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Advocacy Support Worker

Closing date:
22rd February 2023 @ 5pm

Advocacy Support Worker

A.S.S.C. Organisation

A.S.S.C. is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2020 to address the needs of young people as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system. This service provides accompaniment and advocacy for young people and their families throughout the different stages of their engagement with the criminal justice system.

A.S.S.C aims to ensure that all children and their families who need support receive it; in a timely and appropriate manner, and irrespective of their means.

The following are the specific services provided by A.S.S.C.

  1. Forensic accompaniment for children and their families when children undergo a forensic/medical examination at Barnahus West, Child adolescent sexual assault treatment unit (CASATS) and the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU), at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin.
  2. National Advocacy Phone support for the families of young people referred to A.S.S.C.
  3. Court accompaniment service in the Dublin region, for young people and their families, for children who are required to give witness testimony in criminal trials.

Job Description

The post holder will undertake the Advocacy Support Service within Barnahus West.

They will be responsible for providing advocacy through the phone and direct contact under the Barnahus West umbrella, to the young people and families attending Barnahus West, in order to support children where a disclosure of child sexual abuse has been made.

The post holder will be responsible for the coordination of and the implementation of advocacy support for the young people and families that move through the Barnahus West modal pathways.

The post holder will oversee the case management of the advocacy for Barnahus West. They will be providing ongoing support to young people and families on a case-by-case basis. The post holder will act in a pivotal role within a multidisciplinary team. They will have access to training within the Barnahus West Model

They will be reporting to management and compiling monthly reports. The post holder will also work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within Barnahus West. The post holder will be responsible for following child protection policies and procedures of A.S.S.C. They will be participating in regular clinical supervision.

All candidates will be subject to garda vetting.

Responsibilities of A.S.S.C. Advocacy Support Worker

  • Provide debrief calls for onsite A.S.S.C. volunteers within CASAT unit in Barnahus West
  • To support the ASSC National Advocacy Support Service
  • Attend the recruitment & training of volunteers for Barnahus West
  • Work alongside ASSC’s National Service Coordinator & National Volunteer Coordinator in service provision
  • Provide Advocacy support for referrals within Barnahus West, to include
  • Oversite & coordination of referral to ASSC Advocacy in Barnahus West
  • Support young people and families through Barnahus pathways, by advocating within the context of the MDIA (Multi-Disciplinary Interagency Agency) Barnahus team
  • Meeting directly with the young person & family to facilitate a space for worries, concerns & feedback at different stages of their pathway through Barnahus West, when appropriate, as decided through collaborative process with MDIA team and parents?
  • Be a point of information for young people and families
  • Facilitate effective communication between volunteers, staff, stakeholders and other professionals, agencies involved with Barnahus West
  • Represent the voice of the child in the Barnahus MDIA forum
  • Facilitate space, voice, audience, and influence by young people attending Barnahus
  • Attend monthly joint review meetings between Barnahus and ASSC
  • Completing weekly/ monthly reports to ensure good communication and transparency for dissemination to the muti disciplinary team in Barnahus West
  • Report and provide feedback on the A.S.S.C. Advocacy Support Worker Role
  • Report statistics to management monthly for the Directors Report
  • Attend monthly Clinical Supervision

Essential Requirements

Relevant & recognised third level qualification within the domain of social care, youth work, psychology, or any other relevant area of study and at least 3 years proven experience of such role, or of a similar role.

  • Experience working directly with children/young people in an advocate capacity
  • Evidence of/commitment to child and youth participation
  • An understanding of the Children’s First and Child Protection guidelines
  • An understanding of the role and functions of the agencies involved in Barnahus
  • A strong sense of empathy
  • Confidentiality
  • A solid understanding of boundaries
  • Openness and flexibility in the work
  • A self-motivated personality
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent statistical collection skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent record-keeping

Note: This job description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work of A.S.S.C.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience working directly with vulnerable people in an advocate capacity
  • Experience in providing individual/group training
  • Experience working/volunteering within the volunteer sector
  • Previous experience managing people
  • Previous experience within the judicial system
  • Previous experience working within sexual assault treatment units (SATU)
  • Experience in providing individual/group training
  • Experience working/volunteering within the volunteer sector

Terms & Conditions

Location: Barnahus West, Galway (10 minute drive from Salthill, city centre)
Terms of Contract: A fixed term contract for 1 year, subject to Tusla funding
Hours of Work: 2 working days between Monday to Friday (15 hours a week). Some occasional unsocial hours will be required and flagged well in advance. Time in lieu system is in place.
Renumeration: Gross Salary €34,000 pro rata
Annual Leave: 22 days annual leave (on pro rata basis) exclusive of public holidays, per calendar year.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 22nd February @ 5pm

Please forward a C.V. & Cover Letter to Caroline at administration@assc.ie for the attention of Grace Jordan, Director of Services

First round of interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th February, via Zoom. Shortlisting for second interviews with be face to face, on March 6th in Connect Hotel, Galway.

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