The Project is excited to announce the launch of a unique pan-London project for minoritised young women. The project is a partnership between 12 leading organisations (WGN, Ashiana, IKROW, London Black Women’s Project, Solace Women’s Aid, Nia, Southall Black Sisters, Respond, Jewish Women’s Aid, Galop, Advance and Imkaan) in the VAWG sector established to provide advocacy, specialist mental health advocacy, counselling, resilience and prevention programs for minority young women and girls experiencing gendered violence, mental health and/or multiple disadvantage.
We are looking for experienced, dynamic and reflective practitioners who are able to model skills in safely engage young women based on mutual collaboration, trust and empowerment. It is essential you have a strong commitment to eradicating gender-based violence, challenging systems and structures to ensure the rights and needs of minority YWG’s are protected and promoted. We are seeking those practitioners who are passionate about developing and delivering empowering, YWG centred services that are rooted within a gender specific/trauma informed/ intersectional feminist framework and want to bring innovation and creativity to this service. If this is who you are then we would really like to hear from you.
It is requested that only women who identify as minoritised and/or have experience of intersectional disadvantage apply. Additionally we encourage applications from Young women with lived experience of accessing services as a young person/ child.
We are looking for a dynamic practitioner who is experienced in providing direct and dedicated support to minority YWG at risk and/or experiencing all forms of VAWG and intersectional disadvantage. You will receive specialist training on a case-work and advocacy modal that has been co-created by YWG’s. You will provide bespoke packages that increase practical skills development; health improvements and social achievement. You will be well versed in advocating on behalf of YWG to multi-agency services to ensure support, protection and choice for the YWG you represent thus improving access and response from partner agencies to YWG. Simultaneously, you will raise awareness and increase access to services through community engagement, assertive outreach and prevention programs that build resiliency targeting young women in non-traditional outreach settings e.g. music venues and festivals. A key aspect of this post is to build and sustain a thriving ‘Experts by Experience’ voice to drive the project and you will be skilled in nurturing and developing such engagement.
The above post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1
The Young Women’s (YW) Advocate will be responsible for:
Advice, Advocacy and Support
Acting as a first point of contact for referrals of minoritised YWG’s into the service, conducting initial risk and needs assessments and providing advice and signposting where appropriate
Engaging in case allocation and review processes within the team
Developing and delivering empowering bespoke packages of support as detailed within the ‘Making Space Advocacy’ modal including information, referral, sign-posting, advice and advocacy to a caseload of YW affected by Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and/or experiencing intersectional disadvantage
Addressing the multiple impacts of all forms of VAWG by working with YW to identify and address all areas of need including but not limited to mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, sexual and reproductive health and well-being, social functioning and life skills, housing and immigration
Addressing the multiple impacts of VAWG by working with YW to develop and enhance self-protective factors and resilience including but not limited to self esteem, confidence and safety planning skills
To under-take assertive outreach in identified non-traditional settings (e.g. such as music festivals and music venues) to meet the needs of the older cohort of and other vulnerable/ high risk minoritised YWG exposed to high levels of violence.
Community Prevention and Resilience Programmes
In conjunction with the Community Prevention Workers to co-develop and deliver prevention and resilience building programs within targeted community settings. Ensuring that the following objectives for the programs are met: – to deepen awareness and understanding of VAWG; promoting strategies for identifying risks in themselves and their peers; promoting help-seeking and support services; building psychological and emotional resilience in YWG and to support the development of self-protective factors including self-esteem, confidence, resistance and self-care strategies
Working in partnership with the Community Prevention Workers to encourage and engage YWG’s to feel confident to be involved within the ‘Experts by Experience’ platforms for their voices to be heard and influence the service
Maintaining confidentiality for YWG’s, in line with Ashiana’s Safeguarding Policy
Assessing safeguarding concerns and to discuss these concerns with the Ashiana manager and to take appropriate action as required by Ashiana’s safeguarding procedures
Supporting the YWG’s through this process where appropriate and to ensure that they are kept informed at all times
Equipping YWG’s with information, skills and resources they need to make informed choices, access services, access their rights and to have their voices heard
Understanding the nuanced nature of risk assessment and risk manifestation and work with YWG’s and local agencies to develop a shared understanding of risk and negotiate robust risk management plans to maximise external protective factors
Utilising a multi-agency approach, working with voluntary and statutory professional networks surrounding the young woman, including social care, education, health/mental health, youth justice services, police, etc.
As a targeted project to support minoritised YWG, at all times working within an intersectional framework, considering the diverse and sometimes conflicting needs of YWG across all protected characteristics and tailoring the service to widen access and ensure individual and community needs are met
Ensure all groups of minoritised YWG are aware of the service and feel welcomed by the service and confident their needs will be me
To utilise interpreters as a way to ensure YWG are able to access and feel confident using the service
Ensure accessible meeting spaces and adopt a flexible approach to meeting with YW with disabilities. Furthermore, adapting and tailoring resources and forms for those with learning difficulties
Actively contributing to the development and creation of a trauma-informed working environment and a feminist ethos of care and support
Developing and sharing good practice with other professionals and contribute to the development of service policies, protocols, guidelines and strategies within the area of practice in collaboration with the Ashiana Manager and The Project Co-ordinator
Developing and maintaining working knowledge of the target locality services, strategies and guideline procedures in relation to YWG’s
Developing and maintaining updated working knowledge of relevant legislation including but not limited to social welfare, child rights, criminal and civil law and immigration
Liaising with other agencies providing services for YWG within the target locality, establishing new contacts and referral pathways
Acting as a specialist in relation to minoritised YWG and their experience of VAWG, providing expert contributions to relevant multi-agency child safeguarding systems and forums including child protection conferences and Child Sexual Exploitation strategy meetings; and offering consultation for professionals working with non-caseload clients
Build and sustain excellent working relationships with key partners and referral agencies across all London Boroughs and VCS
Meet with and promote the service to other agencies and potential service users.
Represent Ashiana and The Project at a range of forums and events to promote awareness of the service.
Ensure leaflets, posters and written materials are widely distributed.
Work in line with Ashiana’s ethos, values, aims, objectives, policies and procedures at all times, promoting empowerment and modelling anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practices
Strive to meet and exceed quality standards in relation to every aspect of the work to ensure that Ashiana maintains its distinctive positive reputation
Follow procedures and protocols agreed with partners to ensure the health and safety of clients. Take all possible steps to ensure the safety and confidentiality of service users, staff and stakeholders
Attend and make best use of support and supervision sessions and training
Actively contribute to Ashiana, The Project team meetings and Pan London advocacy forum
Share contacts, information and expertise to build a strong team and enhance the knowledge base of Ashiana
Develop and maintain appropriate information, record keeping, case recording and monitoring systems; and maintain administrative and reporting systems to ensure accountability
Be self-servicing and work flexibly as a member of the team
Carry out duties appropriate to the role that are necessary for the delivery of this service and the effective functioning of the organisation
Due to the nature of the client group, regular evening work and occasional weekend work are key requirements of this role
Women and Girls Network reserves the right, following full and reasonable consultation with the member of staff concerned, to vary, add or alter any of the terms and conditions of employment
In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is required and the post holder may be required to perform work not specifically outlined above and / or outside of specified working hours. Overtime will not be paid, TOIL will be accrued for hours worked and staff will be supported to take that time.
Due to the nature of the role, we will only accept applications from female candidates. Exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1
Specialist Young Women’s Advocate (Female Applicants Only)
Direct and demonstrable experience of advice work. (E)
Direct and demonstrable experience of working with minoritised YWG who are either at risk of, or who have experienced any form of VAWG. (E)
Delivering empowering one-to-one interventions with YWG’s (E)
Experience of developing and delivering prevention and awareness raising programmes that promote awareness and understanding of the issues that impact on minoritised YWG at risk or experiencing VAWG, improving psychological and emotional resilience and increasing support mechanisms. (D)
Experience of under-taking assertive outreach in a range of settings. (D)
Experience of communicating clearly, concisely and discretely with a wide range of people both verbally (telephone, face-to-face, in networks or forums, etc.) and in writing (e.g. briefings, reports, letter writing, email etc.) (E)
Experience of organising and prioritising a complex workload, working to tight deadlines and being self-servicing in administrative duties (E)
Experience of working in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies (E)
Experience of carrying out risk and needs assessments with girls and young women (E)
Engaging YWG’s from diverse communities in the take-up of service provision (E)
Developing and maintaining non-dependent, boundaried, respectful and empowering professional relationships with individual YWG’s (E)
Managing a caseload and providing advice, support and advocacy (E)
Multi-agency working: Delivering projects in conjunction with partners from voluntary, statutory and public sector (E)
Understand the causes and effects of gendered violence as experienced by minority young women and girls experiencing gendered violence, mental health and/or multiple disadvantage and how the experience of violence impacts minoritised YWG’s behaviour and choices (E)
Understand the issues, challenges and barriers faced by minoritised YWG from diverse communities and backgrounds in accessing appropriate support
An in-depth understanding and a proven track record of providing advocacy support (E)
Working knowledge of policy, legislation and services relevant to YW who have experienced gendered violence (E)
Working knowledge relevant safeguarding legislation and practice (E)
Understand how to maintain productive partnerships between voluntary and public sector agencies (E)
Commitment to actively challenge discrimination and oppression and to work within Ashiana’s values, ethos, principles and policies
Motivated to work towards ending violence against women and children
Willingness and ability to critically reflect on and develop own practice
Desire to take responsibility for your own learning, and contribute to the learning of others (individually, collectively and organisationally)
To work in empowering ways informed by a strengths based; gender/ trauma informed response aimed at enhancing self-protective strategies
Skills, Abilities and Competencies
Good advice and advocacy skills
Ability to work with a wide range of minoritised YWG’s, recognising and catering for a wide range of needs and ages both chronologically and developmentally
Ability to present an uncompromising analysis of gendered violence in all forums
To work within a feminist framework
Ability to deliver creative and meaningful interventions and services that engage, motivate and effect change in YWG’s lives
Good analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to identify and prioritise needs and translate these into action, including the ability to risk assess and safety plan
Ability to be self servicing in relation to administration, competency in the use of IT, including Word, Excel, Outlook and databases
Ability to work evenings and weekends in a range of outreach settings
If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please send through your CV to email@example.com or call him on 0207 701 2982.