Job Category
Employability | Support, Advice & Guidance
Watford, United Kingdom
£25,538 - £31,166
Closing date
Contract type
Total hours per week

At Shaw Trust we help give people with a criminal record the opportunity for a second chance providing services to support them in custody and in the community. We provide people with the skills, knowledge, and a sense of purpose, for life after custody, significantly reducing the likelihood of reoffending. We support at each stage of the journey providing people with safe and supportive spaces to engage in positive activities and move toward integrating back into society.  

We will be delivering the HMPPS Creating Future Opportunities (CFO) programme in the East of England and Southeast of England.  

 We are recruiting for people to join our teams in the role of CFO Support Worker. In this role you will manage a caseload of participants in both custodial and community settings, providing high quality support and guidance. You will help participants overcome barriers to successful resettlement, achieve agreed milestones, develop skills, and find sustainable employment.  

 You will undergo enhanced vetting checks.  

 In this role you will work across different locations in custody at HMP The Mount, Watford, ST Albans and Hemel Hempstead Community. 

 We are looking for people who have:  

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with a proactive and solution-focused approach. 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including active listening and motivational skills, to support participants from diverse backgrounds. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to the rehabilitation of prisoners and the ability to work independently, providing community-based support. 
  • An awareness, understanding, and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults. 
  • The ability to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service Check at an enhanced level and successfully pass prison vetting. 

Download the job description for more information about this opportunity.  

When Applying

In your supporting statement please briefly outline your interest in the role. Please also answer yes or no to the following 3 questions in your supporting statement:

  1. Have you ever worked in a prison?
  2. Have you ever been refused clearance to work in a prison?
  3. Do you currently have clearance to work in a prison? 

 Employee Benefits 

As well as helping to make a positive impact to people’s lives, as an employee of Shaw Trust you will have access to the following benefits: 

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday 
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year 
  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months 
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate 
  • Access to a suite of learning and development opportunities including paid for apprenticeship and masters’ levels qualifications, and management development programmes 
  • Opportunities to connect with our employee networks (LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disability Equality Network, Women’s Network, Men’s Network, Young Professionals Network, Menopause Peer Support Group, Neurodiversity Network) 
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including internal support, employee assistance programme and health cash plan 

Our Strategy 

To find out more about Shaw Trusts aims in our 2030 Strategic Directive available here: 

Join a diverse and inclusive organisation 

Shaw Trust is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, where every employee, regardless of their background or lived experience, feels that they belong and can progress in their career. 

  • We are proud to be certified as an employer who meets the National Equality Standard, the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK. 
  • We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme.  
  • Living our values, we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation. 
  • We are Menopause Friendly accredited  

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion. 

If you have accessibility requirements and/or would like further information about the role, please contact:   

Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.