Work for SafeLives

“This is a talented, committed team. They know about domestic abuse, and the absolute horror it causes, but they also know they can do something about it.   Something that works. Something that changes lives. I'm bursting with pride to be a part of that.”


Want to work with us to end domestic abuse, for good? Join us at SafeLives.

Work for us

Working at SafeLives is more than just a job. Every member of our staff team knows that their work has a direct impact on making more families safe from domestic abuse.

If you believe in our vision of a UK where every family is safe, do consider applying to work with us. This page will be updated with all our current vacancies as they arise.  Our work affects entire families and we welcome applications from women and men and actively seek applications that reflect the diversity of the UK.

Work with us

SafeLives' associate consultants work with us to deliver exciting projects across the country. We're always on the look out for new consultants to join our team - if you're interested in becoming a SafeLives associate, get in touch.

SafeLives is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and associated parties to share this commitment.


Current vacancies

Head of Public Affairs and Policy

Reports to: Director of External Relations

Contract: 9 months (maternity cover)

Salary: £40,000 pro rata

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday). Part time and other flexible working arrangements are also available.

Location: London, with regular travel to other locations around the UK, including our Bristol office

Benefits: A generous package including 30 days holiday a year, employee pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, cycle-to-work scheme

Purpose of role

Our public affairs work is changing the national conversation about domestic abuse, with both national and locally based elected representatives and the officials and colleagues who work alongside them. Our Head of Public Affairs and Policy ensures that those with the ability to make change, because of the funding or policy making role they hold, understand SafeLives’ mission and what our data, practice expertise and the voice of survivors is telling us about how to stop domestic abuse in the UK. In this role, offered as maternity cover, you will develop our policy influencing capacity and support our national roll-out of ground-breaking interventions to stop domestic abuse. You will also take responsibility for enhancing our reputation and supporting programmes across the organisation, including our consultancy practice, paid products and training and advice, and support to professionals.

You will be an experienced public affairs specialist with a background in policy influencing and extensive contacts. You will build relationships between SafeLives and its key public affairs audiences to enhance our influence, reputation and profile both locally and nationally, and maintain really great relationships with those who currently call on our existing Head of Public Affairs and Policy for advice and input.

You will be joining the organisation at a pivotal moment. Following consultation on its draft Domestic Abuse Bill, the Westminster Government expects to begin pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill in the autumn, introducing it to Parliament in the new session in 2019. New legislation on coercive control has also just been passed in Scotland. SafeLives has a significant interest in both of these pieces of legislation, both in its own right and in partnership with many others with whom you will need to work closely and effectively.

We welcome staff members who have themselves had an experience of domestic abuse, either directly or indirectly, whether they choose to discuss this openly or not.

How to apply

If this challenge sounds as exciting to you as it does to us and you believe you have the qualities we have described, please take a look over the job description and apply via the link below by 10.00am on Thursday 5th July 2018. First interviews will take place in London, exact to dates to be confirmed.

No agencies please

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Trusts & Grants Officer

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Salary:             £24 – 31,000 (plus £3000 London weighting as appropriate)

Location:          Bristol or Central London with travel between the two

Contract:          Maternity Cover (9 Months)

About SafeLives:

We are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse in the UK. Our mission is simple – to make sure all people affected by domestic abuse can live safely. We emerged from an urgent need to find better ways to help victims. We combine support for local services with evidence-based interventions; we hold the largest dataset on domestic abuse in the UK and use this to inform national policy.

It is a really exciting time to join us. We are brimming with ambition.

About the role:

In this role you will be joining an established Trusts & Grants function to increase our capacity to work with trusts and foundations through developing new relationships with prospective funders as well as deliver brilliant stewardship to all of our current funders.

Although short term, we are looking for someone ambitious, who enjoys building relationships, has excellent writing skills, and loves working as part of a busy team. You will have the opportunity to manage your own portfolio of funders, and to learn more about domestic abuse and the ways we are working to end it at SafeLives.

Using your creativity and enthusiasm you will help us to grow our grant income to support our range of exciting new projects; develop new ways to articulate our ‘case for support’ to funders, and show them the impact of their support on the lives of survivors of domestic abuse. We are looking for you to evidence your excellent interpersonal and analytical/research skills and your proven ability to work to and meet targets. You will also support the wider SafeLives team to understand and engage with fundraising, embedding it in the culture of the organisation.

If you can demonstrate your experience of effectively managing funder relationships, or similar account management, alongside your experience of working in a target-driven environment. We would love to hear from you.

How to apply

If this challenge sounds as exciting to you as it does to us and you believe you have the qualities we have described, please visit look over the job description, and submit your CV and covering statement via the link below. The statement should be no more than 500 words and will detail your interest in the role and highlight your relevant experience. Applications should be returned by 10:00am on Friday 6th July 2018. First round interviews will take place W/c 16th July 2018.

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