Youth Justice Service Practitioner

Warwickshire Justice Centre, Leamington Spa
£22,658 - £24,964 per annum (from 1 April 2017)
17 Mar 2017
28 Mar 2017
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The Youth Justice Service is a multi disciplinary team that includes social workers, from Warwickshire County Council, Police, Probation and Health staff. We also work in partnership with Barnardo’s who provide a remand fostering scheme.

You would be expect to hold a case load of young people that are either on the edge of crime or antisocial behaviour or in the criminal justice system.

This post involves working with families and victims to reduce the risk of offending and re-offending.

The worker would be expected to attend local police stations and courts with young people.

The Role

37.0 Hours per Week

This vacancy has a genuine occupational requirement (GOR) under the equality act part 1, schedule 9.  This post would include the delivery of a gender specific offending behaviour programme which requires a male facilitator to deliver.  We therefore are specifically looking for a male worker to be able to provide this function in the service.

Manage court orders imposed on young people and parents in line with the Youth Justice Board's National Standards which will, at times, include attending referral order panels and breach proceedings. Manage voluntary interventions, prevention cases and out of court disposals.

  • Case Management - manage young people, parents and/or victims that require intervention from YJS. Manage court orders imposed on young people and parents in line with the Youth Justice Board's National Standards which will, at times, include attending referral order panels and breach proceedings.  Manage voluntary interventions, prevention cases and out of court disposals.
  • Contribute to the service offered to young people, parents and victims by undertaking straightforward case work (standard/enhanced level) including assessment and support planning (APIS) and/or designated tasks on more complex cases (intensive), in an antidiscriminatory manner.
  • Ensuring assessments and reviews are completed in a timely manner and that case recording is accurate / timely on both computerised and paper systems.
  • Provide a flexible range of support to individuals and their families to help prevent offending, crises and family breakdown and promote independence/rehabiliation. A key task will be to identify community placements and assist young people to complete reparation.
  • YJS Practitioners must be accountable, within the prevailing legislative framework and Council polices, YJS polices and procedures, under the supervision of the line manager.
  • May undertake professional worker tasks (specifically intensive level) with appropriate supervision and support, in preparation for future professional training if appropriate.
  • Assess referrals/out of court disposals and court orders and designs plans for intervention, liaising with colleagues and other agencies as appropriate for straightforward cases (standard/enhanced) or contributes to these activities in more complex cases (intensive).
  • Undertake Lead Professional role and contribute to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) process when required. Arrange other multi agency meetings around the young person when required.
  • Manage orders or pre court cases with close supervision where the young person has ongoing child protection issues. Work with Children's Teams, attending planning meetings, case conferences and reviews as required
  • Arrange the delivery and monitor the effectiveness of intervention plans to meet young people's, parents' and victims' identified needs. Where appropriate, assist a social worker, probation officer and police to do this eg at risk panels.
  • Work collaboratively with young people, parents, victims, families, communities, colleagues and other agencies.
  • Ensure that all recording on Youth Justice Information System (ChildView) is carried out in accordance with policy and procedures.
  • Attend appropriate continuous professional development activities as are required and are suitable, in agreement with the line manager.
  • Can be available to work any of the Council's localities

Key Requirements

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills

  • To be able to independently interpret and analyse information and facts to solve varied problems

  • The ability to demonstrate appropriate skills to meet the welfare needs/justice concerns of our service users, some of whom will have particularly demanding needs and to be able to advise and guide our service users to enable them to solve particular problems in order to prevent reoffending

  • To be able to undertake routine assessment of needs, support planning, monitoring and review for and in partnership with young people, parents and victims ensuring that young people take responsibility for their offending behaviour and that parents are accountable for their children's actions.

  • To be able to use own initiative to respond independently to problems and unexpected situations as established in supervision
  • The ability to work under a high degree of pressure including meeting unpredictable deadlines and dealing with conflicting demands
  • The ability and experience to cope with significant emotional demands, caused by contact with clients who are seriously disavantaged in some way.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues, including managers, as a member of a team
  • You are required to travel away from your normal place of work, therefore you are required to provide a car or make reasonable equivalent arrangements which are satisfactory to the County Council.
  • To be computer literate to the standard that enables efficient use of client data base systems, production of letters and reports and use of WYJS systems e.g. electronic diaries etc.
  • Ability to communicate fluently, in writing and verbally, with a wide range of people.
  • To be experienced with working with young people, parents or victims for a period of 12 months or more. 

Additional Information & How to Apply

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing Date: 26 March 2017

Interview Date: 10 April 2017 

For further information about the role please contact Tony Begley, Operations Manager on 01926 682650.

Our method of application is online. If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply for this job' link please contact the Recruitment Centre.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

Please note that all applications must be received on an application form. We do not accept CV's and do not keep CV's on file unless part of an application.

Telephone: 01926 418125

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