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Support Practitioner (Navigator) - Inverclyde Early Help In Custody

  • Full time
  • £20,841 – £21,924
  • Inverclyde
  • Closing 2nd February 2023

  • Advertised from 19th January 2023
  • £10.83 - £11.39, rising to £11.12 in your first year of service. Fixed Term to April 2024


Do you have a passion for helping vulnerable people enjoy as much fulfilment as they can and feel included in their community? If compassion, care and inclusiveness are an important part of who you are, our opportunities to work away from the routine in a demanding, challenging but emotionally rewarding role could be for you.

Our Turning Point Scotland Services in Inverclyde Early Help In Custody are looking for people like you to help provide individualised support to adults with a wide range of needs, either on an individual 1:1 basis or alongside others and as part of a team.

The Early Help in Custody Team provides support 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 Support Practitioner (Navigator), you will be working alongside a lead practitioner 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 need
  • 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 wellbeing and prevent harm.

People with lived experience are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be willing to undertake Police Scotland Vetting (Level 1)

The support we provide is always person centred, we do this by involving people who know the person well, this includes family and friends, other health and Social Work professionals, Advocacy services and our own staff members.

No previous working experience is needed; full training will be provided to you. We believe having the right values of respect, compassion, inclusion and integrity is all you need to join our team! We would offer you full support in completing your application.

As a Support Practitioner, you will work with individuals who have a wide range of support needs, providing them with practical and emotional support and encouraging them to achieve their own personal outcomes in all aspects of their daily lives e.g. keeping safe, meaningful activities, community involvement, physical health, relationships, emotional health and wellbeing.

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Closing date: 2nd February 2023