Care Not Custody is a pilot intervention service in partnership with Sussex Police and Probation, to divert women away from the criminal justice system, by offering case work support through an Out of Court disposal (OOCD) or intervention to prevent a breach of their Probation order.
The Care Not Custody Caseworker will provide holistic, integrated casework support for women in Sussex. She will support women to navigate and access the services they require to address a range of practical and emotional needs, including helping with signposting, advocacy, and referrals. She will be informed by BWC’s values, policies and procedures and will understand the importance of building trust and self-esteem, to enhance recovery and engagement with BWC and other services.
This project sits within BWC’s Inspire Service, which delivers support for women who are involved in the Criminal Justice System and is the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Commissioned Rehabilitative Services (CRS) provider for women in Sussex. In line with BWC values, Inspire adopts a relational, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach. Inspire supports women with a range of underlying needs, with the overarching aim of supporting women to move away from the Criminal Justice System and improve their access to a range of services.
BWC offers staff members a generous package of benefits including a wellbeing allowance and a well-being hour during the working week; clinical supervision; reflective group practice; access to therapeutic debrief as required; a comprehensive training package; opportunities for continuing professional development; staff social events; flexible working opportunities and a caring, understanding work environment that appreciates the complexities of women’s working and home lives.
Job Title: Care Not Custody Caseworker
Responsible to: Care Not Custody Senior Practitioner
Purpose of role: To deliver one to one case-work interventions for women referred on a diversionary programme from Sussex Police as well as supporting the wider Inspire project in their work with women in the Criminal Justice System.
Salary Grade: FTE £26,181.73
Working hours: Between 21 hours and 35 hours subject to negotiation. Within normal office hours 9am – 5pm. Occasional out of hours may be required. As there are several posts being offered, there is potential flexibility for contractual hours for each post.
Work locations: Care Not Custody staff will be based in Brighton, West Sussex, and East Sussex. Local travel will be expected.
Contract Details: Fixed term until March 2025
Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 8th of December
Interview dates: Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Positions available: 3
For the full job description, person specification and more information on BWC please download the Job Application Pack. To apply please complete an application form and equalities monitoring form and return these to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline.
We do not accept CVs.
BWC is committed to inclusion and diversity and actively encourage applications from women from a variety of backgrounds, and with a range of skills and experiences. We are particularly interested to hear from women who have personal experience of the criminal justice system, those with disabilities and those from Black or Racially Minoritised Communities who are currently under-represented in the organisation.
*This post is restricted to self-identifying women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph 1, Equality Act 2010 and is subject to an enhanced DBS check.