Integrated Offender Interventions Service (IOIS) - Caseworker
Number of Positions: 2
Job Category: Other
Contract Type: Temporary Casual
Salary: £22700 - £22700
G4S Business Unit:
Closing Date: 22/10/2012
Role Responsibility:Integrated Offender Interventions Service (IOIS)
Caseworkers (2 posts) based Swansea/Neath
40 hours per week – fixed term contract to March 2016
Salary £22,700 per annum
The Integrated Offender Interventions Service works in the community to provide substance misuse interventions and case management of service users referred from the Police, Probation and Prison Services. We provide a range of interventions and services including police custody arrest referral, court reports, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, clinical treatment services, prison link and liaison and management of released prisoners.
Responsible for the comprehensive assessment, care planning and case management of substance misusers seeking to enter the South Wales IOIS. To provide drug arrest referral, through case and aftercare, support and assertive outreach services to substance misusers identified through contacts in Police custody, courts, prison or the community. To manage and report on offenders who have statutory orders made by the Court for treatment of substance misuse under the DRR, AAR and ATR requirements.
Engage with identified IOIS participants referred to the Service through the Criminal Justice System, including the provision of drug and alcohol arrest referral cover at Police Stations, attendance for Court duties and Prison visits.
Carry out detailed personal and risk assessments against criteria, based on the Drug Intervention Record (DIR), including Required Assessments and Restriction on Bail and DRR/ATR and AAR statutory case assessments (using AUDIT), and to develop an agreed recovery care-plan for all participants’ substance misuse and associated issues. You will have a duty of care to adhere to recovery plans and agreed change protocols with the client and other parties engaged in the recovery plan.
Support IOIS service users by promoting recovery through the provision of 1:1 and group work programmes, outreach visits and three way meetings. To undertake activities to engage, motivate and retain/re-engage IOIS service users to reduce levels of drug dependency and recidivism
To provide reports to the Court and attend Court as required.
To notify Wales Probation Trust Offender Managers of attendance and non-compliance promptly for statutory service users as required.
To work with the IOIS healthcare team to assess suitability for Rapid Access Prescribing services, working concurrently with the team to reduce drug related deaths by promoting safe injecting, overdose prevention and the risk of blood borne diseases.
To undertake required drug tests and administer medicines as a ‘competent other’ under the supervision of the IOIS nurse following training and competency assessment.
During all contacts with participants, consider relevance to the Hidden Harm Agenda and any issues that may affect young people.
Support participants during transitional stage to Tier 1, 3 or 4 services and into/out of the Criminal Justice System.
Support access to Accommodation, ETE, Healthcare, Financial and Family/Relationship support services as necessary.
Ensure that all data records are completed, submitted and distributed in accordance with G4S Justice Services’ Operational Policy utilising Palbase, Probation CRAMS and NICHE, enabling the service to maximise positive outcomes for the participant.
To promote the IOIS service to service users, partner agencies and referral agencies through representation, attendance and participation in any meetings required.
Sustain required qualifications (which may include enhanced training) that enable continuous eligibility for the tasks within this job specification.
Work in partnership with external agencies.
In carrying out the above duties the post holder will:
Work flexibly across operational and contract sites (for example, police stations, courts and probation offices) as required. This post may transfer at Neath IOIS at a future date.
Work flexibly within an agreed number of hours of work to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision and include evening and weekend working rota patterns.
Seek to improve personal performance, contribution, knowledge and skills.
Participate in appraisal, training and supervision processes.
Keep abreast of developments in services, legislation and practice relevant to the relevant client groups.
Ensure the implementation of all G4S policies.
Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment.
Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.
The Ideal Candidate:The post holder will provide assessment, brief interventions, case management and recovery planning, as well as contributing to the arrest referral rota and court work. This post will include weekend shift patterns. You must have experience of working face to face with substance misusers, which should include assessment and care planning towards recovery. You will ideally have experience of working within the Criminal Justice System. Any offer of employment is subject to ECRB, Police & Home Office clearance.
Skills and Knowledge
Knowledge of substance misuse and related issues.
Knowledge of local and national resources.
Knowledge of different approaches to working with substance misuse.
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Good report writing and note keeping skills.
An ability to work as part of a team.
A minimum of one year’s experience of delivering services to substance misusing individuals.
Prepared to work out of IOIS centre confines when required, including Police Station, arrest Referral, Court duties, probation and prison visits, home visits and other IOIS centres.
The post may also involve some evening and weekend working.
Knowledge of working within the criminal justice system.
Substance misuse assessment skills.
Experience of liaising with other specialist and non-specialist agencies.
Experience of working in the criminal justice system.
Full driving licence and access to own transport with business class insurance is required.
Committed to promoting the Welsh language
As part of your application, you must include in your covering letter specifically how your personal and professional experience will directly benefit this role. Failure to do this will result in your application being automatically de-selected.