Specialist Support Worker

We have a new opportunity to join the thriving and dynamic SARSAS team as a Specialist Support Worker to work with women who have experienced rape or sexual violence and who may have multiple support needs (for example, drug and alcohol misuse, disabilities or mental health needs).

Our new Specialist Support Worker will work within the SARSAS team to deliver one-to-one Specialist Support Work (SSW) to women who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives. You will work to support survivors to achieve positive outcomes on health and wellbeing, safety, interpersonal relationships, empowerment and confidence, employment, training and education, community integration and involvement.

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 Specialist Support Worker, you will support and empower clients through advocacy and psychoeducational tools, enabling them to achieve positive outcomes in health and wellbeing, safety, interpersonal relationships, confidence, employment, and community integration. You will also carry out assessments for support and facilitate some group work.

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:

  • a recognised qualification or significant training and experience of working in a supportive and/or therapeutic way with women who have multiple support needs.
  • experience of building positive and empathic relationships with clients.
  • relevant experience of making comprehensive assessments and understanding referral pathways.
  • experience of multi-disciplinary working, working alongside statutory services such as mental health teams, polices and social services.
  • experience of facilitating group work and/or peer support.
  • experience of advocating on behalf of 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
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 Specialist Support Worker role and Pathway Navigator role, 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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