Prison Based Restorative Justice Service Manager (HMP Featherstone)

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22 June 2022

This position provides an exciting opportunity to join Belong's specialist team and lead the restorative justice service at HMP Featherstone.

Belong’s vision is of hope, rehabilitation and recovery for victims and perpetrators of crime. We inspire change by providing long term, individualised responses to conflict and crime through restorative Justice, psychotherapy, mentoring, and training for criminal justice professionals.

Belong have partnered with HMP Featherstone to deliver an evidence based restorative justice service at the prison. HMP Featherstone is a Category C male prison, based in Wolverhampton. HMP Featherstone holds adults (aged 21+), sentenced to 4 years and above. The restorative justice service will build on an established service model developed in other prisons, applying restorative justice interventions in response to violent incidents and conflicts at HMP Featherstone. It will raise awareness amongst staff and prisoners at HMP Featherstone of restorative approaches, their potential benefits, and their suitability for use in a range of situations.

For prisoners who have perpetrated violence or antisocial behaviour, restorative justice is a chance to take responsibility for their harmful behaviour and to receive support to tackle the root causes of this behaviour. For prison staff members or prisoners who have been victims of violent or antisocial behaviour incidents, restorative justice provides a safe space to share with harmers the impact of that violence and antisocial behaviour has had on them. It also offers the opportunity for victims of violence and antisocial behaviour to receive support to cope and recover after these incidents. In addition, the service will offer prisoners and prison staff members training and support to become skilled restorative justice facilitators.

This position provides an exciting opportunity for a reliable, organised, confident person to join Belong's specialist team and lead the restorative justice service at HMP Featherstone. The successful applicant will bring resilience, energy and enthusiasm, along with experience of working within the criminal justice sector and preferably within prisons. They will have a good theoretical knowledge of the causes of offending behaviour and the benefits of restorative justice. Occasional evening and weekend work is required as part of the role.

Belong fosters a working environment where everyone’s voice is listened to. The culture of our organisation is one that puts people first and the charity enjoys high staff morale and good staff retention. We will provide you with the support, training and encouragement that you need to do your job, as well as the opportunities to develop your skills and progress within your career. 

Applications for this position are particularly welcomed from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and/or with current enhanced prison security vetting.

About the post

Position | Prison Based Restorative Justice Service Manager

Location | HMP Featherstone

Hours | 35 hours per week

Salary |  £35,500

Information for potential applicants

Application pack and guidance is available here

Submitting your application

Please apply for this position by emailing hannah.w@belonglondon.com with a detailed covering letter outlining how you meet the skills, experience and knowledge requirements outlined in our Job Description and Person Specification document. Please also send your CV. 

Closing Date: 14 July 2022

Interviews for this position will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2022.

Closing Date: 
Thursday, 14 July 2022