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We Are Recruiting

We are now recruiting for two new posts:

  • Trauma Psychotherapist (Part Time 10hrs Per Week)
  • Therapeutic Support Worker (Part Time 15 hours Per Week)

The closing date for the first post is Friday 15th May at 12 Noon. The second post has a delayed start date of August/September, and thus the closing date is tbc, but we are encouraging early applications.

To receive a full recruitment pack, including job description, person specification and application form, please email: CVs will not be accepted.

Please note only women need apply under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Shetland Rape Crisis has announced that it has received new funding for 2020/21 from the Scottish Government’s Survivors of Childhood Abuse Support fund, with potentially four years of funding, subject to yearly budgets and approval by Scottish Ministers. This will enable the creation of two new part-time posts aimed at supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Isles.

Lisa Ward, Service Manager at Shetland Rape Crisis, said: “We are incredibly grateful that the Scottish Government has recognised the need for this addition to our service.

“Our experience is that this issue is disproportionate in our community, with around 40% of our service users stating that they were first affected by sexual violence below the age of 16.

“This funding will enable us to deliver crucial specialist trauma psychotherapy and emotional support to existing service users affected by CSA, those waiting to access support, and those looking to seek support in the future.”

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport approved the new £10 million fund, with awards distributed to 29 organisations across Scotland working with survivors of CSA.

The fund replaces the Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund, which ended on 31 March 2020, and aims to address waiting lists for support, improve quality standards, and encourage partnership working amongst third sector providers and statutory services.

Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman said: “Childhood abuse devastates lives and this fund will help charities and support organisations to continue to offer high quality care to those who need it most.

“As we continue to take measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that survivors do not feel they have to struggle on their own.”

In Shetland, the funding will go towards a 10 hour Trauma Psychotherapist post and a 15 hour Therapeutic Support Worker.

SRC said it planned to advertise for these posts straight away and hoped to appoint the Trauma Psychotherapist in June or July this year, and the Therapeutic Support Worker after summer. Both workers would have to be able to work remotely as required.

Ms Ward said: “Due to our rural, islanded location, sexual violence in Shetland tends even more towards the domestic, the private, and unseen violence in families and close relationships, including CSA. Our experience as a service is that CSA remains a very pressing issue in Shetland, and an issue that many are still unable to talk about due to shame and stigma.”

She also stressed that, throughout the COVID-19 public health protection measures, the service remains open and providing support to all survivors of sexual violence (age 13+) in Shetland, no matter when it happened.

She added: “The vast majority of people who experience sexual violence are affected by someone known to them, often within their own family or by their own partner/spouse. This means that some people in Shetland, including children and young people, are currently stuck at home with their perpetrators for a prolonged and indefinite time and therefore may be experiencing increased ongoing abuse.

“In addition, even for survivors whose immediate home situation is safe, the lack of access to normal coping mechanisms and stabilising factors such as spending time with friends and family, working alongside others, working out at the gym, and other group hobbies and clubs, means that people are struggling with their mental health and experiencing more symptoms of trauma such as flashbacks, anxiety, and dissociation.

“We are still here for you and can support you remotely over VC, phone, message, and email.”

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Centre Number: 01595 747 174

RCS Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (6pm-midnight)


About Shetland Rape Crisis

Shetland Rape Crisis provides free and confidential information, advocacy and support to anyone (aged 13+) in Shetland, of any gender, affected by any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. This includes survivors of sexual violence and their friends, partners and families

We also provide advice and support to staff in other agencies who are working with survivors so they can provide a good response to survivors of sexual violence.

We also aim to prevent sexual violence by raising awareness, challenging myths and campaigning.

Sexual violence is any form of sexual contact that you don’t freely agree to. This includes everything from sexual harassment (either in person or digital), unwanted touching and sexual comments, sexual assault, rape, and the sharing of intimate images against your will.

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