Probation Community Placement Coordinator
Posted on Jan 16, 2019 by Anonymous
At Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), we deliver a range of rehabilitation services to people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision. Unpaid work is intended as both a punishment and means by which someone can make amends to the community for the harm they have caused.
Our approach to Community Payback (CP) is to make it engaging for service users so it improves their work ethic and makes them more receptive to learning new skills that will increase their chances of getting work. People sentenced to unpaid work are half as likely to reoffend as those sentenced to a short prison sentence.
For the role of Placement Coordinator we are looking for a highly motivated individual who can identify, set up, supervise and manage community-based work placements for service users. You should be able to engage and communicate with service users, teach problem-solving skills, manage group dynamics, work effectively with your colleagues and liaise with placement providers. You will also have knowledge and the ability to use IT systems.
The post holder will conduct relevant health and safety assessments and ensure compliance with current health and safety legislation in all aspects of the project/placement; complete a comprehensive scheduling of works; project reviews; ordering of required tools and equipment; transport arrangements and beneficiary management. The post holder will co-ordinate the issuing and collection of offender exit surveys and beneficiary questionnaires.
In addition the post holder will be expected to carry out work site supervision of offenders, oversee the Pre Placement Work Sessions (where still operating) and appropriately match higher risk offenders (Tier 4) to appropriate placements. The post holder will also be required to coordinate scheduling and rescheduling of groups /projects/placements in response to workload demands, staff absence, beneficiary concerns and all other associated issues that may emerge in the day to day running of placements.
The post holder will be responsible for the monitoring and review of projects and placements for offenders sentenced to an Unpaid Work requirement. This will include identifying and establishing service level agreements (where necessary, in consulation with CP Operations Manager) through partnerships with statutory, voluntary (3rd sector) and private organisations as well as projects and placements directly delivered by KSSCRC.
The post holder will have a high profile role in establishing and maintaining relationships with a range of current and future partner organisations, customers and stakeholders with organisations based in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and nationally.
Knowledge and Experience
* Excellent prioritisation skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and work to deadlines
* To be able to think innovatively and demonstrate complex problem solving skills
* Ability to deal calmly and confidently with difficult people and difficult situations. Also managing groups and/or individuals
* IT Skills
* Ability to carry out tasks to a high standard e.g. painting, decorating, gardening, building…
* Ability to identify individual strengths and weaknesses and match people to appropriate placements/groups
* Knowledge of administrative and monitoring systems
* Ability to communicate confidently and present information succinctly and effectively, both orally and in writing to a range of other professionals within and outside the organisation
* A level or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) or able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to work to this level and undertake an appropriate relevant qualification
* An appreciation of the role of the Probation Service within the Criminal Justice system
* Understanding of service level agreements, principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Health and Safety legislation
* Ability to maintain positive working relationships with a range of customers and stakeholders, competent in the establishment and management of partnership working arrangements
* Able to work to and apply a strategic plan and action operational plans as instructed
* Strong organisational skills
* To have an understanding of the needs of Community Payback work placements and projects
* To be able to negotiate contractual arrangements and service agreements
* To have the ability to develop marketing skills
* To be able to understand and interpret monitoring data and respond accordingly
* Enthusiasm, confidence and an ability to use personal initiative
* A "can do" approach to work and problem solving
* A flexible approach to working arrangements
* Willingness and confidence to contribute positively to team work
* Willingness to learn and develop from feedback about performance which may come from direct observation or video monitoring
* A positive approach towards equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
Holder of a current manual full, clean driving licence issued prior to 1st January 1997,
Holder of a current manual full, clean driving licence that includes category D1 or PCV (passenger carrying vehicle),
Holder of a current manual full, clean driving licence and the willingness and ability to successfully undertake a PVC driving test when required
Have access to a car.
* Understanding of Probation Service national and local policy and practice guidance relating to Unpaid Work
* Previous employment or voluntary work with offenders or other groups with similar needs
KSS CRC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share and uphold this commitment in conjunction with the requirements of the Prevent Duty and the positive promotion of modern British values.
Dependent on the role applying to you may be required to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/DS) check. Seetec support the recruitment of ex- offenders and will not discriminate in anyway. Our full policy statement of "Ex-Offenders" can be found on our website under" About us"
KSS CRC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity
Trowers & Hamlins