Criminal Justice Services Team Co-ordinator

Department: Criminal Justice Service
Work Location: HMP Brixton
Salary: £26,669 rising to £29000 after 1 year in post
Contract: permanent
Hours per week: 37.5
Job description:

SERVICE DETAILS:

This service will co-ordinate and co-deliver resettlement for offenders across London prisons. These prisons are HMP’s Wandsworth, Belmarsh, Brixton and Pentonville. The offenders being supported will have a wide range of resettlement needs and will have varying and sometimes complex needs.

Penrose provide resettlement support to offender’s in custody. The service is designed to deliver interventions including the accredited Getting It Right programme and supporting journal in order to generate a cohesive resettlement plan for offenders post release from custody. The service will cover, release planning, employability, social support, treatment continuity, and housing as a minimum.

You will be responsible for contributing to the targets set by Penrose in partnership with MTC Novo and the area CRC. One of the key targets will be ensuring that your team are delivering positive outcomes to reduce reoffending rates. The ability to work within a custodial setting and to be able to develop excellent working relationships with other partner agencies is vital to this role. It is essential that you are able to meet prison clearance requirements to undertake this role.

Team Co-ordinators will be expected to have the necessary skills to be able to implement and support the delivery of accredited Getting It Right programme in a custodial setting, manage a team of Offender Resettlement Workers, be responsible for the case management of the care of offenders on staff caseloads and ensure that good links are made with the CRCs and other partners.

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF POST:

To successfully reduce reoffending, rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders back into the community. To effectively manage and motivate a team of Offender Resettlement Workers. To co-ordinate and ensure delivery of the “Getting It Right” resettlement programme within the prison setting. To ensure that each offender is effectively case managed and has a cohesive resettlement plan generated from the basic custody screening parts 1 and 2. To ensure that BCST 3 reviews are completed for every offender within 12 weeks of release from custody. To ensure that your service provides pathways, support and appropriate interventions to enable successful resettlement for all prisoners in both a group and on a 1-1 basis. Work with internal and external partners, agencies and commissioners including HM Prison Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC’s) and the National Probation Service to achieve the desired outcomes and KPI’s for the service. The ability to develop excellent internal and external relationships is essential to this role. Team Co-ordinators will ensure that the service is fully embedded within the prison. You will be expected to regularly participate in team meetings and other duties deemed relevant by management.

 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Adopt BIONIC (Believe It Or Not I Care) ethos in its resettlement prisons.
  • Protecting the public and preventing future victims.
  • Work directly with internal and external agencies to facilitate resettlement planning.
  • Resolve immediate resettlement needs directly, or by ensuring referral of the resettlement need to a partner.
  • Ensure that a BCST 2 resettlement assessment is completed for each offender arriving at the establishment within the required time scales.
  • Provide resettlement advice and signposting to all offenders.
  • Within 12 weeks prior to release, you shall ensure review of the offender’s progress with the Resettlement Plan agreed during their induction into custody.
  • Introduce the offender to the ‘Getting it Right’ interactive journaling programme while in prison. You shall enable your team to use this as the framework to deliver an intensive, modular four-week resettlement programme.
  • Ensure that the offender is designated to a named Responsible Officer within the CRC cohort most relevant to their needs, with specific arrangements to support the allocated persons on the day of release organised according to individual need.
  • Work with other service providers to ensure your services complement existing provision in prison and in the community.
  • Deliver a resettlement service that deals with offenders’ immediate resettlement needs. This service will be coordinated and will focus on immediate issues relating to accommodation, health, employment, finance and debt.
  • Ensure with your team that the offender: has accommodation to go to; is returning to employment; or is being signposted to the relevant agencies providing employment or training opportunities post-release. Signposting will be provided for finance and debt advice, employment, housing and to specialist support for offenders subject to domestic or sexual abuse; who may be or have been sex workers; and those needing specialist mental health or substance misuse support.

 

Why work with us?

  • Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
  • Pension, Childcare Vouchers, Eye-care Vouchers
  • Growing and forward-thinking organisation

If you wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you

If you would like to lead our budding team then please apply TODAY by sending us completed application form to Recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide 2 employment references including one from your most recent employer

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

Closing date: 25/06/2018

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