Prison Resettlement Worker
Location: Covering South Somerset & Sedgemoor
Contract: Fixed term until 31 March 2021
Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week (we also welcome applications from individuals who would be willing to split the hours as a job share)
Salary: £22,500.00 per annum
Closing Date: Friday 06 March (12 noon).
Julian House is looking to appoint a full time Prison Resettlement worker to provide homelessness prevention working in South Somerset and Sedgemoor Local Authority areas. This person will be based at two offices, one in Yeovil and one in Bridgwater. This role will support individuals that have an offending background and who face multiple and complex needs; including the risk of rough sleeping, and significant challenges in accessing and sustaining accommodation.
The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, have experience of supporting people who have been involved within the criminal justice system. They will need to have a good understanding of barriers and issues faced by people both within a custodial setting and the community. Knowledge of the pathways to sustaining accommodation, rehabilitation and recovery is key.
This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged people!
Purpose of the Post: To deliver a person-centred and outcome-focused prison resettlement service within South Somerset and Sedgemoor Local Authority areas, effective support working with prisoner leavers who are homeless, rough sleeping or are insecurely accommodated, to ensure that they are able to maintain, access or improve accommodation upon their release from prison.
Main Duties and Responsibilities Includes:
- Deliver a professional, outcome-focused Resettlement Service to offenders leaving HMP Exeter, HMP Guys Marsh and HMP Eastwood Park prisons, both on site and through support working within the community
- Develop an effective partnership working with the Prison Resettlement Teams, South Somerset and Sedgemoor Local Authority Homelessness prevention services, Probation, Police, Specialist homelessness and housing service providers, and the community recovery and health and wellbeing services
- Respond promptly to referrals and enquiries for the service
- Establish a supportive, trusting and professional relationship with clients
- Actively managing a caseload of clients and prioritise those who are likely to be discharged without secure accommodation and who are at risk of homelessness
- Assess, plan and enact person-centred packages of resettlement support
- Work pro-actively with landlords and Housing Benefit teams to help prisoners maintain tenancies currently at risk due to their custodial sentence
- Provide high quality information and advice to colleagues working within the prison, and to other agencies who work with people experiencing homelessness
- Liaise with local rough sleeping outreach services where homelessness cannot be prevented upon release
- Recognise indications of substance misuse, mental health needs, domestic abuse, personality disorder and behavioural issues, making appropriate referrals to relevant agencies
Please see the attached job description & person specification for full details on duties and responsibilities.
What's in it for you?
As an employee, you will receive an excellent benefits package which includes:
- Cash health care plan
- Up to 26 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
- Employer pension contribution (up to 6% of your gross salary)
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Staff Award Scheme
- 20% Discount at Julian House Shops
Julian House has a supportive culture, providing regular supervision and line management alongside externally facilitated reflective practice which enables staff to look after their own health and well-being whilst giving their best in their roles.
Please note: the successful candidate will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
Please apply by submitting an application via our jobs page on our Julian House website.