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Harm & Crime Reduction Team Leader

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11 May 2021

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Harm & Crime Reduction Team Leader
Full time, 35 hours per week
£28,053 - £30,093 per annum depending on experience
Fixed Term Contract (12 Months)

We're looking for an experienced and enthusiastic leader for the REACH Drug and Alcohol Service, Criminal and Health Justice Project running from the Weymouth hub and servicing the county of Dorset. REACH has been granted this exciting opportunity to utilise government funding to enhance the current specialist criminal justice offer and create new roles dedicated to intensifying treatment for those at highest risk of not completing their treatment goals. In addition to reducing the impact of offending behaviour these roles will be key in reducing drug and alcohol related deaths.

The Harm & Crime Reduction Team Leader will work closely with others in the Crime & Health Justice Team to deliver a targeted, person centred, but agile offer in a structured way. You'll have the opportunity to contribute to the development and evaluation of the structured psychosocial treatment package that will run alongside our novel medically assisted treatment offer. Your team will also work closely with our REACH Out substance misuse street homeless outreach project and the Police/Community Safety Teams to ensure we pool our resources efficiently to the optimum benefit of our service users and communities.

You'll be supervised and supported by an experienced management team, who will ensure that KPIs and outcomes tied to the project are translated into terms and actions that your team can bring to life in measurable substance misuse treatments and specialist interventions.

What we're looking for

We're ideally looking for someone with experience of providing consistent and structured line management supervision to practitioners within a health and/or social care setting. You'll have experience leading on areas of service development or initiatives to improve service delivery, and will have knowledge and understanding of the principles of good management practice in relation to performance management and the delivery of high quality and responsive services.

With in-depth understanding of both harm reduction and 'recovery', you'll be able to identify the training and development needs of your team and the wider REACH service in respect of harm reduction, specifically specialist needle and syringe programmes: your primary focus will be reducing harms associated with unsafe injecting practice, reoccurring relapse and representation into treatment, and establishing effective tools for preventing fatal overdose. It is essential that you are able to bring together the resources required for your team to be able to achieve the overall objectives in year one of this project.

You'll have experience working within the criminal justice system and will have an in depth understanding of this system, working well and forming strong relationships with partner agencies and organisations. You'll be organised, proactive and a strong communicator, able to solve problems in a logical and solution-focused manner.

Personally, you will be positive, dynamic, forward thinking and committed to personal development and continuous improvement. You will have a non-judgemental attitude to those affected by substance misuse (including offenders) and those service users that don't fit into standardised packages of care.

About EDP

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services is a thriving charity providing services across Dorset and Devon, in the community and within prisons. We offer a number of dynamic and innovative initiatives which work alongside people to improve their wellbeing, social connections and employability. We're passionate about supporting individuals who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviour, to improve their lives. The fundamental belief underpinning our work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes.

What we can offer

EDP can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we offer a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 30 with length of service)
  • Enhanced employer pension contribution
  • Life assurance benefit scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to Work Scheme, Headspace App and Eye Care Vouchers


More information including a full job description and the opportunity to register for our online information session can be found on our 'EDP Drug & Alcohol Services' website.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter.
You will be contacted once the role closes if we would like to invite you to interview.
Remote interviews to be held 24th and 27th May 2021.

EDP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting - details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed.

No agencies please.
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