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Lead Practitioner - Early Help in Police Custody Service

  • Full time
  • £21,168 – £23,732
  • Inverclyde
  • Closing 8th February 2022

  • Advertised from 12th January 2022
  • 2102


The Early Help in Custody Team provides a peer support approach to people being held in police custody. The Early Help Team works closely with police colleagues, while being completely independent of the justice system. Although based in Inverclyde, the service will be available to people living in other local authorities who are in Greenock police custody.

The service provides short term support to people who have self-identified a need(s) in a ‘reachable and teachable’ moment, to seek the help they need through a wide network of partner agencies within local communities. This 2-year test of change is funded by the Drugs Death Task Force and will prioritise people who are not receiving treatment and who may be experiencing a range of complex needs as evidence suggests they may be at the highest risk of a drug-related death. The service will link closely to existing treatment pathways and other tests of change including early intervention, recovery, harm reduction and non-fatal overdose.

As a Lead Practitioner, you will work alongside and mentor a Support Practitioner (Navigator) whilst delivering early help support in custody, to help identify and signpost those who need support to access services and interventions that will give them the tools they need to build their resilience, gain confidence and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations. This will require;

  • Undertaking initial assessments of needs
  • Identifying supports
  • Arranging warm hand-over to supports
  • Liaison with services
  • Promotion of the service
  • Participation in learning groups

Working at the front end of a pathway, you will be in contact with individuals who can be challenging, have behavioural issues, and lead chaotic lives. You will aim to motivate them to engage with support from partners and aim to improve their well being and prevent harm.

Main duties and responsibilities

Support to people who use services - To:

  • provide support and assistance to people who we support in accordance with their support plans and service aims.
  • be responsible for undertaking initial and on-going assessments of people who we support.
  • advise people who we support in accordance with guidance from senior colleagues or in accordance with the service aims.
  • be a key worker for a person or people who have complex or multiple needs.
  • maintain professional confidentiality and boundaries at all times.
  • support and assist people who we support in crisis situations, and/or manage physical risk or behaviour likely to cause incidents, in accordance with the support plan or service protocol.
  • travel within the service area you are contracted for and supporting the travel and transportation of people who we support in accordance with their support plan (mobility, own car, service vehicles, public transport etc).
  • have an good understanding of the causes and effects of social exclusion as is relevant to the service and area in which you work.

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