- Job Title: Support Worker – Combatting Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
- Reporting to: Area Lead
- Salary: £18,500 – £21,000 pa (pro rata)
- Hours: 18.5 hours per week
- Term: to end March 2019 initially dependent on funding
- Location: West Yorkshire: mainly Leeds and Wakefield
Subject to demand in areas and may require occasional cover of other post holder areas within the region. There will also be occasional national travel required.
Purpose of the Role
- To facilitate drop-in sessions across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
- To assess clients’ needs, and advise, support or signpost as necessary.
- To provide ongoing support and referral where a women displays indicators of trafficking or modern slavery.
- To develop good working relationships with partner agencies across the region to further the support available to
clients accessing the drop-in.
- To provide an immediate and timely response to women who remain in an exploitative situation.
- To assist service users to exit prostitution and trafficking situations in a safe and positive way
- To support women to access their entitlements as potential victims of trafficking
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
- To establish and promote an effective working relationship with partner agencies, both statutory and voluntary.
- Provide drop-in support and safety planning for a case load of women who have been trafficked, or who are at
risk of exploitation or re-trafficking.
- Provide information and advice on relevant issues including health, housing, counselling, welfare benefits, training, employment and child protection.
- Provide a sign posting and referral service relating to immigration and asylum processes.
- To identify agencies and individuals who could provide appropriate support and support women to access as
- Where appropriate or necessary, to coordinate the referral to suitable and safe accommodation utilising risk and needs assessments processes.
- Maintain appropriate records and statistics regarding service users.
- Produce high quality reports to support clients’ where necessary.
- To act as the advocate of the client when appropriate.
- Maintain administrative systems.
- To ensure that the client is familiar with the criteria of Ashiana and is supported to make decisions regarding issues such as referral into the National Referral Mechanism; assisting the authorities with intelligence; voluntary return to her home country; applying to remain in the UK: and the implications of those decisions.
- To implement requirements detailed in service level agreements or funding agreements. To monitor these and to notify the Project Manager of potential problems.
- To keep informed of relevant legislation, funding, care and support models and changes affecting Ashiana’s Support Service.
Development of Specialist Expertise
- To take a key role in developing specialist knowledge within the organisation in respect of supporting women who have been trafficked. This may include contributing to research and identifying an approach geared specifically to current and future users of Ashiana’s services.
- To develop a range of external support to assist in this process.
- To adhere to the delivery of minimum standards to women who have been trafficked.
- To provide support and advice to external agencies around the issue of trafficking.
- Through supervision and mentoring to provide a consistent approach based on best practice.
Finance, Reporting and Monitoring
- To maintain records, statistics and qualitative information in accordance with the requirements of the Big Lottery, and Ashiana’s Management Board.
- To contribute to the development of policies and procedures and to take responsibility for the development of good practice in relation to the postholder’s designated area of expertise
- To promote the aims and objectives of the organisation and ensure that all contacts with external people and organisation fully reflect the professional approach of the organisation.
- To achieve personal and team performance targets identified on an annual basis via appraisal.
- To work flexibly as a member of a team and the organisation. To ensure all contacts both within the team and
with other teams assist the smooth running of the organisation.
- To share relevant information and expertise within the organisation.
- To attend and make best use of regular supervision sessions and participate in relevant training.
- To work within Ashiana’s statement of intent and equal opportunities. To promote the equal opportunities policy and anti-discrimination practice in all areas of Ashiana’s work.
- To work within Ashiana’s Health & Safety and all other policies and procedures.
- To carry out any other duties that may reasonably be requested.
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