Employment as a Domestic Violence Housing Support Worker with Bracknell Forest Council

As a Domestic Violence Housing Manager, you will use your skills and expertise to provide intensive and specialist support to homeless clients experiencing domestic violence. You will provide better support and coordination between different areas within and outside the council providing domestic violence services. You will also be responsible for representing homelessness services at internal and external domestic violence meetings, such as MARAC. These are just a few of the things you will help us do when you join us. You are going to have a big impact on what we do, so we will trust you to take ownership of your work. You will have time to immerse yourself in the community. To deliver better today. And to create a better future.

How is it to work here…

The Housing Management Team is a small but active team that provides an extensive and responsive property management service to homeless clients placed in Council-purchased temporary accommodation. Within the social care and housing department, the team supports each other by working closely together to achieve the right results and to provide a holistic service to clients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. You will be involved in varied and challenging work on a daily basis.

We will accompany you to…

  • Lead by providing a client-centred approach, acting as a single point of contact and advocating for victims of domestic violence to prevent their homelessness and ensure they receive emergency accommodation and sure appropriate.
  • Work closely with existing in-house services and commissioned services, including BWA (Berkshire Women’s Aid) and IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) outreach services, housing options, housing management, community safety and colleagues across the domestic violence partnership to plan, develop and deliver a holistic and integrated service for survivors of domestic violence that provides the best possible client outcomes in terms of support and accommodation.
  • Ensure the Council meets its legal obligations in relation to the Domestic Violence Legislation 2021 and the Homelessness Legislation by supporting every referral to access safe and appropriate accommodation.

The benefits you will enjoy are…

  • An inclusive and social work environment.
  • Flexible work opportunities, including a flexible hours program.
  • An ideal office location next to transport links and the regenerated city centre.
  • Possibilities of internal sports and social clubs.
  • Subscription to the leisure center and the gym at a reduced price.
  • Discount supermarket.
  • An interest-free loan for a rail pass.
  • Access to childcare vouchers.

What we are looking for…

The successful candidate will be compassionate, engaged and collaborative with the enthusiasm and drive to transform the way we work. You will need:

A thorough understanding of domestic violence law and experience working in housing/homelessness, including experience supporting those affected by domestic violence and supporting key housing service systems.

Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, its impact on victims and their children. Abusive behaviors of perpetrators within relationships, including family relationships, male victims, and same-sex relationships.

Excellent understanding of the range of housing issues that may affect families facing AD and the statutory and regulatory frameworks that underpin them.

As a Domestic Violence Housing Manager, you will use your skills and expertise to provide intensive and specialist support to homeless clients experiencing domestic violence. You will provide better support and coordination between different areas within and outside the council providing domestic violence services. You will also be responsible for representing homelessness services at internal and external domestic violence meetings, such as MARAC.

The person

The successful candidate will be compassionate, engaged and collaborative with the enthusiasm and drive to transform the way local government and public services operate. You will need a thorough understanding of domestic violence law and experience working and supporting key systems in housing services.

Date of interview: April 8, 2022

You want to ask us a question.

Please contact Amber Fletcher on 01344 351445 or email Amber.fletcher@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or Sarah Baynes on 01344 351590 or email sarah.baynes@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be removed at any stage of the recruitment process should a suitable redeployed person be identified.