Family Support Worker - Part-time
Family Support Worker
Have you got what it takes to support prisoners and their families?
Pact is a highly respected independent charity, which together with its subsidiary, Pact Futures, works across England and Wales to develop and deliver a range of innovative services, providing practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families, to prisoners, and to people with convictions.
Position: Family Support Worker
Location: HMP Leyhill, Gloucestershire
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 11 hours per week
Salary: £4,833.40 per annum (£16,477.50 FTE)
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement, free information advice and counselling, child care vouchers plus more
Closing date: 30 March 2018
About the Role:
As Family Support Worker at HMP Leyhill you will work as one of the Pact Family team, you will be based primarily in the prison’s visitor centre providing support, advice and guidance to families visiting prisoners, facilitating prison visits and family days and supporting the tea bar service.
Working as a member of the Family Services team, you will work across all areas of the service, primarily in the visitors centre, but also across the visits hall, play area and tea bar in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment, and provide advice, support and information to friends and families visiting the prison.
To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience and understanding of working with families in a challenging multi-agency environment, ideally involving offenders and/or their families.
You will offer a friendly and welcoming environment within the Visitors Centre, where people visiting the prison, can spend time before and after their visit. You will assist in the operation of the Centre, ensuring the Centre is open at the specified times and support volunteers and other members of the team.
Whilst assisting with booking in of visitors in line with Pact and the prison’s procedures you will encourage families to access support for their needs by interacting with visitors, offering information and advice as appropriate on a confidential basis.
You will also identify first time visitors and ensure they are provided with enhanced support and reassurance.
Lastly, you will develop an area in the visitors centre for children which may include displays of children’s art work, relevant posters and information, as well as toys and other materials to engage children before and after a visit.
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: Family Support Worker, Case Management, Care Worker, Rehabilitation, Family Services, Support Work, Support Worker, Criminal Justice System, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Not For Profit, Social Work, Advocacy, Mentor, Mentoring, etc.
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