Social Worker- Belfast

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job Type Temporary
Salary Negotiable
Published 7 months ago
Start Date ASAP
Contact Helen McNamara
Job Ref CHS1612_1501847530

Job Description

Our client, a large Public Sector Organisation require a temporary Probation Officer to start ASAP until end of Feb 2018

Location: Belfast

Pay rate: 0-12 weeks £9.10p/h

13+ weeks £15.24 p/h

Key Duties / Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for management of individual offenders in the community and in prison; seeking to reintegrate offenders into the community through effective assessment and supervision, thereby reducing reoffending and contributing to public protection.
  • Carry out detailed assessments of offenders (using appropriate assessment tools) including risk assessment in support of pre-sentence reports, pre and post release reports in prisons and the reassessment of existing clients.
  • Manage a caseload of offenders in the community. Supervise those placed on probation or subject to licence.
  • Working with and delivering services to the complete range of offenders and to all sections of the community and individuals within various social groups.
  • Contribute to the delivery of high quality researched based programmes. Services may be delivered on a one-to-one basis or through group programmes and activities as appropriate.
  • May be required to work as a member of a prison based team providing services during sentence and preparation for release.
  • Provision and maintenance of community service schemes for offenders. Ensuring adherence to community service standards.
  • Responsibility for community service orders may also form part of a mixed caseload in a local team setting.
  • Representation of the PBNI in courts, communities, prisons and other settings.
  • Participating in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships within the PBNI and with appropriate agencies, organizations and individuals in the community.
  • Attending and positively contributing to all relevant meetings, case conferences, programme reviews as required and consistent with role and job responsibilities.
  • Work in accordance with effective practice principles, adherence to national and service standards, and PBNI policy and procedures in all elements of work. Use of appropriate methods and models of work to ensure the delivery of a high quality service.
  • Maintaining and updating professional knowledge by identification of own training and development needs, updating practice and attending relevant training courses, as agreed with line manager.
  • Maintaining administrative work including all necessary offender records and ensuring information is entered on electronic Probation Information Management System (PIMS).
  • Compliance with PBNI policies and procedures in respect of Finance systems, Accommodation and Supplies systems, Human Resources, IT Services and Information Management systems.
  • Maintaining standards for security and confidentiality of information.
  • Compliance with Health and Safety policy and procedures. Contribute to and promote the health, safety and security of all staff and service users in the working environment.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and as required by the nature of the role. The nature and the balance of duties may vary between teams.

Essential Requirement

  • Probation officers are required to hold a professional qualification in social work and have professional registration in line with the requirements of the NI Social Care Council (NISCC).
  • Preferably experience of working directly with offenders.

General Requirement

  • It is essential to have a driving licence and use of a car although consideration will be given to reasonable adjustment in respect of disability.

Successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI Check at a cost of £33.00

A person's criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The deadline for this application will be Monday 7th August at 12pm

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