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Please read the role description and job specification and using the remainder of this form to evidence the skills, knowledge, achievements and experience you possess to perform the role.
Please use the spaces provided to answer the following questions.
Why do want to work for East London Borough Council Witness Support Service? (Including any future employment goals, how you heard about us, fulfilling a personal goal….)
I want to work for the East London Borough Council Witness Support because it is one of the premier organizations in UK which works with providing official and emotional support to witnesses before and during the trial. I first came across the organization when I was advised by an academic instructor to look into jobs providing witness support. The reason why I was advised to look for employment in that sector by an academic instructor was because I consulted her about looking for employment in a sector which would fit my skill set and interests. She suggested East London Borough Council Witness support and upon some independent research of my own, I understood that the company benefits and their approach towards providing support for legal witnesses falls exactly in line with my own aspirations and future career goal.
I want to work for this organisation not only because its principles are what I believe in as well, but also because I feel the work environment and job description of the work, I will do there will allow me to grow and thrive in that particular sector. Since I hope to work in witness support in the future, I hope to gain a lot of professional experience by working with the East Borough Council Witness Support Service.
2. Please tell us about the skills and experiences you have to offer which are relevant to the Volunteer Witness Support Worker position?
Even though I do not possess direct experience in the sector, I have worked in the volunteering sector before, teaching underprivileged children. I believe the skills used in the pursuit of that volunteer work and the experience gathered from there contributed greatly to my interest in becoming a witness support worker. Firstly, I have become sensitized to the needs of individuals who are vulnerable and in need of guidance. Most of the children that I worked with came from impoverished households and had been neglected with regards to their upbringing and education. More than an educator, they needed someone to guide them into realizing their goals in life and focusing on those goals. I endeavoured to create an atmosphere of trust and understanding when they would come to the centre, so that the children who come from troubled households could freely express themselves. I realised the work gave me a sense of fulfilment and I was deeply invested in providing the children with a safe environment. I believe this particular experience helped me realise the goal of wanting to work with witness support and I believe this particular job experience will also help me when I am working in that sector.
3. Please tell us about the skills and experiences you hope to further develop whilst working with the East London Borough Council Witness Support Service.?
I have been determined about working for an organization which offers witness support service early on. However, I understand that because I am still a student at a university with not as much industry experience, there are some skills which I still need to acquire. The most obvious is the potential to thoroughly learn about the legal process which the witness must be made aware of when they are brought into court. This forms a part of the witness support worker’s training when they first join the organisation. Because I am not yet a part of the organization, it is a training I am yet to receive.
Secondly, I believe I do not yet have direct relevant training in working with providing support to adults. I believe that provision of support and empathy while giving information is a skill that is universal. However, since I’ve only worked with children before this, I would like to be more involved in training adults to face legal jargon and questioning and presenting their statement with clarity. The coaching of adult witnesses is a skill that will require some training for me to become adept.
Thirdly, I hope to get training in the area of handline trauma victims, as it is possible that several of these individuals who wish to appear as witnesses have experienced and seen traumatic things. It is highly possible that they might be afraid to talk about it or they may be disturbed. Several times, the issue is that they are disturbed by what had happened and they had to witness. In the case of that, it is imperative that they get the kind of support which enables them to come out and speak out about it. This becomes important as the healing process of the individual is taking place not at a normal rate as is usually the case. It needs to take place at an accelerated pace because the legal system and justice is dependent on the timely deliverance of witness statements. In this case, the witness support worker should realise that they shoulder the immense responsibility of bringing about this course of action.
Please give the names of two people who can provide references about your ability to do this job and to work with vulnerable adults. If possible one referee should be your current or most recent employer, or a prison or probation officer. These are professional references so cannot be friends or relatives. You cannot use an East London Borough Council employee.
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