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GDAS Criminal Justice Practitioner Gwent £22,950 - £24,255

GDAS Criminal Justice Practitioner

Location: Gwent |
Salary: £22,950 - £24,255 |
Posted: 20 Jun 2022 |
Closes: 4 Jul 2022 |
Job Type: Full Time and Permanent |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 11975

Role Responsibility:

GDAS Criminal Justice Practitioner

South Gwent, NP20 1EL

Salary: £22,950 to £24,255 per annum depending on experience

Full-Time (37.5 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 now have the opportunity for a GDAS Criminal Justice Practitioner to join our team within our Gwent contract.

Job Outline:

To manage a criminal justice caseload within Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service (GDAS) Responsible for identification, triage, assessment, care planning and case management of substance misusers entering Gwent CJ Service. Have an awareness of neurodiversity, helping people aspire to reduce and cease their offending and substance use by identifying need, addressing risk and facilitating change.

To provide police custody suite and voluntary attendance scheme arrest referral services, statutory court rehabilitation requirements, and assertive outreach services to substance misusers identified through contacts in Police custody, courts, prison or the community.  To manage and report on offenders who have statutory orders made by the Court for treatment of substance misuse under the Drug Rehabilitation Requirements, Alcohol Treatment Requirement, Rehabilitation Activity Requirements  and those returning to Gwent from prison. Work in collaboration with CJ and non- CJ partner agencies and the wider GDAS integrated service.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support people to achieve stability, change and resilience
  • Engage with identified participants referred to the Service through the Criminal Justice System, including the provision of drug and alcohol arrest referral rota cover at Police Stations and Custody Suites, carry out Court liaison duties and Prison visits where required.
  • Our approach to case management will be structured, ensuring joint care planning, criminogenic based case management and exit planning. This will be fully integrated with Criminal Justice partners and non-CJ treatment agencies.
  • Carry out detailed personal and risk assessments against criteria, including statutory Required Assessments and Restriction on Bail and DRR/ATR and RAR court assessments in conjunction with the National Probation Service, and to develop an agreed recovery care-plan for all participants’ substance misuse and associated issues. You will have a duty of care to adhere to recovery plans and agree on change protocols with the service user and other parties engaged in the recovery plan
  • Skilled in the identification of need, screening, engagement and assessment of substance users entering the service.
  • Integrate Risk, Need, Responsivity into our Collaborative Safety Planning (CSP)
  • Work collaboratively with Police, Probation and prisons to gather and analyse intelligence on behavioural patterns, to carefully assess the factors that contribute to drug use and link these with risks of offending and harm
  • Work with partners and stakeholders such as Gwent Probation, to ensure alignment with Dynamic Framework
  • Hold 3 and 6 month Strategic reviews in collaboration with partner agencies addressing the key criminogenic factors, targeting the areas of greatest need with the most direct link to substances and offending.
  • Ability to recognise neuropsychological symptoms impacting on our response to need and decisions about relevant criminogenic interventions in conjunction with partners.
  • Enable delivery of a safe and appropriate service for those experiencing externalising conditions such as ADHD, impulse control, past trauma and neurodiversity.
  • Work alongside our Psychology Led Practitioner’s to reinforce our psychologically aware approach to service delivery
  • Support and encourage independence, build resilience, choices and wellbeing,
  • Ability to  recognise the importance of understanding the individual in their wider environment,  striving to provide the right support to as many people as possible through focussed enabling of engagement.
  • Undertake activities to engage, motivate and retain/re-engage  CJ service users  to reduce levels of drug dependency and recidivism
  • Work closely with individuals to explore their needs, prioritising our response, seeking safety first and tailoring our approach in accordance with their engagement style, capabilities and characteristics
  • To ensure formal processes are undertaken at the point of custodial sentences and prior to release, to minimise disconnection and maximise the continuation of Recovery progress ‘Through the Gate’ (TTG).
  • Work with colleagues in the prison Substance Misuse teams to promote collaboration, share best practice and develop coherence in working values and patterns.
  • To provide reports to the Court and attend Court as required.
  • To notify probation services of attendance and non-compliance promptly for statutory service users as required.
  • To undertake required drug tests following training and competency assessment.
  • Identify those service users who appear suitable for a clinical service, to gather initial information and access the online booking for induction and assessment clinics that ensures service users are given rapid access into clinical treatment.
  • To work collaboratively with the GDAS healthcare team to assess suitability for clinical services, working concurrently with the team to reduce drug-related deaths by promoting safe injecting, overdose prevention and the risk of blood borne diseases.
  • Support Gwent Criminal Justice service users by promoting access to the GDAS Wellbeing college/ Breaking Free and GDAS Digital and on-line services
  • To promote the GDAS Family Support Services as identified
  • During all contacts with Participants, consider relevance to child protection and any issues that may affect young people, and other vulnerable adults, ensuring Safeguarding concerns are reported
  • Support participants during the transitional stage to Tier 1, 3 or 4 services and into/out of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Support access to Accommodation, ETE, Healthcare, Financial and Family/Relationship support services as necessary.
  • Ensure that all data records are completed, submitted and distributed in a timely manner and in accordance with G4S Operational Policy utilising Palbase, Probation OASyS and Police NICHE systems, enabling the service to maximise positive outcomes for the participant.
  • Work in partnership with external agencies
  • To promote Gwent CJ and GDAS services to service users, partner agencies and referral agencies through representation, attendance and participation in any meetings required.
  • Sustain required qualifications (which may include enhanced training) that enable continuous eligibility for the tasks within this job specification.
  • Participate in appraisal, training and supervision processes.
  • To provide reports and  contribute to the development of Contract Review reports as requested
  • Keep abreast of developments in services, legislation and practice relevant to the relevant client groups.
  • Ensure compliance with all G4S policies.
  • Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment.
  • Contribute to the design, development and review of services.
  • Completion of self-audit processes to develop the necessary skills to monitor and reflect on own practice. Also share areas of good practice, further learning and development.
  • The duties and responsibilities listed within this job description are not exhaustive and the job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary from time to time.
  • Work flexibly within an agreed number of hours of work to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision and include evening and weekend working rota patterns. 

This post is subject to satisfactory G4S Company screening, Disclosure and Barring Service checks and Police vetting.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills:        

  • Knowledge of substance misuse and related issues.
  • Knowledge of local and national resources.
  • Knowledge of different approaches to working with substance misuse.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills, report writing and note keeping.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • Prepared to work out of all CJ settings when required, including Police Station, Court duties, probation and prison visits, home visits and at other GDAS centres. 
  • The post will involve some evening and weekend working
  • Committed to promoting the Welsh language

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working in the criminal justice system.
  • Full driving licence and access to own transport with business class insurance is required.
  • Welsh speaker

We encourage applications from Welsh speaking candidates.

Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and are a fully inclusive employer who aims to support all employees to be their true selves. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments for either the role or during the recruitment process.

G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and adults at risk and each employee is expected to support these goals.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 5 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 5 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

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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