Pact is a national charity that supports people with convictions and help with their children and families.
Position: Play Worker
Location: HMP Wandsworth, London
Job type: Part time, Permanent
Hours: 18.75 hours per week (including weekends); Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Salary: £10,286.25 (FTE £20,572.50)
Benefits: Generous holiday entitlement, child care vouchers, pension scheme and more.
Closing date: 26 May 2019
Interviews commencing week beginning: 03 June 2019
About the role:
This role will play a part in maintaining positive relationships between prisoners and their loved ones, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of prisoners reoffending through supporting and maintaining family contact. The play service will provide support to ensure that children, families and prisoners are treated with respect and dignity.
Working as a member of the Family Services team at HMP Wandsworth, with a focus on delivering high quality engaging play activities for children visiting the prison to see their loved one.
Working as one of the Family services team, this role will assist in the organising of a regular play facility for children visiting HMP Wandsworth. You will assist in ensuring that the play facilities operate at an excellent standard in its provision of activities and safeguarding of children at all times, ensuring that activities are suited to the range of children visiting the prison.
To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience working directly with children, young people and their families using an appropriate range of techniques. You will have the ability to relate with warmth and sensitively to people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including children, prisoners, ex-prisoners, volunteers, prison officers, colleagues, and others.
You will have the ability to provide a warm welcoming environment to ensure that children, families and prisoners are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. You will also have a knowledge of safeguarding / child protection practice alongside a knowledge of data protection and of carrying out risk assessments in a childcare setting.
You will have Good experience and skills of planning creative, relevant play activities for children. You will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate empathetic to the needs of prisoners’ families.
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications form all backgrounds including those with a previous conviction (appointment to post is subject to a risk assessment).
Please be aware that this role is conditional upon prison security clearance, an enhanced DBS and references covering three years of employment history.
You may have experience of the following: Play Worker, Teacher, Coach, Play Scheme Assistant, Nursery Worker, Activities Coordinator, Teaching, Coaching, Childcare, Nursery Assistant, Support Worker, Care Worker, Care Assistant, Social Work, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit, etc.