The charity arm of Seetec, your Ambition, has been appointed to manage a new independent approved premises (IAP) in Bristol, Eden House, for women returning to the community after serving time in prison or given a residential requirement as part of a community sentence. The facility will become a designated Approved Premises (AP) for up to 26 women, supported by a specially trained all-women workforce.
Eden House will provide intensive, holistic residential support for women on post release licence, easing their path from prison back into their communities. The premises will also offer beds to a small number of women on temporary release from prison (ROTL), bail assessment and community orders. Residents are supported by a multi-disciplinary team that is trained in dealing with trauma and can meet the specific needs of women who have entered the criminal justice system.
Residents will usually but not exclusively present a high or very high risk of serious harm. Eden House will play a key role in monitoring and managing risk posed by the women, to safeguard victims and protect the public. The support of key workers and a programme of purposeful activity is intended to enable the residents to overcome barriers, address needs linked to their offending behaviour and reintegrate into society. The aim is to secure better outcomes for women, as well as their children, to obtain sustainable accommodation and make it less likely that they will go on to re-offend.
Casual workers play a vital role in supporting the Eden House team and residents. This role is working as part of a team to provide a safe and secure environment for residents and staff, taking account the diverse needs of the resident group. You will be responsible for the delivery of structured activities designed to support residents with re-integration into the community, assisting in the supervision of residents, maintaining discipline and the adherence to AP rules, licence conditions and court orders and contributing to the management of risk.
• Deliver daily structured living skills sessions such as budgeting, shopping and claiming benefits
• Providing leisure and creative activities in a safe and supportive setting
• Provide support to enable residents to deal with problems and become independent
• To Provide practical assistance to residents with everyday tasks such as accessing external services, completing paperwork, accessing benefits and finding move on accommodation
• Assist with the induction of new residents to ensure their familiarity with the environment and understanding of rules and policies
• Maintain an active presence in the Approved Premises at all times during the shift
• Regularly engage with residents in a pro-social manner, praising pro social behaviours and attitudes and challenging anti-social, aggressive or abusive behaviours.
• To report any significant changes/ share key information relating to risk of harm/and or reoffending or any non-compliance within agreed enforcement procedures
• Undertake regular inspections of the building, including the grounds throughout the period of duty, recording any occurrences/damage or defects, and monitor CCTV equipment
• Take the appropriate action/escalate any matters of concern to ensure the enforcement and /or compliance with court orders, licences, Approved Premises rules and risk management plans
• Assist with room searches, as required
• Support and create a safe working environment for staff, residents and visitors by adhering to Health and Safety legislation. Undertake Health and Safety, fire alarm, curfews and room curfew checks in line with procedures.
• Follow prescribed medication procedures ensuring all medications are accounted for and the appropriate audit paperwork is completed accurately
• To provide appropriate First Aid if a resident is injured or self-harms
• Act as Fire Warden
• Supervise residents' meals
• Undertake alcohol and drugs tests as requested by the keyworker or Manager
• Maintain records and files as required, including data entry as necessary and contribute to the completion of incident reports. To be undertaken in line with GDPR, Organisation and Approved Premises requirements
• To participate in handover briefings at the beginning and end of each shift
• In line with policies and procedures, adhere to all requirements from a sensitive/confidential nature and demonstrate at all times a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of the relevant to the work carried out
• To work in accordance with the Organisations Safeguarding polices and procedures and assist the organisation to carry out its duties in a way that protects children and adults and promotes welfare
Skills and Experience
We are looking for someone with experience of working with a diverse range of people who have experienced a range of social/personal difficulties and have an understanding of safeguarding. You will have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, colleagues and external agencies and be able to motivate others and facilitate learning in order to change attitudes and behaviours.
The successful applicant must be able to:
• Demonstrate empathy, with the ability to use tact and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
• Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with good listening skills.
• Exercise authority and reinforce boundaries in an appropriate manner.
• To work on own initiative and able to cope with stressful situations
Due to the gender specific nature of this role, applications can only be accepted from women candidates. Gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.
Hours & Pay: 8.75 hours per shift on a casual basis .
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