Enhanced Safeguarding Co-Ordinator for Domestic Abuse & Sexual Safety
We run three busy hospital sites at Peterborough, Huntingdon and Stamford and provide outpatient services in two community hospitals in Ely and Doddington. Our 6,000 staff serve a growing population of 750,000 across North Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.
As a larger organisation we have increased opportunities to enhance services, ensuring we provide the best patient experience and clinical outcomes. For our staff this means they can experience a wide and varied career within the one organisation. We offer a real commitment to supporting your career in an environment where your skills and ideas are valued, where you are supported in developing your full potential and where your individual contribution is recognised, respected and rewarded.
North West Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAFT) is committed to tackling all forms of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, affecting people across their lifespan and promoting a ‘Think Family’ approach. The Safeguarding team is an established team of professionals, who have strong partnership working with Operational teams, Local Authority and multi-agency bodies, to ensure that we meet the statutory responsibilities whilst delivering safe and effective care to vulnerable individuals and families.
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 promotes an integrated healthcare response to domestic abuse, and a systematic approach to transforming the health sector’s response to domestic abuse. This includes partnership working across health and specialist services and a designated domestic Abuse Coordinator based in acute health settings.
Main duties of the job
This role focuses on the operational delivery of the Domestic Abuse service and will demonstrate advanced skills and competencies to influence the pathways of care in the safeguarding of victim/survivors of domestic abuse, their children and families. It will also take a preventative approach and focus on pathways and support for perpetrators of domestic abuse. This post will initiate and add to research evidence in the field of Domestic abuse to ensure that evidence-based practice is inherent in all aspects of care.
In response to the Domestic Abuse Act legislation, NWAFT have implemented a Domestic Abuse improvement plan which incorporates improvements in six overarching areas relating to domestic abuse. The domestic abuse coordinator will support management to promote developments in the following areas to ensure that operational teams are equipped and able to plan and deliver safe care in all domestic abuse cases.
- Partnership working, Co-ordination and Community response
- Legislation, Policy and Procedure
- Training, Education and Resource Development
- Think Family approach in Domestic Abuse
- Staff knowledge, awareness, response and preventative work
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
A Key aspect of this role will be to train and educate team members on the identification, management and prevention of Domestic Abuse within NWAFT. It will be expected that best practice standards and full lifecycle of domestic abuse cases will be delivered at all time.
Working for our organisation
We are committed to ensure a work-life balance to all our staff by offering full time and part time roles, flexible working hours on a shift pattern to fit around your family life.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates form our local communities.
Benefits to you
• 27 days annual leave for new starters, rising to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff);
• NHS Pension Scheme:
• Flexible working opportunities;
• Increased hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays;
• Career development and training;
• Wellbeing support and activities;
• In-house physiotherapy Service;
• On-site canteens with subsidised meals;
• Subsidised staff parking (currently free).
• Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The ten occupational duties that are required to provide a high standard of health care using judgement, skills and knowledge for enhanced practice are:
- Be an accountable professional acting in the best interests of people, putting them first and providing complex clinical care that is evidence-based, person-centred, safe and compassionate.
- Ensure evidence based practice and up to date legislation is such as local and national quality standards and frameworks are used to inform, plan and provide enhanced patient-centred clinical care.
- Ensure staff groups have access to skilled support for victim/survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse and their families. This support must be in victim/survivors best interests, ensuring trust values, evidence informed practice and legal frameworks are utilised to inform safe person centred care planning and risk assessment.
- To provide pathways and systems for staff to easily access the relevant support for victim survivors such as specialist signposting and aces to
- Use existing knowledge and expertise and enhanced levels of clinical judgement to independently undertake complex and holistic assessments.
- Work with clinicians to ensure effective risk assessments, safety planning and direction around working with victim/survivors as well as perpetrators.
- Ensure that the Domestic abuse and sexual safety policy is implemented, embedded and governed across all divisions.
- Act independently to plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate complex care using enhanced clinical assessments, diagnostics, and interventions.
- Communicate and deliver recommendations from statutory reviews, i.e. Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARSs), Children Practice Reviews (SCPRs) and Domestic Homicide reviews (DHRs) across the trust.
- Contribute to the development of evidence informed risk assessment and care planning tools and resources.
- Act as an expert resource within their own organisation and for external agencies.
- Working collaboratively with Trust and multidisciplinary teams to ensure targeted support is provided for all categories of abuse domestic and/or sexual abuse and associated legislation, including patterns of coercive control and sexual abuse.
- To develop staff awareness of domestic and/or sexual abuse and capacity to work to best practice guidelines in partnership with the Safeguarding Team, police, local authorities, and associated forums. This will include contributing to the planning, delivery and evaluation of domestic and/or sexual abuse training in teams across the Trust.
- Develop, deliver and evaluate education and training opportunities for others within own scope of practice.
- Implement effective training cross teams within the trust to develop domestic and/or sexual abuse identification and management.
- Develop a standalone domestic abuse domestic training package for all staff which incorporates sexual abuse and how to promote sexual safety.
- Communicate effectively in challenging environments and situations with patients, their families/carers and the multi-disciplinary team.
- Promote a Think Family approach and work closely with Children’s safeguarding professional to safeguard children and young people from harm.
- Promote and encourage innovative clinical practice to support a culture of excellence within the wider health and care team.
- Challenge ineffective systems and processes and support others to identify the need for change within their area of Domestic and Sexual abuse
- Contribute to quality improvement plans and strategies to support a culture of continuous quality improvement within area of enhanced clinical practice in Domestic/ sexual abuse.
- Lead and manage unpredictable and unplanned clinical situations.
- To provide expert level of knowledge, leadership, and professional advice in relation to domestic and/or sexual abuse to safeguard children and adults at risk, through improvements recommended from national and local case reviews, best practice evidence and research.
- Provide supervision for domestic abuse cases and associated risk management guidance for staff
- Participate in resource management, strategic service development, planning and service improvement.
- Actively participate in relevant corporate forums and contribute to the development of corporate policies and action plans within the remit Domestic abuse and sexual abuse.
- To develop staff awareness of domestic abuse and sexual abuse and capacity to work to best practice guidelines in partnership with the Safeguarding Team, police, local authorities, and associated forums. This will include contributing to the planning, delivery and evaluation of domestic and sexual abuse training in teams across the Trust.
- To support the roll out of the Trust’s domestic and sexual abuse work plan, work to embed the plan in raising awareness and support for effective response to domestic and sexual abuse. This will include creating tools and resources to enhance and support good practice.
- To work with the safeguarding team to ensure the development and recognition of domestic/ sexual abuse responses in the Trust are focused and having a positive impact on service user’s experience. This will include attending the Violence against women and girl’s forum (VAWG) and implementing their strategies across the trust.
- Develop professional relationships with all Divisions within the Trust and operational teams including Human Resources. Work with Human Resources when required to advise concerning allegations against staff and/ or supporting staff experiencing domestic abuse.
- Lead, monitor, develop and appraise staff and learners.
- Coach and support staff in clinical areas to enhance front line practice.
- Contribute to the upskilling of the workforce in how to manage disclosures of domestic abuse/sexual abuse when they occur. This includes disclosures from patient and staff groups.
Education and Qualifications
- • Evidence of training courses relating to domestic abuse and sexual abuse
- • Up to date evidence of 4 Pillars of Practice
- • Evidence of continuing professional development
- • Experience of leading on domestic (including sexual abuse) abuse cases, their risk assessment and management.
- • Extensive track record of meeting clinical governance to deadline objectives
- • Able to demonstrate wide knowledge of relevant policy and its application in practice
- • Experience in the implementation of learning from Management Reviews, including Domestic Homicide Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews
- • Knowledge of Domestic and/or sexual abuse and associated risk assessment, management, care planning and prevention.
- • Knowledge of “think family” and contextual safeguarding
- • Domestic abuse legislative knowledge and associated safeguarding legislation policy and procedure
- • Knowledge of key statutory and non-statutory organisations
- • Excellent organisational, communication skills
- • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise work for self and teams, working flexibly across a range of professional issues
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Mandy Park
- Job title
- Head of Safeguarding
- Email address
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