SE253 – Sessional Caseworker

Location: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Status: Part Time Hours Per Week: Up to 18.5 hours per week Salary: £9.77 per hour (£8.72 per hour plus Sessional Holiday rate of £1.05) Closing Date: 24th January 2021

About you

Do you have experience of working directly with vulnerable women with complex issues in a person centred way? Do you have knowledge of the issues faced by women involved in the criminal justice system?

Do you have experience of planning and monitoring performance of contractual targets? Do you have an up to date knowledge and experience of safeguarding issues? Do you have experience of working in an environment that is health and safety conscience?

Do you have experience of working to set administrative guidelines? Do you have experience of using a database to record actions/outcomes?

If so, the role of Sessional Caseworker could be for you.

Please note this post exempt under section 7 (2) (e) and (f) of The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and therefore open to female applicants only. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

About us

Changing Lives began in 1970, when four people set up Tyneside Cyrenians, offering food and shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the North East. Since then, services have grown and developed to support people experiencing a wide range of personal challenges, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic abuse.

Today our charity employs over 600 staff, has 400 volunteers and operates from Berwick to London giving people hope and aspiration that their lives can change. We listen carefully to the experiences of people with lived experience and 20% of staff at Changing Lives have previously used services.

At Changing Lives, we believe that everyone deserves a safe home, a rewarding job and a life free from addiction or abuse. We also believe that, given the right support, anyone can change their life for the better. By focusing on their strengths, potential and opportunities, we help over 14,000 people overcome their problems and live safe, successful, independent lives each year.

We’re looking for committed and compassionate professionals who share our enthusiasm for changing lives.

About the job

We have an exciting opportunity available for a Case Worker within our HMPPS European Social Fund Round 3 Service in the East Midlands. The post holder will support women prior to release from HMP Foston Hall, and offering support to women on license across the area. The role includes flexibility to travel within working hours as required, including team meetings at the East Midlands office in Nottingham.

As a Case Worker you will be responsible for engaging with and supporting women in custody and community. This includes one-to-one support planning, goal setting, and group work. Working collaboratively with partner organisations, probation services and prisons to provide holistic, person centred services in relation to addressing the underlying causes of their offending behaviour; as well as information and guidance in relation to referrals to partner organisations.

The successful candidate will have a strong awareness of managing risk, be a non-judgemental listener, and take a pragmatic approach to responding to challenges that the women face. Knowledge of local services would be a distinct advantage.

What can we offer you in return?

  • Long established local employer
  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Annual Pay Review
  • Central location (near Team Valley Retail Park – Gateshead) with Free onsite parking
  • Employee Pension scheme 5% Employee / 3% Employer
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Free Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
  • CLUB Scheme – Access to Online Discounts
  • Comprehensive Learning & Development Opportunities

Apply for the job

Want to know more about this extremely exciting and rewarding opportunity? Download the full job description and application form from and forward a completed application form to recruitment@changing-lives.org.uk

We are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities. 

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