Peripatetic Family Worker
Peripatetic Family Worker - £23,500 per annum – Kent – Full Time, Permanent.
We are advertising for a company who are the social enterprise that empowers people to break the cycle of crime or addiction to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years they have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. They believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Their services have supported thousands of people to make positive changes and build productive lives with a job, family, friends and a sense of community.
They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Peripatetic Family Worker working across their Kent Prisons Services including The Isle of Sheppey, Maidstone, East Sutton Park and Rochester. Working closely with the Family Support Coordinator you will provide support to clients across all prison units in the Kent Region.
Working across their Kent prisons services, you will be responsible for delivering family work interventions to their service users. You will also play a key role in providing advice, support, signposting and guidance to families/carers and alongside the wider family service. The post focuses on coordinating and developing family/carer work with an emphasis on supporting families/carers to identify and provide for their own needs as well as those of the service user.
This is a unique role offering Family Worker interventions across their Kent prison services. Working closely with the prison and local agencies, you will be responsible for providing pathways for clients and families to increase their engagement in family life, improve their health and well-being and reduce re-offending.
To take up this exciting opportunity you will be in possession of, or be working towards a recognised qualification in a related field (counselling, health & social care, systemic family work, nursing etc.) as well as experience or good knowledge of the criminal justice system and/or working with families.
Passion for helping individuals to improve the quality of their lives and those close to them is key to this post, alongside a real desire to engage hope and motivation in their clients to empower them to reflect upon issues that may impact their relationships.
They use a range of approaches to engage their clients both on a one to one and group work basis so the work is varied with an emphasis on a number of different psycho-social interventions.
You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, experience of liaising with multiple stakeholders, and the ability to set and stick to professional boundaries. Although the post requires a level of autonomy, you will be working alongside a team of drug and alcohol practitioners and will engage with other family workers across the organisation, where you will gain support and an opportunity to enhance your skills and learning from others delivering similar work.
Flexibility will be required in this role, as this is a Peripatetic role you will be expected to travel to other projects within Kent to deliver structured programmes. Access to your own means of transport is essential as some units are not easily accessible by public transport.