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Domestic Violence Specialist Worker (Perpetrators)
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Salary: AFC FAMSUP Sp29-32 (£33,948 - £36,711 pa pro rata)
Appointment Type: Fixed Term - 12 Months
Job Term: Full Time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston/Richmond

We are looking for a Domestic Violence Perpetrator Specialist Worker to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.

As Domestic Violence Specialist Worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Proactively engaging with perpetrators of domestic violence to assess their understanding of the impact of violence and controlling behaviour on both the victim and the children in the family.
  • Developing an action plan to erode the drivers of behaviour and mitigate the risk to victim and family.
  • Undertaking perpetrator risk assessments informed by relevant multi-agency input as appropriate and identifying key drivers to their harmful behaviour and risks to victims and their children.
  • Delivering one to one interventions to perpetrators that challenge and hold perpetrators responsible for their attitudes and behaviour and for the need to change with focus on disruption of domestic abuse. 
  • Delivering structured group provision for perpetrator of domestic violence and abuse
  • Effectively signposting perpetrators to specialist support services with additional needs, including substance misuse, mental health, welfare support etc, without detraction from perpetrators’ responsibility for their action.
About us
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

AfC are one of the Department for Education’s seven ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector. As a Partner in Practice, we have been awarded a grant to test new ways to support some of the most vulnerable children in Kingston and Richmond – including an innovative approach supporting teenagers on the edge of the care system. This is a new post within the exciting new Strengthening Families Plus Service, which is being introduced as part of our cutting edge Partners in Practice programme.

What we’re looking for
To be a Domestic Violence Perpetrator Specialist Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Significant experience of working with hard to reach and challenging clients with complex needs, delivering one to one tailored support and structured programmes
  • Undertaking effective assessments of needs, risks and vulnerabilities and delivery of appropriate interventions to meet assessed needs 
  • Use of counselling, motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour approaches
  • Theoretical understanding of gender theory, definition of domestic violence and type of abuse and relevant dimensions for the use of violence 
  • Knowledge and understanding of key principles for the work with male perpetrators 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to effectively engage diverse range of service users
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience with an appropriate professional qualification and proven evidence of continuing professional development
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Judith Granata ( for an informal discussion.

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. We were recognised for our work to encourage innovation and empower staff, building a strong team spirit, and investing in staff development.

As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to:
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post 
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at

How to apply

Before applying please refer to the Role Profile.pdf and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only.


Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

Alternatively, you can attend one of our Recruitment Drop-Ins to 'Meet the Employer', which we hold every last Thursday or Friday of each month or you can attend our Open Days which we hold frequently.

For more information on these Recruitment Drop-Ins please: click here


Closing date: 04/10/2019

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