Hourly Rate: £competitive an hour. Duration: 3 - 6 months contract
Backstop is currently seeking a committed Youth Offending Team Officer with good experience to work full time in The London Borough of Brent.
Interested? - send your CV to Backstop at email@example.com or give us a call on 020 87859912.
The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of YOT practice and be experienced in handling a caseload and assessing risk.
A brief description of this post:
The Youth Justice Service is a multi-agency, multi-professional team with statutory responsibilities for young people who are at risk of, or have offended. The service is part of broader Children and Young People’s Service delivering assessments and interventions to children, young people and their families across the borough.
The postholder will support the planning and delivery of evidenced based and outcome focussed interventions and programmes and ensure that children, young people, their families and carers are assessed and effective plans are put into place in accordance with statutory requirements and the National Standards for Youth Justice.
The service aims to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime, and for those who have already offended, reducing offending behaviours by working in partnership with a range of practitioners across Children & Young People’s Services, police, other local authorities, probation, Youth Courts and mental health practitioners.
Youth Justice Practitioners will provide high quality reporting and services to young people and their families in the delivery of Youth Justice interventions, court and custody processes.
Interventions are delivered in the family home or other community settings. The post holder will ensure the service is delivered in partnership with other youth provision and provides advice and consultation, as appropriate, to partner agencies working with young people who have offended. The post holder will be committed to a reduction in youth crime and improved community safety
Main duties and responsibility:
To work as part of a team and contribute to the development and delivery of comprehensive, offence related programmes in line with current legislation and best practice guidance.
To participate in professional development activities including appraisals and learning and training opportunities
To maintain an up to date working knowledge of Youth Justice programmes and relevant legislation and statutory frameworks to contribute to the service meeting performance targets
To support the Youth Justice Team Leader in ensuring that all requirements for bail assessments, reports to the court including pre-sentence reports, referral orders, breach processes and young people remanded to the community or custody are met.
To work proactively to reduce the demand for custodial remands and ensure that all children with ‘Looked After’ status have reviews and plans in accordance with statutory guidance.
To ensure that your work is recorded on relevant recording systems and your records are well organised, up to date and provide concise and accurate information about a child’s circumstances and plans
Work in partnership with the Police, Probation, Health, Courts, Education and other agencies in respect of young offenders
Liaise with a range of professionals including other YOTs, out of borough Courts and solicitors
Effectively work with young people subject to pre-court interventions and Court Orders
To support the development and planning of a variety of individual and group programmes in order to prevent young people becoming involved in crime and for those who have already offended
To support the Youth Justice Team Leader to identify gaps and deficits and implement strategies to address these
At all times to project the attitudes and behaviour expected of a professional, promoting the service within the Council and externally as well as demonstrating the professional and personal standards of conduct that could reasonably be required of a professional practitioner
To establish rapport, build respectful relationships with children, young people, families and their support networks and ensure that their views and wishes are heard and recorded accurately
To engage and communicate effectively with other agencies and include their professional views in assessments and plans for children and their families, working collaboratively and maintaining regular liaison in the best interests of children.
To work with families in settings that promote their engagement and use evidenced-based methodologies alongside practical help that supports children, young people and adults to develop their confidence.
To prepare written reports to agreed standards and within timescales and to present that information concisely in Court and multi-agency meetings including compliance meetings, custodial reviews, Child Protection Conferences and Looked After Children reviews, promoting at all times the best outcomes for children.
To learn about local resources, facilities and other sources of support available to families as appropriate.
To work flexible hours based on children, young people and families needs (including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends).
To respond in a timely manner to all contacts from children and their families and other agencies in a timely manner
To manage own workload as directed and organise and plan work activities taking into account the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities
To take responsibility for your own professional development by actively engaging in supervision, appraisals, training and research activities
To contribute to learning across the organisation about best practice in Youth Justice interventions that promote the best outcomes for children..
To remain aware of all relevant legislation and guidance including the London Child Protection Procedures and the concept of significant harm and take immediate steps to ensure the safety of children in situations of risk, and report concerns as soon as possible using agreed procedures.
To remain aware of and comply with national guidance and standards in relation to the delivery of effective sentences, public protection and reducing re-offending including Risk of Serious Harm assessments MAPPA and Community Safeguarding and Public protection incidents.
To remain aware of standards and services for victims including, representing their views in court reports, arranging safe indirect and/or direct mediation with perpetrators and where required keeping them informed of offender’s progress during custodial sentences
To work with volunteers in delivery of pre-court interventions, court orders and Restorative Justice processes.
To acquire knowledge about different groups, races and cultures which inform service delivery and have regard for the particular needs of children from black and minority ethnic groups ensuring that the impact of racism and discrimination is understood and their particular needs are reflected in the delivery of Youth Justice Services.
To demonstrate through personal and professional example a commitment to equality of opportunity for all groups of staff and service users and to challenge discrimination, racism, sexism and other forms of unjust behaviour
To comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and take responsibility for your own health and safety at work. This includes complying with health and safety obligations, particularly by reporting promptly any defects, risks or potential hazards.
The post holder is expected to be committed to the Council’s core values of public service, quality, equality and empowerment
To undertake any duty as required, commensurate with the level and grade of the post.
A relevant professional qualification at degree level i.e social work, probation, youth work
A minimum of two years experience of direct work with children, young people and families in a youth justice context
A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at enhanced level is required.
Candidate must have legal right to work in UK
This specialist post is handled by the Backstop professional consultancy team; if you are interested in this position please contact us to apply now. You will be treated as far more than just a number. We are a personal agency with a great reputation - ask around - but we only take on high quality individuals who meet our clients' requirements.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who appear to fall into this category.
If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.