Unseen is a leading UK anti-slavery charity with one aim: to end slavery. We seek to do this through supporting, educating and influencing others. We believe modern slavery is a heinous crime against those most vulnerable in our society. It is an issue that seeps into all walks of life and requires a collaborative effort to prevent it from continuing to destroy the lives of women, men and children across the UK and beyond.
We are looking for an Accommodation Support Officer (ASO) to work at one of Unseen’s safe-houses; these are accommodation services for men and women who have been identified as victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Please note this post is exempt of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, applicants must be female.
The ASO role is to ensure all health and safety requirements in the safe house are met on a day to day basis and that all house protocols and policies are adhered to. The ASO will also ensure the safety and security of survivors, will welcome and settle in new residents and help survivors with their support plans as they work towards their goals. ASOs will also support the management of risk both at the safehouse and for survivors. ASOs will work to create a friendly and supportive environment for residents with a focus on communal activities with survivors.
You will need to demonstrate your ability to fulfil the criteria from the job description. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
The deadline for applications is Monday 6th December and interviews will take place during the week of 13th December.
Thank you for your interest in this vacancy which you can download below. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and recognise the value that diversity adds to our work and organisation. We encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in this area of our workforce.
Any queries, please email email@example.com.
As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.
For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.
I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.
What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.
But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.
I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.
This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.
When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.