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Prison Team Social Worker

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 22/10/2019 23:59
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
22 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Prison Team Social Worker

Summary of Post

You will carry out Care Act assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users, in order to establish care plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice. To review and monitor care plans and the quality of service provision, responding to changing needs and renegotiating service provision where appropriate.

The provision of care and support for those in custodial settings is be based on the principle of equivalence as the rest of the population receives, subject to the constraints and circumstances of custodial settings.

There are three prisons in South Gloucestershire – HMP Leyhill, HMP Ashfield, and HMP Eastwood Park. HMP Leyhill and HMP Serco Ashfield accommodate male prisoners transferred from other prisons. HMP Eastwood Park is a female prison with generally a younger population with a wide range of complex needs including substance misuse and mental health needs

Main Duties

You will be required to complete the enhanced security vetting and undertake specific training as required by the establishments. Ongoing supervision and support would be provided by the Resilience Service Team Manager.

You must be able to work independently as well as with the range of professionals based within the prisons and work dynamically often in a challenging environment.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


1. Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSW, CSS)

2. Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)

3. You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in house software packages.

4. Have good interpersonal skills, be able to carry out assessments and communicate findings and risks to service users, families, carers.

5. You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues and service users.

6. You will demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, processes and procedures.

7. You will have relevant experience and be confident working in what can be a challenging environment.

8. You will need to be able to work under the security regimes of the establishments.

9. You will need to complete the essential vetting, security and personal protection training at the establishments.

10. Exemplify the council's values and behaviours

Additional Information

For an informal discussion

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.. The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

For an informal discussion or further information, please contact Victoria McCuaig, Resilience Service Team Manager: 01454 866127 or Victoria.mccuaig@southglos.gov.uk

Salary: £28,785 - £31,371

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 22/10/2019

Vacancy Ref: SGC1444/941/FC

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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