ABOUT THE ORGANISATION
The Safe House is a temporary safe care facility for abused women and children. It was established 2014. The Facility assists victims of abuse and violence by offering a safe place to stay where they can recover, consider their options, and begin to rebuild their lives. The Organisation also reaches out into the community to facilitate programmes of support and care giving together with local volunteers and partners.
8.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
On call every evening and every second weekend.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Screen all new referrals. Conduct preliminary assessments and intake services.
- Assist in the development of an appropriate social work, therapeutic intervention programme for all Safe House clients, including children, women, caregivers, and families, aligned to norms and standards as prescribed by the Department of Social Development’s (DSD) Victim Empowerment Program (VEP).
- Provide trauma counselling to all victims of violence and abuse.
- Conduct ongoing assessments of clients accessing The Safe House, aimed at identifying risk and protective factors, therapeutic needs as well as appropriate, relevant intervention strategies.
- Develop Individual Development Plans (IDP) for all clients. Conduct both individual and group therapeutic sessions aimed at promoting healing and restoring well-being.
- Maintain accurate records of all case interventions.
- Facilitate appropriate referrals to resources.
- Facilitate access to schools, medical care, job skills training, etc. Monitor medical appointments, transport to and from hospitals
- Conduct awareness campaigns relating to the abuse of women and/or children, particularly sexual abuse, and domestic violence against women.
- Provide counseling on individual basis with residents, and counseling and networking with family members and other interested parties when necessary.
- Group work in the day for women in the house.
- Supervising student Social Workers and student Social Auxiliary workers (SAW) throughout the year – Council requires 3 years’ experience.
- Administrative work includes keeping statistical data up to date, maintaining file records, completing reports for various external agencies when required, as well as completing annual yearly reports for AGM’S.
- Stakeholder management - attending networking meetings and other meetings when relevant.
- Assisting women with their protection orders and other legal issues when necessary and accompanying them to Court if the SAW is not available.
- Occasionally transporting women when necessary to various locations – especially if SAW if unavailable
- On call every second weekend and weekday nights (Manager and Social Worker to work out a roster).
- Continuous Professional Development – attend training courses annually relevant to work in the Home and attend monthly (external) supervision.
- Assist clients with Grants or teach the SAW to do so.
- Managing weekend permission slips and reports to the committee when necessary.
- Plan which room residents will be in – and keep plans up to date,
- Telephonic referrals – Counsel / advice / information.
- Attend staff meetings.
- Conduct Exit interviews with clients and develop Safety Plans.
- Ensure that all residents receive toiletries bags on arrival.
- Meet with housemother and manager daily and liaison with other staff members when necessary.
The Social Worker must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the field, must be registered with the SACSSP and have a valid code 08 driver’s license.
She will be responsible for the implementation of all therapeutic counselling interventions, with the goal of ensuring the health, well-being and reintegration of all clients accessing services. The Social Worker will be in a residential care environment but must be able to work/network with various stakeholders to initiate, promote and implement a range of social services. The successful applicant must show initiative, be proactive and be a crucial link in the Team.
REPORTING AND AUTHORITY
The Social Worker will report to a Social Work Supervisor (external) and to the Manager of the Organisation, and the CEO.
As soon as possible – preferably 1.05.21.
Please email CV’s as well as a covering letter stating why you should get this position to firstname.lastname@example.org before 22 April 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please DO NOT apply if you do not meet one or more of the requirements.