Approved Premises Residential Worker (Ref: 25088)
This is an exciting opportunity to join the National Probation Service Approved Premises team in the South West South Central Division.
What does the National Probation Service do?
The National Probation Service is responsible for providing advice to courts and assessing, supervising and managing the risks posed by offenders sentenced to Community Orders by the courts and during/after their release from prison.
What do Approved Premises do?
Approved Premises provide residential accommodation in the community for offenders assessed as posing high risk of harm to the public, victims and children, as well as those having complex resettlement needs. This is done by:
Pre-release planning: Preparing offenders for release by assessing their suitability for an Approved Premises placement and supporting them in the transition from prison into an Approved Premises.
Residence: Resettling offenders into the community by providing enhanced monitoring through curfews, supervision, and rehabilitative oversight. Purposeful activity is a further key aspect of the Approved Premises role. Offenders must engage with purposeful activities which are overseen by the Approved Premises staff.
Move-on: Due to the short stay in an Approved Premises, it is important to plan and prepare offenders for move-on and support offenders to begin living a more independent, settled, and crime free life in the community.
The Residential Worker role is critical to the day to day running of our Approved Premises and provides the opportunity to work closely with some of our most challenging yet rewarding offenders. You will be supported by dedicated colleagues, and undertake induction and ongoing training, as well as the possibility of working towards a VQ based qualification. The role also provides an ideal entry point to the work of the National Probation Service and potential career progression if desired, in addition to the basic salary you will also qualify for enhanced pay rates for the required evening and weekend work. If you are someone who enjoys face to face work, wants to make a positive difference to the lives of offenders and feel you have the skills to do so then this may be the job for you.
Overview of the job
The job holder will work as part of a team providing 24 hour cover at an Approved Premises (AP) including security and monitoring services. They will provide assistance and support to offenders in Approved Premises to reduce their risk of reoffending, recall or breach of the condition of their licence or Court Order. To ensure that offenders resident at an AP and the fabric of it are kept safe and secure throughout their shift
The job holder will assist in the supervision of residents, maintaining discipline and the adherence to AP rules, licence conditions and court orders. In addition, will contribute to the management of residentsâ€™ risk. This post will involve substantial out of hours work, both waking night duty and weekend work. The post holder may be required to cover duties at other Approved Premises at times of staff absence
In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
Responsibilities,Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
Contribute to effective team practice, communicate effectively with team members and pass on key information
Undertake regular inspections of the building, including cellars and grounds throughout the period of duty, recording any occurrences/damage or defects, and monitor CCTV equipment
Maintain an active presence in the AP at all times. Regularly engage with residents in a pro-social manner. Contribute towards the protection of residents, e.g. monitor in line with risk assessments.
Monitor behaviour of high risk residents and motivate residents to ensure compliance. Respond appropriately to abusive or aggressive behaviour
Ensure that the AP is locked and secure during curfew period. Confirm the presence and wellbeing of all residents overnight
Facilitate the function of the AP as a first/emergency point of contact out of hours
Escalate to the standby Manager any matters of concern to ensure the enforcement and /or compliance with court orders, licences , AP rules
Support and create a safe working environment for staff, residents and visitors by adhering to Health and Safety legislation, ensuring Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) and Risk Assessments are followed reporting incidents to Manager. Undertake Health and Safety, fire alarm, curfews and room curfew checks in line with procedures.
Undertake room searches, pack up residents possessions as directed
Support the arrangement and delivery of purposeful activities for residents within the premises
Supervise residentsâ€™ meals
Undertake effective induction of residents
Follow prescribed medication procedures including the issuing of medication to residents and both weekly and nightly audit of medication sheets
Undertake alcohol and drugs tests as requested by the Manager Undertake First Aid if a resident is injured or self-harms.
Maintain hostel records and files as required, including data entry as necessary and contribute to the completion of incident reports
Carry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
Deal with visitors and telephone calls, and monitor the work of visiting contractors in accordance with health and safety.
Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes
To work within the aims and values of NPS and NOMS
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 alternations 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.