Title: Child Abuse Advocate Coordinator
Program: Kayla’s Place
Reports to: Program Director
Kayla’s Place began in 2004 as a children’s therapeutic program. Children who have been exposed to violence as a primary victim, or a secondary victim, have a high risk for developing anger issues and repeating the cycle of violence. Services include therapeutic interventions for all types of childhood trauma for children between the ages of 2 years of age and 17 years of age.
Two years’ minimum experience in victim services and a knowledge and understanding of sexual violence;
One-year experience as a hospital advocate, providing information and support services before, during and after the medical forensic examination;
Basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and victimology;
Knowledge of trauma informed supportive services for sexual assault children of all ages;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal and organizational skills;
Ability to work well in a crisis situation;
Serve as a stable non-judgmental role model;
Able to maintain a supportive, calm and professional attitude at all times;
Ability to be accountable to peers and community;
Respond to child abuse emergency room calls;
Provide emotional support to child and caregiver;
Provide caregiver with supportive services, which include but not limited to: legal and court protocol, therapy support, community resources and Victim Compensation claims;
Design the protocol for hospital duties, legal support and community support;
Recruit and train volunteers to respond to child abuse emergency room calls;
Ensure volunteer advocates are trained to provide support for the child throughout the legal process;
Ensure volunteer advocates work well with all emergency room personnel, law enforcement and community supportive services;
Responsible for coordinating, training, supervision, scheduling and retention of all advocates;
Maintain volunteer advocate records; including applications, background checks, emergency contact information, hours, record of trainings (sexual assault/domestic violence agency training) and other pertinent documents;
Responsible for inputting statistical data information;
Work in collaboration with the agency Sexual Assault Response Services Advocate Coordinator;
Provide continuity of services for children and caregivers by providing services to victim after their emergency room experience;
Enhance and build resources to meet the needs of child abuse victims;
Ensure victims confidentiality and safety at all times;
Attend community provider meetings to promote awareness of the program and ensure that the Children’s Advocacy Program is beneficial to the community needs;
Coordinate weekly meetings with Program Director;
Work closely with other departments within the agency;
Other duties as needed.
Must have a valid California Driver’s License;
Clean driving record;
Ability to work weekends and holidays;
Employee will be required to complete a TB test, fingerprinting, drug screen (employment pending on drug screen), 40-hour Domestic Violence training and CPR/First Aid certification.
Hours: Part-time 20 hours a week (may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, holidays and/or on call status) Send Us Your Resume for This Job
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