£19,847 - £23,350 p/a (depending on experience)
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Fixed term contract until 31 March 2020

Ref: YCC-191

Does your experience of engaging positively with young offenders or other vulnerable groups include assessing needs and providing support, advice and advocacy? Are you ready for a working life that’s varied and rewarding and provides an opportunity for both personal and professional growth? Then join us as a Caseworker and you could soon be putting your understanding of the issues involved to excellent use.

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. 

What you will be doing:

  • Identifying vulnerable individuals aged under 19 (but can work with individuals up to the age of 25 years old)  who have been involved in, or are at risk of being involved in, County Lines, serious youth violence or gang related activity.
  • Engaging with and assessing identified clients, both while they are in custody and in the community, and producing support plans and risk assessment plans.
  • Providing a holistic and practical support service that includes social and housing support, accompanying to appointments, ETE options, benefits work, debt advice, liaising with utilities and help with obtaining furniture.
  • Continuing to engage with them when their sentence finishes, providing support in the community to help them avoid re-offending and linking them with statutory and voluntary services in their home area.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with referral agencies, thus ensuring a steady flow of appropriate referrals onto the scheme.
  • Assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of the project and closing cases efficiently and positively, having identified a survival plan for the client involved.

And what you will need:

  • The ability to close cases effectively and positively, identifying/creating a survival plan that will not necessarily be in Wales. 
  • Knowledge of services for offenders and patterns of offending in South Wales and experience of the criminal justice system/working on an offender-led support project, or experience of serving a prison sentence.
  • The people skills to engage successfully with challenging individuals, for example those with complex needs, who are reluctant to discuss their needs and/or angry and confused.
  • A proven ability to calculate risk and implement safety procedures when engaging with clients in their homes as well as in public premises and to promote safeguarding among vulnerable clients and colleagues.
  • An understanding of the need to use support plans to enable people to successfully access accommodation and support services.
  • Experience of negotiating with partner agencies to establish links to further the aims of a project and developing and using monitoring systems to record all aspects of a project, including actions, outcomes and referrals
  • A flexible approach, a commitment to working collaboratively with managers and staff to set and deliver organisational goals and resolve conflicts of interest professionally.

In return you can expect a competitive salary and generous leave allowance, staff pension scheme, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice & counseling service, season ticket loan and much more besides.

For further information or to apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 11pm, 28 July 2019. Interview date: 5th August 2019

Posted on: 12 July 2019
Closed date: 28 July 2019
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work