A fresh approach to criminal justice recruitment
There’s a reason why Sanctuary Criminal Justice is a trusted resourcing partner to a nationwide community of criminal justice employers. Placing people and safe recruitment at the heart of everything we do, Sanctuary is on framework to supply healthcare professionals through Crown Commercial Service (CCS), Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) and HealthTrust Europe. We are also a preferred supplier to over 160 local authorities as well as substance misuse charities, HM Prison Service, The National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies. When it comes to finding you high-calibre candidates, nobody is better placed to help.
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Case Study: Inclusion
"Sanctuary are my go-to employment agency as I know they can meet my needs and the staff are always helpful, responsive and professional.”- Tracy Braddock, Service Manager, One Recovery Bucks, Inclusion / SSSFT NHS Foundation TrustOne Recovery Bucks supports those affected by drugs and alcohol in Buckinghamshire. Led by Inclusion (part of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). Focused purely on helping people struggling with substance misuse, recruiting highly experienced, ready to work, substance misuse workers remain crucial to its service delivery.Sanctuary Criminal Justice was appointed in August 2014 to assist with Inclusion’s resourcing needs and has been working with them ever since.The ChallengeGiven the nature of substance misuse work and the high number of people accessing the service, substance misuse workers need to be ready to hit the ground running. The SolutionSanctuary Criminal Justice has one of the UK’s most established talent pools of substance misuse professionals. Being a health recruitment specialist too, we are also on framework to supply nurses and recovery workers specialising in substance misuse to the NHS. Inclusion approached Sanctuary Criminal Justice, because unlike other agencies, we have specialist teams recruiting in niche areas of healthcare; in this case substance misuse. We focus on their specific requirements. We work with Inclusion to establish which specific experience and knowledge each candidate requires. In some cases, the professional needs to have more working knowledge of a specific type of abuse. We also ensure there’s no disruption to Inclusion’s services and that we are working within the NHS capped limits.We’re proud to say that in four years we have placed 56 Substance Misuse Recovery Workers & Substance Misuse Nurses with Inclusion and are the organisation’s recruitment agency of choice.“The quality of workers sent to us by Sanctuary has been good. They are quick to send varying CVs (but always relevant for the post) and always arrange over the phone interviews, which ensures an efficient process. “Each candidate sent for placement has been ready to ‘hit the ground running’ and they have been able to pick up a caseload ensuring safety and continuity for our service users. Being an NHS provider, we have set limits on price and Sanctuary work within these limits. Their finance system is easy to use and can be re-accessed at any time even if I haven’t used them for a while."- Tracy Braddock, Service Manager, One Recovery Bucks, Inclusion / SSSFT NHS Foundation Trust
Case Study: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
“I have found Sanctuary to be fast, reliable and with a sound understanding of Substance Misuse and the qualities required in a candidate. The people they have supplied have been first class in terms of attitude, experience, knowledge and flexibility. They have sound processes around administration and respond to requests promptly and professionally.” - Chris Ranson, Team Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation TrustSince December 2017, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, has relied on Sanctuary Criminal Justice to supply “reliable candidates with a sound understanding of substance misuse”. In Manchester, like many cities, substance abuse has reached crisis point and the NHS is working round the clock to provide the very best care. The ChallengeWith substance misuses professionals highly sought after, it’s difficult for NHS clients to quickly recruit highly experienced professionals at the same pace as a niche substance misuse recruitment service.The SolutionManchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust chose Sanctuary Criminal Justice for two reasons; firstly, for our calibre of substance misuse professionals and secondly for our ability to supply through the main NHS frameworks. In just over a year we have supplied 14 substance misuse recovery workers, who were carefully selected based on their knowledge, flexibility and willingness to work with existing team members to help patients achieve the best outcomes.
Case Study: Forward (Formerly RAPt)
“What makes Sanctuary unique is that they supply staff with specialist knowledge. As an agency, they have a corporate governance structure behind those staff, so we know their agency staff are safe. You feel like you’re the only client and that they’ll move heaven and earth to give you whatever it is you need.” - Fran Abbott-Hawkins, Clinical Lead NurseBriefFor our client, Forward (Formerly RAPt: The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust), prisons are their biggest client. At the time they approached Sanctuary for support, the prisons had all been quickly put out to competition. Fortunately for RAPt, its service models and commitment to recovery had been recognised by the commissioners. They were able to present the promise of recovery to more people. Core to the delivery of this promise was how Forward had evolved its recruitment, training and workforce strategy with Sanctuary’s support. Within the first 12 months, we placed 40 substance misuse professionals. Before engaging Sanctuary’s support, they had never used an agency to recruit clinical staff (substance misuse nurses). However, faced with the challenge of recruiting substance misuse nurses into prisons, they turned to Sanctuary Criminal Justice for the supply of fully qualified and vetted long-term agency professionals. StrategyIdentifying a workforce that matched the profile of the service users RAPt supports was challenging. We worked hard to establish an experienced and sizeable talent-pool of substance misuse nurses who able work within the secure estate. Crucially, we identified those with the necessary security clearance who were ready to work. Security checks aside, it was our knowledge of the sector that saw us secure a master vendor contract with RAPt, to supply all non-clinical and clinical staff. Understanding the sectorWe take the time to explore exactly what types of addiction a nurse has experience in treating. With NPS use at an all-time high, we had to recruit candidates with knowledge on how to address harmful addictions to NPS; a relatively niche area of substance misuse treatment. HMP Lewes:A year into our relationship, Forward won a new contract to deliver substance misuse services at HMP Lewes. Key to winning this contract was the promise they made to deliver a comprehensive clinical and psychosocial care for drug and alcohol issues. Sanctuary Criminal Justice was asked to supply seven qualified substance misuse nurses inside of four weeks, ready to work on the date the contract started; a process that would independently have taken the client approximately 3-4 months. We carefully selected substance misuse nurses with specific knowledge of the needs of HMP Lewes’ prison population.
The staff at Sanctuary are always polite, professional and extremely helpful, they listen to your needs and then get on to finding you the right candidate very quickly. The last 3 temps we have had have all been excellent and if we had the positions to fill permanently I would want these staff on the teams. I am happy to endorse Sanctuary and its services as my experience has been a very positive one.
I have been working with Sanctuary for years. My employment needs have always been met quickly. The quality of workers have always been good. Sanctuary are quick to send relevant CVs and arrange phone interviews. Each candidate sent for placement has been ready to ‘hit the ground running’ ensuring safety and continuity for our service users. Being an NHS provider we have set limits on price and Sanctuary work within these. Their finance system is easy to use and can be accessed at any time. Sanctuary are my first to go to employment agency.
Regional Lead / Substance Misuse, One Recovery Bucks
We have an evergreen supply of youth offending, probation, substance misuse, offender health and forensic mental health professionals throughout the UK. We match high-calibre qualified and unqualified criminal justice professionals, to your exact needs. Whether you require a specialist or a multidisciplinary team, we know how to find just the right people, and fast.
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Criminal Justice Staffing Solutions
There’s a reason why we are a preferred criminal justice, health and social care resourcing partner to more than 180 public sector organisations, including the NHS, high-profile charities and private organisations. It’s simple. We place people first. Our criminal justice recruitment consultants offer an award-winning service. A service that appreciates the complex nature of supporting those who encounter the UK’s criminal justice system. The healthcare, probation and youth offending professionals we support trust us to find them highly suitable positions within the criminal justice system. This is why we have one of the most comprehensive far-reaching communities of criminal justice professionals in the UK.For our clients, this means we can recruit the right person, for the right role, every time. We do this whilst operating one of the most thorough candidate compliance processes in our sector that takes account of the extra security checks required for those working within criminal justice. Explore your criminal justice resourcing options At Sanctuary Criminal Justice, we know there’s a sweet spot in criminal justice recruitment; a place where client and candidate needs are met, without fail. Employers who chose to partner with Sanctuary Criminal Justice value this. They trust us to resolve their resourcing pain points. This can be on a managed service basis or you might simply need a resourcing partner you can plug into - as and when you need support. Being an on-framework supplier to the NHS and a preferred supplier to public, voluntary and private sector organisations across the UK, we’ve made it as easy as possible to access our services. Locum criminal justice recruitmentOur specialist locum criminal justice resourcing teams have created trusted relationships with candidates throughout the UK. Whether you are finding it difficult to recruit offender healthcare or community rehabilitation professionals or feel as if you have exhausted your pool of candidates, we can help. At Sanctuary Criminal Justice, we love nothing more than a challenge. If you have contract roles you are finding difficult to resource, we have just the right answer. Permanent criminal justice recruitmentOur 360-degree permanent criminal justice recruitment service is an attractive option for employers looking to create the very best healthcare teams. We can quickly resource permanent professionals across the entire spectrum, from experienced probation and youth offending officers, to healthcare professionals specialising in supporting the recovery of those addicted to specific types of substances. We’ll take a deep-dive into your permanent resourcing needs. Want to find out more? Contact us today!
Criminal Justice Compliance Service
Placing highly qualified experienced criminal justice candidates doesn’t just happen by chance. How do we know this? Because we are at our happiest working in a highly regulated environment. As one of the largest and well-respected criminal justice, health and social care recruiters in the UK, nobody’s compliance processes are more rigorous than ours. Our multi-point candidate checking process is one of the most robust in the industry, making it ideal for criminal justice recruitment. Without fail, we always meet each candidate face-to-face before placement and undertake all the required checks. This gives you peace of mind that your candidates are safe, suitably qualified and experienced to support offenders within your care. Let us take the pressure offWhatever your onboarding pain points, we can make sure compliance isn’t one of them. We can handle the entire process, even if we haven’t sourced the candidates.How does it work?Once we are provided with information about a candidate, our multi-checking process starts. By no-means an exhaustive list, our checks involve:Full employment historyPersonal references of employment and performance history Training and qualifications Professional registration Identity and original identity documents in person (face to face)Immigration status/Right to Work in the UKDisclosure and Barring Service and overseas police checks for new entrantsOccupational health screening for role/occupational health review for all clinical staffUp-to-date statutory and role relevant trainingSecurity clearance Many roles within the criminal justice sector require additional security clearance. At Sanctuary Criminal Justice, we work with clients and candidates to assist the completion of applying for appropriate clearances. We also manage, where possible, the transference of security clearance from one employer to the other. The most common types of clearance include: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, undertaken at application stage for all workers and renewed on an annual basis. Sanctuary is a DBS umbrella body (DBS Registered Body Number 29688400006), enabling us to process online DBS applications in-house, often resulting in a faster turnaround National Offender Management Service (NOMS) clearance, carried out for those working in prisons Police Vetting, carried out for those working in a police environmentWe will also apply for an overseas police check if a candidate has been outside the UK for any period over 6 months.Our approach ensures your compliance procedures adhere to the UK legislative requirements and NHS Employer Standards. As an on-framework supplier to the NHS, we strictly follow Crown Commercial Services (CCS), Collaborative Procurement Programme (CPP) and HealthTrust Europe (HTE) framework compliance terms.It means you can safely mobilise entire teams of criminal justice and offender healthcare professionals, without delay. Contact us today to find out how you could benefit from outsourcing your compliance services.
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Criminal Justice Safe Recruitment
As a trusted criminal justice recruitment partner to over 180 UK-based employers, we place safe recruitment at the heart of everything we do. We believe, this is not just best practice, but our duty. A duty we take seriously as an on-framework agency and DBS umbrella organisation. We are proud to say we operate one of the most rigorous compliance processes within our sector. This means, the candidates we place with you are not only suitable for the role but have been appropriately vetted. Face-to-face vettingAs a starting point, all our candidates partake in a robust compliance checking process before they start their placement. This includes a face-to-face meeting, where original documents are seen and verified. Here, they are also interviewed to identify their suitability for specific roles. This is extremely important in criminal justice recruitment.As a DBS registered body, Sanctuary physically checks and processes criminal record and safeguarding documentation to ensure each candidate is safe to work. We also have screening processes in place to check professional registration and employment history. Our compliance checks include:Proof of identity (provided in person)Full employment history Verification of professional registration Checking of professional referee details for the last 5 yearsVerification of training and qualificationsDisclosure and Barring Service and relevant overseas police checks Proof of eligibility to work in the UK Check on up—to-date statutory and role specific training Occupational health screening (for relevant services)This approach ensures our recruitment services are always compliant and that we adhere to the safe recruitment guidelines for those working with vulnerable people, as set out through local and national government, as well as the Crown Commercial Services, The Collaborative Procurement Partnership and HealthTrust Europe frameworks. Security clearanceSome criminal justice roles require additional clearance or vetting. This could be Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks and additional vetting by the prison service or police force. As a DBS umbrella body, Sanctuary can process online DBS applications in house. We also guide candidates in completing any information required for prison or police clearance. Sometimes we may be asked to place someone in a category A prison or an immigration centre where Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) is required. Again, we assist candidates through the process and check to see whether existing CTC clearance can be transferred between employers. Let Sanctuary assist in your recruitment project, submit a vacancy!
Criminal Justice Master Vendor
We don’t need to tell you how tough it can be recruiting offender healthcare and criminal justice professionals. These are highly skilled roles that require just the right experience. Skills shortages coupled with the growing demand to support offenders with mental health and substance misuse issues, means there’s a huge pressure on hiring managers. One that can sometimes feel insurmountable. The temptation is to use several agencies in the hope that it will increase your chances of filling vacancies quicker. Sometimes though, in times of critical shortages, having more resourcing partners can make things too complicated. Funnelling all your locum resourcing needs through Sanctuary Criminal Justice – your ‘master vendor’ – you will gain back significant control of your criminal justice vacancies, with:Reduced resourcing costs Increased visibility of expenditureMore efficient back-office processesAppointing us as your master vendor, you’ll gain:Access to a greater pool of offender healthcare and criminal justice professionals Experienced consultants who will quickly find you the best candidatesA simple, user-friendly vendor systemThe most robust compliance processes in the marketSupport from our experienced recruitment marketing teamA smooth end-to-end processA successful master vendor relationship is all about placing people first. We have fantastic working relationships with most vendor neutral and managed service providers in healthcare and criminal justice. Supporting 2nd tier agencies is something we are renowned for. Our single process, followed by all suppliers, is at the heart of our operations. We are proud to say that on average we reduce our clients’ year-on-year agency staff spend by 10-15%. Want to find out more? Contact us today!