Youth Offending Team Officer [Stkp Met] #0008C9921

Job Description

Please be aware this is a Long Term Temporary post to start ASAP.

Main Purpose of the Job

Stockport Youth Justice & Targeted Youth Support Service is established under legislation set out in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; with the aim of preventing offending by children and young people. The service includes staff from the Local Authority and employees seconded from our statutory partners including Health, Police, and Probation, as well as commissioned services who support service delivery, some of whom are based within the service. Working within the Stockport Family arrangements Youth Justice & Targeted Youth Support also extends to working with colleagues within the Place Directorate (Community Safety), Third Sector organisations, other GM Youth Justice Services, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) through the Youth Justice Transformation programme.

The post-holder will be working with children, young people and their families who have been referred by the police and criminal courts for statutory intervention. In addition, as part of the service’s wider youth crime early intervention brief there are strong links in place with schools and the delivery of Targeted Youth Support. The work will include representing the service in a variety of settings, including multi-agency forums, courts, police stations and custodial settings, whilst operating within health and safety operating guidelines.

Training and ongoing support will be provided to equip the post-holder to deliver areas of work that they are not familiar with and to support their own professional development.

A relevant degree at undergraduate and/or post-graduate level is essential.

Recognised professional qualification from one of the statutory agencies within multi-agency Youth Justice Services would be advantageous but not essential.

Key Responsibilities

Job activities: Summary of Responsibilities and Key Areas:

To work with members of the multi-agency YJS (Youth Justice & Targeted Youth Support Services) within ‘Stockport Family’ and other relevant partnership agencies and individuals to deliver the aims and objectives as set out within the statutory annual Youth Justice Plan.

To supervise and manage a generic caseload of children and young people on statutory orders (including Intensive Surveillance and Supervision (ISS) and custodial sentences), out of court disposals, voluntary programmes of support and targeted youth support.

To make clear and comprehensive assessments in relation to risk of harm to the public, risk of re-offending, risk of anti-social behaviour, safety and well-being, and of offence-related needs in order to allocate appropriate and targeted resources.

To work with children and young people who have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their lives and understand the impact of trauma on their development.

To support children and young people who have experienced exploitation and understand the impact on their subsequent behaviour.

To demonstrate an understanding of diversity and disproportionality and the impact for children in the youth justice system.

To assist in the provision of a court duty service in the GM Youth Court and to attend Criminal and Civil Courts as required. Prepare reports for the Court and/or Panels to the required standard.

To supervise pre-sentence interventions including bail information, bail assessment and bail support for those young people denied bail and/or released under investigation. Have responsibility for children and young people remanded to custody who are subject to looked after child procedures.

To contribute to strategies to tackle youth disorder and anti-social behaviour, including working with children and young people identified as currently, or potentially involved in, such activity. This may include providing consultation to partner agencies as required for the purposes of reducing Anti-Social Behaviour and working with young people subject to Criminal Behaviour Orders or other civil injunctions.

To promote Restorative Justice interventions between victims and offenders and ensure that children and young people engage in the provision of reparation.

To ensure that Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Support services are delivered in accordance with evidence-based practice, current guidance, and legislative and statutory requirements and to ensure work conforms to the YJB National Standards for Youth Justice.

To attend and engage with a range of multi-agency meetings, including Team Around the Child Meetings, Child Protection, and other relevant forums. Undertake Early Help Assessments (EHA) and take on the role of Lead Practitioner, as appropriate, to co-ordinate and implement a plan of intervention.

To maintain accurate and up-to-date case records through the Youth Justice Case Management System, Childview Youth Justice (CVYJ), in line with confidentiality, and corporate data protection policies, so that accurate performance management information can be gathered.

To assess and attend appropriate safeguarding children training through the Local Children’s Safeguarding Partnership and to operate in line with local safeguarding procedures.

To be part of the duty system that operates through the week, including undertaking Triage assessments, and also be part of the evening, weekend and bank holiday duty rota as required.

To attend supervision meetings with your line manager, professional development reviews and practice meetings as required.

To cover for other service members to ensure continuity of services during staff absence and variable workload pressures.

To fulfil any other duties commensurate to the flexible and developing needs of the service.

To work positively and inclusively with colleagues and customers so that the Council provides a workplace to deliver a service that does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion, belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

To fulfil personal requirements, where appropriate, with regards to Council policies and procedures, standards of attendance, health, safety and welfare, customer care, emergency, evacuation, security, and promotion of the Council’s priorities.

To work flexibly in the interests of the service. This may include undertaking other duties provided that these are appropriate to the employee’s background, skills, and abilities. Where this occurs, there will be consultation with the employee and any necessary personal development will be considered.

Please be aware this is a Long Term Temporary post to start ASAP.

You must have:

  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area

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