Family Support Worker

12 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Family Support Worker

Have you got what it takes to support prisoners and their families?

Our client is a highly respected independent charity, which together with its subsidiary, 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 Erlestoke Visitor Centre (Devizes, Wiltshire)
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 7.5 hours per week (every Sunday)
Salary: £3,295.50 per annum (£16,477.50 FTE)
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement, free information advice and counselling, child care vouchers plus more

Closing date: 12 February 2018

About the Role:

As Family Support Worker at HMP Erlestoke you will be working as a member of the Family Services team, to work across all areas of the service including the visitors centre, visits hall, play area in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment, and provide advice, support and information to friends and families visiting the prison.

Assist with booking in of visitors in line with our client’s and the prison’s procedures and 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.

About You:

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. 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.

Our client 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.

This vacancy is being advertised by Easy Web Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by Easy Web Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.

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