Family Engagement Worker
Family Engagement Worker
Pact (Prison Advice & Care Trust) is a National charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They work in prisons and communities across England and Wales to provide practical support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves.
Position: Family Engagement Worker
Location: HMP Coldingley, Surrey (Commutable from Woking, Frimley, Aldershot, Bracknell & surrounding areas)
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 25 hours per week
Salary: £14,000 per annum (FTE £21,000)
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement, free information advice and counselling, child care vouchers plus more
Closing date: 28 April 2019
Interviews commencing week beginning: 06 May 2019
About the role:
To deliver family services in HMP Coldingley as part of a team, with a focus on family casework, but offering support to other aspects of the service including visitor centre services; play and children’s services; social enterprise refreshment service; complex family casework and support for family groupwork interventions. To deputise for the Family Services Manager and provide cover for other roles in the team.
As a Family Engagement Worker, you will develop referral pathways for family’s prisoners and other professionals to access the service, as well as pathways into other relevant services as well as carry a caseload of family support work relating to prisoners, and carry out detailed assessments to inform further work with the family unit.
You will also advocate for families dealing with imprisonment, promoting the human rights and ensuring their needs are considered, and views are heard at all levels. In addition to contributing to case work meetings (case discussion, support and guidance) appropriately and share information to support sentence planning and risk management objectives.
Lastly you will work with and through the prison, and other case managers and key work staff as appropriate, to provide support to prisoners with regard to family issues, in accordance with prison’s rules and procedures regarding security, safeguarding and public protection, and to support the prison in developing applications, referral process and casework-based approaches.
What Pact offer:
Pact offers a wide range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, free information, advice and counselling, child care vouchers plus more.
You will have the opportunity to attend training to develop yourself further as an effective front-line services worker. You will undergo a thorough induction and be supported by a friendly and enthusiastic team.
This role will involve some weekend working based on the requirements of the service.
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, including those with 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 Vetting, satisfactory employer references covering a minimum of 3 years and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. Please note that being recently bankrupt or having County Court Judgements may affect your ability to be successfully vetted to work in a prison.
You may have experience of the following: Case Management, Case Worker, Rehabilitation, Family Services, Support Work, Care Worker, Criminal Justice System, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Not for Profit, Social Work, Advocacy, Mentor, Mentoring, etc.