Primary workers/Kimisinaw are the first line of contact for women offenders and play a vital role within the women’s facilities. Their role is dual in nature as they perform security and case management-related duties. Not only do they maintain the safety and security of the institution, through the application of strong dynamic and static security but they also assist women offenders in achieving the objectives of their correctional plan; this in turn helps the women successfully reintegrate into the community.
They work as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of psychologists, behavioural counsellors, parole officers, and other interventionists. They contribute to the development of each woman offender’s correctional plan and encourage the women to participate in reintegration and healing programs.
As a primary workers/Kimisinaw, you can work at:
· one of five federal facilities for women
· the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for women offenders who are following their healing path/journey.
Institutions operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Primary workers work shifts, including some weekends and statutory holidays. They occasionally need to work overtime.
The following five principles of Creating Choices form the foundation of CSC’s correctional approach for women: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, supportive environment, and shared responsibility.
As a primary worker, you will:
· manage an offender caseload, including preparing case management documents and reports
· assist offenders with self-management and encourage pro-social behaviour by being a positive role model
· conduct escorts
· conduct routine rounds and offender counts
· search cells, offenders, visitors, vehicles, living units and surrounding areas
· brief visitors, volunteers and other criminal justice professionals who enter the institution
Review this presentation to discover what you can expect as a primary worker/kimisinaw: