INDEPENDENT MILITARY DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE (IMDAS)
Post Title: Independent Military Domestic Abuse Service
Responsible to: Intervention & Recovery Coordinator
Hours of work: 23 hours per week
Salary Scale: £21,519 pro rata for part time
To provide training and support to front line staff around domestic abuse, and to undertake direct work with survivors. This includes training, consultation work and independent support for service users. To be based at Kendrew Barracks and The Farr Centre, Worksop.
- Providing specialist support to armed forces staff working with families experiencing domestic abuse. To develop an effective referral pathway and to liaise with army welfare staff.
- Providing bespoke specialist training in all areas of domestic and sexual abuse to promote enhanced recognition and response to domestic violence and abuse and sexual abuse.
- To develop armed forces specific resources.
- To develop positive working relationships and incorporate IMDAS into army welfare services.
Specific Areas of Responsibility:
- Further develop effective assessment and monitoring procedures
- Ensure that clear accurate records are kept and maintained
- Review number of referrals made by army staff
- Develop a good relationship with army welfare staff
- Attend relevant meetings
Advocacy and support service:
- Provide support to women experiencing DVA referred by army welfare staff.
- Provide independent direct casework support, advice, information and advocacy to women experiencing DVA through telephone contact, and/or meetings.
- To work with women experiencing DVA to increase their personal safety (and that of any children) and inform them of their rights and options in terms of housing, legal and welfare rights.
- To develop good working relationships and liaise with outside agencies when needed. This will include referrals to colleagues within the specialist agency, to other specialist DVA services, MARAC or other external agencies as appropriate.
- Keep accurate records of all work done with or on behalf of clients. Produce written reports as requested, including a quarterly report of referrals to the service and the take up of these referrals, including output and outcomes
- To contribute to monitoring and evaluation of the project and meetings as appropriate.
The IMDAS worker will be expected to:
Provide a dedicated domestic abuse referral pathway to military staff and families that includes information and support on a case by case basis:
- Establish effective referral mechanisms to IMDAS worker
- Act as a single point of contact for DVA referrals
- Develop good working relationships and liaise with outside agencies when needed
- Work alongside the Army Welfare Services team to keep up to date with changes in legislation and practise
- Establish female survivor care pathways
- Signpost to male survivor services
Support victims of domestic abuse that are identified in the military setting:
- Take referrals from welfare staff for female survivors affected by DVA
- Take self-referrals from women affected by DVA within the army base
- Provide direct casework to support, advise, provide information to and advocate for women experiencing DVA through telephone contact, and/or meetings at the relevant and appropriate locations.
- Undertake risk assessments
- Give information on client options
- Support the client and any children to keep safe
- Work with clients experiencing DVA to increase their personal safety (and that of any children) and inform them of their rights and options in terms of housing, legal and welfare rights.
- Any further responsibilities as requested.
Act as a link between Army Welfare staff and the MARAC process:
- Provide information to army staff for the sharing of appropriate information at MARAC meetings on a case by case basis
- Feed into all relevant MARAC meetings where a referral has been made
Performance and data collection
- Keep accurate records and ensure case management system is kept up to date of all work done on behalf of clients
- Provide performance information, disclosures and referrals to commissioners
- Upon closing case inform referrer
The service will ensure it is accessible to disabled people, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people and individuals from Black and Ethnic Minorities and Refugee communities as well those with protected characteristics (e.g. gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation)
The project will liaise with
- Army welfare staff
- Specialist DVA service providers in Rutland and Leicester
- Adult health and social care
- Children social care
- Housing and Homelessness services
- Translation services
- Alcohol and substance misuse services