Youth Justice Practitioner

up to £13 p/h
06 Oct 2017
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Purpose of the Post To take lead responsibility for the supervision and case management of children, young people and their families who are subject to preventative interventions, out of court disposals or community orders and custodial sentences, and who have a range of complex needs and highly challenging behaviour; to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect them from harm, and that they do not cause harm to others. Responsibilities - To ensure that children and young people are effectively assessed, planned for, engaged with and suitably reviewed in a manner that enhances the likelihood of their behaviour changing. - To ensure that practice at all times is fully congruent with best practice, National Standards, legislative, safeguarding and public protection policies and requirements. - To provide written reports to Referral Order panels, Youth and Crown Courts, Child Protection conferences and other formal forums that are of a high standard and effectively convey the views of the Youth Justice Service. ·To ensure that children, young people and their parents complete the sentences to which they are subject and that their orders are effectively enforced and managed in line with National Standards at all times. ·To ensure that all personal or confidential data is managed and protected in a lawful and secure way at all times. ·To act as an appropriate role model for children and young people at all times. ·To ensure that the needs of the child are understood in the context of the families in which they live, and to ensure that the needs of those families are recognised and strategies put in place to address those needs. ·To work with other agencies to develop, negotiate, broker and oversee packages of support, intervention and challenge to children, young people and their families. ·To act as a representative of Barnsley Youth Justice Service in a range of different environments and convey a positive image of the service. ·To provide duty cover for the service and to cover courts as required. ·To provide additional support as required within the exigencies of the Service Education and Training ·Entitlement to use the term Social Worker, Probation Officer or study at under university level in a relevant area to work in the Youth Justice System ·Level 3 safeguarding training or willingness to undertake within 3 months of appointment ·Training in specialist offender intervention programmes, eg AIM2 ·Training in systemic approaches to working with children, young people and families e.g. training as an MST therapist ·Accredited training in Restorative Justice or mediation or a willingness to undertake within 3 months of appointment. Relevant Experience ·Experience of working with children, young people or adults who are involved in the criminal justice system or other statutory service provision, e.g. social work with children or families. ·Experience of working within a court. ·Experience of successfully working with children, young people or families who are reluctant to engage, present a high risk of harm to themselves or others, and devising packages of intervention that proactively address risk of harm to themselves or to others. ·Experience of developing and leading packages of multi-disciplinary or multi-agency support. ·Experience of writing and presenting assessments for a variety of forums ·Experience of formal processes within youth justice or wider social work, e.g. enforcement action, attendance at case conferences, General and Special Knowledge ·A developed knowledge and understanding of legislation as it relates to children, young people and parents in the criminal justice system and welfare system. ·A developed knowledge of the causes and contributory factors to youth crime, anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and other behaviours associated with adverse outcomes for young people. ·A developed understanding of strategies that address problematic behaviour in young people involved in the criminal justice system. ·A developed understanding of restorative justice and mediation techniques and how to implement them. ·An awareness of services for adults and knowledge of how to broker and arrange provision. ·An awareness of multi-agency approaches to youth crime, family dysfunction, mental health, failure to attain educationally, and/or worklessness Skills and Abilities ·The ability to build positive relationships with children, young people and families that enable change. ·The ability to produce written material to high standard, including assessments, reports and case recording. ·Ability to engage, motivate and challenge socially excluded adolescents to achieve a measurable change in their thinking and behaviour. ·Ability to advocate for and with young people and work in an anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory manner. ·An ability to enable and motivate parents and carers to understand their role in addressing a young person's problematic behaviour, and to enable them to engage with and receive support to meet their needs. ·Ability to manage and enforce orders in line with National Standards and to manage interventions in line with Safeguarding and Public Protection obligations ·Ability to work in court, present case information, provide advice to the court or prosecute breaches and present applications successfully. Additional Requirements ·A positive commitment to maintaining and developing a service that is committed to the highest professional standards and the best outcomes for children, young people, their families and communities. ·An innovative approach and a willingness to develop specialist areas of work, in response to a dynamic work environment. ·Passionate about working with children and young people; energy, verve and drive to improve their outcomes. ·Willing to work flexibly in accordance with policies and procedures to meet the operational needs of the council, including weekend working and working into the evenings as required by the assessed needs of young people and their families and the service. ·Willing to undertake training and continuous professional development in connection with the post. ·Work in accordance with the council's values and behaviours. ·Able to undertake any travel in connection with the post
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