Independent Modern Slavery Advocate

Hope for Justice Manchester United Kingdom Programmes

Company Description

Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming society. Around the world, we are growing a movement of abolitionists who believe freedom is worth the fight. Our team works from more than 30 locations across five continents. If you’re looking to make a difference, this is the place for the you.

Hope for Justice is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you feel that your skills and experience fit one of our roles then we would welcome your application regardless of your background.

Position

Hope for Justice is looking for an experienced and highly motivated Independent Modern Slavery Advocate, to join the UK advocacy team.

In this role you will be responsible for providing advocacy and victim services to survivors of modern slavery in the UK. Managing a caseload, conducting assessments and developing pathways for survivors. Alongside providing advice to professionals and individuals, building partnerships with other organisations and providing specialised training. You will also help to support Hope for Justice’s Reforming Society’ agenda.

The ideal candidate will have outstanding communication skills, including the ability to negotiate, present and be able to collaborate as part of a team, whilst having the ability to listen and provide feedback. A positive attitude, critical thinking and empathy are also essential skills necessary in this role. The successful candidate requires both strategic and operational knowledge of Modern Slavery and broader Human Rights legislation and an understanding of the legal rights and obligations of victims of modern slavery. Previous work with vulnerable adults, ideally with social work or legal experience is required.

For full details of this role and expectations, download the attached role profile.

Requirements

  • Empowering survivors by providing a clear overview of their rights and entitlements in their own language, providing options and choices every step of the way
  • Once the survivor understands their rights, providing a detailed assessment (legal and support needs, including an individual risk assessment and safety planning). Anticipating and understanding the barriers victims face and the advocacy needed to overcome barriers
  • Ensuring smooth transfer into safe accommodation and into the community, advocating for clear pathways of support for the survivor in accordance with the non-statutory government endorsed Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards 2018, produced by the Human Trafficking Foundation
  • Act as a single point of contact for the survivor and relevant agencies through all processes. Providing a point of trust for the victim and high-quality communication with all relevant agencies
  • Ensure “supported” referrals to relevant legal and support agencies - including supported housing; victim/witness support; and immigration, civil compensation, public law and criminal law solicitors
  • Where necessary, support attendance at appointments, empowering and advocating for the survivor’s needs and wishes to be heard in all processes, as well as supporting the survivor to negotiate these processes and overcome barriers in processes
  • Assist survivors in developing confidence to do things themselves to foster independence
  • Ensuring the survivor is well supported as a witness through criminal and civil proceedings and ensuring their voice is heard in these proceedings
  • Establishing good working relationships with key agencies and services the survivor routinely interacts with e.g. support workers, social services, GPs and other statutory and non-statutory agencies, to help ensure clients receive coordinated help and support
  • Manage a caseload to ensure every client has opportunities to access relevant services appropriate to their individual needs
  • General file management and compliance with professional legal ethics, including confidentiality
  • Understand and uphold the standards outlined in the Hope for Justice Safeguarding policies, acting with due care and attention to safeguard the wellbeing of anyone that comes into contact with our work and reporting concerns if they do arise.

Other information

Benefits of working at Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice is committed to supporting our staff’s wellbeing and offers competitive salaries and a range of additional benefits to our staff. This includes generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme contributions, company sick pay, enhanced maternity and paternity pay and access to the Employee Assistance Programme for staff and their family. As well as operating both Flexible and Hybrid working policies for our UK employees.

Salary: Up to £26,000, dependent on experience

Closing date: 15th August 2022

Location: Manchester

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include criminal records checks, in line with our Global background checks policy. Hope for Justice participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme, as part of the referencing process we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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