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Peer Mentorship Programme

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 Fixed term: Annually to be reviewed

Care after Combat is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of veterans in the criminal justice system, expecting all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of position

The Service

Care after Combat aims to support veterans by reducing reoffending rates following release from prison. The mentor will work closely with the voluntary and third sector including the criminal justice system.

A structured short term mentorship training programme will be delivered.

What is the role?

This is a varied role providing support for veteran together with his/her dependants, whilst supporting them back into the community.  Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with the various statutory bodies and other organisations to receive referrals
  • Completing comprehensive assessments of the veteran
  • The provision of 1 to 1 mentorship to veterans and when requested their partners
  • Signposting and the provision of a structured and formulaic mentorship programme
  • Liaise with appropriate community services
  • Promote the work of Care after Combat within a range of justice related settings

 Who is the person?

The skills and experience required includes:

  • Having served in the armed forces
  • Having a non-judgemental approach
  • Being a good communicator/listener
  • Possessing a compassionate and empathetic approach
  • Demonstrating openness and transparency
  • Having an awareness of safeguarding issues and vulnerable adult policy
  • Being part of a team
  • Being  able to work flexibly to meet the requirements of Care after Combat
  • Having the ability to prioritise workload
  • Capable of evaluating  service provision

Activities

  1. Delivering mentorship within a custodial setting and beyond.
  1. Building strong networks to facilitate partnership working in tandem in a range of health/social/employment and other agencies.
  1. Implementing an appropriate framework of support in these settings.
  1. Ensuring best practice is shared and upheld.
  1. Developing strong links with the Criminal Justice System, ensuring co-operation in the delivery of peer mentorship.
  1. Working in partnership and demonstrating compliance with HM Prison directives.
  1. Recording the number and nature of interventions offered.
  1. Attending Mentorship Team Meetings.
  1. Developing links with other stakeholders.
  1. Promoting community awareness of the Care after Combat Mentorship programme.
  1. Undertaking all other duties commensurate with the post as required.

The responsibilities and activities in the job description are intended to be indicative but not exhaustive and may be expected to change as the organisation develops.  The post-holder will be expected to adapt to changing requirements.

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  Essential (E) or Desirable (D) How this is assessed

 

Qualifications

Educated to CSE level or equivalent D App/Cert

 

Experience

Service in the armed forces E App/Int/Ref
Experience of working both independently and within a team D App/Int/Ref
Experience of working with veterans D App/Int/Ref

 

Knowledge

A working knowledge of the criminal justice system D App/Int
A working knowledge of the voluntary and third sector D App/Int
A working knowledge of Veterans charities D App/Int

 

Skills & Abilities

Able to co-ordinate activities, working collaboratively with a wide range of different agencies E App/Int/Ref
Able to manage a caseload of veterans D App/Int/Ref
Able to make effective decisions and prioritise work to meet deadlines E App/Int/Ref
Able to manage challenging or difficult veterans, staff and environments D App/Int/Ref
Confident working with confidentiality issues E App/Int

 

Communication Skills

Possessing a high level of oral and written skills E App/Int/Ref
Excellent Report writing skills E App/Ref
Able to use appropriate IT software packages, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint D App/Ref

 

General

Commitment to Diversity and anti-discriminatory practice E App
Able to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends, in accordance with the requirements of Care after Combat E App/Ref

Work permits – New members of staff (including UK nationals) are required to provide evidence that they are legally able to work in the UK. References – Care after Combat seeks references for all new employees covering their previous 3 years employment history and validates any gaps of 3 months or greater by seeking a personal reference. Medical – Some posts will require short listed applicants to complete a medical questionnaire prior to appointment. Disclosure and Barring Service – A disclosure and barring service (DBS) enhanced check will be carried out for any person being offered a post working with people who are vulnerable.  This will be done after selection but before the appointment is confirmed.