About Opoka

Opoka is a specialist service working to stop domestic violence against women and children in the Polish community our aims to help create a world free of domestic violence against Polish women and their children where women feel safe, secure and can engage and participate in society.

The role

Part-time: 16 hours a week from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £11 per hour

As a Domestic Abuse Worker, you will work with Polish women and others professionals to develop and to deliver a range of effective interventions to ensure that the whole family is safe and supported.

About You

  • You will co-produce full risk assessments with the client and ensure their needs and circumstances are reflected within all safety and support plans.
  • You will provide 1:1 support to enable the client to understand the impact of DV&A
  • You will work with mothers to improve their parenting capacity, increase health and wellbeing, develop strengths, confidence and abilities to support living their life in a positive and safe way
  • You will work closely with other professionals and local community groups and be the named contact for the client.
  • You are available to work minimum of 16 hours per week from 9 to 5 pm
  • You will also be required to take part in an on-call duty rota which may require to answer the helpline calls on some evenings and weekends.
  • The post requires the post holder to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes. 
  • Due to the remit of this work a satisfactory DBS is essential.

Essential Requirements

  • This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

The ideal domestic abuse worker will have:

  • Health & Social Care qualification or equivalent to NVQ level 3 or equivalent work level experience
  • Experience supporting women and children who have been subject to domestic violence and abuse on 1;1 or group work basis
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding adults and children
  • Experience of completing and building on strengths, needs and risk assessments
  • Experience of responding calmly and effectively to people in crisis or emergency
  • Understanding of domestic violence and abuse issues affecting families
  • Knowledge of resources available in the community to increase health and wellbeing for children and families such as mental health services, substance misuse etc
  • Knowledge of criminal and civil proceedings relating to Domestic Abuse
  • Knowledge of housing and welfare benefits including no recourse to public funds
  • Skilled at IT including excel and word, writing case studies, emails and reports

How to apply

Please read our full job description.

CV and cover letter should be sent to: [email protected]

Please note that we will interview suitable applications on a rolling basis so there is no specific deadline to apply.