● Location: Based Shadwell and in 2 projects in Westminster plus outreach work, some remote working
● Pay: £32,640 FTE
● Hours: 0.2 post
● Reports to: Services Manager
● Annual leave: 28 days per annum + bank holidays (pro-rata)
● Closing Date: October 20th 2020
SurvivorsUK is committed to continually developing our practice as an equal opportunities employer.
We strongly encourage the applications of people from structurally oppressed communities, and those who share some of the identities of our service users. In particular, our organisation will benefit from increasing the representation of BAM (Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage) people, trans* and non-binary people, and men in our staff teams.
About the role
The role of HTO worker was created in partnership with the Commissioner of Westminster Homelessness Services in response to a growing desire to be more flexible around outreach and support with the most vulnerable and marginalised in the local homeless population. Consistent with evidence in the literature, strong evidence from SurvivorsUK and local, professionally- informed estimates suggest that the vast majority of people who find themselves sleeping rough in Westminster have histories of significant trauma and, for most, this includes experience of sexual violence in childhood. Although there are clients who are no longer sleeping rough and who are offered access to quality key work, excellent link up with drug and alcohol services, education, training and employment opportunities, many are not able to use the support available to move on in their lives.
There is a growing consciousness that many clients who have experienced abuse and/or trauma are not able to access these traditional or statutory therapeutic services, very often because of systemic, structural or psychosocial barriers to engagement. For example, the survival coping strategy of substance use may leave a client with difficulties around keeping appointments, which is incompatible with a ‘traditional’ therapeutic service that requires regular attendance at an allotted time each week; or, that they do not have the financial or practical resources to travel to services intended to support them.
This role provides bespoke, tailored ‘in the field’ therapeutic interventions to such clients and the opportunity to work in close partnership with other professionals involved in their care, promoting a trauma-informed therapeutic response to significantly disenfranchised and vulnerable clients.
In addition to supporting clients directly, part of the role is to improve cross-sector professional knowledge and understanding of sexual violence-related trauma and to support staff.
How to apply