Senior YOT Officer

Social Personnel
Winsford, Cheshire West and Chester
£11 - £13/hour Salary is negotiable
07 Jul 2017
06 Aug 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior YOT Officer - Cheshire West and Chester Council

OR, if not - must have a relevant degree (criminology, Psychology, education, youth work etc.) which is also accompanied by the Professional Certificate in Effective Practice in Youth Justice qualification.


You will manage a demanding case load of young people, completing their assessments, writing reports and undertaking interventions to address their offending behaviour. You will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues and other agencies to achieve the best outcomes for the public and the young person themselves. You will also take your place on the duty rota, as required

Experience of working with young people who are difficult to engage is essential as is the knowledge and understanding of the factors that put young people at risk of offending. Alongside this a good knowledge of the Youth Justice System is desirable.

Risk management, public safety and safeguarding are fundamental to our work and candidates need to be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of these requirements as they are integral to the post being offered.

You should have the enthusiasm and dedication to work towards provision of high quality assessments and interventions for young people and the ability to multi- task in a rapidly changing and ever demanding environment.

You must have the ability to effectively work alongside partner agencies, and to engage parents/carers and young people, alongside excellent communication skills and IT skills. A qualification in either social work, probation (equivalent qualification) or a Professional Certificate in Effective Practice combined with a relevant degree is essential.

Principal Responsibilities:

To comply with statutory requirements, departmental policies and priorities, other relevant regulations and procedures and secure the most effective use of resources.

To be responsible for the safeguarding and promote the welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults.

To work within an Equal Opportunities framework and promote the development of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice in all aspects of the work.

To deliver a range of activities and services that contribute to the requirement of the Youth Offending Service to reduce offending by children and young people.

To deliver relevant services to Courts and Youth Offender Panels in a manner that meets the statutory aims and objectives of the YOS.

To contribute to assessments in relation to risk of harm, risk of re-offending, and to identify offence-related problems, requiring appropriate and targeted resources.

To work with children assessed as being at risk of offending, and their families.

To assist in the development and implementation of individual and group work programmes based on principles of effective practice for children, young people and their families who are in contact with the Youth Offending Service.

To influence and work alongside local statutory and voluntary organisations and agencies as required, to help reduce and prevent offending by children and young people.

To take part and contribute towards the service duty rota system.

To collect and input data using computer systems, for the monitoring and evaluation of services. To carry out all duties with regard to confidentiality, data protection and disclosure regulations.

To attend and actively participate in supervision with your Line Manager, and regular Team meetings.

Evaluate the provision of service and contribute to policy and planning processes within the team, involving service users as appropriate, to ensure the continuing relevance of the service.

To undertake such additional responsibilities/duties as are reasonably commensurate with the level of this post.


CQSW / DipSW, Probation or other relevant qualification. A relevant qualification is considered as a degree or equivalent in an area such as criminology, youth justice, psychology, social care and health. If having a relevant qualification (other than social work or probation) there is a requirement in addition to this to have gained the Professional Certificate in Effective Practice for Youth Justice
Candidates with a Social Work qualification must be registered with the GSCC

Experience needed

Understanding of the context in which Youth Offending Teams operate and the key objectives underlying the provision of Youth Justice Services
An understanding of effective practice and an ability to demonstrate how it can be implemented
An understanding of the key issues related to Social Inclusion and the needs of disaffected young people