Women's Specialist Caseworker
St Giles Trust
Leeds Office
3d ago

Job Summary

Are you a driven, collaborative and compassionate individual with a proven record of working and engaging positively with female offenders and ex-offenders or other vulnerable groups?

Have you worked on an offender-led support project, had personal experience of the criminal justice system, or served a prison sentence?

If so, join St Giles Trust as a Women’s Specialist Caseworker where you will utilise your expertise on Footsteps, a holistic, person-centred support service at St Giles Trust.

Footsteps offers gender and trauma-informed support to vulnerable women who have been involved in the criminal justice system and are returning to Yorkshire, both via intensive one-to-one casework and a weekly women’s support group.

About St Giles Trust

An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need.

Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.

About this exciting opportunity

As our Women’s Specialist Caseworker , you will focus on providing a comprehensive and holistic assessment, advice, referral and support service to women and exploring innovative and effective methods of case working which will reduce the risk of them offending.

This will involve producing support plans and risk management plans based on assessments, promoting inter-agency collaboration in the assessment and planning process, and including appropriate agencies in the delivery of the service.

We will also count on you to undertake pre-release visits to service users (in prison where possible) in order to identify suitable project service users and deliver an outreach service that includes meeting service users at the prison gates, courts, police custody or from transport hubs providing a practical service that will include setting up access to social and housing support, benefits, registering with GPs / Dentists and attending appointments.

What we are looking for

  • Experience of providing support, advice and advocacy and the ability to assess each client’s needs
  • Experience of engaging successfully with challenging people, for example people who have complex needs, people who are reluctant to discuss their needs, and people who are angry and confused
  • A relevant qualification such as Advice and Guidance Level 3 or equivalent
  • An understanding of the need to use support plans
  • Strong IT, interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to use and develop monitoring systems to record all aspects of the project
  • A full UK Driving License with access to a vehicle
  • We are looking for female applicants only for this role as it is an all women’s service. The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1, Paragraph 1 applies to this post.

    In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, access to clinical supervisions, season ticket loan and much more.

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