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OUITC seek DIVERT Custody Intervention Coach

14 October 2020

Oxford United in the Community is recruiting for a DIVERT Custody Intervention Coach to join the charity.

The successful candidate will work alongside the county’s criminal justice system.

Oxford United in the Community is looking for a strong, independent but calm character who has extensive experience of working with young people and is good at building trusting relationships.

The role will primarily be based in Abingdon but will include some time in Banbury. This is a unique job in Oxfordshire but will be part of a wider network across England within an innovative, high profile programme.

DIVERT is a custody Intervention programme which is designed to reduce reoffending and has been funded by the Thames Valley Police Violence Reduction Unit.

It will be delivered in the custody suites across Thames Valley by The New Era Foundation and local football club community organisations. This includes Oxfordshire with Oxford United in the Community, the official charity of Oxford United Football Club and it aims to DIVERT young adults between 18-25 years away from crime.

The DIVERT custody Intervention coaches are not Police officers or staff and will instead work for the charity within the custody suites. Conversations are confidential between the coach and the client. It will not interfere with the Criminal Justice process.

They are fully trained and ready to listen in a non-judgemental way. DIVERT is totally voluntary for the young adult. The coaches will meet the young adult whilst in custody and seek to start a conversation and get some meaningful engagement. They will complete a needs assessment with the client and then identify some effective interventions to make some positive changes in their lives.

DIVERT is there to offer hope and an opportunity to make positive change. Interventions will include access to employment, education, and training opportunities. DIVERT addresses a gap in the statutory provision for young people and is already successfully embedded in custody suites in Berkshire and across the Metropolitan and Lancashire Police Services.

A full Job Description is available here: OUitC Divert Custody Intervention Coach JD FINAL.pdf

Deadline for applications – Friday 30th October at midday.

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