Vacancies at Respect

Vacancies in the Domestic Violence Sector

‘Sessional Risk Assessor at DVIP’s Family Court Team’

No closing date we are happy to receive applications as and when

Post location – at our base in SE1 4RF but may also involve assessing clients at local authority venues in London.

Pay – Hourly rate of £30. Working hours are not fixed, can be during the evening or during the day as per client’s and assessor’s availability.

Please submit CV + cover letter evidencing qualifications and knowledge to, with the subject “applying for role of sessional assessor”

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Job Description

Conducting risk assessment and related work directly with clients including:

  1. Undertaking risk assessment and vulnerability assessment interviews with perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse according to DVIP’s protocols and agreements with Social Services.
  2. Preparing and filing assessment reports.
  3. Undertaking interim and final assessments of risk on the same client where appropriate.
  4. Attending court if required


  1. Assessors must have a graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology or social work).
  2. Assessors must have successfully completed post-graduate training (to diploma standard or above) or in-house training to an equivalent standard in an area relevant to their expert role.


  1. Assessors must be familiar with the dominant themes in the domestic violence literature (prevalence, implications of gender and social class, typologies, parental alienation etc); in particular, assessors must have an understanding of the nature and dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on women and children and demonstrate this in their assessments.
  2. Assessors must have a basic understanding of the legal and procedural framework of public and private law family court work (key statutes, standards of proof, findings of fact etc), and of the criminal justice system.
  3. Assessors must be familiar with the basic principles of risk assessment and with the limitations of existing risk assessment instruments and technology.
  4. Assessors must be familiar with the leading domestic violence risk assessment approaches
  5. Assessors must have an understanding of child development insofar as it relates to the assessment process, and a working knowledge of child protection procedures.
  6. Assessors must be familiar with the advantages and limitations of treatment approaches available for working with those who perpetrate domestic violence, including psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational interventions.
  7. Assessors must be familiar with the range of services provided by contact centres, and aware of the risks to children and their resident carer associated with both direct and indirect child contact.
  8. The assessor should be able to evidence their expertise in working with domestic violence offenders, preferably in both assessment and treatment settings.

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