Probation Officer - Advertised on behalf of BeNCH CRC
Are you interested in working directly with offenders? Are you interested in playing an important part in changing lives for a safer community?
We currently have opportunities for 2 qualified Probation Officers to join BeNCH CRC specifically within Bedford and Huntingdon on fixed term contracts.
If you want to join an innovative, creative and high performing organisation, we offer challenging and rewarding roles and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to reducing reoffending. We offer excellent opportunities for personal and professional development and are committed to supportive induction, appraisal and supervision.
As a Probation Officer, you will work directly with service users – assessing and managing risk of offending and harm; sentence planning; and supervising and enforcing Community Orders, licences and prison licences. You will assess service users needs to achieve community reintegration, monitor their progress and help them to achieve the successful completion of their orders/licences. You will also keep records and prepare documentation and reports.
Your role will include careful management of risk and determining whether this has risen to the point where serious harm is likely, liaising with the National Probation Service and a range of specialist agencies and contributing to the development of practice for the future.
The Ideal Candidate
You will be required to demonstrate resilience, excellent inter-personal, communication and organisational skills, sound judgement and an ability to resolve complex problems. Successful candidates will communicate enthusiasm, commitment, motivation and the ability to be both fair and firm in challenging situations.
The Diploma in Probation Studies, PQUIP, CQSW, Diploma in Social Work or equivalent qualification is essential for these posts. We have a number of staff currently who have come into the organisation via both Probation and Social Qualification routes.
We would welcome applications from candidates who have recently or are shortly due to qualify as well as more experienced colleagues.
1 position of 30 hours per week on a 12 months fixed term contract based in Bedford
1 position of 37 hours per week on a 2 years fixed term contract based in Huntingdon
Salary £29,038 to £36,084 per annum (pro rata for 30 hours position)
37 hours per week, 27 days holiday + 8 bank holidays (pro rata for 30 hours position), defined contribution pension scheme, company sick pay, group discount scheme.
There is an expectation that operational staff work some evenings and weekends to enable offenders to be supervised without jeopardising their employment.
We will accept applications from qualified probation officers and social workers
About the Company
The role of BeNCH CRC is to rehabilitate service users, reduce reoffending and protect the public and we are one of six CRCs operated by Sodexo Justice Services in the UK. We work with offenders both in the community and in custody to deliver the sentence of the court, to rehabilitate them and to provide a range of programmes and interventions to turn their lives around. We deliver effective offender management and rehabilitation services to low and medium risk offenders and our highly skilled staff work in a range of disciplines to make a real difference. Our aim is to create a better future for the people we work with - offenders, victims and their families and local communities. We are proud to have strong relationships with other criminal justice agencies, local authorities, health trusts, employment and training providers, and work with contracted partners to enhance delivery to our service users.
We serve the counties from the 10 major towns: Hemel, Stevenage, St Albans, Cambridge, Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough, Luton, Huntingdon, Peterborough. BeNCH CRC is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applicants are considered on the basis of suitability for the post, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion.