Prison Recovery Worker – The Job

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Every UK prison has a team of prison recovery workers whose job it is to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. It’s a unique and rewarding job but what sort of person becomes a prison recovery worker and what do they do?

Prison recovery workers come from a wide range of backgrounds but they all have one thing in common, something that you just can’t teach. They are all able to hold their own in challenging situations and all care about the people they work with.

Prison recovery workers often offer the first meaningful point of contact for people who arrive at prison and are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.

They can play a significant part in getting addicted prisoners into treatment and often help them take the first step on their journey to recovery from addiction. Prison recovery workers work in close contact with prisoners to precisely assess their individual needs and to prepare and facilitate a comprehensive treatment plan which they work through whilst in prison. This plan goes on to play an important part in ensuring continuity of care when they are released from prison and return to the community.

Prison recovery workers deliver targeted drug and alcohol programmes that are integral to the successful rehabilitation of prisoners. They ensure that ex-offenders have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into the community.

Prison recovery workers are an essential part of the rehabilitative process particularly when you consider that:

  • Government statistics show the reoffending rate for prisoners held for under a year is 65 per cent.
  • 66% of women and 38% of men in prison report committing offences to get money to buy drugs.
  • A recent study by the Prison Reform Trust found that 68% reported taking drugs in the four weeks before imprisonment
  • 28% of prisoners entering prison are problematic drug users as opposed to 4% of the general non prison population
  • Twenty-five years ago the prison population was 44,000 – today it’s over 84,000.

You’ll be helping people break the cycle of addiction, associated criminality and prison.

You’ll help them go on to reconnect with their families and communities and give them the foundations on which they can rebuild their lives.

You’ll work closely with key prison departments to provide a full assessment for your clients, identify their treatment readiness and provide a wide range of psychosocial and clinical treatment interventions. You’ll have wide variety in your role and will almost certainly find yourself working in partnership with prison departments such as Healthcare, Education, Resettlement and Reducing Reoffending.

The key areas of responsibilities for the prison recovery worker are:

  • Comprehensive assessment and risk management planning
  • Induction and engagement into substance misuse programmes
  • Case management, care coordination and advice and support
  • Care/recovery planning and reviews of treatment progress
  • Offending behaviour one-to-one work
  • Psychosocial and clinical group work programmes including mutual aid and peer support
  • Providing access to alcohol and opiate prescribing services including stabilisation, detoxification and reduction regimes
  • Pre-release planning to help clients prepare for reintegration into the community
  • Liaison and treatment coordination with community-based drug and alcohol treatment services and continuity of care from prison to prison

Recovery Recruitment has a number of prison recovery worker vacancies. If you’re interested we’d love to hear from you, if you don’t have direct experience of prison work don’t worry we can talk you through the role in more detail and you can get a feel for whether it’s right for you. Our client companies provide comprehensive training and place particular value on relevant lived experience.

If you’re an employer and you’d like Recovery Recruitment to help you fill a prison worker vacancy contact us here . Alternatively call 0203 784 4471 for a chat about how we can deliver candidates who match your organisational needs within a criminal justice context.

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