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KSS Victim Liaison Officers (VLOs) work with victims or a bereaved family member of violent or sexual offences when the offender has been sentenced to a period of imprisonment or Hospital Order, through the Victim Contact and Victim Notification Schemes. VLOs keep victims informed about key stages or events in the offenders’ sentence. VLOs will advise victims of their rights under the Victim Code of Practice and will signpost to additional support where required. VLOs will support victims to make a Victim Personal Statement to ensure their concerns are shared with the Parole Board when release is being considered.
Overview of the job
The job holder will work with victims who are in, or are being considered for inclusion in, the statutory National Probation Service (NPS) Victim Contact Scheme (VCS). The scheme is for victims of specified serious violent or sexual offences where the offender receives a prison sentence of 12 months or more, or a hospital order. They will contribute to the assessment and management of risk posed by offenders in order to protect the public. They will liaise with victims and keep them updated at regular intervals in accordance with the service specification for victim liaison, and relevant legislation. They will provide the victim with information about any significant changes during the offender's sentence, enable victims to participate by making representations or providing their views at specific points, and produce reports at appropriate times. They will liaise with the offender manager and contribute to inter-agency meetings in appropriate cases in order to ensure that victim's views have been considered.
The post holder will have direct contact with victims, in order to share information about the offender's sentence/ hospital order and to explain and respond to queries about an offender's journey through the period of detention to their supervision in the community. This requires knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, including the functions of the courts, prisons, probation and the Parole Board, as well as youth justice and the arrangements for mentally disordered offenders. They will do this through the actions below:Liaise with and provide (and analyse) information and give advice to criminal courts, criminal justice agencies and other partner agencies to ensure that the victim perspective has been considered.To keep the victim informed and to provide information to victims during the key stages of the offender's sentence, during the period through to sentence end and contribute towards the assessment and management of the risk of harm to victims. To 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.Provided it is safe to do so, some out of hours working may be required during the week and weekends.
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties set out below.Use the NPS computer based systems to produce, update and maintain records and other documentation (such as reports for external bodies) within agreed timescales. Assess the risks and needs of victims for whom the post holder is the case manager and complete any required actions within appropriate time scales including home, prison and/or alternate location visits as required in accordance with the service procedures and policies. Refer significant changes/escalation in risk or need to the Senior Probation Officer (SPO), the offender manager (OM) and other agencies e.g. Police, Prison, Children's services and domestic violence units).Ensure effective referrals to and communication with offender management staff, service providers and external agencies.To attend professional meetings and represent the NPS at appropriate partnership forums. Carry out safeguarding children and safeguarding adult duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policiesManage victims' expectations and keep them updated with relevant aspects of the case in a timely and appropriate manner. Assist where necessary to enable victims to make representations about licence/discharge conditions and/or complete Victims Personal Statements.Provide cover within the victim liaison unit as appropriate. To assist colleagues working in NPS and partner agencies to understand their responsibilities under the Victim Contact Scheme.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 are 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
BehavioursMaking Effective DecisionsChanging and Improving Delivering at PaceCommunicating and InfluencingDeveloping Self and Others Working Together
Essential ExperienceExperience of working with a diverse range of people who have experienced a range of social/personal difficultiesExperience of working with diverse communities including promoting equality and valuing diversityKnowledge and understanding of the factors which influence the engagement with victimsKnowledge and understanding of risk assessment/ risk management relating to offendersKnowledge and understanding of the work of the Criminal Justice system and agencies.Communicate effectively and sensitively with a wide range of individuals including those who may be distressed or present difficult or aggressive behaviour
Minimum 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English, Maths
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances