Men’s Aid Ireland CLG – Munster Region: Court Clinic support worker.
Employer: Men’s Aid Ireland CLG
Location of Employment: Munster – Limerick / Cork Court House
The Role: Court Clinic supporting male victims
Reporting to: Social Care Team Manager
Hours: Two days per week
Our role in supporting victims of domestic abuse is provided in law, in particular Criminal Justice, Victims of Crime Act 2017 and Domestic Violence Act 2018.
Our Court Clinic support worker provides:
- Support and Listening
- Develop Trust
- Promote confidence with victims
- Support Safety options
- Help navigate Court systems
- Inform Victims of their rights
- Explain Court protective orders
The men we support are already living with the trauma of domestic violence so stress and anxiety levels are often at heightened levels. The role of the Court Clinic Support worker is to support the man emotionally and relieve some of his anxieties by explaining the process involved in obtaining court orders, and guiding the man through the required court procedures and legal jargon. We offer emotional and practical support to the man both before and after court date and explain follow up options and obligations.
Main Duties include:
- To provide legal information on family law issues, domestic violence orders and court procedures.
- To support clients around safety planning and legal matters in relation to domestic violence orders.
- Provide referrals to other organisations/sources of support.
- Provide information about victim’s rights and information on relevant court orders.
- Maintain all records and files in line with Men’s Aid procedures, policies and guidelines.
- To adhere to Men’s Aid Child Protection policy and make child protection referrals if necessary.
- To stay up to date on the changes of policies, legislation and additional supports available within the area of domestic violence, and attend all in-house training when required.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Court clinic support workers most importantly will be able to provide a non-judgmental listening ear while adhering to the boundaries of the role. Empathy & confidentiality are most important and awareness of and adherence to the boundaries of the role.
- Empathy and a willingness to support male victims of domestic violence
- Excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills
- Flexibility, reliability and willingness to travel
- Ability to work independently on their own initiative and as part of a team
- Possesses the ability to work in very busy or quiet environments
- Ability to follow guidelines and represent the organisation in a positive manner
- Previous experience in key working/court accompaniment with vulnerable clients an advantage
- Full driving license and access to a car essential
The ideal candidate would have:
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience within the area of domestic violence
- Previous experience as a court accompaniment worker
- Knowledge of the workings of family court, domestic violence orders, access, guardianship, custody and other basic family law matters
Interested candidates please submit your CV with cover letter to HR@mensaid.ie
Closing date for applications is Thursday 1st June 2023.
Men’s Aid Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.