We are looking for a dynamic individual who possess excellent motivational interviewing, engagement and leadership skills for this new, exciting role. Working in partnership with Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, Changing Lives Women’s Services will deliver Through the Gate services for women from the Durham Tees Valley area serving sentences in HMP/YOI Low Newton. The successful candidates will be responsible for identifying individual needs attributed to offending, and brokering access into local services to address needs. They will develop referral routes to community interventions so knowledge of the geographical area and existing community provision is essential. The ability to foster a quick rapport with stakeholders, including participants, commissioner, the Prison Service and service providers.
Changing Lives’ Women’s Services reach out and support women who may experience a range of complex needs. We understand that, as women, we have experiences which are different to men but many mainstream services do not recognise our distinct needs. At Changing Lives we provide support around vulnerabilities which are directly affected by gender, often relating to experiences of childhood trauma and abuse – which can continue into adolescence and adulthood.
We provide services for women and girls: with experience of survival sex, sexual exploitation and sex work; who are homeless; use drugs and alcohol, often as a means to manage poor mental health. We support women involved in the criminal justice system many of whom are disproportionately affected through harsher sentences and separation from their children. Childhood abuse and domestic abuse are common features in the lives of the women we support which impacts on their health and wellbeing. Underpinning all our services is an in-depth understanding of trauma and a focus on recovery, resilience and community integration which is central to all
About the job
This is a particularly exciting opportunity if you are passionate about working with women involved in the Criminal Justice System in this pilot, a partnership throughcare approach for women participants sentenced to custody. A specialist team of staff will work with women participants both in custody and after release till the end of their licence and post sentence supervision period.
This will be a partnership team, comprising 4 full time equivalent staff from DTV CRC and Changing Lives. Participants will be allocated a Responsible Officer (either a DTV or Changing Lives member of staff) when sentenced, who will work with them for the duration of their time in custody and whilst subject to supervision in the community.
The Senior Practitioner will be responsible for the line management of the Resettlement Worker and delivering TTG services. This will involve undertaking needs assessments and resettlement planning with women in custody within set timescales, within specific timescales and providing onward case management support in the community upon release. All support will be delivered using approaches which are trauma-informed, non-judgemental, strengths based and understanding the distinct needs of women.
Feedback to Durham Tees Valley 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.
*This role is funded for 2 years*
We are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities.