Sexual Offences Examiner
The Havens are London's Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) based in Camberwell, Paddington and Whitechapel. We support victims of sexual assault in the immediate aftermath of rape, from forensic evidence and medico-legal work through sexual health, counselling, psychology, advocacy and other specialist support.
We have a strong partnership with the Metropolitan Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command but we also provide the full range of support services to clients who choose not to report to police.
The major responsibility of the post holder will be to carry out forensic medical examinations to survivors of rape/sexual assault who either self-refer or are referred via the police or other agencies.
The post holder will undertake sexual offence examiner clinical duties, which will include providing a forensic medical examination to victims of sexual assault, some of whom present with complex needs and may be very traumatised. Forensic medical examinations must be carried out in a manner which minimises further distress. These are detailed, lengthy examinations, which must meet strict standards in terms of recording information, sample collection and handling, and avoiding DNA contamination. Subsequently a Summary of the Forensic Record or a Witness Statement is requested by the police for approximately a third of examinations and the post holder will be required to attend court to give evidence in about 5-10% of cases.
The majority of our clients are women and of those clients who expressed a preference for gender of staff at time of forensic examination, the majority said that they would prefer to see a female. For this reason, this post is open to female applicants only in order to preserve privacy and dignity as covered by the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9.
Interviews w/c 1st November 2021.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr. Sophie Khadr, Consultant Co Clinical Lead
Telephone: 020 3299 1599
Additional contact information
Call 020 3299 1599 and ask to speak with one of the Senior Speciality Doctor's.
BMJ Ref: BMJ-46639/213-DH-1514