Through The Gate Keyworker

Closing date for applications: 
25 January 2019
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Location: 
New Hall
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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

Through the Gate provision, on behalf of South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), is a service provided to women offenders preparing for release and resettlement in to the community from HMP New Hall. The service will be delivered to women from the South Yorkshire areas.

The successful candidate will be passionate about the needs of women and knowledgeable of the Criminal Justice System, supporting women in custody to address issues that may contribute to their offending including: 

• Accommodation (including Homeless Reduction Act and Duty to Care)
• Finance, benefit and debt
• Domestic violence and or Sexual Abuse or Exploitation
• Substance misuse
• Learning and skills
• Employment
• Health
• Mental Health

We are looking for a dynamic individual who possess excellent motivational, interviewing and engagement skills for this rewarding and vital role. 

The overall aim is to reduce the likelihood of reoffending of participants by ensuring support mechanisms are in place prior to their release and encourage engagement with women’s community provisions and services.

The ideal candidate will:

• possess excellent engagement skills;
• have a thorough understanding of the needs and challenges of women involved in the Criminal Justice System;
• be professional at all times;
• have excellent organisational and IT skills;
• understand the importance of targets and outcomes and the need to demonstrate these;
• ability to adhere to deadlines and prioritise workload.

You will develop referral routes to community interventions so knowledge of the geographical area and existing community provision is required, as is the ability to foster a quick rapport with stakeholders including those who use our services, commissioners, the Prison Service and service providers. 

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

This is a particularly exciting opportunity if you are passionate about working with women involved in the Criminal Justice System and in being part of a specialist team of staff working with women both in custody and after release. 

The Resettlement Worker will be responsible for undertaking needs assessments and resettlement planning with women in custody within set timescales, and providing short-term onward support in the community for and upon release. All support will be delivered using approaches which are trauma-informed, non-judgemental, strength based and understanding the distinct needs of women.

Feedback to South Yorkshire CRC on compliance and non-engagement is an essential part of this role, along with the collation of outcomes. Therefore competent IT skills and excellent time management skills are required. 

Specifics:

The post holder will be based at HMP New Hall and providing follow-up support across South Yorkshire.

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.