women’s Aid, Scottish Government.

E-mail for an application pack.

Closing date 9am Monday 28th May 2018

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the scope of the post.  The post-holder will be expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with the duties as detailed above.

To carry out any other duties and responsibilities which may be reasonably determined by the Management Team and/or Board of Directors.

The above post is subject to a successful application to the PVG scheme membership to carry out regulated work with adults and children.

Women only need apply for this post under paragraph 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. 

It is essential to hold a full driving licence and have access to a car.

Post holders should have a commitment to the gendered analysis of domestic abuse.

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