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Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (Female Applicants Only)


Starting salary £28,000 per annum | Full-time (35 hours per week) | Fixed-term (until March 2023, with potential extension subject to funding)

This role will initially predominately involve remote working, evolving to involve regular office based working (in Shepherds Bush, as well as travel across London) as determined by organisational requirements and circumstances allow.

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is looking for a highly motivated Black Women’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) to join our team of ISVA’s at the West London Rape Crisis Centre. The ISVA will provide high quality, specialist support to women in London who have experienced any form of sexual violence and are engaging (or considering engaging) with the criminal justice system. Further information on the ISVA service is available at www.wgn.org.uk/our-services/practical-support-and-advocacy/independent-sexual-violence-advocate  

This pilot post will help us develop dedicated ISVA support which more effectively identifies and challenges the intersectional disadvantage black women and girls face in the criminal justice system and supporting them in their journey of surviving and thriving after experiencing sexual violence and abuse. The remit of the role is likely to develop in response to the demands for and the support needs of the women and girls who access this service. 

The ISVA service aims to provide trauma-informed, intersectional, woman-centred, rights and strengths based advocacy that supports women on their unique recovery journey. The service is also passionate about campaigning and being a part of institutional change and reform of the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual violence in England and Wales.

The ideal post holder will have experience supporting clients from diverse communities in a frontline or community based role. A comprehensive training package, including accredited training, is available to fully equip the successful post holder for this rewarding and vital position. If you have a strong understanding of black women and girls experiences, including their routes to accessing justice and are passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, then we would like to hear from you.

We provide clinical supervision, access to an on-going CPD programme and the opportunity to work in a leading multi-cultural feminist organisation. WGN’s employee benefits include: 3% pension contribution, enhanced leave entitlement and an Employee Assistance Programme.

We welcome and encourage applications from women of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic communities.

Applicants who have not received a response to their application within 2 weeks of the closing date should assume their application has not been successful on this occasion.

This post is subject to satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date

WGN is an equal opportunities employer. Posts are exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.

Interview details

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th January 2022.