W6, London
Croydon, Greater London
£25,000 - £29,000.00 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description


1. Community Keyworker – WrapAround (Fixed term contract to 31st March 2021) – West London

2. Community Keyworker – CR (Fixed term contract to 25th June 2021) – South London

Salary:   £25,000 - £29,000 per annum (salary towards the top of the range will be paid for those with considerable skills and experience in equivalent roles). 

Location: Both roles will be co-located in one or more London boroughs with travel across boroughs to provide targeted support to women as required.

Hours: 35 per week

Benefits: 30 days holiday per annum plus 8 bank holidays; an additional day’s leave for International Women’s Day; great support provision including clinical supervision and an Employee Assistance Programme and generous dependent’s leave; pension scheme; company mobile phone, In-house training, opportunities for progression, an incredibly supportive and passionate team!

What we do:

Advance’s Minerva service works with women involved in the Criminal Justice System offering safe, targeted support and advocacy to women to help them address their complex needs in relation to the 9 pathways to offending, such as substance misuse and financial difficulties.  Minerva aims are to reduce re-offending, encourage desistance amongst repeat offenders, divert women from Criminal Justice involvement as early as possible and reduce the number of custodial sentences imposed by Courts.

The Minerva CR Service provides services to women who are being supervised by London CRC (Probation service).  There will be 10 CR Community keyworkers, covering designated North, East, South and West London boroughs, offering one-to-one community support to a maximum 950 women across designated areas London for up to 12 months depending on each woman’s need.  Each keyworker will work with a caseload of up to 90 women per annum in specified boroughs, and are likely to be co-located for a minimum of 4 days (depending on need) within London CRC offices in the boroughs they cover or a partner organisation in one of the boroughs they cover, with a requirement to attend Advance’s Regional Centre for Supervision and Team meetings at least once per month.  

The Minerva WrapAround service is a new 3-year programme launching in May 2018 and funded by MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime) in order to provide enhanced support to women and girls who have committed crime and are at risk of re-offending, with complex multiple needs.  The service is designed to be a “whole system” response to women in the Criminal Justice System and these additional services will offered across 15 London boroughs in North, East and West.  There will be 12 community keyworkers – who will offer an enhanced service to a total of 700 women across these boroughs, each of whom will have been assessed as having complex needs and therefore require additional support to our Minerva CR service in the form of additional key-work sessions, innovative interventions or diversionary and group-work sessions and access to a women-only Centre in their region.  Each keyworker will work with women in one or more boroughs, and are likely to be co-located for up to 4 days (depending on need) with a partner organisation in one of the boroughs they cover, with a requirement to attend Advance’s Regional Centre for Supervision and Team meetings at least once per month.   

The role:

As a Community Key Worker, you will provide an in-reach service to women serving custodial sentences at HMP Bronzefield, HMP Downview and HMP Send and build a relationship to support them in the 12 weeks prior to their release. This will involve reviewing initial assessments of risk and need and providing one-to-one advocacy, support and advice.  You will work with those you support to create resettlement and support plans and help women to engage with licence requirements and court orders.

What you will bring:

• Significant experience of front-line work with women experiencing issues related to offending, such as homelessness, substance misuse, domestic violence or mental health, ideally within a criminal justice setting 

• An in-depth understanding of issues facing women offenders and those at risk of offending, both in and outside of the criminal justice system.  

• Experience of crisis management in this key worker setting as well as experience of working in partnership with relevant statutory and voluntary groups and maintaining strong constructive working relationships.

• Experience of setting and maintaining professional boundaries with service users whilst delivering an excellent standard of service and being able to cope in stressful situations.

What we offer:

In addition to the great benefits listed above, you will have the opportunity to work in a flexible, supportive environment with a team of committed, inspiring women and we will support you as you to continue to build your skills and experience and grow your career

Closing date:  30th October 2020

Interview Dates: 5th and 6th November 2020

Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory enhanced DBS check 

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.  

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community, and with personal experience of the criminal justice system.



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Posted on: 24 September 2020
Closed date: 30 October 2020
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work