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Partner Link Worker Full Time

at HM Prison & Probation Service London in London (Published at 18-11-2021)

Reference number


167346

Salary


£22,924 - £28,200


Grade


Other
NPS Pay Band 3 National


Contract type


Permanent


Type of role


Operational Delivery


Working pattern


Full-time


Number of posts


2


Location


This position is based at NPS 9 CORPORATION ROAD DARLINGTON, DL3 6TH, NMS Wear House, DH1 1TH, NMS Wetherby House, TS18 2SL


About the job


Summary


Please refer to Job Description


Job description


The Partner Link Worker role is a crucial component in the delivery of the Building Better Relationships (BBR) accredited programme for men convicted of intimate partner violence offences. PLWs contribute to the safety of partners/ex-partners of men attending BBR and any children with whom they are involved. This work involves many tasks including but not limited to:

  • Supporting partners/ex-partners to develop a safety plan for themselves and their children (where applicable)
  • Provide realistic information to partners/ex-partners about BBR and possible outcomes
  • Provide partners/ex-partners with information about participants attendance on the programme
  • Signpost partners/ex-partners to relevant local services offering support and guidance
  • Ensuring partners/ex-partners are informed about any escalating or emerging risk
  • Ensuring that relevant information is shared promptly with BBR programme facilitators and the participant?s Probation Practitioner to inform risk assessment and management
  • Contribute to Multi-Agency conferences and Safeguarding procedures where appropriate
We are recruiting for PLW roles in the Durham and Cleveland areas and there will be an expectation that successful candidate will be able to travel to support colleagues and partners/ex-partners across the North East Probation Service area.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview of the job

Work with victims and current partners of men attending domestic violence programmes in order to promote the safety of women and children.

Summary

The postholder will provide contact and support at specified periods to victims and partners of service users who are scheduled to attend a domestic abuse intervention programme.

This role will entail regular liaison with group facilitators, case managers and external agencies and will require at high profile risk management meetings such as MAPPA or MARAC.

Flexible working hours are required i.e. evening and weekends, where necessary, to be flexible as to when partners/ victims can meet / be contacted.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Initiate timely contact with victims and partners of perpetrators attending an NPS domestic abuse intervention.
  • Provide written information and discuss programme content with the victims and partners of perpetrators attending NPS interventions and obtain a signed disclosure of information form and manage victims? expectations.
  • Assess safety of home visiting, including offender information such as OASys and contact with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies e.g. social services, police, Victim Support etc and complete a DASH risk assessment.
  • Explain the purpose of the SARA (spousal assault risk assessment) and administer if required.
  • Request feedback from partners/ victims at regular intervals throughout the intervention
  • Carry out safeguarding children and safeguarding adult duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies.
  • Ensure that any information relating to the service users? risk is, where appropriate, shared promptly and in a victim sensitive manner with the Probation Practitioner, programme team and other agencies where relevant.
  • Complete a victim/ partner report as required, summarising key victim issue
  • Promote the safety of victim?s, children and other dependants by supporting victims to construct a realistic safety plan and provide information about appropriate local support organisations.
  • Provide victims and partners with information about the perpetrator?s attendance on the programme.
  • Form and maintain relationships with local support services to enable successful referrals for support and advice and contributing to a co- ordinated community response to domestic violence.
  • Take an active part in interagency risk management meetings where appropriate, such as MAPPA and MARAC.
  • To support the programme manager in delivering presentations and providing information about this aspect of the service.

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.


Responsibilities


Please refer to Job Description


Behaviours


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:


  • Making Effective Decisions

  • Working Together

  • Communicating and Influencing

  • Managing a Quality Service

  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits

  • Access to learning and development


  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance


  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity


  • A civil service pension


  • Annual Leave


  • Public Holidays


  • Season Ticket Advance


For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.



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