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Youth Justice Service Senior Practitioner

Sandwell Children's Trust
Wellman Building, Dudley Road, Oldbury
Band G SCP 32 – 37 (£40,221 - £45,441 per annum) (£20.85 - £23.55 per hour)
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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At Sandwell Children’s Trust we strive for excellence to improve the lives of children. Our ‘Sandwell Deal’, brings together our new improved offering that make Sandwell Children’s Trust a great place to work; it also sets out our expectations of you as a member of staff.

What we can offer you:-

  • Generous annual leave of up to 31 days, plus 5 additional days for long service recognition.
  • Your birthday off paid in addition to annual leave entitlement and 8 Bank Holidays, plus a concessionary day at Christmas.
  • You will receive a generous local government career average pension scheme with employer contributions of 21.6%.
  • We recognise individual loyalty with service awards from 2, 5, 10 and every 5 years onwards.
  • Flexible working patterns that suit you and all of our roles have well-defined career progression.
  • We provide competitive expenses for both mileage (55p per mile) and subsistence, plus access to a comprehensive employee benefits scheme.

Please visit The Sandwell Deal via this link

Fixed term contract until 1st September 2024

Hours - 37 per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Practitioner to join our newly restructured Youth Justice Service.

The Youth Justice Service works with young people aged 10-17 that get into trouble with the law. They look into the background of a young person and try to help them stay away from crime

It’s a multi-agency team comprising of professionals from areas such as Social Work, Police, Probation and we have a dedicated Restorative Justice Worker and Resource Co-ordinator.

We support young people in a range of settings from police stations, courts, in the community and in custodial settings.

The role:-

  • To assist the Team Manager/Deputy Team Manager in providing an effective service that meets the individual needs of young people and their families to reduce and prevent further offending.
  • To take a senior role the first line management responsibility for designated areas of a multi – agency Youth Justice Service and Targeted Youth Support Service and other preventative strands.
  • Adhere to the YJB Performance Management Framework including national standards. It is essential to this post that you have a sound working knowledge of National Standards processes and evidence-based practice.
  • Manage caseload and ensure reviews are completed at least every 3 months
  • To ensure the safeguarding of children and young people on your caseload is paramount, ensuring appropriate referrals are made to specialist services and child protection teams. This includes the timely completion of Risk, Safety and Wellbeing Management Plans which includes Risk of Serious Harm
  • Ensure Information systems are kept up to date.
  • To deliver direct work/ creative interventions to young people on a 1:1 basis or in smalls groups if appropriate
  • Attend court and represent the Youth Justice Service if and when required (training will be provided)
  • Maintaining the health and safety of employees.

About you:

  • National qualification (degree level) in youth related subject/ Social Work/ Probation/ Youth Justice
  • At least 2 years experience of working in a multi-agency Youth Offending Service working with young people and their parents.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-agency team preferably in Youth Justice or a related setting.
  • Experienced case holder/management.
  • Experience of using any of the Youth Justice systems/databases, preferably Childview and possess basic computer skills.
  • Experience of undertaking Court work and the Criminal Justice system.
  • Developing creative evidenced-based intervention programmes for young people who offend in accordance with key elements of effective practice.
  • Understanding of the legal framework of Youth Justice including National Standards, Key Elements of Effective Practice, Scales Approach and a Child First Approach.

Sandwell Children's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  An Enhanced DBS is required for this position.

Our teams at Sandwell Children’s Trust are all amazing, they inspire great ideas, drive new plans forward and help to make Sandwell Children’s Trust a fantastic place to work. We ensure that we are always recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse mix of colleagues who are representative of the community we serve.

With the work that we have done so far and with the ambitions we have for the future, it’s a really exciting time to join Sandwell Children’s Trust and to become part of our ‘Sandwell Family’.

To apply please click on the apply button below

Supporting documents
Job description
Person specification
Employee Benefits Offering


At Sandwell Children’s Trust we serve the purpose of improving the lives of children & young people by: -

  • Listening, learning and caring
  • Being ambitious and confident
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Acting with openness and transparency.

Working for us

There are lots of great reasons to work with us in Sandwell Children’s Trust.  From a generous rewards package to a culture of learning and development.  Our 12 reasons to work for Sandwell Children’s Trust sets us apart as the place to grow your career and feel part of a great team.  Please visit our 12 reasons via this hyperlink:

There are many benefits for working for us too:

  • Access to our Learning & Development portal offering virtual training programmes, learning & development info bursts, learning events and much more.
  • The latest technology enabling more effective and streamlined working.
  • Detailed and effective appraisals to strengthen your practice.
  • Great career progression opportunities.
  • Access to a range of family friendly policies and flexible working arrangements.

Benefits & Rewards

  • Up to £6,500 re-location package
  • Generous annual leave entitlement that increases after 5 years’ service; and an additional 8 public holidays and 1 concessionary day; plus, the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days of additional holiday through our salary sacrifice scheme.
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, this is a nationwide career average scheme and is a valuable part of the reward package for employees.
  • 24/7 access to free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Access to Occupational Health services including 24/7 confidential employee counselling service, healthy heart, stress awareness and yoga sessions, physiotherapy self-referral, healthy eating advice and much more.
  • Access to a range of discounts on products and services
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Wellbeing initiatives and forums
  • Car lease scheme
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Reimbursement of Social Work England registration

About Sandwell    

Sandwell sits in the heart of the West Midlands and has a diverse population of 327,378 people.  While Sandwell is the 12th most deprived local authority in England, it is a community where our families have high aspirations and where we pride ourselves on equality of opportunity and our adaptability and resilience.

We have excellent and affordable transport links, quality housing at affordable prices and an abundance of entertainment, arts, culture and history right on the doorstep.

For all recruitment enquiries please email and one of our friendly team will call you to discuss opportunities with the Trust.


Company info
0121 569 2200
Sandwell Children's Trust
The Wellman Building
West Midlands
B69 3DL

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