The Jesuit Refugee Service UK is recruiting a Detention Outreach Officer
The Detention Outreach Officer is a full-time post, joining a small team at the JRS UK offices in Wapping.
The JRS UK Detention Outreach project supports individuals who are detained in the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres (Harmondsworth and Colnbrook), and those who continue to be affected by their experience of detention following their release. This busy and varied role focuses on providing holistic casework support to those in immigration detention, especially those who are most vulnerable and struggle to self-advocate. Combing pastoral accompaniment, practical support and advice, the Detention Outreach Officer will encounter a wide range of immigration cases and provide appropriate and tailored advice to each individual they support.
The Detention Outreach Officer will also support individuals who are released from, but continue to be affected by immigration detention. Through relationships built across the NGO sector, the Detention Outreach Officer will refer individuals to local organisations who can most appropriately assist with reintegration into the community. They will provide in-depth and pro-active support to high-need individuals supported in detention who continue to require long-term accompaniment on release. The Detention Outreach Officer will be responsible for managing their own caseload and will be required to work closely with the Detention Team and volunteers.
The post-holder should have a good understanding and empathy of the issues and challenges faced by asylum-seekers and refugees, with particular focus on immigration detention. They will need highly developed listening skills, personal resilience and emotional maturity to respond to the emotional and practical needs of asylum seekers, accompany them and support them to positively progress with their lives. They need to have, and maintain, an up-to-date knowledge of the immigration and asylum context as it relates to our work in immigration detention and be able to apply that to situations affecting individuals in practice.
The Detention Outreach Officer will be happy to work in a small faith-based organisation and have a willingness to integrate JRS UK’s ethos of accompaniment in their approach whilst also demonstrating sensitivity in responding to the needs of destitute and detained individuals.
|Hours:||Full-time (37.5 hours)|
|Duration:||18-month fixed term contract; potentially renewable|
|Location:||JRS UK office, Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Wapping, London, E1W 2QT and hybrid working|
|Salary:||£30,000 – 34,000|
|Pension:||Additional 10% of salary of employer’s contribution|
Please send your CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the job description to Naomi Blackwell at email@example.com.
We welcome informal conversations about this role, please do contact Naomi to arrange a call.
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 18th September.
Interviews are likely to be held in London on Friday 22nd September.