Job description

Working as a Prison Recovery Worker, you will be providing guidance, counselling, and support to individuals seeking to overcome addiction and improve their overall well-being. This role requires a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, as well as the ability to collaborate effectively with other prison staff and external agencies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting individual assessments to identify inmates' substance abuse issues, mental health concerns, and recovery goals.
  • Developing personalised recovery plans in collaboration with inmates, addressing their unique needs and circumstances.
  • Facilitating group therapy sessions and workshops focusing on addiction recovery, coping skills, anger management, and other relevant topics.
  • Providing one-on-one counselling and crisis intervention as needed, offering emotional support and guidance throughout the recovery process.
  • Assisting inmates in accessing relevant support services within the prison and upon release, including healthcare, housing, employment, and community-based treatment programs.
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential records of all interactions with inmates, progress notes, and treatment plans in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Collaborating with prison staff, including healthcare professionals, case managers, and security personnel, to ensure a coordinated approach to inmate care and support.
  • Staying informed about developments in the field of addiction treatment and recovery, participating in relevant training and professional development opportunities as required.
  • Fostering a supportive and non-discriminatory environment for inmates from diverse backgrounds, respecting their autonomy and confidentiality at all times.
  • Contributing to the overall safety and security of the prison by adhering to relevant protocols and regulations, including those related to contraband prevention and emergency response.


  • Previous experience working in addiction treatment or mental health counselling.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in substance abuse treatment and recovery support.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated empathy, patience, and resilience when working with individuals in crisis or facing significant challenges.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to upholding professional ethics and confidentiality standards in all interactions with inmates and colleagues.
  • Familiarity with relevant legislation, policies, and procedures governing the provision of healthcare and support services within a prison setting.
  • Enhanced DBS dated within the last 12 months. On the update service? You could be fast tracked through our recruitment process today.
  • Willingness to complete an enhanced DBS if you do not currently hold one.

Working with Archer Resourcing Ltd:

We have been helping all health care professionals find exciting new roles for a number of years, so we know exactly where to look when it comes to sourcing the best opportunities.

We operate across the UK, and, with amazing relationships with the biggest employers in UK social care, we give you the best chance of landing your next role.

We have a reputation for recruiting efficiently, however, we can only respond to candidates who meet the exact requirements of the position. If you have any queries about a role or application, then please call Archer direct on the provided contact details.

We also offer a £250 referral bonus should you know of anyone who may be interested.

Must be eligible to work in the U.K

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