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Social Work position available

Job Description:

Social Worker

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.

HOURS
8.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
On call every evening and every second weekend.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Screen all new referrals. Conduct preliminary assessments and intake services.
  2. 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).
  3. Provide trauma counselling to all victims of violence and abuse.
  4. 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.
  5. Develop Individual Development Plans (IDP) for all clients. Conduct both individual and group therapeutic sessions aimed at promoting healing and restoring well-being.
  6. Maintain accurate records of all case interventions.
  7. Facilitate appropriate referrals to resources.
  8. Facilitate access to schools, medical care, job skills training, etc. Monitor medical appointments, transport to and from hospitals
  9. Conduct awareness campaigns relating to the abuse of women and/or children, particularly sexual abuse, and domestic violence against women.
  10. Provide counseling on individual basis with residents, and counseling and networking with family members and other interested parties when necessary.
  11. Group work in the day for women in the house.
  12. Supervising student Social Workers and student Social Auxiliary workers (SAW) throughout the year – Council requires 3 years’ experience.
  13. 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.
  14. Stakeholder management - attending networking meetings and other meetings when relevant.
  15. Assisting women with their protection orders and other legal issues when necessary and accompanying them to Court if the SAW is not available.
  16. Occasionally transporting women when necessary to various locations – especially if SAW if unavailable
  17. On call every second weekend and weekday nights (Manager and Social Worker to work out a roster).
  18. Continuous Professional Development – attend training courses annually relevant to work in the Home and attend monthly (external) supervision.
  19. Assist clients with Grants or teach the SAW to do so.
  20. Managing weekend permission slips and reports to the committee when necessary.
  21. Plan which room residents will be in – and keep plans up to date,
  22. Telephonic referrals – Counsel / advice / information.
  23. Attend staff meetings.
  24. Conduct Exit interviews with clients and develop Safety Plans.
  25. Ensure that all residents receive toiletries bags on arrival.
  26. Meet with housemother and manager daily and liaison with other staff members when necessary.

 

REQUIREMENTS
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.

STARTING DATE
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 info@thesafehouse.org.za 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.

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Office Manager

Introduction
Breaking the silence on abuse – empowering survivors and supporting communities by providing women and children with a safe place to heal, rebuild and reconnect. Our aim is to break the silence on abuse, gender-based violence and domestic violence.

Role Purpose
Ensure the smooth running of all operations by providing effective administrative management to the Safe House and Staff.

Responsibilities and Work Outputs

  • Proactively manage, coordinate and maintain the diary of the Safe House and Staff.
  • Coordinate all aspects of office matters, meetings, and functions according to Safe House’s requirements, and within budget parameters.
  • Administration management for running meetings and running of The Safe House (collate, compile and distribute agendas, presentations, minutes within timeframes).
  • Manage operations according to agreed business process and budget parameters.
  • Manage incoming calls and correspondence (paper and electronic), responding independently where possible and in line with authorized judgement.
  • Order and control office supplies and equipment, ensuring enough stock is always available within budget parameters.
  • Ensure files (paper and electronic) are kept in order and easily accessible by Safe House.
  • Prepare and check invoices and arrangements for payments to ensure adherence to requirements and Service Level Agreements
  • Ensure office equipment is regularly maintained by relevant service providers.
  • Ensure Occupational Health and Safety requirements are up to date and monitored.
  • Monitor and respond to incoming communication on behalf of the Safe House, where appropriate, ensuring efficiency and timeously response.
  • Escalate faults and other housekeeping issues with the relevant service provider and ensure queries are resolved within agreed Service Level Agreements.
  • Manage and reconcile expenses in line with the allocated budget and within. Defined policy guidelines.
  • Contribute to the financial planning process within area.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance cost-effectiveness and increase operational efficiency.
  • Manage financial and other company resources under your control with due respect.
  • Provide input into the risk identification processes and communicate recommendations in the appropriate forum.

Competencies required

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professionalism
  • Confidentiality
  • Typing skills
  • Embracing change
  • Checking
  • Interacting with people
  • Making Decisions
  • Team Work
  • Following Procedures
  • Showing composure
  • Meeting timescales

Experience and Qualification

  • Grade 12 or equivalent qualification
  • Office administration, secretarial or equivalent qualification
  • 3 to 4 years of relevant experience (essential)
  • Exposure to supporting a manager or team (desirable)
  • Qualification to office management functions would be an added advantage.

Please submit your application via info@thesafehouse.org.za
Please submit your application with a covering letter
Closing date 31 December 2020

All positions will be filled in accordance with our Employment Equity Plan
We also encourage persons with disabilities to apply

Social Worker position available

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
POST: SOCIAL WORKER
LOCATION: SOUTH PENINSULA, CAPE TOWN

ABOUT THE POSITION
The Social Worker must be registered with SACSSP, Minimum four (4) years experience 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 SW will be in a residential 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, have a good understanding of all local communities and be a crucial link in the team.

REPORTING AND AUTHORITY
The Social Worker will report to a supervisor/senior social worker and to the Manager of the organisation

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not restricted to)

  • 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 VEP.
  • Conduct initial interviews and screen all referrals
  • Provide trauma counselling to all victims of violence and abuse
  • Conduct clients assessments of all clients accessing The Safe House, aimed at identifying appropriate, relevant interventions
  • Develop Individual Development Plans (IDP) for all clients. Conduct therapeutic group work sessions aimed at promoting healing and restoring bell-being.
  • Maintain accurate records of all case interventions.
  • Facilitate appropriate referrals to resources.
  • Facilitate access to schools, medical care, job skills training, etc
  • Conduct awareness campaigns relating to the abuse of women and/or children, particularly sexual abuse and domestic violence against women as well as Community Outreach and Aftercare Projects.To apply, submit a CV to the Director via email to: info@thesafehouse.org.za before 30 November 2018.