Location: HMP Drake Hall, Eccleshall
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week: Monday-Friday (some evening and weekend working is required to meet service user need)
Salary: £24,500 per annum
Benefits: Generous Holiday allowance Season Ticket loan Cycle to work scheme Charity worker discounts Enhanced maternity package Wellness, inclusion, and diversity groups Blue light card
Closing date: 23-11-2023
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a pilot project across 9 women’s prisons supporting women with their family ties 3 months pre-release and a minimum of two weeks post-release: linking them into ongoing provision within the community.
As a Family Resettlement Worker, you will lead and deliver a service that ensures prisoners, their children, carers and other relatives have access to appropriate advice, guidance, learning opportunities, care and support to better enable them to maintain or enhance positive relationships.
You will assist in developing referral pathways for families, prisoners, and other professionals to access the service working in partnership with existing family service providers operating within the prison. You will co-design a person-centred Relationship Care Plan with women accessing support, enabling you to support them to address their family and relationship needs as they prepare for release. The role will combine a casework- based approach with delivery of programmes and courses, along with a signposting and advice service for the women in custody and their families.
You will build strong relationships with Probation Practitioners to ensure referrals to further family support via the Probation Women’s Services providers are made pre-release to support a seamless handover. This, together with referrals to wider partner organisations in the community, will ensure additional support needs are addressed post-release and continuity of support exists.
**For details of the length of contract please see the job description**
* We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.
Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.
To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience and understanding of working with families in a challenging multi-agency environment, ideally working with prisoners and/or their families.
You will have the ability to advocate for families dealing with imprisonment, promoting their human rights and ensuring their needs are considered, and views are heard at all levels. You will have the ability to develop referral pathways for families, prisoners, and other professionals to access the service and ensure effective support for women post-release.
In addition, you will possess excellent organisational skills, excellent communication skills and be able to work in a prison environment whilst remaining calm. Furthermore, you will act as an ambassador for Pact, conducting yourself professionally at all times, with high standards of personal integrity and accountability.
You may have experience of the following: casework, key working, providing advice, guidance, and emotional support to female service users either within custody or the community.
A car may be desirable for this role, though not essential.
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds including those who have previous convictions (appointment to post is subject to a risk assessment).
This post is subject to a 6-month probationary period, verification of identity and proven right to work in the UK, satisfactory HMPPS/MoJ Security Prison Vetting, and satisfactory employer references covering a minimum of 3 years and a satisfactory enhanced DBS. Please note that being bankrupt or having County Court Judgments may affect your ability to be successfully vetted to work in a prison.
Pact (the Prison Advice & Care Trust) is a pioneering national charity that provides caring and life changing services to men and women in prison, to people with convictions on release and in the community, and to their children and families.
Pact’s vision is of a society in which justice is understood as a process of restoration and healing, in which prisons are used sparingly and as places of learning and rehabilitation, and in which the innate dignity and worth of every human being is valued. We work for the common good of Society, taking a public health-based approach. We work at the intersection of criminal justice, child and family welfare, mental health, wellbeing provision and health & social care.
Our volunteers and staff can be found in courts, prisons, probation services, and in communities across England & Wales. We are a diverse, inclusive, modern, and collaborative charity. We build effective partnerships and sustainable solutions based on our well-established understanding of the systems in which we work, and on our historic values and ethos developed through our 120+ years of service delivery.
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