The Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Service (CJLDS) is a countywide service to Kent and Medway's Police custody suites, Crown and Magistrates Courts and the wider community.
CJLDS is an all age service, providing liaison and diversion both within and out of the Criminal Justice System. We assess individuals over the age of 10, suspected of committing a crime, with identified health and social care vulnerabilities. The aim of the service is to reduce rates of re-offending and assist in the efficient and effective movement through the Criminal Justice System, by improving access and engagement with health and social care services.Main duties of the job
We are seeking to recruit an experienced RMN or Social Worker to join our thriving service at CJLDS.
We are looking for forward thinking and enthusiastic individuals, with a keen eye for risk assessment and formulation. Some experience of liaison, crisis intervention or Forensic services would be an advantage in this exciting role.
The post holder will work within the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service as a Specialist Liaison & Diversion Practitioner, responding to referrals from within the criminal justice system, providing an all age screening and assessment service for those with identified health or social vulnerabilities.
The post holder will work in police custody suites, courts and varying community locations across Kent and Medway. They will be working with people who experience mental health needs, learning disabilities,communication difficulties, drug and alcohol misuse and other health and social vulnerabilities. Screening and/or assessment will inform appropriate methods of disposal and identify robust care pathways.About us
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
To work within the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service as a Specialist Liaison & Diversion Practitioner, responding to referrals from within the criminal justice system, providing an all age screening andassessment service for those with identified health or social vulnerabilities.
The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service has been developed to provide screening and assessment of vulnerable individuals of all ages, suspected of committing a crime. The post holder will liaise with a multitude of services, receiving referrals, identifying care pathways and facilitating diversion within or out of the Criminal Justice System, where appropriate.
This role requires close partnership working with both statutory and voluntary sector agencies and a commitment to working with a complex and diverse range of individuals with varying needs.
Please note that due to the custody environment, this role is subject to full vetting by Kent Police.
Telephone contact with CJLDS Team Manager for an informal conversation about the position, prior to application, is encouraged.Person SpecificationTraining and QualificationsEssential
- Member of a professional body
- A degree or equivalent qualification/experience at post registration level
- Experience of working within community mental health
- Extensive clinical experience including both individual and group work
- Understanding and expertise in the principles of risk assessment and risk management
- Post registration experience of working within a relevant setting
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Detailed knowledge of the relevant legislation procedures and policies relating to Mental Health Care ie CPA, Mental Capacity Act
- Experience of the criminal justice system
Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership TrustAddress
The Red House,
22 Oakapple Lane
Maidstone Countywide - Please Enquire
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