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: Play Worker
Location: HMP Coldingley, Surrey (Commutable from Woking, Frimley, Aldershot, Bracknell & surrounding areas)
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 3-18 hours per week including weekends
Salary: £9.00 per hour
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement, cycle to work scheme, free information advice and counselling plus more
Closing date: 28 April 2019
Interviews commencing week beginning: 06 May 2019
About the role:
Pact are looking for a forward-thinking Child care worker to join our Family Services team at HMP Coldingley. This role will contribute towards providing a high quality and engaging play activities for children visiting the prisons to see their loved one.
You will contribute towards developing and maintaining positive relationships between prisoners and their loved ones, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of prisoners reoffending through supporting and maintaining family contact.
The service will also help ensure families are able to gain greater access to support and early help within their local community and services and families work together to decrease the chance of intergenerational crime.
The play worker(s) will be required to work Regular Family Days in addition to the 3 – 18 hours per week.
To be successful in this role you will initiate and offer a programme of age appropriate and culturally sensitive play activities (including arts and crafts, games and quiet activities and encourage imaginative play) within the prison visit hall to ensure that children feel comfortable, safe and secure while visiting their parent in prison.
In addition, you will promote opportunities for children to engage with their mother / father who is in prison in an appropriate way during a visit and family days. As well as promote a relaxed atmosphere in which children may feel confident and develop respect and consideration for each other.
You will work with the Family Engagement Manager and prison staff to regularly review all health and safety aspects of the play area and adhere to best practice in child protection and ensure Pact's safeguarding policy.
What Pact Offer:
Pact offers a wide range of benefits including free information, advice and counselling service, cycle to work scheme plus many more. You will undergo a thorough induction process have the opportunity to attend training courses to further develop yourself as an effective front line services manager and be welcomed and supported by an enthusiastic team.
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. Please note that being 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: Play Worker, Teacher, Coach, Play Scheme Assistant, Nursery Worker, Activities Coordinator, Teaching, Coaching, Childcare, Nursery Assistant, Support Worker, Care Worker, Care Assistant, Social Work, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit, etc.