Prison Link Team Leader


Permanent, full time post (37.5 hours per week)
Location Birmingham
Salary £25,822
Contract Fixed term until March 2023

Emerging Futures greatest resource is its people, so we also offer our employees generous annual leave, pension, and other benefits.

Emerging Futures are looking to recruit a passionate and dedicated Team Leader to provide strong, visible operational leadership and direct line management to the team responsible for the delivery of our Prison Link project across Birmingham.

The post holder will manage a team providing support to individuals leaving the prison system and assisting them into structured treatment with our partners Change Grow Live. You will provide direct support and guidance to team members on risk management and Safeguarding.

You will be responsible for coordinating assertive prison links with prisons in the West Midlands and leading the management of referrals, case management, and ensuring a high standard of recording on our internal database, whilst holding a caseload of individuals yourself.

Working closely with partner organisations, clinicians, social enterprises, education, and training providers, you will develop recovery pathways to support and create opportunities for meaningful learning and activity in the community.

You will also be responsible for strengthening external partnerships with community agencies and resources, health and treatment agencies, mutual aid groups, and supported housing providers, including networking widely to build on new and existing relationships.

This job is for you if…

  • You are someone who is committed to our passion statement and shares in our belief in the inherent capacity and potential of all individuals, and that empowering individuals to support each other leads to positive change; not only for themselves, but also for their communities.
  • You are passionate about recovery and an advocate of asset-based, collaborative working practices from first point of contact, with a long-term vision to create hubs for sustained community development.
  • You are fun, approachable, energetic, confident, warm, empathetic, ambitious, flexible, resilient, discreet, organised and professional.
  • You are able to demonstrate that your personal ethos and work ethic mirrors the values of EF.

What you will be doing

  • Ensure services are safely managed in line with the contract and key deliverables.
  • Providing coaching, wellbeing support, training, and supervision to enable your team to deliver their roles, grow and reach their fullest potential.
  • Ensuring services and activities are coordinated, efficiently managed and financial and human resources are maximised to ensure colleagues feel valued and able to work effectively.
  • Managing all employee relations (HR) issues within your team and support the recruitment, induction and training of staff and professional volunteers.
  • Ensuring the effective implementation and compliance of serious untoward incident reporting in line with policy and procedures, carrying out investigations and implementing lessons learned.
  • Empowering your teams to capture additional data, local information, achievements, and concerns which evidences quality across the organisation.

 Some of the skills, knowledge and experience you will have

  • Experience of supporting individuals to initiate and sustain long term change such as health gains, sustained recovery, education, training, and employment in the community.
  • Excellent leadership and line management skills and the ability to enthuse, motivate and develop a small team to deliver results.
  • Experience of managing adult social care and services within the third or public sector.
  • A comprehensive understanding of utilising community resources and the concept of in-reach and active partnership working.
  • Passionate about social justice and an advocate of asset-based, collaborative working practices.
  • Experience of managing, developing, and supporting staff in a challenging and demanding environment.
  • Fun, approachable, energetic, confident, warm, creative, empathetic, determined, ambitious, flexible, resilient, discreet, organised, and professional.

How to apply

Please find attached job description and person specification. If you are interested in applying for this new and exciting role within Emerging Futures, please send your Application Form or CV along with a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to Victoria Duncan – Central Business Manager. Email –

We would be grateful if you could complete the Equal Opportunities Form attached along with your Application Form to help monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment practices and assess the success of different advertising methods in attracting applications.

This information is separated from the application and used for statistical purposes only.  It will not be made available to anyone directly involved in the selection process.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact James on 07592 503766.

Closing date the closing date for applications is 24th June.

Anticipated interview dates are to be confirmed.