Substance Misuse Worker BRIDGEND £22,737.04

Substance Misuse Worker

Location: BRIDGEND |
Salary: £22,737.04 |
Posted: 4 Oct 2019 |
Closes: 18 Oct 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8128

Role Responsibility:

Substance Misuse Worker

HMP Parc, Bridgend

Salary : £22,737.04 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)

G4S is a large and diverse company with operations in over 100 countries and more than 610,000 employees worldwide, G4S is a truly unique company who are bigger, more diverse and involved in more fascinating, innovative projects than many people would imagine and we now have an opportunity for  a Substance Misuse Worker to join our team at HMP & YOI Parc, a category B prison, in Bridgend, South Wales, currently holding over 1600 men and young people in a secure but modern environment

As a member of our substance misuse team, you will work within the Offender Management model to identify, interview and assess prisoner risk levels within national guidelines. You will work closely with Offender Managers to implement the sentence plan by ensuring close collaboration with key workers and interventions within custody, whilst ensuring appropriate information is passed on via OM structures to manage risk both in custody and upon release.

Through the use of Counselling techniques such as Brief Intervention work and Motivational interviewing and based on quality Assessment which appropriately screens, prioritises and informs effective care planning, to build on information from and make Referrals to other services, both in custody and in the community.

You will provide timely Advice and support to minimise the harm from drug use to self and others and to ensure the provision of effective Through-care by ensuring continuity of care before, during and after release.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide all Problem Drug Users/clients who engage with substance misuse work a clear and thorough explanation of the boundaries of confidentiality, exchange of information and informed consent.
  • Carry out appropriate assessment of the client to: determine nature and extent of substance use; explore how this impacts upon all aspects of their life identifying problematic areas; prioritise need, using information gathered to inform care plan.
  • Construct good quality, individualised Care Plan in collaboration with the client, ensuring objectives are SMART, to meet their identified needs and are reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Make appropriate referral where necessary to other relevant interventions both in prison and in the community, as identified to assist the client to meet care plan objectives, ensuring sufficient information is made available to support referral.
  • Provide relevant information, advice and individual support to clients with the aim of reducing risk of harm to themselves, family, friends and the wider community; reducing the risk of overdose, spread of communicable diseases and lapse or relapse.
  • Contribute to assessing the risks, and minimising the effects of immediate danger, harm and abuse to substance users, and support individuals to review situations and actions after the immediate risk has passed, contributing to the ACCT process as appropriate.
  • Provide structured key work sessions to support and assist clients to meet care plan objectives.
  • Facilitate psychosocial interventions as required and in line with guidance in CARATs Practice Manual.
  • Promote effective communication and integration with all relevant departments within the prison, especially healthcare to ensure there is a holistic approach to treating a client.
  • Participate in, contribute to and undertake OASys Assessments carried out within the Offender Management Model / OASys framework.
  • To ensure risk information is communicated with other areas of the establishment via internal risk management processes
  • To maintain accurate assessments and records for individual caseload within the OM model.
  • To assess for and refer prisoners to appropriate interventions (programmes) within the establishment.
  • To carry out reviews in order to assess the reduction in risk and complete reports as appropriate for re-categorisation boards.
  • To carry out HDC and ROTL Risk Assessments as appropriate.
  • To participate in the parole review process as appropriate.
  • To manage a generic caseload of offenders within required frameworks and timeframes in order to manage and reduce risk.
  • Liaise with the OCA department in order to allocate prisoners for whom HMP & YOI Parc cannot meet offending behaviour needs.
  • Act in accordance with security and operational instructions at all times to ensure the maintenance of security within the secure environment.
  • Assist in maintaining a positive Health & Safety culture in line with British Safety Council 5 Star standards.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • A minimum of one years experience of working within the substance misuse / Criminal Justice field.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to self-evaluate performance and behaviour
  • Ability to work in a non-judgemental manner with offenders of all categories and risk factors
  • Ability to use Word, Excel, and other IT systems
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workloads.


Desirable Skills

  • A relevant qualification in Social Care, criminology or other associated subject
  • Flexible thinking and solution orientated thinking.
  • Ability to be innovative

At G4S, the philosophy of our prisons is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. 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 will 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 organisation and include a company pension, comprehensive training, career development, generous holiday entitlement, uniform and access to our on-site gym.

Please note that these vacancies are 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 be eligible to work 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.

HMP & YOI Parc is committed to a clean air policy for the wellbeing of its staff, and to protect them from the risks of passive smoking. Our prison is a smoke-free environment, and smoking is not permitted in any area of the establishment. The conveyance of smoking paraphernalia (including tobacco, cigarettes and e-cigarettes) through the Keylock and into the prison will be considered a disciplinary offence under the company’s Disciplinary Policy.

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