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Prison Based Creative Practitioner

Belong: Making Justice Happen
West Midlands Region
Closing date
22 Apr 2021

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Criminal justice charity Belong provides hope, rehabilitation and recovery for victims and perpetrators of crime.

A prison based Creative Practitioner will facilitate drama workshops at HMPYOI Brinsford. Drama workshops will provide young people in custody with the opportunity to engage in themed productions based around issues that are relevant to those who reside at HMPYOI Brinsford. These could include, but are not limited to: psychoactive substances, gang violence, bullying, domestic violence, self-harm and mental health. Workshops will be delivered with a trauma-informed, asset-based approach.

The Creative Practitioner position provides an exciting opportunity for a reliable, organised, energetic person to join Belong's committed, specialist team. The successful applicant will work alongside another full-time Creative Practitioner, and will design, develop and deliver 10 x weekly drama workshops over a 6-month period, supported by a Service Co-ordinator. The workshops will end with a production, delivered to stakeholders and peers within the prison.

The successful candidate will have solid experience of working within the criminal justice sector and preferably the prison service. They will have experience of working with young people with complex and multiple needs, and will have experience in facilitating creative workshops. They will be able to demonstrate a track record of communicating effectively with individuals from a range of backgrounds.

Place of work: HMP/YOI Brinsford

Hours of work: 35 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend work required.

Pay scale: £27,400

Contract term: Five months, with potential for renewal subject to excellent performance and funding being available.

Reports to: Service Coorindator

National Security and DBS Vetting Required: Enhanced

Please apply for this position by emailing with a detailed covering letter outlining how you meet the skills, experience and knowledge requirements outlined in our Job Description and Person Specification document. Please also send us your CV.

Applications for this position close at 11.30pm on Thursday 22nd April. Interviews for this position will be held remotely, during Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th May.

Applications for this position are particularly welcomed from those with current enhanced prison security vetting. We actively encourage applications from candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and candidates who have personal experience of the criminal justice system.


  • Facilitate drama workshops within HMPYOI Brinsford, in accordance with the policies and procedures of Belong and Her Majesty’s Prison Service. 
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with staff at HMPYOI Brinsford, including senior prison management, prison officers, interventions staff and prison based probation officers. 
  • Publicise the Drama Workshops and its potential benefits to prisoners, prison staff and other stakeholders via outreach work on prison wings, presentations and briefings to stakeholders.
  • Make suitable, high-quality referrals to other organisations.
  • Engage participants in evaluation activities. 
  • Support Belong’s fundraising team by providing data for funding applications and evaluation reports.
  • Analyse complex information in order to complete risk assessments and comment on the suitability of prisoners and individuals harmed for participation in the Drama Workshops. 
  • Make arrangements for the Drama Workshops to take place within HMPYOI Brinsford, including organising room bookings, and identifying participants.
  • Maintain accurate records of workshops and work undertaken with service users and share information according to protocols agreed by Belong and Her Majesty’s Prison Service. 
  • Collate programme data for use in service evaluation reports.
  • Participate actively in line management meetings with Belong's Service Coordinator and, in between line management meetings, update management of progress and of any issues arising, in order to receive advice and guidance. 
  • Adhere to Belong’s Code of Conduct and its policies on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children, Anti – Corruption, Anti – Bribery, Complaints and Comments, Confidentiality and Single Equality.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be appropriate to the level and nature of the post as determined by Belong’s management and Trustee Board.​

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Two years’ experience of working within the criminal justice sector, preferably including work in prisons.
  • Two years’ experience of working with young people with complex and multiple needs, preferably with young people in the criminal justice system.
  • Experience of facilitating creative workshops. 
  • Proven track record of building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders relating to a given project.
  • Awareness of the issues that may be faced by young adult males who are serving custodial sentences.
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