Hibiscus Initiatives (Hibiscus) is a passionate, women-centred organisation, delivering high impact advocacy and advice services to Black, minoritised, and migrant women at the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration systems. Our criminal justice projects team provides holistic, trauma-informed and gender-responsive support to women affected by, or at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system across the London area.
We are looking for a passionate, empathetic, well organised and resilient individual to join the team, working across two projects:
The Diversion Programme is a pilot programme funded by MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) and delivered in partnership with Advance, WiP (Women in Prison) and Pecan. As Hibiscus’ Diversion project worker you will work closely with multi-agencies including the police, voluntary and community sector providers and other statutory partners to divert low-risk women from the formal criminal justice process, motivating them to engage in positive community activity to allow them to lead safer, crime free lives. You will work holistically with migrant women referred into the pilot, providing language support and information to enable them to understand their current immigration status and how to comply with out of court disposals; and assist partner organisations and the police to ensure migrant women can have equal access to diversion options.
The Pan-London Wraparound service, co-commissioned by MOPAC and the Ministry of Justice, provides a whole system approach to women and girls affected by the Criminal Justice System, at high risk of offending or of re-offending, and with complex multiple needs (such as mental ill health, substance misuse, and gender based violence). You will work closely with lead partners Advance and the South London Women’s Hubs led by Women in Prison (WiP) to accept referrals and manage a case load of migrant women (including survivors of trafficking). Working holistically with the women you will provide a fully tailored service, offering consistent long-term practical and emotional support and advocacy through an empowering, trauma informed gendered approach supporting long-term recovery.
As an organisation working on racial and gender justice and migrants’ rights Hibiscus is particularly keen to attract talent from Black and minoritised communities and those with lived experience of immigration restrictions, the criminal justice systems, or gender-based violence.
This post is restricted to women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph 1, Equality Act 2010.
We provide frequent training and development opportunities for all our staff and support staff well-being by offering regular well-being classes, clinical supervision, and external well-being activities.
Salary: £24,000 – £28,000. The successful candidate will be appointed towards the lower end of the salary scale
Team: Criminal Justice
Duration: Fixed term to June 2022, with intention to extend subject to funding
Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Location: Hibiscus office and Women’s Centre in Islington, London, with frequent travel to and work from other London women’s centres, hubs and prisons. Flexible working arrangements available to work from home 1-2 days/week if desired. There is a requirement to travel across London on a weekly basis, and work very occasional weekends by arrangement.
Reporting to: Prisons and Criminal Justice Coordinator
In order to apply for the role, you will need the following:
Please download the Project Worker – Wraparound and Diversion Job Description.
- CV: An up-to-date CV (no more than 3 pages)
- Cover Letter: A cover letter addressing relevant parts of the person specification in the Job Description outlining why you are the right person for the role (no more than 2 pages)
Please send your Cover Letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 9am Monday 12th July 2021
Interviews Week Commencing: w/c 19th July 2021
If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition. If you do not want Hibiscus to retain your CV on file, please state so in your email when you send over your CV and Cover Letter.