Job title: Domestic Abuse Safeguarding PC
Grade: Constable
Role code: EPCN064
Status: Police
Home Office code: Operational
Limited Duties Category: E - Non-op/No Vrbl or Physl

Main purpose of the role:

The CRU primary function is to assess the risk experienced by victims of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adult Abuse (including Stalking & Harassment and Honour Based Abuse) and to implement victim focused safeguarding options to reduce that risk. This may include visits to the most vulnerable and overseeing the safeguarding response. The DAST also liaises closely with response and investigative staff across Local Police Areas (LPAs) to participate in the management of risk posed by perpetrators. The Central Referral Unit (CRU) will provide a central point of contact for police. It will ensure that domestic abuse ( DA) referrals are accurately recorded, graded, fully researched and relevant information shared with social service departments and other relevant agencies. All DA incidents will be referred to the CRU staff/officers by FCR. CRU will ensure the DV1 is input correctly onto PROtect/Athena.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide dynamic incident support, driving others to fulfil their duties in relation to incidents and allegations of abuse. This may include briefings to Officers, FCR Operators and other tactical advice to support investigations.
  • Dynamic and reactive risk assessment of victims and perpetrators (incl children and third parties) and interact with victims, perpetrators & third parties in person and over the phone.
  • Prevention of repeat victimisation, provision of support to victims, signposting to other agencies and the formation of a safety plan (high risk domestic abuse cases).
  • Liaison and information sharing with internal and external agencies, partners, departments and other police forces in respect of safeguarding victims, children and vulnerable adults, for example Child Abuse Investigation Teams (CAIT) & Public Protection Unit Sex Offender monitoring (DOMG).
  • Gather information and update the intelligence system, research and update PROtect and prepare reports maintaining audit trails and performance monitoring information.
  • Referral of high risk and persistent offenders for tasking and coordinating processes Operation Shield and risk management conferences (RMCs).

Updated June 2014

Necessary experience:

It will desirable for the post holder to have experience working within the criminal justice system or specifically in the field of domestic abuse and to have knowledge of the risk identification, assessment and management tool; DASH 2009 (Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment and Honour Based Abuse) and a general understanding of the roles of a wide range of statutory, specialist domestic abuse and voluntary agencies involved in the safeguarding of children and adults.

DASOs represent a significant safeguard to those people suffering Domestic Abuse, Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Honour Based Abuse, amounting to a specialist role. This is a difficult and demanding role with a high level of accountability and the postholder will experience difficult and often harrowing circumstances.

The post holder will be based within the Public Protection Central Referral Unit at Police HQ. The county cover of the centralised DAST function requires great flexibility and a sense of functional responsibility beyond the local level. The post holder may be required to represent the Force at MARAC meetings and will be required to engage in other multi agency working.

The postholder will work a shift pattern that includes weekends, covering 0800 to 2200 The postholder must be able to drive, work alone and within a team.

The postholder will be subject to management vetting as per policy P70/06. Vetting clearance is a pre-requisite of employment in designated posts and the postholder will be subject to a vetting assessment every 12 months. National Security vetting clearances are reviewed every 5 years.

Behaviours:

Analyse Critically (Level 1)

I recognise the need to think critically about issues. I value the use of analysis and testing in policing. I take in information quickly and accurately. I am able to separate information and decide whether it is irrelevant or relevant and its importance. I solve problems proactively by understanding the reasons behind them, using learning from evidence and my experiences to take action. I refer to procedures and precedents as necessary before making decisions. I weigh up the pros and cons of possible actions, thinking about potential risks and using this thinking to inform our decisions. I recognise gaps and inconsistencies in information and think about the potential implications. I make decisions in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.

Collaborative (Level 1)

I work cooperatively with others to get things done, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. I am approachable, and explain things well so that I generate a common understanding. I take the time to get to know others and their perspective in order to build rapport. I treat people with respect as individuals and address their specific needs and concerns. I am open and transparent in my relationships with others. I ensure I am clear and appropriate in my communications.

Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 1)

I take on challenging tasks to help to improve the service continuously and support my colleagues. I understand how my work contributes to the wider police service. I understand it is part of my collective responsibility to deliver efficient services. I take personal responsibility for making sure that I am working effectively to deliver the best service, both individually and with others. I am conscientious in my approach, working hard to provide the best service and to overcome any obstacles that could prevent or hinder delivery. I support the efficient use of resources to create the most value and to deliver the right impact. I keep up to date with changes in internal and external environments. I am a role model for the behaviours I expect to see in others and I act in the best interests of the public and the police service.

Emotionally Aware (Level 1)

I treat others with respect, tolerance and compassion. I acknowledge and respect a range of different perspectives, values and beliefs within the remit of the law. I remain calm and think about how to best manage the situation when faced with provocation. I understand my own emotions and I know which situations might affect my ability to deal with stress and pressure. I ask for help and support when I need it. I understand the value that diversity offers. I communicate in clear and simple language so that I can be easily understood by others. I seek to understand the thoughts and concerns of others even when they are unable to express themselves clearly.

Innovative and Open-minded (Level 1)

I demonstrate an openness to changing ideas, perceptions and ways of working. I share suggestions with colleagues, speaking up to help improve existing working methods and practices. I constantly reflect on my own way of working and periodically review processes and procedures for continuous improvements. I adapt to change and am flexible as the need arises while encouraging others to do the same. I learn from my experiences and do not let myself be unduly influenced by preconceptions.

Take Ownership (Level 1)

I actively identify and respond to problems. I approach tasks with enthusiasm, focusing on public service excellence. I regularly seek feedback to understand the quality of my work and the impact of my behaviour. I recognise where I can help others and willingly take on additional tasks to support them, where appropriate. I give feedback to others that I make sure is understandable and constructive. I take responsibility for my own actions, I fulfil my promises and do what I say I will. I will admit if I have made a mistake and take action to rectify this. I demonstrate pride in representing the police service. I understand my own strengths and areas for development and take responsibility for my own learning to address gaps.

Values:

Impartiality (Accredited)

I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.

Integrity (Accredited)

I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.

Public Service (Accredited)

I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.

Transparency (Accredited)

I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.

Technical skills:

Crime Investigation (Level 4)

Able to recognise potential conflicts of interest between solicitors and suspects. Effectively plans and prepares work in order to progress investigatons. Analyses results obtained from interviews etc., in order to identify further offences, offenders and lines of enquiry. Has a comprehensive understanding of identification policies, procedures and their applications. Submits high quality reports and case files within time limits. Has an appreciation of the operating practices of the intelligence unit.

ECYPM (Level 4)

Develops appropriate professional relationships with children and young people. Has an awareness and basic knowledge, where appropriate, of the most current legislation. Has the confidence to actively represent the child or young person and his or her rights. Understands the necessity of information sharing within the context of children and young people's wellbeing and safety. Understands the different forms and extent of abuse and their impact on children's development. Able to recognise when a child or young person is in danger or at risk of harm, and take action to protect them. Knows when and how to discuss concerns with parents and carers. Understands the roles of other agencies, local procedures on child protection and variations in use of terminology.

Forensic - Crime Scene Management (Level 4)

Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of a broad range of forensic science services and of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures. Can identify and has practical experience of off-setting scene parameters, securing the scene, identifying, clearing and marking a common approach path. Is aware of the need to control access to the scene and is confident in enforcing this control. Understands the responsibilities of others within a scene and is able to advise colleagues as necessary.

Health and Safety (Level 3)

Has a basic understanding of Health and Safety issues affecting the current role and working environment. Takes responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others. Aware of hazards and reports problems identified to line manager. Understands and minimises the physical risk of injury through the use of proper manual handling procedures.

Information Gathering and Analysis (Level 4)

Is able to identify reliable and appropriate sources of information and select methods of gathering information which are efficient and effective. Has a working knowledge of legislation and policy relevant to the collection, recording, storage and distribution of information.

Information Management and Technology (Level 4)

Can conduct basic computer searches and can correctly interpret data generated. Can create and amend records, according to role requirement. Knows established rules and protocols. Understands impact of data quality, and is self-monitoring on data quality issues.

Interviewing - General (Level 3)

Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.

Interviewing - Witnesses (Level 4)

Able to interview vulnerable victims and child witnesses. Considers the best environment in which to interview and consults with outside agencies. Able to effectively conduct video interviews.

Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 4)

Has a thorough understanding of all legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Able to apply this and offer advice to colleagues as necessary.

Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 4)

Full compliance with Level 3. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents and has working understanding of appropriate National Retention Schedules. Is able to quality assure own records management processes as well as those of any staff for whom they have supervisory responsibility. Is aware of where to seek further support in relation to Records management within force when necessary. If nominated as an Information Asset Assistant is familiar with the NPCC Information Asset Owners Handbook.

Risk Management (Level 3)

Demonstrates an awareness of personal risk management issues, challenges or difficulties likely to affect the post holder in the execution of their duties. Able to anticipate risks likely to affect their work and knows how to communicate the likelihood and possible impacts of such events to line managers or supervisors.

Victim Support (Level 4)

Good working knowledge of victim support techniques both internal and external to the organisation. Able to support victims and other interested parties during an investigation which may lead to a court case. Able to act as an advisor for other staff on support services available.

Vulnerable Victims (Level 5)

Familiar with the requirement to maintain police records and/or produce statistical returns regarding all forms of vulnerable victims. Maintains an overview of such matters with social services and any other interested parties in order to assist the CPS at Court when a prosecution or care proceedings are initiated.