Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment. Imprisonment can often have a huge impact on the things that matter most to families: money and secure housing, safe and connected relationships at home and in the community, and the emotional health and wellbeing of families. Family members who are not in prison must be understood in relation to – but distinct and different from - those in prison, and therefore Families Outside is dedicated to providing a range of practical, social and emotional support to people with someone in prison that are relationship-based, prison-aware, and family-focused.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Regional Family Support Team to ensure the delivery of high-quality support to people with family members resident in HMP Edinburgh, HMP Glenochil, HMP & YOI Cornton Vale and HMP & YOI Polmont or those living across the East of Scotland who may have family members in prison elsewhere in Scotland. Our Regional Manager will:
· Lead a team of staff, social work students, and volunteers to provide 1:1, family, and/or group work in family homes, community venues, prison, and/or prison visitor centres
· Liaise and contribute to key local and community fora such as Community Planning Partnerships, Third Sector Interface meetings, or Local Authority partners’ meetings
· Create and develop a range of support services to meet the local need across the East of Scotland.
The range of offences and lengths of sentence managed by HMP Edinburgh and HMP Glenochil are extensive, while HMP&YOI Cornton Vale and HMP&YOI Polmont house both young people and women. Additionally the local authority areas across the East of Scotland vary between rural, coastal, and urban areas. This means that the families we support will face a wide range of challenges. It is important that our Regional Family Support Manager is:
· Experienced in leading others
· Passionate about developing high quality family support practice
· Trauma-informed and rights-focused in all they do
· Skilled in building strong, effective relationships with staff, local and regional partners, and stakeholders
· Skilled in creating support to meet the most challenging issues that impact women and young people ub prison and their families
· Confident, resilient, and respectful when dealing with the challenging situations.
If you are an experienced professional with managerial experience in social work, community work, family support, or other appropriate experiences and are passionate about making a difference for families impacted by imprisonment, then we want to hear from you.
Closing date for applications: 12.00 on Thursday 21 October 2021
Interviews: w/c 25 October 2021
(interviews, if possible, to be held in person at 17 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX)
For more information on the post, telephone 0131 557 9800
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