Schools and Prison Family Coordinator BRIDGEND £25,500 - £28,500

Schools and Prison Family Coordinator

Location: BRIDGEND |
Salary: £25,500 - £28,500 |
Posted: 19 Mar 2020 |
Closes: 2 Apr 2020 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8723

Role Responsibility:

Schools and Prison Family Coordinator - 12 month secondment

HMP Parc, Bridgend

Salary range : £25,000 - £28,500 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Thanks to start-up funding from HMPPS Wales, a new and innovative role has become available for a Schools & Prison Family Coordinator.

This will be the first role of its kind in the English and Welsh Prison Service, and comes on the back of the success generated through the Family Interventions work at HMP Parc and in the South Wales community.

Initially as a secondment for one year, and open to internal applicants only, the role will be reviewed at the appropriate time with regards to the potential for further future funding.

The role will report to the Invisible Walls Wales Service Delivery Manager, and sit within the wider Family Interventions department. The role will be based at HMP & YOI Parc, but will involve a degree of local liaison with relevant primary and secondary schools . The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate proven relevant experience within this specific agenda.


Key Responsibilities

  • Create a rolling mapping process and data set for HMP Parc to identify and log prisoners who have school aged children and are permitted to maintain contact.
  • Create a rolling mapping process and data set to identify primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and professional contacts within them, that reflect the demographic of the relevant prisoner population.
  • Create a rolling directory of pertinent professionals and organisations that can support this specific interface work, across statutory, private and voluntary sectors.
  • To create a robust process for safely connecting approved fathers with the educational opportunities their children have.
  • To maintain and further develop the Children’s Showcase interventions.
  • Create an awareness workshop package for relevant school professionals.
  • Establish and manage a Peer-Led Initiative that covers the prison to ensure awareness, support and engagement for this agenda.
  • Establish and maintain an aligned working relationship with key service deliveries such as, Family and Significant Others strategy, IWW, PSF, Care Leavers strategy, the ACE agenda, OMiC, etc.
  • Provide accurate, well-presented compliance focused information/reports as required.  Maintain systems for gathering output/outcome information and Case Management records. Ensure compliance with G4S Group Policies, G4S Mentoring Operational Policies, and appropriate legislative or dictated policies including Child Protection, Data Protection & FOI, H&S, polices etc.
  • Liaise with external agencies – statutory and voluntary to develop arrangements for suitable prisoners and their families to access services/support during participation. Develop partnership arrangements where possible.
  • Contribute to/assessment of service users and families as appropriate.
  • Work with prison and other managers and structures to enhance prisoners / service users / families / staff ability to engage with the benefits of the new service
  • Attend relevant meetings as required, internal and external.
  • Undertake all relevant administrative, evaluative and statistical tasks relevant to the role.
  • Ensure appropriate Health and Safety policies are implemented and maintained

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • Knowledge and ability to use Google Drive/Sheets etc., Microsoft Office (all packages), statistical analysis and presentation of data.
  • Knowledge and experience of the IWW service, PSF, ACE agenda.
  • Experience of working in a custodial and/or community environment with offenders and/or their families.
  • Experience of facilitating, assessing and monitoring group and individual interventions.
  • Working with families and children.
  • Current knowledge of the local and national organisations and agencies in the Children and Families arena, and the IWW research.
  • Current knowledge of relevant child and public protection policy and practice.
  • Understanding of barriers that have negative impact for achieving change.
  • Understanding of the needs of disadvantageous or excluded groups in society and an awareness of the Equal Opportunities/Anti-discriminatory practice principles relevant to address these needs
  • Excellent report writing abilities
  • Working remotely, hot-desking.
  • Presentation skills
  • Full driving licence.


Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge and experience of the Children Showcase, and factors/theory relating to intergenerational transmission of crime.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting disadvantaged families in accessing services.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ACE agenda and Lord Farmer Review in wide ranging service delivery.
  • Knowledge of the IWW Accord project delivery, and FASO strategy for Parc.
  • Knowledge of HMPPS Wales prisoner / family support service delivery.
  • Knowledge/experience of working with disadvantaged learners and learners with additional needs.


Applicants must submit a narrative of up to 500 words on why they consider themselves to be the best candidate for the position.

All applications must be submitted with a supporting letter from the current line manager.


At G4S, the philosophy of our prisons is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. We seek to normalise prison conditions as far as possible to reflect life in the outside community. Our aim is to create an environment in which staff and prisoners feel safe and causes of prison stress are minimised. Central to our philosophy is the relationship between staff and prisoners. Our training and operational practices emphasise the need to treat prisoners with dignity and respect and G4S staff build positive and supportive relationships with the prisoners in their care. We are seeking to recruit a caring, pro-active and confident professional to help make a real difference to their lives.


 If you join us, you can be sure that you’ll find a secure, friendly and professional working environment and be given all the support, training and encouragement you need to build and develop a successful career with us. Our benefits are as you would expect from a large global organisation and include a company pension, comprehensive training, career development, generous holiday entitlement, uniform and access to our on-site gym.


Please note that this vacancy is subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.


You must have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 5 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 10 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

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