Liaison and Diversion Key Worker

Closing date for applications: 
25 February 2019
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Location: 
Leeds
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Job Description

Together Women provides holistic services to women and girls with multiple and complex issues across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North West of England. We have women’s centres in Leeds; Bradford; Hull; Sheffield; and HMP New Hall, as well as a social enterprise scheme at HMP Askham Grange. Our centres offer safe, women-only spaces from which key workers and sessional staff provide needs assessment, action-planning, support and case management for women referred by a number of different agencies. Centres also provide a wide range of group programmes, sessional training, workshops and self-help groups. Women can access mentoring support from trained peer mentors (former customers) and are encouraged towards personal growth and development. Our centres host co-located staff from other agencies (e.g. probation, alcohol/drug treatment, housing etc.) and we work closely with statutory partners in criminal justice, health and social care.

Job Role: 

TWP have entered into partnership with Wakefield Council to provide gender specific support for women at the point of arrest with a view to diverting women away from court and into services to address reasons for offending with a look to support them away from re-offending. Following a years’ successful pilot project in embedding the Liaison and Diversion service within the Leeds Centre, Together Women are looking to employ a Keyworker to deliver the project. 

We are looking for individuals who are creative, proactive, passionate and committed to the needs of women and understanding the complexities of the Criminal Justice System. 

In addition, someone who is reflective and will make good use of supervision and support, are desirable qualities. 

The duties require the post holder to provide support for women on a one to one basis, whilst also supporting their accessing of interventions by mainstream and voluntary sector services through signposting. In doing so the post holder will work to address and understand the inequalities which may lead a women to commit crime. Also this role entails partnership work with external agencies including the police, courts and other voluntary services. We require individuals who are enthusiastic, team players and enjoy a challenge. 

We are looking for people who will instill a culture of continuous improvement, through dialogue with service users and share the values of our organisation in supporting vulnerable women.

Specifics:

The post holder will be based at Leeds Elland Road Police Station with some days working in the community and at the Together Women Leeds centre. 

Together Women’s core working hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. However, there is an expectation of flexibility; on occasions there may be possible evening and weekend work and early start times, for which time off in lieu is provided.

We wish to restrict the post of TWP Manager to females using the GOQ in s9 (2) (e) and s9 (2) (f) of the Employment (Sex Discrimination) Act 2000.