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Probation Officer / Criminal Justice Social Worker

Job Role

KSSCRC are a leading provider of rehabilitation services to offenders, who we call service users. We are a top performing CRC with a strong commitment to high levels of performance and quality. We deliver a range of services design to stop reoffending and prevent the harm caused to communities by crime. We have a strong ethos for service user engagement and work in collaboration with the people and communities we serve.


KSS CRC’s varied range of services are delivered with the service user at the heart of what we do. Our services include working in prisons to prepare people for release, working with people serving sentences in the community, delivering group work programmes, Community Payback and specialist interventions to address domestic abuse behaviour, employment and accommodation needs. We are also commissioned to provide services which help to prevent offending before people enter the criminal justice system.


We are passionate about finding innovative ways to help our service user’s change and offer our practitioners the freedom and flexibility to find the right solution for those they are working with. We are always developing new ways of working including new IT systems which support our staff and service users along the rehabilitation journey.


Working for KSSCRC offers the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, work in a fast paced and creative environment and engage with our accredited volunteers and mentors. We like to have fun at work and have a real team spirit whist working hard to make a difference.


Join our team and work for a top performing and innovative organisation, where you will have high levels of autonomy and responsibility and have the opportunity to work with highly diverse groups of colleagues and service users.


Key Responsibilities

The Probation Officer and Criminal Justice Social worker roles offer the opportunity to work with our most complex service users to develop a detailed understanding of their offending and needs, then deliver on plans to improve their circumstances and behaviour. A strong back ground in risk assessment and the delivery of behaviour change interventions is essential to this role. You will be a leading member of the team utilising your probation officer or social work qualification to develop interventions and lend expertise in managing risk of harm. Our practitioners have the opportunity to work in specialist areas such as domestic abuse, resettlement following custody and female service users.


A driven, innovative and collaborative approach to work is essential in this role. A commitment to providing a high quality of service alongside the ability to work in a performance driven environment are also important attributes we look for in our practitioners. The role is highly varied and often exciting whilst also requiring patience and dedication to achieve long term goals. The role also provides the opportunity to work in a multi-agency context to ensure that our service users and potential victims are safeguarded and the services they need are obtained from a range of partners.



For more information on the role a full job description can be found at:

Skills and Experience

To fulfil this role you should also:


  • Be suitably qualified as a social worker or probation officer
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be empathetic and caring
  • Be resilient and determined
  • Be willing to contribute to the development of our service and the teams you are a part of
  • Effectively utilise the support of your manager and colleagues to achieve results
  • Be willing to have fun at work
  • Be able to learn and develop
  • Be highly flexible and able to travel in the local area as required
  • Be able to motivate others and engage service users in finding solutions to the problems they experience
Additional Information

Salary: Starting salary of £29’038 to £31’113 per annum dependent on experience. Ultimate earning potential of £36’084


Location: Tunbridge Wells. If you are interested in other locations please email your cv to so we can alert you when we are recruiting again.


Hours: This role currently requires you to work Monday to Friday and up to two evening each week. Applications for part time working are welcome. We are open to flexible working arrangements to meet the demands of the role and your personal life.


Closing Date: 11th July 2019


Benefits: 27 days annual leave per annum, rising to 33 days per year with service + bank holidays, Pension, Competitive Salary, optional Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Programme including access to 24 hour counselling service, Cycle to Work Scheme and membership of the Probation Institute. We will also actively support those wishing to relocate to the South East with our generous relocation package. 


KSS CRC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share and uphold this commitment in conjunction with the requirements of the Prevent Duty and the positive promotion of modern British values.


Dependent on the role applying to you may be required to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/DS) check. Seetec support the recruitment of ex- offenders and will not discriminate in anyway.  Our full policy statement of “Ex-Offenders” can be found on our website under” About us”


KSS CRC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.


If you require assistance with your application or an alternative format please contact the recruitment team on 07734 365855 or 01702 201070.