Criminal Justice Recovery Worker, Harlow

Criminal Justice Recovery Worker 

Location: Harlow
Hours: 37.5 (Full Time)
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £23,000 per annum
Working Pattern: Monday to Friday / 9am to 5:30pm
Closing date: 15th August 2022


Criminal Justice Recovery Workers will be part of the All Age Recovery Service (AARCS) team working specifically with clients involved with the criminal justice system. Being required to encourage, initiate and sustain recovery, workers will facilitate both 1:1 and group-based psychosocial interventions with prolific offenders, whilst maintaining excellent relationships with partnership agencies. 

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be responsible for the care co-ordination of each client, including case management and the facilitation of a group programme that will involve an element of complimentary therapies.

The Criminal Justice Recovery Workers’ ultimate aims are to:

  • Increase the number of offenders engaged in structured substance misuse treatment.
  • Support clients to reduce their substance misuse and aspire towards achieving and sustaining recovery.
  • Educate clients around harm minimisation to help reduce the likelihood of drug-related deaths across the county.
  • Support clients to address and reduce their drug-related reoffending.

What it’s like to work for Open Road

Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes.  Our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

Benefits to you

  • 22 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays.
  • Royal London Pension and Death in Service benefit.
  • Access to our in-house Organisational Training Plan, and full training tailored to your development needs.
  • Legal training including Health & Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR.

What you need

  • Ideally, experience working within substance misuse and/or criminal justice settings.
  • Experience of, and/or confidence in, delivering group-based psychosocial interventions is preferred.
  • An awareness of the issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system that struggle with addiction, and how these can impede progress and ultimate recovery.
  • Excellent communication, time management and administrative skills.
  • A willingness to learn and work with a variety of people.
  • Have a clear understanding of, and a commitment to safeguarding best practice.
  • A commitment to multi-agency working, and be able to work in partnership with other agencies within the treatment system to achieve good outcomes for clients.
  • Ability to drive and access to a car.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

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Open Road Application Form

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification

DANOS Competencies

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level.  To apply, please visit our website to download an application pack.  Please note CVs will only be accepted when accompanied by completed application forms.