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We are calling for applications to join our Community of Practice on Women’s Multiple Disadvantage.

As part of a new National Commission into women facing domestic and sexual abuse and multiple disadvantage that is being led by AVA and Agenda (find out more here), we are looking to appoint up to twenty professionals to form a community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage.

The community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage aims to provide a forum for practitioners with a passion for and commitment to working with women affected by multiple disadvantage to come together and learn from and with one another to maximise their ability to effectively support women.

Community members will have the additional opportunity to feed into the work of the new national Commission on women facing domestic and sexual abuse and multiple disadvantage by:

  1. providing written evidence to the Commission.
  2. possibly giving oral evidence to the Commission.
  3. reviewing the Commission’s draft report in terms of its practical implications and support the development of the final report with recommendations for the Commission to consider.

The role and expectations of community members

Members of the community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage will be asked to:

  1. attend a minimum of two out of four themed networking events held jointly with the Commission’s peer researchers over the length of the Commission to feed into the evidence presented to the Commission and help generate new ideas.
  2. attend free AVA training on subjects of relevance to your role and of interest to you.
  3. regularly contribute to community online activities, including online discussions about practice issues, review guidance and articles on practice matters, consider emerging evidence from the Commission.
  4. get manager’s support to participate as the role will require attending training/meetings and otherwise contributing to the work of the community that may require time away from your professional duties.
  5. pay for own travel expenses for training and networking events.
  6.  Time commitment of around one day a month for a year.

We want to create a community of practice that is a vibrant space for practitioners who otherwise might be isolated in their place of work to learn and grow together. As such we are looking for professionals who:

  1. can demonstrate a passion for and commitment to supporting women affected by multiple disadvantage.
  2. have recent experience of working with women affected by at least two of the following: violence against women and girls, including involvement in prostitution or sexual exploitation; mental distress; problematic substance use; homelessness; involvement in the criminal justice system.
  3. are currently employed or self-employed in a field directly related to women’s multiple disadvantage.
  4. are looking to develop their professional knowledge and skills around working with women affected by multiple disadvantage.
  5. have the potential to feed back their learning into their own organisation, and further to influence practice more broadly in their local area of work (with support).

By joining the community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage, we hope you will gain:

  1. enhanced knowledge about supporting women experiencing multiple disadvantage.
  2. a sense of community from being in touch with equally committed professionals from across in England and Wales
  3. involvement in a high profile national project, including the opportunity to shape national-level policy.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a member of the community of practice on women’s multiple disadvantage, please click on the link below:

application form 

 

All applications must be submitted online by 5pm on December 20th, 2017.

A full application pack can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions about the community of practice, please contact Jennifer Holly at the email address above or call 07379 484 925 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.