Counsel to Secure Justice (“CSJ”) is a non-profit organization in Delhi, India that aspires for people impacted by sexual abuse and other forms of violence in India to have access to justice systems that repair harm, empower the vulnerable and reconcile broken relationships, keeping each survivor’s needs central to the process.
CSJ provides legal and psychosocial support during criminal proceedings to children who have been sexually harmed. Long term, we are pivoting our focus towards implementing restorative justice solutions that repair harm from sexual abuse and empower more people to come forward about sexual abuse.
The Clinical Social Worker will directly support survivors of child sexual abuse and their families during the criminal justice process. The person will provide emotional support, identify psychosocial needs and connect clients with service providers to meet those needs. The position assignment is based in New Delhi, India. The position reports to the Casework Manager.
- Manage a full caseload of clients to support them during criminal proceedings and child protection hearings and ensure they are connected with psychosocial support services
- Visit children and their families to learn about a case and understand if it meets case acceptance criteria
- Assess client needs arising from sexual harm and develop and monitor a care plan to meet those needs
- Be assigned as a Support Person and attend CWC hearings to advocate for client’s best interests
- Assist lawyers to help clients collect interim and final victim compensation from government schemes
- Assist lawyers in preparing clients and families (if applicable) to testify at trial
- Attend court hearings and support clients when they give statements and testify
- Conduct client and family experience surveys to understand their interactions with the criminal justice system and obtain feedback on legal and psychosocial support services
- Document information about client cases in a consistent, accurate, comprehensive and timely manner
- Participate in regular casework meetings to discuss case progress and strategy and client needs
- Build relationships and network with support service providers that provide medical, mental health, legal, financial compensation, protective shelter, education and other needs arising from sexual harm.
- Proactively engage government authorities, especially Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members, to gain influence that furthers client cases
- Strictly adhere to ethical guidelines when representing clients and collaborating with government authorities and stakeholder partners
Required qualifications and attributes
- Masters of Social Work, Masters of Psychology or related degree required
- At least one year field work experience; direct services experience within child protection system preferred
- Proficient in Microsoft Office or similar software and database systems
- Demonstrated commitment to the poor and vulnerable sections of society
- Committed to restorative justice principles and implementing ideals in the justice system
- Excellent comprehension of written and spoken English and Hindi
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging, sometimes hostile, environment
- Uncompromising insistence on truth, integrity and excellence in work
- Persistent, bold, yet diplomatic, when interacting with people and completing assignments
- Willingness to learn and stretch oneself beyond comfort levels
- Ability to adapt to the changing environment of a growing organization
- Commitment to meeting deadlines and achieving results under pressure