Senior Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner

Wakefield Council
Date Posted
10th October 2018
Health & Social Care
Inside IR35
£18 to £22 Per Hour



Job Title: Senior Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner




Grade: G10


Job Evaluation Code PR1455  



Reporting to:

Domestic Abuse Coordinator



Manager’s Grade: 12




Queens House, Queens Row, Wakefield




Service Area:


Housing Needs Service



Service Directorate:


Adults Health & Communities



Working flexibly between Queens House and Havertop Police HQ, Normanton with a large degree of flexible working to support effective delivery, with a combination of outreach and office-based work.


Often required to work out of normal office hours and at other venues across the district, as required, including Havertop Police HQ, Courts and family settings.


The Central Domestic Abuse Co-ordination service will operate 7 days a week and therefore all post holders will be required to work weekends on a rota basis when needed.


Proactively engage and integrate with Area Teams (Early Help Hubs) and work in a multi-agency framework.





Overall Purpose of the Post:


To directly contribute to achieving the aims of the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS).


To contribute to the positive leadership of a specialist team of domestic abuse practitioners, leading by example, acting at all times with integrity and instilling a clear sense of purpose, priority and direction.


Be responsible for the day to day supervision of specialist domestic abuse practitioners which aims to deliver a high quality front line service keeping the safety of victims of domestic abuse central to all processes.


The post holder will also carry a limited caseload and provide a Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner role and support the achievement of an effective range of specialist support services for all victims and survivors of domestic abuse.  


The post holder will work within a multi-agency framework consisting of the MARAC, Children and Adult Safeguarding, Children Services and local partnership responses to domestic abuse.






Requirements for the post.




Qualifications/ Training


Hold a CAADA IDVA training certificate


Evidence of maintaining skill and knowledge base in professional field through post qualifying training or other opportunities.


This post will require the ability to travel round the district (unless unable to drive through disability).  Candidates not meeting this requirement would need to fulfil the requirements of the role by other means.

Basic Counselling qualification.


Management qualification – certificate in management studies or above.



Have an excellent understanding and knowledge of domestic abuse, including the impact of domestic abuse on victims and children.

Have a thorough Knowledge of current legislation around domestic abuse.


Have a thorough Knowledge of support needs of those who are experiencing domestic abuse directly and their families.

Understanding of policy, approaches and roles of different services and agencies in relation to tackling domestic abuse.


Have detailed theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of the civil/criminal justice remedies for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Knowledge of legislation, guidance and good practice in relation to housing issues faced by experiencing domestic abuse.


Excellent understanding of child protection, adult safeguarding and its relation to domestic abuse and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues.

Have theoretical and procedural knowledge of other voluntary and statutory services involved in the response to domestic abuse.


Excellent understanding of the risk assessment and safety planning process, within the context of domestic abuse.

Demonstrates knowledge of theoretical frameworks e.g. Signs of Safety to enable effective application for the provision of support


Has a detailed knowledge in relation to consent and information sharing in a multi-agency setting.

Knowledge of the Children First Hubs and Troubled Families Agenda


Awareness of social and cultural issues in the context of domestic abuse, including HBV, Forced Marriage, LGBT, FGM.

Has an awareness of the framework for inspections of statutory service e.g. OFSTED


Knowledge of the roles of different agencies in relation to tackling domestic abuse.



Knowledge of the housing needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including emergency accommodation and sanctuary provision.



Knowledge of the issues surrounding health, health services and domestic abuse.




Substantial experience of supervising and motivating a team.

Experiencing of monitoring and evaluation services.


Substantial experience of multi-agency and partnership working to draw on the strengths of professionals in the contribution they can make to improving outcomes for individuals and families.

Experience of providing crisis intervention


Substantial experience of assessing needs of vulnerable client groups and carrying out risk assessment with low/medium/high risk domestic abuse victims including assessment for sanctuary scheme.

Experience of working in the field of safeguarding children or  vulnerable adults


Substantial experience of  providing an independent advocacy support for victim’s going through the Criminal Justice System

Can demonstrate an understanding of perpetrator programmes


Considerable experience of collating and writing reports.



Extensive experience in case management working with vulnerable client groups and complex families with multiple needs.



Substantial experience of guiding and advising other workers in matters relating to case management.



Experience of presenting information and/or delivering training



Experience of face to face work with service users in challenging, crisis situations



Understand the health care systems and how this can contribute to supporting people experiencing domestic abuse



Considerable experience of providing support, guidance and advice to people around safeguarding and/or domestic abuse.



Ability to challenge and negotiate inappropriate behaviour in a constructive manner.



Experience of working in a performance driven environment.


Physical Skills




Competencies and other skills required

A proven ability to work to tight deadlines.





Substantial experience of implementing and delivering on robust Quality Assurance and Performance Frameworks



Excellent skills in partnership working.



Ability to innovate, influence and effect change in a positive manner



Is able to engage effectively with adults, young people and children.



A proven ability to use information to formulate an assessment of risk or need and to refer on to other appropriate services.



Excellent communication skills in written, presentation and verbal formats.



Strong crisis management skills with the ability to work under pressure within a stressful working environment.



A proven ability to work effectively on own initiative with minimal direct supervision.



Ability to work closely with members of the Judiciary.



Excellent organisation, IT and administrative skills with experience of working with databases.



Ability to apply creative thinking to problem solving and be flexible to work in all types of environments. 



Key Outcomes/ Activities

Be responsible for the day to day supervision of specialist domestic abuse practitioners which aims to deliver a high quality front line service keeping the safety of victims of domestic abuse central to all processes.


Be involved in the recruitment, selection, induction and retention processes for all staff reporting directly to you.


To work with the Partners to ensure appropriate assessment of risk and safeguarding are made to inform support plans and  inform relevant agencies


To undertake case work in a limited capacity with some of the most complex and challenging cases, ensuring effective case management processes are followed.


To quality assure on an individual basis the quality of risk assessments and safety plans to ensure they meet the required standard, and take swift remedial action where they fall short of the standard.


To ensure accurate and up to date records are maintained, using a computerised case management system and to contribute to project monitoring and quality assurance systems.


To provide casework prioritising response to women and men at high risk following an initial assessment of client needs, working within a structured key working relationship.


Deliver standard, medium and high risk interventions and support for all victims and children, prioritising those at highest risk of harm.


To provide an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy role to all victims of domestic abuse.


Maintain accurate and confidential case management records and databases and contribute to the ongoing monitoring, evaluation and development of the service.


To support the Domestic Abuse Service by leading on all aspects of Court matters. To ensure duty cover is planned for a range of duties within WDDAS e.g. Central Coordination Team, MARAC, and Specialist Domestic Violence Courts.


To ensure that services are delivered in compliance with relevant legislation, local and national policy and guidance.


Represent the service at operational multi-agency meetings, feeding back initiatives and outcomes to the team and contribute to the evaluation of activities these services offer.


To act as lead officer for a thematic area determined by the Domestic Abuse Coordinator. To maintain up to date knowledge of the subject area locally and nationally including research, practice and policy drivers.  To act as first point of contact in relation to this thematic area for colleagues within the integrated and wider team.


Develop individual safety and support plans tailored to client need, in accordance with level of risk identified.


Support clients with additional specialist needs to access other specialist services and collaborate with partners to identify how best to meet current and future needs, e.g. debt management, homelessness, drugs and alcohol, mental health.


To lead on the development and co-ordination of specific development areas for the Service such as training packages relating to Court support role within the local Criminal Justice setting.


To implement new initiatives around dealing with survivors of domestic abuse and the services that are required to assist them leaving an abusive relationship.


To support the development of the role of the Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner within the Wakefield District.


To contribute to the community safety and crime reduction strategies around domestic abuse to aid the reduction of incidences within the Wakefield District.


To contribute to the development of early intervention and preventative services within the district.


Keep other relevant agencies informed about important changes in clients’ situation.


To ensure that any issues in relation to child or adult protection concerns are responded to appropriately and are brought to the attention of the Domestic Abuse Coordinator.


Respect and value the diversity of the community in which the services works in, and recognise the needs and concerns of a diverse range of survivors ensuring the service is accessible to all.


Accompany and/or support clients through Criminal and/or Civil Courts, MARAC and any other official meetings, which has a direct impact on the client and/or their family.


Attend the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) to present or support cases.


Carry out Outreach work to victims to support maintenance of own home.


Be responsible for identifying and assessing the need for the Sanctuary Scheme, providing the rationale for the necessary works and coordinating this through the Coordinated Central Service.


Provide the integral link between the Coordinated Central Service and the Children First Hubs.


Ensure referrals for a Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner, Domestic Abuse Prevention Practitioner intervention are managed, co-ordinated and tracked appropriately.


Provide quality data around the Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner interventions.


Actively promote the work of the Domestic Abuse Service in general, and the inclusion of the role of the Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner aspect in particular to local, regional and national audiences.


Provide written reports, briefings and presentations on the service as required to partner or other agencies.


Provide support and expert guidance around the development of the Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner Service and to professionals working with victims


Provide advice and guidance to colleagues within a multi-agency team in supporting assessments and delivery of services for victims of domestic abuse.  To provide a point of contact for other partner agencies and offer support and guidance.  


Maintain and input data on relevant databases.


Represent the service at operational multi-agency meetings, also local and national events, delivering training and presentations when required.


Work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies including the NHS to tackle the issue of domestic abuse.


Be proactive in increasing referrals from victims of Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, Human Trafficking and Adult survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse and signpost them to appropriate services.


Contribute to improving outcomes for adults, children and young people.


To contribute to annual service reviews which include monitoring data, evaluations, intake and output policy, and practice and work load reviews for the service. 


Be proactive in obtaining views of service users so that the Service is developed and informed by a service user perspective.


To ensure that services are delivered in compliance with relevant legislation, local and national policy and guidance.


Ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with Council policies, including Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety at work.


To apply at all times anti-discriminatory work practices in relationships with colleagues, clients, the community and their representatives.


Ensure the development of systems, which can be used to obtain the views of the service users so that the service is developed and informed by a service user perspective.


To undertake other duties appropriate to the scope and grade of the post as required by the Domestic Abuse Coordinator.


The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this Job Specification are indicative and may vary over time.  Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.



Responsibility for Resources

Employees (Supervision):

The post holder is responsible for the day to day supervision of  Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioners through 1:1 or group supervision based on need.










To utilise appropriate information and communication technology to ensure the provision of prompt and efficient services and information to service users, partner agencies and other stakeholders and maintain accurate and complete records.


Customers and Clients:



The post holder will be required to effectively liaise and work with a range of internal and external staff and agencies and members of the public including voluntary organisations and Elected Members.


The work will involve dealing with people who have difficult and challenging behaviour.


Take a role in obtaining views of service users so that the Service is developed and informed by a service user perspective.


Evening work is required and some weekend work may be required.


Internal Relationships


Leadership, Corporate, Scrutiny Boards, Council and Corporate Management Team, Services Directors, Domestic Abuse Coordinator, elected members and staff across the Domestic Abuse Service and Local Authority.


External Relationships


Local agencies in the statutory, voluntary, community and business sectors, community activists and general public.  Children, young people, women and men, in relation to domestic abuse.




To support the practice and contribute to the safety of practitioners contributing to the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service within the post holders case/supervision responsibilities.




Working Conditions:


Flexible, with a combination of outreach and office-based work.


Often required to work out of office hours and at other venues across the district, including , Queens House, Wakefield One, Police HQ, Havertop, Courts and family settings.


Willingness to undertake the Police vetting process to be able to work from Havertop police station.


Must have own vehicle and driving licence. Expected to travel across the district and have a willingness to use own vehicle for business purposes.




Characteristics of the post:

Employees are encouraged to participate in training activities in order to enhance their own personal development.


The employment checks are required:

  • Evidence of entitlement to work in the U.K.
  • Evidence of essential qualifications – see page 1 of this job specification
  • Two satisfactory references
  • Confirmation of medical fitness for employment
  • Registration with appropriate bodies (where applicable)


The following employment checks are required for those positions which are based in a school or working with vulnerable young people and adults:

Evidence of a satisfactory safeguarding check e.g. DBS check at the relevant level


The following employment checks are required for those positions which are based in a Police Station:

Confirmation of suitability to work within a Police Station via the Police Vetting process.



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