Mid Level
Youth Justice Support Worker
North Lincolnshire Council

Salary: £19,238 - £22,434

Closing Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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To protect the public, ensure that the needs of victims are prioritised and promote restorative justice principles., to support children and young people to lead offending free lifestyles

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload and provide and deliver interventions including group work to children and young people subject to pre court, court and post court interventions.
  • Works within the legislative framework, case management guidance and national standards to complete Asset and other assessments to ensure that young people’s needs are correctly identified. 
  • Maintains the Youth Justice System data base, and maintains all case records in line with departmental policy and uses computer systems and other forms of communication systems as required. Enters information and diary records on to the database
  • Acts as Lead Professional in respect of individual children and young people.  Works in partnership with families and other professionals to provide a range of services to meet the assessed  needs of children and young people in the most appropriate way. Attends CWAN meetings where appropriate to the needs of the child or young person
  • Support ensure that safeguarding concerns in relation to children and young people, their siblings, their own children or any other child whom they are in contact with are appropriately referred to CYPS duty
  • Delivers interventions including group work with children and young people.  Works closely with children, young people and their parents / carers and relevant professionals to draw up and implement plans to address offending risk factors.
  • Support young people and their parents in time of crisis, such as when sentenced to a period of custody, when a young person is homeless or has a child removed.
  • Write case conference reports for children and young people subject to child protection processes. Writes or contributes to reports for court and writes breach statements and witness statements as required and delivers these to police or the courts as necessary.
  • In line with National Standards undertake intervention planning supervision and case management for children and young people who are subject to statutory orders (i.e. Referral Orders, Youth Rehabilitation Orders and in exceptional circumstances Detention and Training Orders) for young people who are assessed as presenting a low or medium risk of serious harm.  Implement interventions that take account of the wishes of victims and are restorative and aims to repair the harm caused.
  • Ensure that the views, wishes and feelings of children, young people and their families are taken into account when formulating and implementing plans and when delivering interventions including group work.
  • Where required attends court and gives evidence in cases of breach and enforcement for young people involved with the intervention team

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

Experience of working with and the ability to communicate with children and young people

  • Ability to establish relationships and maintain trust with children, young people and their families
  • Working knowledge of child protection issues and safeguarding procedures
  • Basic awareness of Child and adolescent Development
  • Basic awareness of Criminal and Child Care Legislation.
  • Basic awareness of assessment and analysis skills
  • Basic Report writing skills and the ability to maintain accurate records
  • Basic awareness child protection and child procedures.
  • Basic awareness of group process
  • Communication skills, problem solving and/or counselling skills
  • Skilled and able to work in a multi agency environment

Creativity and Innovation:

Manage cases; including regularly responding to children and young people in crisis and intervening to promote the child’s safety, stability and to prevent and reduce offending and prevent family breakdown

Engage children and young people who are resistant and working with the service under duress to promote law offending behaviour

Ability to assess, analyse and manage risk to children, young people, to families and to self.

Capacity to develop and modify tasks or methods of working to suit the complexity of individual cases in order to affect change or progress to satisfactory conclusions

Decision Making:

The Youth Justice Support Worker will be required to contribute to the ASSET assessment and in certain circumstances the information provided can influence decisions about a young person receiving custody. They would be expected to contribute to this process and make recommendations with regard to restorative processes. His or her assessment therefore will be influential in deciding whether or not a victim is suitable for involvement in the RJ process and if so at what level.

The post holder will be required to manage and prioritise own workload, be responsible for meeting and adhering to deadlines and procedures and be able to work alone and occasionally respond to crises.

 

Contacts and Relationships:

Works as part of a multi agency team of youth justice workers and staff from partner agencies, and operational support staff

Seeks advice and support form more experienced team members

Consultation with Principal Social Workers

Consults with Head of Service Youth Offending Service if required

Contacts with children, young people, parent/ carers and significant others in implementing, delivering and reviewing packages of work

Will work with young people in order to provide suitable interventions, these could be contentious and complex where the outcomes are not straightforward

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

 

Work Demands

Routine is interrupted by responding to work demands and responding to young people and families in crisis.  Flexibility is required as routine can be interrupted by deadlines for reports or other pieces at short notice.  The work of the Youth Offending Team is carries out within the terms of criminal justice legislation. The work is very varied and therefore officers have to be able to carry generic case loads, they may also be required to develop specialisms. Officers must be able to manage their caseload and prioritise work, whilst meeting National standards and addressing welfare issues and offending behaviour 

Physical Demands

Daily use of computers.

Work alone with young people – including young people who are resistant to being there and those who may exhibit behaviour which can be dangerous. Undertakes group work with young people

Visiting young people who are in the secure estate (custody) – this may be YOI, or secure unit or secure training centre. The places are allocated on the basis of availability and vulnerability and may be anywhere in England and Wales.

 

Working Conditions

Mainly Office based but some work in the homes of victims. The post is 37 hours but may involve some work outside of core office hours and occasional work at weekends or evenings relevant to the convenience of victims of youth crime. The workplace environment will vary according to work being undertaken but will generally be indoors. Some work will be office based; contact and assessment work will take place within local authority assessment provisions, designated contact venues or local authority buildings. Contact & assessment sessions may also take place within the community or in the homes of children and families, which may be disagreeable conditions. Some supervised contact may take place outdoors.

 

Work Context

Dealing with victims of crime can be emotionally demanding and requires the post holder to deal with confidential and sensitive information professionally and in a timely manner having due regard for data protection and the safety of the public.
Working with children and families where substance misuse, alcohol misuse, disability and mental health are features affecting parenting capacity
Working with children and families where there are features of Domestic Violence
Working with Children and Families with a history of offending sometimes including violence and dishonesty
Working with challenging families where threats towards professionals could include verbal and physical aggression
Working with families where there may be risk of infection, i.e. hepatitis, other contagious diseases

 

 

 

 

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