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Domestic Abuse Court Advocacy Accreditation Lead

  • Full time
  • £36,500 – £39,500
  • Remote in Scotland (with regular travel across Scotland and occasionally the rest of the UK)
  • Closing 6th October 2023

  • Advertised from 11th September 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week. Permanent
  • A generous package including 25 days holiday per year plus public holidays, employee pension scheme with 4% employer contribution, Cycle2Workwork scheme, access to 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


About SafeLives

We are SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.

Last year alone, 14,000 professionals received our training. Over 80,000 adults at risk of serious harm or murder and more than 100,000 children received support through dedicated multi-agency support designed by us and delivered with partners. In the last six years, over 4,000 perpetrators have been challenged and supported to change by interventions we created with partners, and that’s just the start.

Together we can end domestic abuse. Forever. For everyone.

Role summary

In 2022, SafeLives and ASSIST began the Domestic Abuse Court Advocacy project, contributing to priorities 2 and 4 of the Scottish Government’s Victim Centred Approach Fund (VCAF), to provide a consistent and effective approach to court advocacy that ensures victims of domestic abuse have a safe and informed journey through the criminal justice system. The project aims to build consistency in how domestic abuse court advocacy provision is delivered across Scotland via creation of Domestic Abuse Court Advocacy (DACA) Standards, establishment of an accreditation framework for DACA services, and delivery of a new SQA-accredited training block on specialist domestic abuse court advocacy.

To date, via broad stakeholder engagement, academic research and consultation with survivors of domestic abuse, the project team have created Domestic Abuse Court Advocacy standards for Scotland. In its second and third year, the DACA project will establish and roll out an accreditation and mentoring framework for domestic abuse services across Scotland that provide court advocacy to their clients, and design and deliver a new block of the well-established Idaa training block, in partnership with ASSIST and Scottish Women’s Aid.

Working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and in partnership with an expert practitioner from ASSIST, you will shape and guide work to develop the evidence base for the accreditation process and pilot the new accreditation framework with frontline services. You will also be involved in design, development and delivery of the new training module on domestic abuse court advocacy, which will enhance the existing Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy (Idaa) training course.

Application notes

If you believe you have the qualities we have described, please take a look over the full job description and submit your 500-word cover letter and CV by 5pm on Friday 6th October 2023.

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