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VACANCY: Young Survivors' Practitioner



(Recruitment Pack includes Service Information, Job Description, Person Specification & Application Form)

  • Closing date: Friday 3rd February 2023 @ Midnight
  • Interviews: Week 13th February 2023 (may be subject to change).
  • Salary: £34,073 pro rata inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance.
  • Hours: 20-21 hours per week, to be agreed with successful applicant.
  • Reporting to: Year 1: Service Manager. Years 2 & 3: TBC.
  • Location: The Compass Centre, Lerwick, Shetland.
  • Holiday Entitlement: 30 Days plus 12 Public Holidays (pro rata).
  • Pension: Employer contribution at 8% to pension fund.
  • Contracted to: This post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, made possible by National Lottery players, until 31st March 2026. Contracts will be issued annually upon confirmation of funding, which is expected to be successful.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Shetland Rape Crisis team, working in The Compass Centre in Lerwick, Shetland. We provide free and confidential information, support, counselling, and advocacy to any non-abusive person in Shetland, of any gender (age 13+), who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their life. We are an intersectional feminist and trauma-skilled organisation, and the successful candidate will be supported to learn and grow in their own practice and values-base.


Job Purpose

  • This project is funded until 31st March 2026 and has a focus on the development, design and delivery of services and resources for young, non-abusive survivors (aged 13-25), of all genders, who have been affected by sexual harm.
  • In year one, the practitioner will lead on and evidence the development of pathways and resources for young survivors in all three strands of our frontline work: Support Service, Advocacy Service and Counselling Service. These will be co-developed in consultation with young survivors, young Shetlanders, and other key stakeholders as identified by the practitioner, their line manager, and the team at The Compass Centre.
  • In years two and three, after induction and training in the Rape Crisis Scotland Service Standards and Support Model, the practitioner will then join the Survivor-Facing Team and become responsible for delivering support to survivors accessing The Compass Centre’s services, in line with the new pathways and resources, as well as The Compass Centre’s existing policies and procedures.


Please note only women need apply under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and applications are welcomed from women of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic women, LGBT women, and disabled women. We also encourage applications from survivors and ex-service users, but please be aware that we can only accept applications from ex-service users at The Compass Centre who have been more than a year out of service. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from current service users. If this applies to you, please email about joining our ex-service user’s advisory group, OWL.


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