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Are you a confident communicator? Are you passionate about rehabilitation and the benefits of group-work? Could you help people make meaningful and sustained changes in their lives? If so, then a career as a Programmes Facilitator in the Probation Service in the East Midlands could be for you.
The Programmes Team deliver programmes in the areas of domestic violence, general offending and emotional management. As a Programmes Facilitator, you would be responsible for supporting people on probation through group-work and one to one programmes, to address their offending behaviour and encourage them to make changes to lead positive lives free from offending. Our team is made up of a strong and inclusive group of colleagues, from all walks of life, who are passionate about helping and motivating people on probation to achieve their potential and take control of their actions and behaviours.
As a Facilitator your role would be to plan, deliver and debrief a range of sessions to groups of individuals on key topics, such as assertive communication, thinking skills, problem solving, emotional management and social and relationship skills. The role of a Facilitator is a collaborative one. You will work alongside your fellow team members to ensure that the people on probation receive the highest quality treatment and support, as well as sharing information and providing guidance to members of the wider organisation, such as Probation Practitioners and Partner Link Workers, to ensure the people on probation are fully supported throughout their rehabilitation journey.
The Programmes Team is committed to learning and development, and full training for the role of Facilitator is provided, with regular support and supervision being provided throughout your journey and you will receive regular feedback as you develop your facilitation skills.
Requirements of the Programme Facilitator Role Include:To train in a deliver group work programmes as outlined in the Accredited Programme and Structured Interventions Manuals and in keeping with the core concepts of group work delivery.To monitor group participants progress, provide participants with feedback, and ensuring this is recorded on relevant systems.To work alongside Treatment Managers to contribute to the assessment of risk, protective factors and treatment targets of those attending group.Undertake regular feedback and development sessions and workshops.Liaise with Probation Practitioners, Partner Link Worker and partner agencies to share information on progress and risk.To identify and take the necessary actions to protect children and vulnerable adults and promote their welfare in accordance with safeguarding policies and procedures.To contribute to the assessment of risk that a group participant may pose.Work some evenings, and/weekends to ensure the groups are accessible outside normal working hours.To deliver groups from various delivery venues across the region.To work as a team to support performance targets and integrity requirements.
Overview of the job
The job holder will undertake the full range of work with offenders before and after sentence. This will include assessment, sentence implementation, offender management and producing reports. The job holder will provide case management support to a full range of offenders utilising service procedures and practice directions that underpin professional judgement.
To assess and manage the risk (including risk management plans and escalation) posed by offenders to protect victims of crime and the general public by:
· Liaising, providing information and advice to criminal courts, criminal justice agencies and other partner agencies
· Supervise and manage risk of those offenders subject to community sentences, during and after custodial sentences.
· Work with other agencies and groups to prevent crime and meet the needs of victims and offenders.
In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
If relevant to the role, some out of hours working may be required (i.e. Courts, Approved Premises, programmes, evening reporting etc)
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
Probation Services Officers may be required to undertake any combination, or all, of the duties and responsibilities set out below.
· To undertake the full range of offender management tasks with offenders assessed as low or medium risk of harm and to support the Probation Officer grade in high risk cases.
· When providing case manager support, to contribute to the delivery of the Risk Management plan and report significant changes relating to risk of harm and/or of reoffending or any non-compliance within agreed enforcement procedures
· To use computer based systems to produce, update and maintain records and other documentation within agreed timescales
· Ensure effective referrals to services and facilities and communicate with offender management staff, interventions staff, service providers and external agencies to review progress and associated risks.
· To undertake prison, home or alternate location visits as required in accordance with service procedures and policies.
· To undertake work in the court setting, including the completion of appropriate reports on cases and prosecution of breaches.
· To provide cover within teams as required
· To deliver and co-lead accredited programmes commensurate with grade
· To conduct mandatory alcohol and drug tests as required, and to follow prescribed medication procedures
· Carry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
· Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes.
· To work within the aims and values of NPS and NOMS
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
· Making Effective Decisions
· Changing and Improving
· Working Together
· Delivering at Pace
· Communicating and Influencing
· Experience of working with a diverse range of people who have experienced a range of social/personal difficulties and the need to use tact and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
· Experience in planning and coordinating work
· Experience of working with groups or individuals in order to motivate and change behaviour
· An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and diversity good practice
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
· Minimum 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English, Maths or the ability to evidence high level numeracy and literacy skills required to read, understand and interpret policies and the ability to write reports and correspondence for internal and external stakeholders
· Understanding of factors related to offending e.g. substance misuse, accommodation issues and being able to emphasise constructively with a range of people
· Understanding of and commitment to the principles of case management.
· Knowledge and understanding of risk management/risk assessment as pertaining to offenders and the impact on victims of crime
· Understanding of Health & Safety legislation in the workplace
· Knowledge and understanding of the work of the Criminal Justice System and Probation Service
· Knowledge of the aims and objectives of the Probation Service
· Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with offenders, professionals, courts and other public fora.