IRIS Advocates and Educators

We are looking for IRIS Advocates / Educators to work as part of our Pan London project

£29,577 per annum, depending on experience

Location:Based at Hammersmith office women’s centre, with cover across the allocated borough/s, including co-location where necessary (co-location covers General practices where appropriate)

Hours:Full Time, 35 hours per week. 9am – 5pm but some flexibility needed to accommodate around GP hours

Contract:Fixed Term: 6-month contract, with potential to extend with further funding

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check

About us:

Advance Charity is a well-respected, award-winning, and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse, and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending.

We are a community-based organisation; leaders in best practice approaches to supporting women in their local community. We achieve this by being available to meet and support women in local settings and at our women’s centres, andby working in close partnership with other agencies. We also believe we grow together by working in supportive teams where we can learn from one another. This role predominantly involves working with women in community settings and as part of a team.

The IRIS Project and the role:

IRISi has been commissioned by North West London Integrated Care System to work with partners in the health and specialist Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector to rollout the IRIS programme in seven London Boroughs. Advance is working as one of the partners on this exciting new project. The objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of patients by raising awareness of domestic abuse with GPs and improve the domestic abuse response and the provision of holistic care for patients by GP services. The project also aims to help families know how to identify issues and concerns and know where to access support, as well as offering them the opportunity to participate in the development of violence reduction solutions.

We currently cover Ealing, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster where we work in partnership with GP surgeries to target and engage survivors from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds who may not have access to mainstream domestic abuse services.

You will be supporting and providing on-going training for health professionals in general practice to help them understand and respond to domestic abuse (DA) and encouraging health professionals to ask women about their experience of abuse and respond, record, safety check and refer.

A focus of this role is around building and maintaining effective relationships with general practice teams and providing individual needs-led information, support, and advocacy (including signposting) for women who disclose their past or current experiences of DA.

Based in our Head Office in Hammersmith, the role is an excellent opportunity for career development within the field of Domestic Abuse, and you will receive specific IRISI training to deliver this programme.

As part of our flexible working approach, you may also work from home on occasion. Please indicate in your supporting statement which area/s you would be willing to work in (Ealing, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster) and if you’d like to discuss flexible working options with the Hiring Manager.

About You:

To be successful as one of our IRIS Advocates/Educators,you’ll need the below experience and skills:

  • An excellent understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and its impact, especially in relation to survivor’s health and that of their children
  • Experience of working within a domestic abuse service ideally as an IDVA is required for this role.
  • Confidence in advocating for the rights of survivors with professionals and effectively managing partner relationships.

We recognise that women often only apply to roles if they meet 100% of the criteria (whereas men apply if they meet only 60% of the requirements). We encourage you to demonstrate how your skills and experience would make you an asset to the role, and if you don’t have the exact skills/experience, tell us in your cover letter how you think you might grow and develop in the role.

What we can offer you – Employee Benefits:

  • An exceptional 30 days of paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time), PLUS public holidays on top (that’s nearly 40 days paid holiday per year!)
  • Additional days offto celebrate International Women’s Day, and for religious observance and moving home
  • Perkbox – an employee discount platform where you can receive free rewards as well as take advantage of savings on clothes, groceries, travel, leisure and more
  • Pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity/adoption provision
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Yoga/Meditation and many more activities on our wellbeing online platform
  • Employee eye-care scheme
  • Clinical supervision for front line staff and first line management roles
  • Refer a Friend Scheme – £250 for each referral who passes probation
  • Organisation wide away days
  • Thorough induction and training
  • Career development pathways

How to apply:

Please submit your up-to-date CV with a supporting statement. Please note that only applications made via the job advert will be considered.

Initial Closing Date for Applications: Friday 12th August 2022 (please note that we reserve the right to reopen the applications process at any point)

Interviews are taking place: w/c Monday 15th August, and onwards from there

Under the Equality Act 2010, we are required to make any reasonable adjustments. If you have a disability as defined under this act and/or have special needs, please email and the Talent Acquisition Team will aim to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your needs.


Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities

We value diversity and believe the variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences it brings creates an effective environment in which talents can be fully utilised to achieve our goals.

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and actively seek to recruit people from groups underrepresented in our current team. We have policies and processes in place to ensure that all employees are offered an equal opportunity in recruitment and selection, promotion, training, pay and benefits.