Play Specialist

  • Job Reference: 103143
  • Date Posted: 27 September 2021
  • Recruiter: Easy Web Recruitment
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £22,000
  • Sector: Charity and Not For Profit
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: Until November 2023
  • Work Hours: Part Time

Job Description

Our client is a highly respected independent charity, working across England and Wales to develop and deliver a range of innovative services. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoner’s children and families, to prisoners and those who have resettled back into the community. Their work is founded on core values, the first of which is a belief in the innate dignity of every human being, and their work focusses on human relationships, family and community. They are committed to achieving high standards of quality in all that they do.

Position: Play Specialist
Location: HMP Pentonville - London, N7 8TT
Contract Type: Fixed Term, until November 2023
Hours: Part Time, 26.25 Hours /week (Monday to Sunday)
Salary: £15,400 per annum pro rata (FTE £22,000 per annum)

Closing date for applications: 17th October, 2021
Interview date: TBC

About the Role:

This role will lead on an exciting new project overseeing provision for children visiting HMP Pentonville. Working as a member of the Family Services team you will with focus on improving the experience for children visiting the prison, on delivering high quality engaging play activities for children visiting the prison to see their loved one.


As a Play Specialist you are responsible for training and supporting our play volunteers and student placements. You 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.

About You:

To be successful as a Play Specialist you will work closely with them and prison staff to plan, resource and manage visits relating to children, such as family days and child-centred visit.

In addition to, providing warm, human support and ensure that children, families and prisoners are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy and ensure their needs are considered and views are heard at all levels.

Other information:

This post includes weekend work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds including those who have previous convictions (appointment to post is subject to a risk assessment). This post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, verification of identity and proven right to work in the UK, satisfactory HMPPS/ MoJ Security Prison Vetting, satisfactory employer references covering a minimum of 3 years and a satisfactory enhanced DBS. 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 Play Specialist , Play Leader, Play Worker, Teacher, Coach, Play Scheme Assistant, Nursery Worker, Therapeutic Play, Play Therapy, Teaching, Coaching, Childcare, Nursery Team Leader, etc.

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