Pact is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families both in prison and the community. We believe in inter-dependence and in the fundamental importance of healthy relationships and the family to reduce the chances of re-offending and intergenerational crime. With this at the core, we are developing a new innovative family service pilot in partnership with HMP Brixton, HMPPS and Porticus, that will deliver an end to end integrated rehabilitation and resettlement support programme to prisoners and their children and families. The service will ensure prisoners, their children, carers and other relatives have access to appropriate advice, guidance, learning opportunities, care and support to better enable them to maintain or enhance positive relationships, from the first day of arrival at Brixton prison, to up to 6 months post release.
Position: Therapeutic Play and Children's Advocacy Specialist
Location: HMP Brixton, London
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £26,000 per annum
Closing date: 26 May 2019
Interviews commencing week beginning: 03 June 2019
About the role:
This is an opportunity for a skilled play and child / youth development practitioner to join Pact’s ground-breaking comprehensive family service at HMP Brixton and in the community as the key advocate for prisoners’ children. Working as part of a team of custody and community-based staff, you will support volunteer befrienders and colleagues to engage with and support children and young people whose families are affected by imprisonment. This may involve one-to-one and groupwork support with children and families, advocacy support, developing age appropriate resources and information, and providing training for Pact and HMPS colleagues.
You will be working as part of a pioneering Family Services team whose work will reduce re-offending, build stronger families, reduce the risk of inter-generational offending, and show the way forward in an integrated approach to prisoner care & rehabilitation and supporting the children and families of prisoners.
With significant experience of one to one work and groupwork with children and young people, including with families with multiple and complex needs, you will have excellent safeguarding knowledge and a positive attitude to inter-agency work and building partnerships to promote the welfare of children.
You will also have extensive knowledge of play theory, play therapy and child / youth development, and experience of designing and using a variety of play techniques and tools that are age appropriate. As a role model and ambassador for Pact, you will demonstrate our ethos and values, including positive, healthy relationships; reflective practice; partnership-building; teamwork; flexible thinking; creativity and transparency.
What Pact Offers:
Pact offers a range of employee benefits including free confidential advice and counselling, generous holiday entitlement, cycle to work scheme, free eye care vouchers and pension. You will undergo a thorough induction and training programme and be supported by a friendly, enthusiastic and committed team.
This post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, verification of identity and proven right to work in the UK, satisfactory references from previous employers covering a 3 year period, declaration of any unspent criminal convictions (and where appropriate a satisfactory risk assessment), Prison Vetting and a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check. Please note that being bankrupt or having County Court Judgements may affect your ability to be successfully vetted to work in a prison.
You may have experience of the following: Children’s Practitioner, Therapeutic Play, Children’s Advocacy, Play Leader, Play Worker, Teacher, Coach, Play Scheme Assistant, Nursery Worker, Therapeutic Play, Play Therapy, Teaching, Coaching, Childcare, Nursery Team Leader, Charity, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit etc