Criminal Justice Worker

  • Full time
  • £25,364 – £28,077
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th April 2021

  • Advertised from 1st April 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term to 31st March 2022.
  • Sacro defined pension scheme. 31 days annual leave plus 6 public holidays.
  • EDINR1421


New Routes offers males serving short term custodial sentences a ‘through-the-gate’ mentoring and support service providing practical and emotional support to help them move back into the community and begin to build a life free of offending.

We currently have the opportunity for a full-time mentor to join our Edinburgh team.

The males referred to New Routes are matched with a mentor while in prison. The mentor will start to work with those referred to the service while they are in prison, to develop their independence and social skills, link to appropriate services, explore aspirations, identify goals, and put in place achievable steps to improve their quality of life. This support and advice continues after release from prison where mentors can accompany them* to appointments and advocate on their behalf where appropriate to help them with re-integration into their local community and to achieve stability.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to work both as part of a team and independently is required, experience of inter-agency working is essential. A commitment to Sacro’s value base is crucial, as this type of work can be challenging.

Experience of working: with people with complex needs, people who have offended or in a health or social care environment would be preferred.

You may have supervisory responsibility for volunteers and student placements.

A relevant qualification is desirable but is not essential.

Work patterns will vary and may include evenings and weekends.

You must be prepared to work within equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory standards and adhere to Sacro’s policies and procedures.

* Please note that due to restrictions placed upon us by the COVID-19 virus, we are currently only undertaking face to face engagement with people referred to the service where the need is assessed as essential.

Application notes

For an Application Pack and to apply online please visit

A valid driving licence and access to a car is essential for these posts.

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) is a requirement for this post.

Closing Date: 4pm, Tuesday 20th April 2021

Interview Date: Monday 26th April 2021

*Please note that due to restrictions placed upon us by the COVID-19 virus, it is not possible to conduct interviews face to face. If you are short listed for interview, we will contact you to discuss how we propose to carry this out.

Sacro values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.