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Recovery Worker

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Job Introduction

HMP Bronzefield are currently recruiting for a Recovery Worker.

As a Recovery Worker, you will support and encourage service users to overcome their substance misuse addictions and reduce their offending behaviour.

HMP/YOI Bronzefield is a closed local prison serving courts across the South of England. Our mission is to deliver quality of life services which make a meaningful difference to women in the criminal justice system by supporting them to change their lives for the better. To achieve this we focus on providing needs-based services and programmes to rehabilitate and improve the well-being of our women. 

We house up to 572 women (approximately 14.5% of the national female prison population). The women in our custody have a diverse and complex set of needs and range from mothers and babies, young offenders, life and long term sentenced women, short to mid-term sentenced women, foreign nationals and women on remand. 

We have been awarded a bronze accreditation by Investors in People for our commitment to our staff, their development, engagement and investment in a sustainable future.

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

Role Responsibility

  • Hold a large case load and work with clients from a diverse background who often have very complex needs (including dual diagnosis). To act as their case worker offering one to one support and psychosocial interventions via 1-2-1’s and Group Sessions to help in their rehabilitation process.
  • Forge good working relationships with other services internally and with external agencies outside of the Prison to ensure that service users have an excellent quality of service, continuity of care and to ensure effective joined up working.
  • Contribute towards and adhere to the SJS Recovery Strategy, Drug Supply Reduction Plan and Substance Misuse Agenda.
  • Encourage, motivate and support clients through their Recovery journey.
  • Work alongside, train ,support and develop Recovery Peer Mentors (prisoners).
  • Complete initial screening assessments, comprehensive individual care plans and tailor the Recovery service (via an individual Care Plan) to the needs of your clients.
  • Have a good knowledge of substance misuse and issues surrounding substance misuse. To deliver harm reduction advice including safer injecting, harm minimization, safer sex and blood borne virus to your clients.
  • Use Motivational interviewing techniques and empathic listening skills to help service users with their motivation to change their lives.
  • Facilitate/co-facilitate groups, including mutual aid (SMART, NA and AA).
  • Compile and maintain a high standard of case notes (both in case files and on PNOMIS) and records in accordance with Clinical Governance (secure audit trail) and keep and provide information and statistics in line with SJS requirements (secure audit trail)

The Ideal Candidate


  • Commitment to and understanding of approaches to supporting service users’ Recovery journeys
  • Sound knowledge of drugs, including alcohol, NPS and their effects and of the issues surrounding blood borne viruses and sexual health
  • Experience of working in the substance misuse field with clients from a marginalised community.
  • Ability to create comprehensive care plans & tailor your interventions to the needs of your service users.
  • Ability to manage a large client caseload of often challenging clients.
  • Well organised and have good time management skills.
  • Ability to keep good clinical notes in accordance with Clinical governance.
  • Non judgemental attitude and the ability to build a good rapport and professional relationship with the service users.
  • Commitment to and understanding of equal opportunities and protected characteristics.
  • Ability to liaise and develop links with statutory and non-statutory agencies.
  • Commitment to working in partnership with others, both within the team and interdepartmental working.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Understanding of issues relating to mental health and self-harm
  • Be a good role model to the service users.


  • Experience of holding a large case load .
  • Experience of delivering group work, including AA, NA and SMART Groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Training and presentation skills.
  • Experience of working with offenders.
  • Counselling skills
  • Motivational interview skills
  • Previous custodial experience

Package Description

£21,878.55 per annum + recurring £287.75 monthly London Weighting

Excellent benefits including season ticket loans, free meals, free parking, subsidised gym membership, group discount schemes, pension and 28 days holiday.

For more information on Sodexo Careers and Sodexo Justice please visit Sodexo Careers and Careers in Justice

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying ;for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 3 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.


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