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Registered Intermediaries – South West

Reference
30546
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Public Sector
Location
South West
Salary
Unspecified
Expiry Date
24/04/2020
Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire

Job Description

 

We are looking for an individual with mental health skills who can assist vulnerable victims and witnesses with their communication needs, ensuring they can give their best evidence during police investigative interviews and during cross examination in court.

 

The MoJ is looking to recruit around 40 Registered Intermediaries with mental health skills to provide support to vulnerable victims and witnesses within the police force areas, across 5 key regions.

 

This advertisement is for the region listed below:

 

South West - 30546

 

South East – 30601

 

North West – 30594

 

West and West Midlands – 30606

 

Wales - 30598
 

To be eligible, candidates must live within the advertised police force area (or adjacent area). Not meeting this requirement could result in your application being withdrawn.

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking candidates with experience in assisting vulnerable children and adults with severe mental health concerns, to become Registered Intermediaries (RIs).
 

Registered Intermediaries (RIs) are used in criminal proceedings to assist victims and witnesses with communication needs in giving their best evidence during police investigative interview and during cross examination in court.
 

A victim or witness might need to be assisted by an RI because of their age, or learning, mental or physical disability or disorder or a combination of these. The work can be challenging but immensely rewarding, and an RI can often be the difference between a witness being able to give their evidence or not.

 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking candidates with experience in assisting vulnerable children and adults with severe mental health concerns, to become Registered Intermediaries (RIs).


Registered Intermediaries (RIs) are used in criminal proceedings to assist victims and witnesses with communication needs in giving their best evidence during police investigative interview and during cross examination in court.


A victim or witness might need to be assisted by an RI because of their age, or learning, mental or physical disability or disorder or a combination of these. The work can be challenging but immensely rewarding, and an RI can often be the difference between a witness being able to give their evidence or not.

 

Responsibilities

 

Successful candidates must demonstrate the following:
 

Essential skills and experience

• You will be required to assess and facilitate communication between vulnerable witnesses with severe mental health concerns (children and adults) and criminal justice professionals.

• You will need professional experience of the compensatory measures employed to cope effectively with the emotional and behavioural characteristics expected. RIs with such experience will be offered cases where mental health concerns have been clinically diagnosed as a major factor and not merely as contributory factors.

• You will be required to show that you are able to identify difficulties through focused, rigorous, assessment of the communication needs which would have an impact on a person giving evidence.

• You will need to have a range of professional, evidence-based strategies and approaches to do this effectively and be able to explain the approaches you have taken and why. As well as assessing communication ability, you will need to have the confidence, professionalism, credibility and written and oral skills to effectively communicate your assessments to others.

• You will be required to advise police and those in a court room about detailed, specific strategies which might include adaptations to procedure and language which will allow the vulnerable person to give their best evidence. It will not be sufficient to only show that you have good communication skills and are able to modify communication to assist vulnerable witnesses. You will need to be impartial at all times.

• You will not need to use standardised psychometric testing but background knowledge of those assessments may be helpful. You must be able to draw upon an appropriate framework for the assessment of communication skills.

 

Technical skills

 

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

 

Mental Health
 

Establishing rapport
 

Assessing communication needs
 

Developing communication strategies and sharing these with other relevant parties
 

Showing confidence and assertiveness when facilitating communication between a vulnerable individual and others
 

Showing resilience in difficult circumstances
 

Reports written to high professional standard

 

Closing date: 24/04/2020