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Partner Link Worker – 50443
£22,924 – £28,200
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The Partner Link Worker role is a crucial component in the delivery of the Building Better Relationships (BBR) accredited programme for men convicted of intimate partner violence offences. PLWs contribute to the safety of partners/ex-partners of men attending BBR and any children with whom they are involved. This work involves many tasks including but not limited to:
•    Supporting partners/ex-partners to develop a safety plan for themselves and their children (where applicable)
•    Provide realistic information to partners/ex-partners about BBR and possible outcomes
•    Provide partners/ex-partners with information about participants attendance on the programme
•    Signpost partners/ex-partners to relevant local services offering support and guidance
•    Ensuring partners/ex-partners are informed about any escalating or emerging risk
•    Ensuring that relevant information is shared promptly with BBR programme facilitators and the participant’s Probation Practitioner to inform risk assessment and management
•    Contribute to Multi-Agency conferences and Safeguarding procedures where appropriate
We are recruiting for PLW roles in the Durham and Cleveland areas and there will be an expectation that successful candidate will be able to travel to support colleagues and partners/ex-partners across the North East Probation Service area.

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.

Overview of the job

Work with victims and current partners of men attending domestic violence programmes in order to promote the safety of women and children.

Summary

The postholder will provide contact and support at specified periods to victims and partners of service users who are scheduled to attend a domestic abuse intervention programme. 

This role will entail regular liaison with group facilitators, case managers and external agencies and will require at high profile risk management meetings such as MAPPA or MARAC. 

Flexible working hours are required i.e. evening and weekends, where necessary, to be flexible as to when partners/ victims can meet / be contacted.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties: 

·        Initiate timely contact with victims and partners of perpetrators attending an NPS domestic abuse intervention.

·        Provide written information and discuss programme content with the victims and partners of perpetrators attending NPS interventions and obtain a signed disclosure of information form and manage victims’ expectations.

·        Assess safety of home visiting, including offender information such as OASys and contact with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies e.g. social services, police, Victim Support etc and complete a DASH risk assessment.

·        Explain the purpose of the SARA (spousal assault risk assessment) and administer if required.

·        Request feedback from partners/ victims at regular intervals throughout the intervention

·        Carry out safeguarding children and safeguarding adult duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies.

·        Ensure that any information relating to the service users’ risk is, where appropriate, shared promptly and in a victim sensitive manner with the Probation Practitioner, programme team and other agencies where relevant.

·        Complete a victim/ partner report as required, summarising key victim issue 

·        Promote the safety of victim’s, children and other dependants by supporting victims to construct a realistic safety plan and provide information about appropriate local support organisations.

·        Provide victims and partners with information about the perpetrator’s attendance on the programme.

·        Form and maintain relationships with local support services to enable successful referrals for support and advice and contributing to a co- ordinated community response to domestic violence.

·        Take an active part in interagency risk management meetings where appropriate, such as MAPPA and MARAC.

·        To support the programme manager in delivering presentations and providing information about this aspect of the service. 

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

Behaviours

·        Making Effective Decisions

·        Communicating and Influencing

·        Working Together

·        Developing Self and Others

·        Managing a Quality Service

Essential Experience

·        Strong knowledge of domestic abuse and related issues

·        Awareness of how domestic violence impacts on partners and children

·        The ability to relate positively and empathetically to victims and or those dealing with distressing personal circumstances

·        Enabling individuals to identify factors which affect their safety, well- being and social inclusion

·        Enabling individuals to identify options for improving their safety, well- being and social inclusion

Technical requirements

·       Educated to NVQ L2 or above

·       IDVA qualified or ability to complete within first year of appointment

·       Driving Licence

Ability

·        Good self-management skills and above average ability to take initiative and problem solve

·        Enabling individuals to identify factors which affect their safety, well- being and social inclusion

·        Demonstrating a willingness to ask for assistance or refer a matter when appropriate

·        Enabling individuals to identify options for improving their safety, well- being and social inclusion

Salary

£22,924 - £28,200

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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 ten years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. 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 UKor 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.