The Drive Project:
The Drive Project is a community-based intervention for perpetrators (service users) of domestic abuse whose victims are assessed as at a high risk of significant harm or fatality, aged 16 years and over. Drive’s intention is to increase victim safety and address perpetrator behaviour, changing the narrative from why doesn’t she leave to why doesn’t he stop.
The service offers a risk and needs led response that proactively works with this potentially involuntary client group in a multimodal way; striving for behavioural and attitudinal change. The service, delivered in the context of multi-agency response, provides a tailored intervention plan that meets needs, addresses offending and motivates active engagement in activities that will produce sustained behavioural change; whilst keeping the risk to victim’s paramount.
Drive has been independently evaluated by the University of Bristol over three years and the key findings are that Drive service users perpetrating abuse types reduced as follows: Physical abuse reduced by 82%; Sexual abuse by 88%; Harassment and stalking behaviours reduced by 75%; Jealous and controlling behaviours reduced by 73%
Following this successfully evaluated pilot in Cwm Taf and then expansion into Cardiff, Drive is now being rolled out across the South Wales Force Area.
Safer Merthyr Tydfil (SMT) is seeking to recruit suitably experienced person to the following positions: –
Location: South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner areas of Cwm Taf Morgannwg, Cardiff and the Vale and Swansea and Neath Port Talbot
Hours: All posts 37 hours per week (Flexibility is required as evening and occasional weekend work is essential)
Salary: Team Lead £31,160.00 pa
Case Managers £29,528.00 pa
(All posts include Pension contributions, generous holiday, flexible working scheme, child care voucher scheme)
Contract: To 31st March 2021 (initially)
The successful applicants will have demonstrable experience of working with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse or other similar involuntary client groups. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and complexities of domestic violence and abuse and its effects on individuals, families and communities. In addition, you must possess demonstrable experience and a comprehensive understanding of risk management and safeguarding issues.
A current valid driving licence and the ability to provide a suitable vehicle for work are essential.
This post will be subject to suitable employment screening checks which includes eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and a minimum of two previous employment references. The post will also be subject to additional key partner agency screening processes e.g. South Wales Police NPPV3.
For further information about the posts please ring Safer Merthyr Tydfil on 01685 353999 and ask for Darren O’ Connell, DRIVE Service Manager.
The closing date for applications is to be confirmed
Interviews dates: To Be Confirmed