Safer Places
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Safer Places Careers and Employment

About the company

  • CEO
    Janet Dalrymple
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  • Company size
    51 to 200
  • Industry
  • Headquarters
    16-20 Bush House Bush Fa...
  • Link
    Safer Places website

Safer Places is an independent domestic abuse service with over 40 years of experience and has been recognised as delivering excellent services to adults and children affected by Domestic Abuse across Essex (including Southend and Thurrock) and Hertfordshire.

Domestic abuse and social isolation rob people of their confidence, self-esteem and their hope for the future. We work comprehensively with those who have experienced domestic abuse to help them recover, to empower them, to rebuild their lives and to go on and achieve for themselves things they might once have thought impossible.

Safer Places are passionate about diversity and equality and will do all that we can to ensure that everyone who needs our services can use them. We offer services for both men and women as well as having LGBT trained staff. We will arrange interpreters for people who do not speak English as their first language if we do not have a member of staff who can speak that language. We can also accommodate people who have disabilities and require ongoing care.

The people who use our service are at the heart of our organisation and we aim to work closely with them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future for themselves and their children.

We provide either community support or support within one of our refuges. We offer a wide range of services which anyone affected by domestic abuse can access. This includes legal advice, counselling, specialist advice and guidance regarding the circumstances that people may be facing.

We also run the Triple R programme, a CBT based programme written and developed by Safer Places in collaboration with other experts in the areas of Domestic Abuse, Trauma and Children, which helps victims and survivors recognise the abuse and its impact on them, as well as allowing them to recover and develop resilience for a safer future. This programme has been evaluated by University of Worchester the Centre for Violence Prevention.

Here are just a couple of the quotes from our clients who have attended the programme:

“I still feel I’m learning all the signs of abuse and it’s making me stronger and helping me stick to my decisions.”

“Most important the sessions have equipped me with the knowledge to help me avoid entering into a similar negative and damaging relationship in the future.”

We also offer excellent training and employability within a safe and nurturing environment where learners can develop new skills, gain qualifications and get the support and help they need to be able to go on to further education or employment.

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Salary estimated from 68 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed.

Rating overview

Rating is calculated based on 20 reviews and is evolving.



Staff in Essex
on 4 June 2019
Dedicated staff, but the organisation is disorganised

The people you work with at Safer places, as well as helping clients, is by far the best part of the role. However, the organisation lets itself down in the way that it operates, leaving staff feeling overworked, unappreciated and underpaid. All the staff that I worked with are dedicated to helping clients, but because the company does not invest in the individual, the staff turnover is high as there are similar organisations around with a better workplace culture. Whilst updates are given by senior management on operational matters, they are often sporadic and can sometimes leave you feeling more confused.

Domestic violence family practioner in Essex
on 17 June 2020
Very stressful and not appreciated no matter what you do

I loved my job it was so satisfying but could not recommend working for this company as it doesn’t matter how much you do management will not recognise you.

Typical day at work was in refuge which was brilliant.

The hardest part of job was breaking up disputes, and working all hrs until late and then being questioned by management and told off and possibly not be paid because you had gone over your allocated hours.

There was a 4 month period of no manager or guidance also managers were always leaving. Employment of people with no experience.

Contracts and Compliance Assistant in Harlow, Essex
on 4 March 2020
Lovely people and pleasant workplace

I learnt so much with Safer Places and met some amazing people.

It was stressful at times, however overall I felt part of a team and had a good support network

I loved my job and the people I worked along side, was very sad to have been made redundant and had to leave

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate in Harlow
on 20 November 2019

Management was very very poor.

Left without a manager for months

You can voice your concerns, but it will never be listened to or put into action.

However some staff are very supportive

Support worker full time in Essex
on 7 August 2019
Great place to work

As a Domestic Violence Professional I love working for Safer Places . It is hard work but very rewarding . Its great to work somewhere where you are encouraged to develop and use our skills and qualifications and to gain new ones . I have worked in this sector for a number of years and have never worked anywhere where I have felt so supported. The senior managers are very approachable and encourage staff to be involved in making changes that improve services . The Director of Operations is inspirational . The hardest part of the job is having to fight with mental health services to get the help some people need . A typical day is busy but enjoyable and there is a of work satisfaction and great team work .

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