Forensic Advocacy Manager

South Lanarkshire
11 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Forensic Advocacy Manager - Glasgow Vickers Neal Recruitment Solutions are currently working with Circles Network based in Glasgow. Circles Network Advocacy Service provide a professional, independent advocacy service for individuals detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 or the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in medium secure care (Rowanbank) and low secure care (Leverndale) in Glasgow. Most of the individuals they support are detained and may have had contact with criminal justice services. We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Forensic Advocacy Manager to lead the team in Glasgow. Job Summary · To effectively lead the advocacy project: training, professionally developing and managing advocacy workers, administration teams and volunteers to deliver high quality advocacy services for eligible people. · To manage the efficient operation and all functions of the advocacy service, monitoring costs and budgets in the delivery of an accessible and flexible service. · To research and deliver opportunities for service continual improvement and development and the growth of the services available. · To develop positive relationships and networks to ensure the positive promotion and high-level visibility of the service and its professional status to maintain optimum referral levels and effective signposting and support of partners. · To maintain effective relationships with commissioners and Circles Network Senior Management Team and deliver high standard of recording, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the service outcomes. Skills: · Ability to communicate on a personal level with people supported by the project and a range of practitioners from legal, health, psychiatric, social and educational services. · Proven written and recording skills, ability to write accurate reports for our funders and the Board of Trustees and to write articles for dissemination. · Ability to work on your own initiative, within a team and in partnerships with other agencies, ensuring clarity of objectives, roles, responsibilities and regular reporting mechanisms and schedules and appreciating the importance of these protocols. · Effective and positive individual and team management skills which create a culture of supportive cooperation and drive for personal and service excellence. · Elevated level of organisational skills and efficient time and task management. · Must be a car driver with a willingness to travel across the county and to various locations as well as flexibility with working hours. · IT literate: MS Office and database/spreadsheet manipulation. Knowledge and Understanding: · In depth knowledge of all the legislation, guidance, standards and protocols associated with advocacy and with the needs of eligible advocacy partners. · In depth knowledge of the four models of advocacy operated by the service instructed, non-instructed, collective and citizen and the effective approaches for dealing with conflict, dependency and challenging behaviours. · A clear understanding and commitment to the social model of disability, the values of inclusion and equal opportunities. Experience: · Experience of managing or supervising a team of advocacy workers. · Experience of delivering services for and working directly with people who have mental health issues and/or learning difficulties, or dementia, or drug and alcohol dependencies. · Training and professional development of advocacy workers and volunteers. Qualifications: · A degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification in one or more of the following: advocacy, teaching, social work, law, nursing, psychology, counselling or management. Circles Network provide a strongly supportive and rewarding working environment with opportunities to develop further in your career. In the first instance please submit your CV and supporting covering letter to Emily Neal on the contact details provided.