£19,847 - £23,350 p/a (Please note successful candidates should expect to be appointed at the starting point of the salary scale and consideration may be given to a higher salary depending on the experience of the individual)
Full-time (35 hrs p/w) - Fixed term contract until 25th June 2021
Are you a positive and emotionally resilient individual with a good understanding of the barriers facing men and young people with complex needs within the Criminal Justice System?
If so, St Giles Trust is looking for a Resettlement Caseworker (known internally as Meet at the Gate Worker) to join us and provide a high level Meet At The Gate support service to men experiencing complex and multiple disadvantage being released from HMP Birmingham.
About St Giles Trust
An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.
About this vital role
Your challenge will be to help reduce re-offending by delivering a practical support service to prisoners on release identified by the CRC as their most ‘at risk’ clients, including recalls. Day-to-day, you’ll undertake pre-release visits to clients (in prison where possible) in order to produce action and risk management plans. As well as providing a comprehensive and holistic assessment, advice, referral and support service to clients, we’ll rely on you to construct a personalised action plan to address their needs that contribute to their offending behaviour.
Delivering an outreach service that involves meeting service users at the prison gates and providing a practical service that includes setting up access to housing, benefits, registering with GPs/Dentists and attending appointments will be an important part of the role too. Along the way, you’ll also liaise with a variety of local community, develop working relationships with prison departments, officers, CRC and community services and actively promote good partnerships and effective joint working.
What we are looking for:
• Lived personal experience or knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and experience of, or an understanding of how to work with, challenging people with complex and multiple disadvantages who are reluctant to discuss their needs, and often angry and confused
• Experience of developing successful inter-agency work, particularly with a view to working with referring agencies
• Knowledge of housing options available to ex-offenders, especially knowledge of the Homelessness Act plus familiarity with the Benefits system, including Universal Credit
• An understanding of mental health problems and drug/alcohol misuse issues among vulnerable people, including the effects and treatment
• Lots of initiative, good relationship building skills and the ability to use monitoring systems and provide flexible working when delivering an outreach service to vulnerable service users.
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan and much more.
For further information, or to apply, please visit our website.
Closing date: 11pm, 16th August 2020. Interviews: 26th August (interviews are likely to be held via zoom)