Prison Link Worker

    Forward Trust
    Applications closing date: 13/10/2023
    London, United Kingdom
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    Greater London


    You will be working as part of a flexible, multi-disciplinary team, covering mainly custodial settings across London as a Prison link worker in the Dependency and Recovery Services as part of the CRS probation system.

    You will also be required to work in mandated community locations.

    Prison link workers will  be our single point of contact with the prison, including substance misuse (SMU)/healthcare teams, supporting engagement, targeting boroughs with low continuity of care by providing meet and greet/enhanced support for releases that have a history of non-engagement, with daily calls/appointment reminders and accompanying People on Probation (POP) to appointments.

    You will need to manage risks associated with transition to community, e.g. treatment drop-out, overdose, and mitigations e.g. naloxone.

    You will need to understand the barriers and opportunities to improve continuity of care (pre-release contact, reviewing release plans, developing disengagement plans, identifying alternative points of contact for the SU on release (e.g. family/friends), meet and greet service).

    You will need to be fully prison-vetted and carry keys to work in custodial settings to build relationships with referred People in Prison (PIP), Key Workers, and prison SMU, for in-depth understanding of each prisoner’s pre/post release needs.

    Our model is a blended approach of 1:1 and group work, face-to-face and virtual.

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