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Women’s outreach support worker (Dorset)

Footprints Project 
Women’s outreach support worker (Dorset)
3 days per week £1164 per month for 9 months
FTE £23,298

Following a successful pilot (https://justiceinnovation.org/sites/default/files/media/documents/2020-02/pre-court_diversion_for_women_for_website.pdf), we are looking to recruit an additional outreach worker to work on our Out of Court Diversionary Scheme for women funded by Dorset Police. Women who are classified as vulnerable under PACE and who do not have a history of offending, receive a conditional caution to engage with the project for 16 weeks. You will work alongside our current worker to offer support to women who receive a caution in the West Dorset (Dorchester, Bridport, Dorchester and Lyme Regis, Sherborne and Beaminster) and Weymouth and Portland areas. You may also be required to support referrals in other locations depending on referral caseloads.
Teamwork and an ability to build rapport with the women is essential.

This post is offered for three days (24 hours) a week for 9 months (until the 31st March 2021), and may be subject to extension, depending on results and funding.
You will be based at our office in Poole and will be expected to work from the site one day per week. The remainder of the week will be spent supporting women in the community. As such ownership of a car is essential.

The post holder will be working independently to follow up referrals and assess women’s needs, then develop and implement an action plan with the client. The post holder will also assist in supervising volunteer mentors who will also support the women’s caseload.

Responsibilities include:
Clients/Mentees:
• To log and respond promptly to new referrals from Dorset Police Adult Out of court Disposal (OOCD) team.
• To carry out comprehensive needs assessments with new referrals and draw up action plans with a view to reduce women’s risk of reoffending.
• To case manage this cohort of service users, overseeing the activities of Footprints volunteers who are offering support.
• To ensure that the case management system is up to date and information is accurately recorded.
• To be the main point of contact for women on the assigned caseload and to offer direct support to service users such as mentoring, advising, listening and signposting them.
• Identify suitable mentors for women and oversee matching process.
Supervising Volunteers:
• To offer guidance and supervision for volunteers who are supporting women on the caseload.
• To monitor volunteer/client engagement on case management system.
Other duties:
• Maintain point of contact and relationship with OOCD Police team.
• As a Footprints member of staff, to attend staff meetings and represent the organisation as and when required.
• To contribute to the development of the initiative.
Quality:
• Organise case management in line with standard Footprints’ procedures.
• Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times, including access to records.
• Uphold and promote the principles of equal opportunities in all activities.
• Work to Footprints Data, Confidentiality, Safeguarding, Health and Safety policies and other relevant standards.
Core skills:
• Demonstrated experience of working with vulnerable women and managing a case load
• Efficient time management and self-motivation.
• Ability to work alone whilst contributing to a larger team.
• Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure.
• Commitment to equal opportunities.
• Ability to build and sustain strong relationships and communicate effectively with people from difference backgrounds including volunteers, beneficiaries and stakeholders
• Driver and car owner
• Experience of supervising volunteers.
• Understanding of issues faced by vulnerable women.
• Good basic working knowledge of IT (word, outlook, client contact databases)
• Good working knowledge of Dorset geography and the services available for vulnerable individuals.
• Knowledge of criminal justice system.
• A belief and a commitment in the rehabilitation of those who have committed criminal offences.
• An interest in the welfare of vulnerable women.

Full details including person specification can be found on the Footprints website - https://www.footprintsproject.co.uk/news/joinourteam

It is a genuine occupational requirement for the postholder to be a woman.

We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible, and no later than the beginning of August, however this may be subject to change depending on the COVID-19 local area situation.

To apply send a full CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the requirements with the details of two professional referees, one who should be your current or most recent employer. Applications should be sent by email to info@footprintsproject.co.uk by 30th June.

Applications will not be accepted by post as the office is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Shortlisting will take place 2-3rd July and interviews are expected to be in the week commencing 6th July.

Further information about the scheme and the work of Footprints can be found at www.footprintsproject.co.uk