Salary: £19,238 - £22,434
Closing Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
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
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
Experience of working with and the ability to communicate with children and young people
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
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
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
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.
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.
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