About us: Changing Lives is a national charity that supports over 17,500 people each year. We are a well-respected, growing organisation dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable people across the UK.
We began as a soup run supporting people who were homeless in the North East over 45 years ago, and are proud to still have our main base and central office in the North East. Since 1970, our services have grown and developed to support people experiencing a wide range of personal challenges, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic abuse.
We’re looking for committed and compassionate professionals who share our enthusiasm for changing lives.
Do you hold English and Maths GCSE or equivalent? Do you have experience of working with vulnerable people in a supportive and empowering role? Do you have experience of working to safeguarding policies and procedures? Do you have experience of multi-agency working?
Do you have knowledge and understanding of trauma and the complex needs of women? Do you have knowledge of the range of issues faced by socially excluded women? Do you have the ability to use own initiative, manage time effectively and to within set deadlines?
Do you have commitment to detail, ensuring all work is accurate, concise and understandable? Do you have the ability to be personable and engaging? Do you have willingness to work flexibly?
You must hold a full driving licence with access to own vehicle.
If so, the Diversion Worker role may be the role for you.
About the job: Changing Lives in the East Midlands run services to support vulnerable women in the Criminal Justice System. As an expansion of our work, we have now been awarded funding by the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to support women who are subject to a Conditional Caution by Nottingham Police, with the aim of providing early intervention, diversion from the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and ultimately desistance.
There is robust evidence to show that the underlying causes of women’s offending often links to experiences of victimisation and lack of access to appropriate gender-specific support. Risk of reoffending can be most effectively addressed through access to appropriate community support rather than more punitive disposals in the first instance.
A Conditional Caution can be issued by Police in cases where the offence is considered less serious and the person responsible does not have a significant criminal record. If the person accepting the Conditional Caution successfully completes it, they will then not have to attend Court. Failure to comply however can result in prosecution for the original offence.
We are looking for dynamic individuals who possess excellent motivational interviewing and engagement skills for this new, exciting service in the Nottingham City area. The successful candidates will be responsible for identifying individual needs attributed to offending, and brokering access into local services to address needs. They will develop referral routes to community interventions so knowledge of the geographical area and existing community provision is essential. The ability to foster a quick rapport with stakeholders, including service users, commissioners and referrers are vital.
The Diversion Worker will be responsible for undertaking offending needs assessments with women referred to the service, whilst also delivering a motivational intervention alongside, within specific timescales and providing onward referral. All support will be delivered using approaches which are trauma-informed, non-judgemental, strengths based and understanding the distinct needs of women.
Feedback to Nottinghamshire Police on compliance and non-engagement is an essential part of this role, along with the collation of outcomes. Therefore competent IT skills and excellent time management skills are required.