Effective Practice Lead - GDAS IRIS Gwent Gwent £21,634

Effective Practice Lead - GDAS IRIS Gwent

Location: Gwent |
Salary: £21,634 |
Posted: 8 Nov 2019 |
Closes: 15 Nov 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Part-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8276

Role Responsibility:

Effective Practice Lead - GDAS IRIS Gwent - INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY


£21,634 per annum

Part-Time (30 hours per week)

G4S in Wales are a key provider of criminal justice services- operating in both the custodial and community sectors.  We pride ourselves on the quality of our provision and we consistently seek to work alongside and in partnership with a range of other providers in the voluntary (third), public and private sectors.

We have developed services which are focused on identifying ways to maximise positive impact and make the most effective use of available resource by working with other agencies on common objectives.  In this way we are increasingly able to meet wide ranging and complex needs in the most appropriate way.

We have a commitment to research, evaluation and review of evidence based initiatives.

We value and, where possible, contribute to research into reducing re-offending and therefore we recognise the importance of understanding the wider environment in which individuals operate and this informs us about how best to engage, support and help people with change.

We seek to employ people with drive and energy and a real interest in innovation and teamwork – working beyond traditional organisational boundaries.

We are looking for a senior practitioner level self-starter to support, enable and develop interventions within a substance misuse and criminal justice context.  We are focussing on developing approaches to enabling change, triggering recovery from substance misuse and enhancing opportunities for rehabilitation. 

The service remit is to work with people in the criminal justice system with substance misuse related offending and to provide structured opportunity for lifestyle change.  You will support the quality assurance and performance aspects of the service and work with a range of others to develop interventions. 

Your work will contribute to enabling staff to develop and deliver good quality, evidence based support which promotes health, well-being and sustained change. You will work with colleagues to understand and communicate emerging evidence about effective practice, drive innovation and support managers in enabling staff to undertake their casework and other interventions to a high standard. Importantly, this work will help to minimise the impact on communities of drug related crime. 

You will work flexibly across Gwent, including Police Custody Suites.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive innovation and work on the delivery and improvement of the recovery programme and associated interventions, contributing to developing effective practice, treatment pathways and the identification of gaps in the treatment system.
  • Provide support and guidance to caseworkers involved in the assessment of immediate risks and dangers to service users and provide an appropriate response regarding relevant information and services.
  • Provide practice focused support to staff and model high quality practice in your own work
  • Work with caseworkers to drive practice which can influence behaviour change, providing information on differing treatment models and services available for individuals with substance misuse problems.
  • Support caseworkers to utilise evidence based methods in both one-to-one and group settings to promote engagement in treatment services, encourage improved self-esteem, well-being and self-efficacy.
  • Participate in work aimed at bringing relevant research and academic findings to the service in order to inform practice development.
  • Attend the G4S Development & Innovation Group (DIG) and work with academics to coordinate relevant research projects.
  • Develop and facilitate service user and family/significant other involvement.
  • Promote collaborative working with staff and Offender Managers in the Probation Service and Gwent Police and provide input into Pre-Sentence Reports and/or prepare court reports in consultation with Offender Managers and court staff.
  • Encourage collaborative safety planning and recovery values to be embedded within service practice.
  • Work within a rota system to service weekend centre opening, custody suites and courts.
  • Assist the Service Manager in the overall running of the project including staff and volunteers, periodically monitoring staff casework to promote accurate and appropriate record keeping and data reporting is maintained
  • Represent the service at local and regional events, meetings and other relevant settings.


In carrying out the above duties, the post holder will:


  • Work flexibly across the area as required.
  • Work flexibly to agreed hours to ensure the most appropriate level of service provision.  This may include weekend or evening working.
  • Take part in in appraisal, training and supervision processes.
  • Keep up to date with developments in services, legislation and effective practice relevant to the client groups.
  • Ensure the implementation of all G4S and consortium policies.
  • Contribute to ensuring safe systems of work and a safe environment.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrable experience of working within a context of behaviour change with an understanding of the need for and ability to deliver quality services and manage cases, including the most complex.
  • Leadership skills. 
  • NVQ or higher in relevant health, criminal justice or social care field.
  • Experience of working within the public health, criminal justice, health, wellbeing or social care sectors with an understanding of the need for and ability to engage effectively and deliver quality services.
  • A high level of adaptability and passion for delivering excellence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, staff, service users, families and professionals.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Access to own transport and ability to drive.
  • The ability to respond flexibly to the demands of the post.


Desirable Skills

  • A relevant professional qualification e.g. Social Work, Health, Probation, Management, Community Work.
  • Understand the principles of Health Behaviour Change, Cognitive Behavioural approaches, wider methods and theories relating to rehabilitation/recovery.
  • Knowledge of local services and geography.
  • Educated to degree level or can demonstrate sound and relevant academic/research based knowledge.
  • Welsh Speaker.


Please note that applicants must complete a 500 - 700 word statement outlining their suitability for the role and clearly outlining how your skills, experience and knowledge would apply to this post.

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