Child Abuse Advocate Coordinator

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;
  • Bilingual Preferred.
  • 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;
  • Auto Insurance;
  • 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)
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