Quality Development Officer - Criminal Justice

  • Confidential
  • Manchester, UK
  • 04 Nov, 2021
Full Time Government

Job Description

INTERVENTIONS ALLIANCE is a division of Seetec and will be delivering CFO Activity Hubs. The Activity Hubs project is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO). We offer tailored support for offenders who, due to their multiple or complex barriers are unable to access or fully benefit from mainstream services. The programme, available following release from prison and to those serving community sentences, has dual aims - to increase effective engagement with core probation services and to encourage participation in activities to help individuals lead law abiding lives. Participants are enabled to access tailored support, appropriate to their individual circumstance and assessed needs. The activities include a holistic range of social, creative and group activities and the opportunity to interact with positive role models and peers.

Attendance is voluntary and there is no statutory or any other form of compulsion. To facilitate participation, a key focus will be on providing a warm, welcoming and enabling environment. CFO Activity Hubs provide a safe and supportive space where participants can, and most importantly want to engage. Hubs are placed in the heart of local communities, involving local organisations and/or community representatives, to increase integration and the availability of local support for participants.

The aim is to provide a comprehensive programme of activities to enable participants, to engage with support available through existing provision. Ultimately, the aim is to address barriers to work and/or equip individuals with the necessary skills needed to desist from offending and successfully reintegrate into to their local communities.

Job Role

We are recruiting a Quality Development Officer to work alongside the management and operational team, to lead continuous practice improvement and high-quality service delivery within the CFO Activity Hub.

You will lead and oversee the development of high-quality practice among operational staff and volunteers, through observations, audit and development activities.

Our successful candidate will hold a Diploma in Probation Studies or Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice or equivalent in similar fields e.g. mental health, social care, substance misuse. You will have a good working knowledge of the probation service/criminal justice sector.

You will be experienced and enjoy delivering activities to develop the quality of practice and developing individuals and teams. Facilitating workshops and practice discussions is an important part of the role too.

We need your experience and knowledge of desistance and trauma informed approaches to help us to achieve positive change and reducing reoffending.

Key Responsibilities

* Deliver quality development activities to build an inclusive culture that enables hub Participants to fulfil their potential, overcome barriers and desist from crime.

* Draw on the 'Enabling Environments' standard, trauma informed practice and desistance theories to reducing re-offending.

* Work collaboratively, to develop high quality practice that enables Participants to achieve positive change and meets CFO contractual requirements.

* Create a learning environment in which hub staff and volunteers are able to develop.

* Oversee risk management within the hub.

* Support the management of complex cases and complex volunteer mentor / participant relationships.

* Support the development of positive stakeholder relationships, to raise awareness of the hub and its contribution to the local community; promote its standing and reputation and maximise referrals.

Skills & Experience

* Diploma in Probation Studies or Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice or equivalent in similar fields e.g. mental health, social care, substance misuse.

* A good working knowledge of the probation service/criminal justice sector.

* Experience of delivering activities to develop the quality of practice, with individuals who have multiple complex needs.

* Understanding of diversity, equalities and inclusive practice.

* Experience of coaching and developing individuals and teams, to create an inclusive enabling environment.

* Experience of managing risk and safeguarding.

* Experience and knowledge of desistance and trauma informed approaches to achieving positive change and reducing reoffending.

Salary: £28,050 to £33,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Location: Manchester (occasional travel may be required across sites nationally, however these activities will be undertaken using remote technology, where possible)

Contract: Permanent

Hours: The core hours are Monday to Friday between 10 and 4, and some work may be required in the evening and/or Saturdays to total 37 hours per week. We operate a flexible working policy to reflect the flexible opening times of the Hubs and for the benefit of employees.

Closing Date: 16th November 2021

Benefits: 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, Pension, Competitive Salary, Optional Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to work scheme, Eye care scheme, Access to wide range of local and national discounts.

Seetec - Interventions Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share and uphold this commitment in conjunction with the requirements of the Prevent Duty and the positive promotion of modern British values.

Dependent on the role applying to you may be required to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/DS) check. Seetec - Interventions Alliance support the recruitment of ex- offenders and will not discriminate in anyway. Our full policy statement of "Ex-Offenders" can be found on our website under" About us".

Seetec - Interventions Alliance is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

The Activity Hubs project is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO). HMPPS CFO is a European Social Fund resettlement support programme which delivers projects aimed at improving employability, which are seen as key to changing lives and reducing reoffending