21.36 hrs per week, Fixed Term for 2 years
The closing date for this post is provisionally set at 16 September 2021. West Lothian Council reserve the right to close this post early depending on applicant response levels
We are keen to employ a diverse workforce that reflects the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly from groups currently under-represented, including people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
West Lothian Council are seeking a motivated and innovative Lead Officer to work within the DASAT team leading on the Equally Safe agenda and gender based violence. This is a fixed term post and you will need to be an excellent communicator and highly skilled negotiator as there is a significant amount of partnership working which you will be required to promote and develop.
This strategic position offers the successful candidate a central role in shaping and supporting the work of West Lothian’s Gender Based Violence Group and supporting senior managers to progress the equally safe agenda. You will be responsible for providing professional support to the Gender Based Violence Group ensuring that its core responsibilities and key objectives are effectively discharged, under the direction and leadership of the Chair of the group.
You will coordinate and chair West Lothian’s Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), supporting any actions that are identified and ensuring appropriate systems and processes are in place and are regularly reviewed.
The post holder will be responsible for coordinating an understanding of the various partner and voluntary sector contributions to prevent domestic violence and abuse and ensure adequate support services for victims within West Lothian. You will have a lead role in reviewing and assisting with the development of West Lothian’s approach to the equally safe agenda, including researching best practice and maintaining awareness and understanding of regional and national developments to inform and influence a holistic and effective approach.
You will have a lead role in raising awareness, providing training, organising events and workshops and contributing to any improvement plans identified to drive forward West Lothian Councils priority of tackling domestic violence.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject area and appropriate registration with a professional body, as well as holding substantial experience (5+ years) in domestic abuse; equalities; public protection or any field covered by the Equally Safe agenda.
This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Successful candidates will be required to join the Scheme (at a cost of £59) or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check (at a cost of £18) prior to commencing employment. The cost of the PVG application or update will be deducted from your salary over a period of either 1 or 3 months
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