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Social Worker - Prison Social Care

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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 22/04/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371 (scale applicable for starters commencing from April 2019)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Various - see advert

Job details 

Closing date:
22 Apr

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Qualified Social Workers with professional registration working in Resilience Service, providing Social Care assessments to residents in the three Custodial settings in South Gloucestershire.

The post holder 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.

The successful candidate 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.

The successful candidate 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

Vacancy closing midnight 22/04/2019

Interviews - 26/04/ 2019.

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

Safer Recruitment

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

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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