Job Vacancy- Project Worker (Custody Programme Delivery Focus)

Leeds Rhinos Foundation has an opportunities to join the charity, with the applications now being taken for the role of a Project Worker working in the education department.

Job Description

Job Title Project Worker – Custody Programme Delivery Focus
Salary Competitive- subject to relevant experience/qualifications
Location Emerald Headingley Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR

Working on location out in the community.

Hours of work Full time, 40 hours per week
Responsible To Senior Management Team
Contractual Status Permanent
Purpose of the role The project worker post will see the post holder deliver and oversee the coordination of our prison based programmes.  The successful candidate will plan and manage the delivery of sessions to adults and young people in the custody setting with a focus on Domestic Violence, Employability and Personal Development.  They will be able to inspire groups and individuals from a variety of backgrounds to make positive changes to their own lives using a creative, innovative approach, but be able to balance thinking outside the box, with effective time management and an ability to meet objectives.

You will have the ability to design resources for and deliver innovative sessions to groups of ‘offenders’ in the prison system within a classroom/sporting setting.  You will liaise with colleagues within the prison and internally to assess individuals and develop a plan for them. You will also liaise with our ‘victim’ support worker as the project works simultaneously with both parties to achieve the desired outcome.

The ‘Tackle It’ project addresses offending behaviour and helps to assess options in developing a ‘life plan’ to be in place on release. A plan which focuses on increased self-reflection and consistent and constant self-improvement. The intention is to motivate, rehabilitate and resettle an individual into society where they can work towards enjoying a more successful life away from crime and abuse therefore having a positive impact on society.

You will have a flexible approach and also contribute to wider Leeds Rhinos Foundation educational projects as part of the wider team.

Key Responsibilities
  • Deliver structured one-to-one and group work with identified perpetrators and victims of domestic violence and abuse in a custodial environment.
  • Assessing the risk and needs of prisoners identified to participate in our programmes.
  • Work closely with the Prison and partner agencies in the estate and sharing relevant information.
  • Maintain personal safety and safety of others by attending relevant training within the prison environment.
  • To be aware of safeguarding procedures and to report as necessary as appropriate to the role.
  • To liaise with the education manager and carry out tasks / specific programmes which benefit the priorities for the foundation.
  • To be aware of specific agendas and strategies across all foundation pillars, Education, Health and Sport.
  • Play a key role in contributing to the continual improvement of the service, ensuring all monitoring and evaluation is up to date.
  • Provide reports and case studies as required from specific funders or partner agencies.
  • Work with colleagues to source funding to enhance and grow our prison work.
  • Ensure lesson planning, marking, ILPs, reviews, resources are up to date and of a high standard.
  • Attend and contribute to all relevant meetings both internally and externally.
  • To be responsible for any equipment/resources linked to this role.
Any other duties commensurate with the grade and falling within the scope of the post, as
requested by Senior Management Team. 
Qualifications/ Experience Required Essential

  • Experience of working in a Prison environment (desirable)
  • Experience or an understanding of working with vulnerable people.
  • Experience or an understanding of working with people in crisis.
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency way.
  • Experience of working as a team and independently.
  • Experience of delivering issue based group work.
  • Professional qualifications – Essential – Educated to GCSE level.


  • Appropriate professional qualification; NVQ / Diploma Level 4 in Health and Social Care / Community Justice / Mental Health or Professional Equivalent
  • Prison Vetting will also be undertaken.
  • To promote, monitor and maintain health safety and security in the working environment.
  • To carry out risk assessments for sessions you are working on.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter via email to, explaining why you think you are suitable for the role.

Interviews for this position will take place the week commencing Monday 2nd August. 

Closing Date: Friday 30th July at 5pm.

For more information please email our Head of Partnerships Dan Busfield on