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.

About the role:

Working alongside schools, health and children centres and other partners to identify families who require proactive domestic abuse support.

  1. To develop, coordinate support and provide interventions across a range of key partnerships as it relates to domestic abuse.
  2. To support and educate agencies working with families (particularly schools) to develop robust and effective identification, improve responses to DVA within their organisation and link into and support strategic work across the region.
  3. To ensure that services delivered have maximum impact upon families and children in the local community with particular focus on outreach and direct work with the most vulnerable families.

Main Objectives:   

To establish and maintain support to women and their children, with a victim centred approach, focussing on safety and recovery and ensure service users:

  • Are safer,
  • Feel safer,
  • Feel more empowered and confident,
  • Have an increased understanding of DA and risk factors,
  • Are more aware of safety measures,
  • Have an increased understanding of the abuse they are experiencing,
  • Understand the Impact of DV on their children,
  • Using intelligence from a variety of sources, identify families who are at most at risk of domestic abuse, alongside partners form a clear action plan and lead on engaging the family with domestic abuse support,
  • To provide advice and guidance to Schools and other partners dealing with domestic abuse,
  • Be an active participant in multi-agency meetings and undertake regular consultations with schools and other partnership colleagues,
  • To liaise effectively and collaboratively with partner agencies to respond to women and children in crisis and at risk, maximising safety and achieve positive outcomes,

Champion service user empowerment and involvement by ensuring our services:

  • Are accessible to all potential service users,
  • Value and respect service users as the experts of their experience,
  • Work in strength-based and solution-focused ways with clients,
  • Facilitate agreed actions into practice,
  • Use service user feedback and involvement to improve our service,
  • Have a ‘’Think Family approach’’.

Temporary contract until 31st March 2022

16 + hours per week

£22,183 per annum (pro-rata)

How to apply

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

Closing date: 31st of August 2021