Family Engagement Manager
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, our client Futures, 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 ex-offenders.
Position: Family Engagement Manager (Scale 2)
Location: HMP Onley, Rugby CV23 8AP
Job type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 22.5 hours per week, Monday to Sunday
Salary: £13,200 per annum (FTE £22,000 per annum)
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement and other benefits
Closing date for applications: 13th November, 2019
Interviews commencing week beginning: 18th November 2019
About the role:
To lead and deliver the family services in HMP Onley in line with the establishment’s requirements, involving visitor centre services; play and children’s services; a social enterprise refreshment / catering service; complex family casework and support for family groupwork interventions.
To develop and maintain positive relationships between prisoners and their loved ones, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of prisoners reoffending through supporting and maintaining family contact. The service will provide support to ensure that children, families and prisoners are treated with respect and dignity. The service will also help ensure families are able to gain greater access to support and early help within their local community and services and families work together to decrease the chance of intergenerational crime.
To manage the Visitors’ Centre providing support for the visitors before and after visiting; ensuring the centre is open and staffed at the agreed times throughout the year, and that accurate and up-to-date information (in appropriate formats) about the prison, the assisted visits scheme and other relevant agencies is available to visitors. To oversee Catering as a Social Enterprise and Play / Family days, supervise a small team of volunteers and student placements delivering casework.
To be successful in this role you will ideally be knowledgeable of the criminal justice system and have an aware of the impact of custody on prisoners and on their children and families. You will lead and deliver a service that ensures prisoners, their children, carers and other relatives have access to appropriate advice, guidance, learning opportunities, care and support to better enable them to maintain or enhance positive relationships.
Furthermore, you will have the skills to advocate for families dealing with imprisonment, promoting their human rights and ensuring their needs are considered, and views are heard at all levels.
This post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, verification of identity and proven right to work in the UK, satisfactory references from previous employers covering a 3 year period, declaration of any unspent criminal convictions (and where appropriate a satisfactory risk assessment), Prison Vetting and a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please note that being bankrupt or having County Court Judgements may affect your ability to be successfully vetted to work in a prison.
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 satisfactory risk assessment).
You may have experience of the following: Family Engagement Manager, Social Worker, Charity, Family Support, Volunteer, Social Services, Volunteering, Support Worker, etc.