Pathway Navigator

We have a new opportunity to join the thriving and dynamic SARSAS team as a Pathway Navigator to work with adults who have experienced rape or sexual violence and who may have multiple support needs. You will carry out trauma-informed assessments with new clients to ascertain their best options for support, whether internal or external.

Our Pathway Navigator will support and empower our clients through needs assessment, liaison, advocacy, and signposting, enabling them to feel heard and receive the best possible support.

Salary: £26,975 per annum (full time equivalent)
Hours: 22.5 hours per week
Location: Bristol or Taunton with up to 30% of hours per week working from home
Benefits: 5% employer pension contribution, 27 days annual leave (pro-rata) plus bank holidays, paid sick leave
Contract: permanent

Closing date: midnight on Tuesday 20th February 2024

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1)

About the role

As our Pathway Navigator you will provide a trauma-informed telephone, video, and face-to-face triage service for victim-survivors referred to SARSAS, including self-referrals. You will ensure initial needs and risks are assessed and understood. Where appropriate, you will carry out short term risk management and safety planning. You will also provide information about what support services are available and refer/facilitate access to internal, or external support services.

You will work alongside the Pathway Co-ordinator to support and train the wider team in undertaking triage assessments, as well as considering and implementing ways to improve the pathway and assessment processes.

About you

You will have experience of working with people who have experienced trauma and understand the complexities of working with clients with multiple support needs. You will be passionate about working with survivors of sexual violence, have a working knowledge of the impacts of trauma and an understanding of the barriers clients may face in accessing support.

Role requirements:

  • experience of working with victim/survivors who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
  • significant experience and training in undertaking assessments, including needs, risk, safeguarding needs assessment.
  • significant training and experience of advocating on behalf of clients.
  • a recognised qualification or significant training/experience of working in a supportive and/or therapeutic way with adults with a range of multiple support needs.
  • experience of building positive and empathic relationships with clients.


SARSAS exists to relieve the trauma and distress and help rebuild the lives of victim-survivors who live in Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and BANES, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. We campaign and educate to raise awareness and bring an end to sexual violence. Partnership work with a variety of agencies locally and nationally is a priority to enable social change.

We work to feminist principles: this underpins both what our service is and how it is run. Our work is guided by a trauma-informed approach that understands how traumatic experiences can impact victim-survivors and keeps an awareness of their effects at the forefront of our approach to support.

Watch our 2021 GSK Impact Awards Winners video for a taster of the work we do.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

At SARSAS we strive to create a workplace that reflect the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We want to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates diverse voices. We actively encourage applicants with protected characteristics to apply.

We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to recruitment and selection whilst ensuring there is no discrimination in our processes and that our team and prospective employees are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made to accommodate additional requirements. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process. For more information, contact or call 0117 929 9556.

How to apply

Download and read the job description and person specification

Download and complete the application form

Return your completed application to by midnight on Tuesday 20th February 2024

Interview dates: Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March 2024 Please ensure you are available for an interview on these dates. Interviews will be held in person in our Bristol office, but please indicate in your application if this is not possible so we can consider an alternative.

If you are interested in applying for both the Pathway Navigator role and the Specialist Support Worker, please complete separate application forms for both roles. If selected for interview, we will consider interviewing for both roles at the same time.

If you have any questions, please email or ring our Bristol office on 0117 929 9556 and speak to Sarah Alloway, HR Officer.

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