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Salary: Band 6, £27,735 – £29,874 per annum

Location: Agile, Forth Banks and Homeworking.

Hours/Contract: 37 hours

 

Please note – previous applicants need not apply.

 

37 hours, Fixed Term/Secondment until March 2025. 

 

Working for #TeamNP

 

Our purpose at Team NP is simple: to keep people safe and to fight crime. But it takes more than officers alone to do the job – and that’s where our 2,000-strong team of police staff and 200 volunteers come in.

 

As one of the largest police forces in England we have a huge variety of departments and specialisms offering you endless opportunities. From mentoring and coaching schemes and online soft skills courses to leadership development programmes; we’ll give you the support, training and time to carve out the career you always wanted.

 

As one of the top 50 UK inclusive employers and a disability confident employer, we promote a culture of respect in the workplace so everyone can feel seen, heard and valued.

 

Whether you’re a member of staff or a volunteer, you can also expect first-rate support to manage your health and wellbeing. With year-round events, a 24/7 welfare support hotline and a leading approach to neurodiversity, our initiatives enable you to be at your best.

 

Above all else, here at Team NP, we can offer you a career that is so much more than just a job, it’s a chance to be part of something that really matters.

 

Learn about our full benefits package

 

The role

 

Here at Northumbria Police, we think our region is amazing! It takes a great deal of people from different backgrounds, with diverse skills and experience to serve our force area effectively, think you have what it takes to help us make a difference? This could be the perfect time for you to join us in our Criminal Justice Department as a Victim & Witness Support Officer.

 

Working as part of the team, you will be key to the delivery of effective support to victims of crime by being a single point of contact for those identified as having needs in order to develop personalised cope and recovery plans and co-ordinate support in accordance with the Victims Code and their personal situation, circumstances and needs.

 

What you’ll do

 

You will be responsible for creating, developing and updating personal care and recovery plans for victims of crime, exploring any restorative justice options open to them. By researching and assessing their needs and agreeing appropriate support and information you will help a victim cope and recover from the impact of crime using various communication methods.

 

Liaising with various internal and external stakeholders, you will ensure a victim receives the practical and emotional support they need while undertaking risk assessments to ensure the safety of all parties.

 

At the point a case enters the Criminal Justice System, you will provide updates on the case status and if a trial is required, you will need to ensure all witnesses are informed of the hearing date. For civilian witnesses, when required you will develop an individual court support and engagement plan to ensure the witness has all the practical and emotional support necessary to provide evidence at a court hearing.

 

Sound interesting? For further information, and to support your application, please view the job description.

 

What you’ll bring

 

  • Have a passion for delivering the highest standards of customer care and service and have excellent communication skills, in particular, empathic listening.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage, build and maintain strong relationships with a range of individuals and groups in multi-agency environment.
  • Be adaptable and open to change and be flexible in approach to situations and people.
  • Can demonstrate initiative and innovative solutions to ensure victim satisfaction and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • A willingness to learn about the Criminal Justice System and maintain a professional knowledge of appropriate legislation and criminal procedure rules.
  • Are confident in the use of IT systems to allow you to maintain accurate records and adhere to data protection policies.
  • You will be able to manage conflicting priorities and deal with time critical tasks.

We know it’s important for you to feel that you’re not only part of a great team, but part of a community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

 

Harnessing these differences creates a productive environment in which everyone feels valued, and their talents are fully utilised. Appointments are based on merit alone.

 

Interested to learn more? For further information about the role please contact Gemma Blakely or Danielle Wylde by email at Gemma.Blakely@northumbria.police.uk or Danielle.Wylde@northumbria.police.uk

 

What we offer

 

  • 26 days’ leave (increasing to 30 days for 5 years+ service) plus 8 bank holidays.
  • NHS Fleet Solutions Car Lease Scheme.
  • Enhanced maternity, shared parental and adoption leave.
  • Flexi time – allowing you to fit your working hours around your individual needs.
  • Flexible working (we are happy to discuss options such as compressed hours).
  • Agile working – option to work from home, your team zone, and spaces across the force.
  • Fantastic market-leading public sector pension scheme with up to 16% employer contribution.
  • Corporate travel schemes – local rail, bus services and metro discounts.
  • Access to private healthcare and eye test vouchers.
  • Discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card and Blue Light Tickets.
  • We’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service for the times you need that additional support.
  • Access to gyms in some stations.
  • Sports & Social Club – join our thriving sports scene at Team NP and enjoy further exclusive discounts on days out and travel.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

 

Just so you know

 

Our application form will help us understand how your work, education and life experience has prepared you for the role of a Victim & Witness Support Officer with #TeamNP. To help support your application research what makes us tick here at Northumbria, the role you’re applying for and the values and behaviours that contribute.

 

The recruitment process will consist of the initial application form followed by a face-to-face interview. Just so you know, you can save your application and come back to it any time prior to the closing date on the advert.

 

We are proud members of the Business Disability Forum, with whom we collaborate with to improve the lives of disabled employees. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, therefore if you demonstrate that you meet the minimum criteria for this role as stated in the advert, we will progress your application and offer you an interview.

 

If you tell us that you have a disability, we can make adjustments to support you through the recruitment process (for example we can arrange extra time for tests or provide a sign language interpreter) You can get in touch with us via careers@northumbria.police.uk for any support regarding the application process. Please provide us with plenty of notice so we can ensure your visit goes smoothly.

 

If your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a Management Vetting (MV) form, therefore you must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance and medical information.

 

Terms of appointment

 

This is a fixed-term role subject to a six-month probationary period.

 

If you are successful in your application, you will have a six-month probation period with us where you will be unable to apply for any other post advertised internally or externally.

 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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