55_1 - ReUnite Support Worker

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Posted: 06/08/2020 13:51
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £26,000
Location: London - various locations
Level: Entry Level
Deadline: 30/08/2020 23:59
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: 27 days holiday; buy and sell annual leave programme; PerkBox; Health Cash Plan and more
Job Type: Fixed Term

We are looking for a Complex Needs Support Worker to provide high quality support service to women ex-offenders in a residential setting in Brent, who wish to be reunited with their children upon their release from prison.

The successful candidate will be rewarded by working in a small and friendly team of practitioners, focused on supporting the women through a period of transition as well as supporting each member of the team to achieve positive outcomes.

The ReUnite team is based at the accommodation in Brent. The team regularly liaise with the wider Supported Housing department for team meetings and training. Housing for Women has a diverse and experienced pool of staff. This is an opportunity for networking, sharing ideas, knowledge and best practice.

 

Key responsibilities include: 

  • To provide a trauma informed service to a caseload of up to 20 children living in the community who have been separated from their mothers going into custody.
  • Undertake needs and risk assessments of each child coming into the service and develop an individual risk and support plan using an evidence based approach to achieve positive measurable outcomes in line with the outcome star and early learning goals.
  • Implement and embed co-production mechanisms with partner agencies for parenting group, therapeutic group work and providing group programs to women and their children.
  • Use participation strategies to engage young people and provide the most effective service for the children, young people and their families.
  • Support and advocacy for children and young people through legal processes such as custody and care proceedings.

 

To be successful in this job you will require:

  • Experience of delivering support to adults from diverse backgrounds and with mixed abilities and complex needs in a supported environment
  • Experience of delivering support to adults from diverse backgrounds and with mixed abilities who have alcohol and substance misuse needs
  • Experience of undertaking individual assessments including risk assessments and developing and delivering support plans
  • Understanding of local and national approaches to tackling domestic abuse including MARAC, child protection, social and voluntary services approaches/involvement
  • You will have an understanding of support mechanisms required when dealing with women who may require treatment in respect to drug and alcohol use and the potential barriers that there may be in accessing treatment.

 

Housing for Women is an independent organisation and we support women in London to challenge the inequalities they face. As a charity and a registered housing association, we are proud to have housed London’s women for 80 years; providing secure, affordable housing and related services to help them make the most of the opportunities they have

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only. (Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).

 


Overall Aim

To provide high quality support service to women ex-offenders in a residential setting who wish to be reunited with their children upon their release from prison.

ReUnite is a unique Pan London service designed at reuniting women and their dependent children. The ultimate aim is to reduce inter-generational cycles of abuse and offending by providing a stable base during the transition period of exiting custody and securing long term accommodation.

He post holder will assist with preparing, supporting and advocating for the women in their move towards independent living and a positive family life.

The role will include an element of facilitating and encouraging group activities, therapeutic work and understanding the women and their children’s trauma.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a trauma informed support service to a caseload of up to 4 women in a supported housing setting who are referred through the prison and probation services.
  • To work in partnership with the service user in assessing their individual needs, through support planning and reviewing using the principles of person centred planning.
  • To work innovatively and creatively in order to engage with women with a history of re-offending and abuse.
  • To co-ordinate and arrange community intervention for women to achieve their aims and goals set in support plans.
  • Liaise and build links with appropriate local and partnership agencies based upon the woman’s identified needs and in consultation with the client.
  • Implement and embed co-production mechanisms with partner agencies for parenting group, therapeutic group work, education, training and employment opportunities providing group programmes to women and children.
  • Carry out thorough risk assessments in conjunction with the women and any other relevant agencies as well as regularly reviewing these.
  • Provide effective advice and advocacy services to ensure the women have access to housing, welfare benefits, social services and legal support.
  • Undertake Inreach Prison visits with prison resettlement teams and probation services to support women prior to their release to carry out initial assessments.
  • To engage and involve service users, in line with the service user engagement policy and strategy, by identifying the needs of the women, their children and opportunities for involvement through a process of on-going consultation and to use this process to inform and develop strategies, help shape the service and to enhance engagement and involvement.
  • To facilitate and encourage group activities, discussions and social events as identified. This will include sourcing out venues and working in conjunction with other agencies to ensure appropriate and prompt delivery of activities.
  • To work collaboratively with the ReUnite Children’s worker in order to achieve the best outcome for the families.
  • Ensure the support is sensitive to the cultural, religious and specific needs of the women and children.
  • Participate in the Out of Hours, emergency on call rota as required.
  • Ensure that confidentiality of records and information relating to service users and staff is maintained in accordance with HfW’s Confidentiality Policy and Data Protection Policy and Procedures.
  • The post holder must ensure that personal information for service-users, members of staff and all other individuals is accurate, up-to-date, kept secure and confidential at all times in compliance with the GDPR 2018 and the common law duty of confidentiality. 

Managing self

  • To develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with all Housing for Women staff both locally and across the wider organisation, being committed as part of the team to providing a high level of support to survivors.
  • Think innovatively and seek solutions.
  • Foster a team working ethos, meet deadlines, offer support to colleagues and stakeholders where necessary and share successes. Build a team culture that is committed to delivering excellent results and continuous improvement.
  • To actively participate in Housing for Women’s performance management processes including regular supervisions and development. Use supervisions and other reflective practice opportunities to consider strengths and weaknesses, thoughts beliefs and motivation.
  • Attend relevant training courses as identified during supervision and appraisal. To be mindful of your own wellbeing and seek support when needed.
  • Ensure effective implementation of Housing for Women’s Diversity and Inclusion policy. Foster an awareness of equality and human rights; integrate this ethos into all practices of your work. Always seek to further develop all anti-discriminatory practices.
  • Ensure confidentiality of records and information relating to service users and staff is maintained in accordance with Housing for Women’s Confidentiality Policy. 
  • Carry out any other duties appropriate to the post as requested by your Line Manager, Chief Executive Officer and/or Board to ensure the smooth running of the organisation     

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS

Section 7(2) b & e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply to this position – (Only Female applicants Please)

Please note no job description can be entirely comprehensive and the post holder will be expected to carry out additional duties broadly consistent with the job description
as required.

All job descriptions are subject to annual review in the light of the project’s development. Housing for Women reserves the right to amend this role profile as necessary, after consultation with the post holder to reflect changes in or to the role.

Person Specification

 

 

Experience, Knowledge and qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with vulnerable adults from diverse backgrounds, within the criminal justice system and with complex needs.
  • Experience of undertaking individual assessments including risk assessments and developing and delivering support plans.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with external agencies.
  • Knowledge of the possible impact that contact with the criminal justice system and imprisonment have upon women and their children.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation relating to Criminal Justice, Housing, Children etc.
  • A working knowledge and understanding of welfare benefits, safeguarding children and adult, child protection, social and voluntary services approaches/involvement.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of strategies to empower women to address issues of complex needs such as mental health, substance misuse and offending history.
  • A working knowledge of health and safety practices in relation to supported housing

 

 

Skills

  • Ability to build effective, professional working relationships both internally and externally whilst valuing diversity.
  • Strong crisis management skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload, meet deadlines, make decisions and work independently.
  • A good understanding of confidentiality, data protection and professional boundaries
  • Experience and an understanding of the risk associated with Lone working
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to provide accurate high quality reports, record information and provide briefings.
  • Proficient in using IT systems, client management systems and experience of using Microsoft Office or equivalent, including use of Outlook, Word and Excel.

 

Personal style and behaviour 

  • A thorough understanding of and a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as well as anti-discriminatory practice.
  • A flexible approach. 
  • A commitment to the values, vision and objectives of Housing for Women’s culture of continuous service improvement.

 



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