- Organisation: Shelter
- Salary: £23,611
- Salary info: Fixed Term Contract – 12 Months
- Job Type: Full time
- Closing date: 27 April 2014
- Location: HMP Kirkham, Lancashire (with occasional travel to other HMPs in the local area)
This is an exciting opportunity for a social welfare law adviser, preferably with experience of the Criminal Justice sector, to actively contribute to the Resettlement of men leaving custody and returning to the community. You can help us to ensure no prisoner leaves custody without a home to return to.
Shelter’s Specialist Advice and Resettlement Team provide vital advice and support to prisoners and staff across 12 prisons in the North West. You will be advising prisoners with complex and multiple needs, identifying legislative challenges where applicable, helping to sustain accommodation upon entry to custody and managing historical financial and debt issues.
Benefits include 30 days annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.
Your key responsibilities:
• Undertaking inductions to work closely with any prisoner requiring housing, finance and debt advice during their time in custody
• Addressing their needs via a holistic multiagency engagement approach and preparing them for independence upon release
• Working closely with Peer Advisers in a collaborative and inclusive manner to support your operational delivery and develop their skills in preparation for employment
• Working independently in the prison but liaising closely with the local Lancashire prison team HMP Preston in preparation for future development opportunities.
And what you’ll need:
• Considerable experience of advice work, an understanding of housing law and some knowledge of welfare benefits and debt
• Experience of advocacy on behalf of clients to other agencies/authorities
• Some experience of working in a criminal justice system setting, where you also monitored quality and supported and developed colleagues
• The ability to manage a very busy caseload in a fast-paced, pressurised environment
• Proficiency using case management systems and Microsoft Office applications.
Please note that due to contract length of this role, successful candidates will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for an Enhanced Disclosure of convictions (including those which are “spent” for other purposes of the Act), reprimands and warnings, as well as undertaking vetting for access to HMP Prisons on acceptance of the role. A conviction is not necessarily a bar to recruitment and consideration will be given to all material facts and circumstances. Shelter is a registered body with the DBS and as such adheres to the Code of Practice. Copies of this are available.
For further information about the role, the benefits of working for Shelter and to apply please visit our website.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Shelter helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.
We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
For further information and to apply click here