Trainee Key Worker

Closing date for applications: 
04 January 2019
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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 volunteer mentors 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. 

This role is to work on the Purple Futures contract which supports women offenders to change their lives away from offending. It covers the organisation’s sites in Hull and East Riding. The successful candidate will also be required to attend HMP New Hall on a rota basis.

The successful applicant will engage with and provide intensive support to women; offering one-to-one support and group work, guidance, information and signposting, and therefore contributing to an improvement in the well-being of the woman and a reduction in offending. Together Women aims to raise aspirations, build confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing access to education, training and employment, housing etc.

The successful applicant will be expected to be proactive in building a network of partners who can offer specialist support to the women that they are working with, develop their knowledge of relevant service provision that can be helpful to the women and be proactive in driving the service forward.

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. 

o You be responsible for a caseload of clients to whom you will provide high quality client support via the following:
o Receiving and processing referrals.
o Identifying and assessing individuals’ support needs including risk assessment and developing a support plan that is centred on the woman.
o Building effective relationships with women; to encourage them to identify and respond to their needs, interests and personal development; and to provide guidance and support to enable them to deal with a wide range of issues affecting their lives.
o Developing knowledge to support women on a range of issues (as identified in her support plan].
o Encouraging feedback from women using the service in order to promote quality assurance.
o Signposting women to other services which cannot be provided in house and to support women in accessing those services.
o Identify, plan & develop group sessions that meet the need of the women on caseload and other service users of Together Women.
o Ensure all necessary records are properly maintained in line with policies on client files, finance, and administration.
o Contribute to measuring and monitoring by the relevant deadlines.
o Using relevant IT systems for which training will be given.
o Manage and update own skills base to ensure quality service delivery and personal development in role.
o Identify partner organisations that can offer support to the women and build up referral processes, sharing them with colleagues.