Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver

Recruiter
TheSmartList
Location
Southampton
Salary
£19905 per annum
Posted
06 Jun 2019
Closes
20 Jun 2019
Ref
KADW0012
Contact
Dave Williams
Sector
Public Sector
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
REF: KADW0012
LOCATION: Eastleigh, Hampshire 
JOB TITLE: Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver
SALARY & BENEFITS: £19,905.60 plus potential overtime opportunities at competitive OT rates of pay and great benefits including 25 days holiday, pension scheme and life assurance, Discount & Childcare vouchers
WORKING HOURS: 40 hours per week – will require flexible approach to working hours 

THE COMPANY: Are you a patient, understanding individual and do you thrive when working as part of a team? If you are looking for a new challenge where no day is the same then our client wants to hear from you!

Our client are a well respected prisoner transportation company who provide the safe and secure transportation and custody suite services for prisoners and young people in custody across England, Scotland and Wales and our now looking for Prisoner Custody Officers, Drivers and Drivers Escorts to join their existing team based in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

THE ROLE: For the Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver role's your primary responsibility is maintaining the welfare of the people in our clients custody, providing care and support during their time in the court system. You will provide a duty of care to prisoners and will treat them fairly and decently without discrimination, with respect for their dignity, and with understanding and compassion. This is a varied and interesting role where no day can be the same, and full training including first aid, mental health, and control and restraint will be given to candidates as well as an excellent salary, benefits and working conditions. 
This is an immensely rewarding role that provides a wide spectrum of responsibilities and will especially appeal to those with a sense of public duty and a willingness to support your fellow citizen. In addition to job security you will receive a competitive salary with numerous excellent benefits, incentives and opportunities to develop your career. 

Key Responsibilities for the Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver role in Eastleigh include :-

Responsible for the safe and secure movement of young people and children in our client's custody; including out of custodial establishments, in vehicles, at court including to the dock, and on legal visits and comfort breaks
Ensure the welfare of Children & Young People in custody, including conducting risk assessments for vulnerable or ‘at risk’ people, managing meal times & snacks as well as ensuring comfort stops are taken when necessary whilst in transit
Supervise Children or Young People during the reception process, escorting, during hand-over to court staff, during visits and at release or return to custodial establishments
Manage incidents if they occur including potential use of physical force to control and restrain when required
Liaise with third party agencies including the police and prison services to ensure correct documentation is completed

THE CANDIDATE: The successful candidate for the Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver role should be a calm and patient person who has excellent communication skills and can effectively build good working relations with people on all levels. You should be someone who has a positive and practical attitude, is non judgemental and can provide a high level of care to people. You must be organised and able to meet deadlines, work well under pressure, and candidates must have a valid UK Driving Licence and live within commutable distance to Eastleigh. Candidates with a C1 Drivers Licence would be highly desirable. 

Due to the nature of this role you should be someone who is physically fit, must be comfortable in confined spaces with prisoners, able to commit to a flexible working pattern and be happy to undergo a vetting process and DBS checks a well as extensive training in a classroom setting. 

Key Experience/ Characteristics preferred for the Prisoner Custody Officer / Driver role :-

Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Should be a calm, caring and patient individual 
The ability to work well under pressure and to tight time deadlines
Must be able to commute to Eastleigh and have a valid UK Driving Licence (C1 Licence highly desirable)
Must be Physical fit and able to use force and restrain when required
Flexibility with the hours you can work is essential
A positive and practical attitude is essential 

Please not successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview and assessment.

Due to the nature of this role, our client has vetting process which would require candidates to undergo a DBS check and disclose personal and financial information. 

Does this sound like you? If yes then please hit the apply now button.

You will then be sent to an online questionnaire to support your CV and application, please fill in the details and we will be in touch to advise you of the next steps 

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