Therapeutic Play Specialist – Early Years

  • Job Reference: 102779
  • Date Posted: 13 September 2021
  • Recruiter: Easy Web Recruitment
  • Location: Sutton
  • Salary: £11,000
  • Sector: Charity and Not For Profit
  • Job Type: Part Time Flex
  • Duration: Fixed Term Contract
  • Work Hours: Part Time

Job Description

Have you got what it takes to support prisoners and their families?

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: Therapeutic Play Specialist (early years specialist)
Location: Sutton, Surrey
Job type: Part Time, Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 18.75 Hours per week (regular weekend and evening work is required)
Salary: £11,000 per annum pro rata (FTE £ 22,000.00 per annum)

Closing date for applications: 11th October, 2021
Interviews: TBC

About the role:

This role will lead on an exciting new project overseeing provision for children visiting. 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 their 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 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. This post includes weekend work on Saturdays and Sundays.

What they offer:

Our client offers a range of benefits including a free advice, information and counselling service, contributory pension, corporate eye care scheme, cycle to work scheme and generous holiday entitlement. You will have the opportunity to attend training events to further develop yourself as a professional training and interventions worker. You will undergo a thorough induction process and be supported by a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Other information:

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.

Ref: 102 779