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If you’re looking for a rewarding role that offers the chance to turn people’s lives around, this could be the role for you. The Probation Service works with around 30,000 offenders a year to support their rehabilitation. Our Residential Workers work in Approved Premises (AP) to secure homes for offenders who are on release from the prison service and making the transition back into the community. To find out more and to hear the testimonies of existing staff please click on the link below.
Approved Premises - Ministry of Justice
NB: Roles require working regular unsociable hours which attract premium rates of pay in addition to advertised annual salary.
Monday to Friday: 7pm to 8am premium payment of 30%
Weekend: 8am Saturday – 8am Monday premium payment of 50%
Public/Bank Holidays :8am to 8am premium payment of 50%: in addition, time off in lieu for actual hours worked is applicable.
Overview of the job
The job holder will work as part of a team providing 24 hour cover at an Approved Premises (AP) including security and monitoring services. They will provide assistance and support to offenders in Approved Premises to reduce their risk of reoffending, recall or breach of the condition of their licence or Court Order. To ensure that offenders resident at an AP and the fabric of it are kept safe and secure throughout their shift
The job holder will assist in the supervision of residents, maintaining discipline and the adherence to AP rules, licence conditions and court orders. In addition, will contribute to the management of residents' risk. This post will involve substantial out of hours work, both waking night duty and weekend work. The post holder may be required to cover duties at other Approved Premises at times of staff absence
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.
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:Contribute to effective team practice, communicate effectively with team members and pass on key informationUndertake regular inspections of the building, including cellars and grounds throughout the period of duty, recording any occurrences/damage or defects, and monitor CCTV equipmentMaintain an active presence in the AP at all times. Regularly engage with residents in a pro-social manner. Contribute towards the protection of residents, e.g. monitor in line with risk assessments.Monitor behaviour of high risk residents and motivate residents to ensure compliance. Respond appropriately to abusive or aggressive behaviourEnsure that the AP is locked and secure during curfew period. Confirm the presence and wellbeing of all residents overnightFacilitate the function of the AP as a first/emergency point of contact out of hours Escalate to the standby Manager any matters of concern to ensure the enforcement and /or compliance with court orders, licences, AP rulesSupport and create a safe working environment for staff, residents and visitors by adhering to Health and Safety legislation, ensuring Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) and Risk Assessments are followed reporting incidents to Manager. Undertake Health and Safety, fire alarm, curfews and room curfew checks in line with procedures. Undertake room searches, pack up residents possessions as directedSupport the arrangement and delivery of purposeful activities for residents within the premisesSupervise residents' mealsUndertake effective induction of residentsFollow prescribed medication procedures including the issuing of medication to residents and both weekly and nightly audit of medication sheetsUndertake alcohol and drugs tests as requested by the ManagerUndertake First Aid if a resident is injured or self-harms.Maintain hostel records and files as required, including data entry as necessary and contribute to the completion of incident reportsCarry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policiesDeal with visitors and telephone calls, and monitor the work of visiting contractors in accordance with health and safety.Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudesTo work within the aims and values of NPS and HMPPS
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 alternations 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.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
BehavioursWorking TogetherCommunicating and InfluencingMaking Effective Decisions
Essential ExperienceExperience of working with a diverse range of people who have experienced a range of social/personal difficulties.
Technical requirementsMinimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent qualification IT Skills: Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPointHigh level numeracy and literacy skills required to read, understand and interpret policies
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances
Additional payments are made for working unsocial hours