82280 - PEP: Substance Use Officer

£24,228 - £30,208
4
12 Months
Wales
Bridgend , Caerphilly , Cardiff , Newport , Newtown
NPS 33 WESTGATE STREET CARDIFF, CF10 1JE, NPS CENTENARY HOUSE CAERPHILLY, CF83 2WA, NPS STRAIGHT LINES HOUSE NEWTOWN, SY18 2AD, NPS TREMAINS BUSINESS PARK BRIDGEND, CF31 1TZ, NPS USK HOUSE NEWPORT, NP20 2AG
Other
NPS Pay Band 3 National
Fixed Term
Up until 31/03/2025
Full Time
Operational Delivery

HMPPS in Wales:

Preventing victims by changing lives

HMPPS in Wales works in an integrated way to keep communities in Wales safer and to give the people we work with the opportunity to change their lives. We commission and provide offender management services in the community and in custody to deliver the orders of the courts and support rehabilitation. Our aim is to deliver outstanding, seamless offender management services in Wales that protect the public, reduce reoffending, deliver value for money and support our partners.

The Welsh Language Scheme

Welsh Language skills for this post are desirable.

HMPPS yng Nghymru:  

Atal pobl rhag dod yn ddioddefwyr trwy newid bywydau

Mae HMPPS yng Nghymru yn gweithio mewn ffordd integredig i gadw cymunedau yng Nghymru yn fwy diogel, a rhoi cyfle i’r pobol rydym yn gweithio â hwy i newid eu bywydau.  Rydym yn comisiynu a darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr yn y gymuned a’r carchar i weithredu gorchmynion y llysoedd a chefnogi adsefydlu.  Ein nod yw darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr ardderchog ac esmwyth yng Nghymru sy’n gwarchod y cyhoedd, lleihau aildroseddu, cynnig gwerth am arian a chefnogi ein partneriaid.

Y Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg

Mae sgiliau iaith Gymraeg yn ddymunol ar gyfer y swydd hon.


This role at the Probation Service is through a scheme called Going Forward into Employment (GFiE). It is specifically available to people who have previously had a Substance and/or Alcohol dependency and have been or are involved in the Criminal Justice System. This could be people in the community who have finished a sentence (community or custodial) within the last 10 years. 

We want you to join us, learn new skills and bring your experience to our organisation. We believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference, and we want to ensure that all our staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so. As part of your employment, you will have access to a range of learning and development, and a buddy who can help you to understand the Civil Service and enable you to make the most of the opportunities it offers. 

The Probation Service is a statutory Criminal Justice Service that supervises individuals released from custody into the community on licence and those subject to community orders. The Probation Service’s aims relate to three groups - those that commit crime, victims of crime and the public. 

The post holder will work directly with cases to: 
●    Support engagement with statutory services and non-statutory support services 
●    Support the team to deliver risk reducing strategies
●    Deliver low level interventions
●    Provide signposting / advice and information regarding other support services 
●    Delivering a range of holistic support tailored to individual requirements and rehabilitative pathways
●    Prepare reports for courts, to help them select the most appropriate sentence
●    Assess individuals in prison to get them ready for release into the community, where they will be supported by the probation service
●    Help all individuals serving sentences in the community to meet the requirements of the courts
●    Support the arrangement and delivery of purposeful activities / interventions
●    Seek out opportunities to create effective change and create an enabling environment conducive to change

Offence Considerations    

We cannot currently accept application from individuals with the following offences: Life sentences, Arson, Hate/Terror crime or Sexual offences.  

About the job    

We have an exciting opportunity for people who have lived experience of the Criminal Justice System and substance use to join our Reducing Reoffending Team as a Substance Use Officer. Some of the most meaningful work can be done with someone who understands because they have been there and have similar life experience.

The job holder will undertake a range of work with People on Probation before and after sentence. This will include assessment, sentence implementation, interventions and producing reports. You will receive full training and be buddied with a practitioner for additional support as you gain experience in the role. 

This role involves working with complex individuals to reduce the risk of harm to themselves, others, and the wider society, by providing tailored support and diversionary interventions that motivates and encourages the want to address complex needs in relation to substance use. With this role you’ll be working alongside other Probation Practitioners to provide a more specialist support to people on probation’s existing support network that promotes rehabilitation.

There is a peer mentoring aspect to this role on a 1:1 or group basis to encourage engagement and goal focused change that supports abstinence and relapse prevention. The job holder will have the opportunity to support individuals in a personalised way to help them on their unique path to recovery. The role will also require the job holder to advocate for people on probation helping their voice to be heard and influencing the shaping of practice. 

Experience – In addition to your life experience the role also requires the job holder to demonstrate experience in: 

●    Being attentive to detail – Demonstrate precision and how you ensure your work is accurate and error free.
●    Organised – Demonstrate your ability to organise your time and plan in advance. 
●    Communicator - Show how you can communicate your thoughts and ideas in a simple way, whilst listening and respecting others views.
●    Spinning plates - Can you demonstrate your experience in how you keep one task progressing when you've been stopping another from crashing
●    Starter/finisher - Taking ownership of delivering on a task whether on your own or working with others
●    Working Together - someone who can demonstrate their experience and ability in engaging with others and bringing people with them on their journey
●    Computer literacy - experience in the use of systems including Microsoft applications

Skills
●    Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, including those who may present difficult or aggressive behaviour
●    Listens carefully and asks questions to clarify understanding, expressing own views positively and constructively
●    Ability to use and work on own initiative
●    Solution focused and self-motivated to problem solve using innovative and creative approaches
●    Engage with people on probation in a pro-social manner. Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes
●    Seek out opportunities to create effective change and create an enabling environment conducive to change
●    Courteous, polite and considerate, showing empathy and compassion
●    Deals with people as individuals and addresses their specific needs and concerns
●    Treats people with respect and dignity, dealing with them fairly and without prejudice regardless of their background or circumstances
●    Driven and enthusiastic in supporting people 
●    Responsive and flexible to people’s needs 
●    Role modelling the HMPPS values; Purpose, Openness, Humanity and Together

Offered benefits
●    Learning and development tailored to your role
●    An environment with flexible working options
●    A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
●    A Civil Service pensions

Contract Length    

Until 31st March 2025 (with potential for extension)

Hours    

Monday-Friday (normal office hours but may involve some out of hours work). 

Requirements and Timeline    

The Statement of Suitability should say why you would like the role, what you feel you can bring to the role and anything you feel is relevant to support their application. 

If you have any questions regarding the post or application process please contact Emma Saha, Substance Use Project Manager via Emma.saha@justice.gov.uk

Desirable
The job holder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
Would you like the opportunity to be part of a culture that impacts changing lives? At HMPPS Wales, we can offer you the opportunity to make a difference to wider society. You’ll experience job and personal satisfaction whilst also reaping the organisational rewards and benefits. From attractive holiday allowance, promotion opportunities, access to training, flexible working, generous maternity and employer contribution pension scheme. These are to list just a few, want to know more? Apply for that job now.

 

Hoffech chi’r cyfle i fod yn rhan o ddiwylliant sy’n helpu i newid bywydau? Yng Ngwasanaeth Carchardai a Phrawf Ei Mawrhydi Cymru, gallwn roi’r cyfle i chi wneud gwahaniaeth i gymdeithas yn ehangach. Bydd yn cynnig boddhad personol a boddhad mewn swydd, a gallwch hefyd elwa ar fanteision a buddion o fewn y sefydliad, megis lwfans gwyliau deniadol, cyfleoedd dyrchafiad, mynediad at hyfforddiant, trefniadau gweithio hyblyg, buddion mamolaeth a chyfraniadau pensiwn hael gan gyflogwr. Nid yw hon yn rhestr gynhwysfawr - eisiau gwybod mwy? Gwnewch gais am y swydd nawr.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with lived experience to join our Reducing Reoffending Team as a Substance Use Officer. Some of the most meaningful work can be done with someone who understands as they have been there and have similar life experience.

This role is specifically available to people who have previously had personal experiences of Substance and/or Alcohol dependency and have been involved in the Criminal Justice System. This could be people in the community who have finished a sentence (community or custodial) within the last 10 years. We want you to join us, learn new skills and bring your experience to our organisation. We believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference.

The Probation Service is a statutory Criminal Justice Service that supervises individuals released from custody into the community on licence and those subject to community orders. The Probation Service’s aims relate to three groups - those that commit crime, victims of crime and the public.

The post holder will work directly with people on probation who have substance/alcohol use needs to:

·       Support engagement with statutory services and non-statutory support services

·       Support the team to deliver risk reducing strategies

·       Deliver peer led group interventions

·       Deliver 1:1 support to people on probation

·       Navigate a challenging and sometimes confusing system to help all individuals serving sentences in the community to meet the requirements of the courts and overcome difficulties

·       Provide signposting / advice and information to people on probation and probation practitioners

·       Delivering a range of holistic support tailored to individual requirements and rehabilitative pathways

·       Seek out opportunities to create effective change and create an enabling environment conducive to change

·       Communicate and work in partnership with probation practitioners and external agencies'

This role involves working with complex individuals to reduce the risk of harm to themselves, others, and the wider society, by providing tailored support and diversionary interventions that motivates and encourages the want to address complex needs in relation to substance use. With this role you’ll be working alongside Probation Practitioners to provide a more specialist support to people on probation’s existing support network that promotes rehabilitation.

There is a peer mentoring aspect to this role on a 1:1 or group basis to encourage engagement and goal focused change that supports abstinence and relapse prevention. The job holder will have the opportunity to support individuals in a personalised way to help them on their unique path to recovery. The role will also require the job holder to advocate for people on probation helping their voice to be heard and influencing the shaping of practice.

Experience – In addition to your life experience the role also requires the job holder to demonstrate experience in: 

·       Being attentive to detail – Demonstrate precision and how you ensure your work is accurate and error free.

·       Organised – Demonstrate your ability to organise your time and plan in advance. 

·       Communicator - Show how you can communicate your thoughts and ideas in a simple way, whilst listening and respecting others views.

·       Spinning plates - Can you demonstrate your experience in how you keep one task progressing when you've been stopping another from crashing

·       Starter/finisher - Taking ownership of delivering on a task whether on your own or working with others

·       Working Together - someone who can demonstrate their experience and ability in engaging with others and bringing people with them on their journey

·       Computer literacy - experience in the use of systems including Microsoft applications

Skills

·       Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, including those who may present difficult or aggressive behaviour

·       Listens carefully and asks questions to clarify understanding, expressing own views positively and constructively

·       Ability to use and work on own initiative

·       Solution focused and self-motivated to problem solve using innovative and creative approaches

·       Engage with people on probation in a pro-social manner. Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes

·       Courteous, polite and considerate, showing empathy and compassion

·       Deals with people as individuals and addresses their specific needs and concerns

·       Treats people with respect and dignity, dealing with them fairly and without prejudice regardless of their background or circumstances

·       Driven and enthusiastic in supporting people

·       Responsive and flexible to people’s needs

·       Role modelling the HMPPS values; Purpose, Openness, Humanity and Together

Please note that the below overview of the job, summary of the job role, responsibilities, activities and duties, person specification do not apply for this position. The Details of the substance use officer role is above.

 

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.  

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service, plus public holidays. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis

Pension

The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Eligibility

All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Rydym yn croesawu ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb, yn cynnwys grwpiau sydd wedi’u tangynrychioli yn ein gweithlu ar hyn o bryd, ac rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn bod yn gyflogwr o safon uchel sy’n denu llawer o ymgeiswyr. Ewch i https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

 gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut rydym yn hyrwyddo amrywiaeth a chynhwysiant yn y gweithle.

To be confirmed

22/01/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 82280.

If you have any questions regarding the post or application process please contact Emma Saha, Substance Use Project Manager via Emma.saha@justice.gov.uk

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 500 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

Probation Employment Pathway

Probation Employment Pathways (PEP) is a recruitment scheme targeted at supporting individuals who have history of criminal convictions and who face barriers to employment.

PEP is open to anyone who within the last 10 years has received:

  • A custodial conviction and has been released from prison 
  • A conviction resulting in a community sentence 
  • A conditional discharge
  • An out of court disposal

The Probation Employment Pathway is an exception to fair and open competition and is only open to eligible applicants. Eligible applicants who pass our assessment processes will be offered up to a 2 year fixed-term appointment, under an accredited Exception 2 scheme within the Civil Service Recruitment Principles.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.