Independent Road Victim Advocate (IRVA) – North Yorkshire

Every week, about 200 people are killed or catastrophically injured in road crashes, and more die from respiratory illnesses due to traffic pollution. Brake is the leading charity urgently working to stop the carnage; and helping bereaved families and injured victims through our acclaimed National Road Victim Service.

Brake’s National Road Victim Service is a free, confidential, specialist service for anybody who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash or anyone who is supporting a road crash victim.

Working as part of our National Road Victim Service, we are looking for an experienced support professional to establish local face-to-face delivery in North Yorkshire, enabling us to case manage provision of immediate and early intervention care to victims of road death and serious and life-changing injury in the North Yorkshire police force area. This role is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.

As the Independent Road Victim Advocate (IRVA), you will be supporting people in a one-to-one setting within North Yorkshire, who have suffered traumatic bereavement or serious and life changing injury by a road crash. You will be required to do so in a highly sensitive and empathetic manner, providing emotional support alongside complex information and advocacy requiring high-level diplomacy skills. You will use a clinically and trauma-informed casework methodology approach to support provision, using risk and needs assessments, with support plans working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police and other local specialist support services.

This is a new role at the charity within our friendly and expert team. The successful applicant will be required to work 21.75 hours per week on set days within normal office hours. The role is for an initial 12-month contract and may be extended subject to funding. The successful candidate will need to be based in North Yorkshire and will need their own transport to travel across the county. The role will be subject to the latest COVID-19 restrictions with support provided over the phone or through virtual meetings when face-to-face support is not possible. The successful candidate will be required to go through a police vetting process due to the sensitive nature of the service delivered.

Principal duties will include:

You will have:

To apply:

Send your CV to Tracey Lister, National Road Victim Service Manager, tlister@brake.org.uk, accompanied by a 500-word covering letter outlining the experience and expertise you can bring to this role.

Due to the high volume of applications that Brake receives per position we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications or answer questions from applicants. If you have not been contacted by Friday 16 April, then you should assume you application has not been successful.

Due to the nature of Brake’s work, we cannot consider applications from traffic offenders.

Brake is an equal opportunity employer. Applications not in the specified format or submitted past the closing date will not be considered.