Decision details

Appointment of two Independent Domestic Violence Advisers for 6 months

Decision Maker: Managing Director Children and Young People (DCS)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To secure additional Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) capacity for a period of 6 months by extending an additional fixed term IDVA post for 6 months from 1/10/23 and recruiting an agency IDVA for 6 months.
These will increase the team’s capacity to provide support to high-risk victims of domestic abuse. The service currently has high caseloads, due to both high demand and sickness absence within the team. The additional staff will therefore provide capacity to meet current demand.
The increased capacity will also enable planned changes to be implemented to the operation of the domestic abuse team, which will increase the support offered to victims at lower levels of risk with the intention of reducing the numbers escalating to high risk – and therefore lowering demand. The temporary additional capacity will therefore enable the implementation of the new operational model


RESOLVED - That: an existing fixed term IDVA post be extended for 6 months from 1/10/23 and and an agency IDVA be recruited for 6 months

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 - Do not create this additional temporary capacity.
Option 2 create the additional temporary capacity

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Do not create this additional temporary capacity

Other reasons / organisations consulted


Contact: Bruce Penhale, Head of Stronger Communities Service Email: 0161 770 0740 Email:

Publication date: 13/09/2023

Date of decision: 30/08/2023

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