Head of Service – Youth at Risk



Closing Date:

26 Mar 2023

Job description

Contract Terms

Grade: HC2
Salary: £77,036 – £89,825 per annum
Full Time, Permanent (36 Hours per week)
Closing Date: Sunday 26th March 2023
Interview Date: Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April 2023

About Haringey

We are a council with high ambitions; a place to work that is full of energy and focus. Our teams have passion, integrity and commitment, and people join us, do so as they see Haringey is a learning organisation, and the people that work here strive for continuous improvement in their practice, aiming high to ensure we provide outstanding outcomes for our children, young people and families.
Haringey Youth Justice Service is a multi-agency service made up of youth justice practitioners from a range of differently qualified disciplines such as social work, youth work, health education, probation and criminal justice.
The primary role of the service is to prevent offending and re-offending for children and young people aged between 10 and 17 years, encourage and inspire children and young people to help them maximise their potential and become responsible members of the community and to ensure we have a Child First approach, putting children and young people at the heart of what we do to ensure they have the right support and influence service delivery and decision making.
Children and young people known to the service may experience a wide range of risks associated with their offending behaviour including school absence, poor mental health, significant trauma, negative peer influences, special educational needs, poor relationships, high risk of safety and wellbeing and risk of harm to other as well as a risk of criminal and sexual exploitation.
The Youth Justice Service offers a range of evidenced based interventions and alongside statutory work, also includes an early intervention team targeting children and young people at risk of offending to prevent escalation of risk. The work of the Youth Justice Service is underpinned by Haringey’s Young People at Risk Strategy, our Supporting Families Programme and Haringey’s Early Help Strategy.

About the Role

Your role will be to primarily lead the strategic development, co-ordination and operational delivery of effective youth justice arrangements through at a targeted preventative and specialist statutory level reporting directly to the Assistant Director for Early Help, Prevention and SEND.
You will have operational responsibility for the day-to-day functioning of the Youth Justice Service  and ensure it is delivered seamlessly and safely to a high standard within its regulatory HMIP framework . You will be leading on the continuous improvement of standards and outcomes for young people and families informed by analysis of quantitative data and qualitative feedback.
You will lead the leadership and management team which consists of Team Managers, Senior practitioners, Performance and Business support and seconded officers from Education, Probation, Health and Criminal justice.
You will be the overall strategic lead for the Young People at Risk Strategy, working with a wide range of key stakeholders. This role is a systems leadership post, therefore you will be working in partnership with service users, health providers, schools, social care, police, courts and the voluntary sector ensuring a high level of engagement to ensure a good quality, efficient, effective economic and service user focussed system.
For a comprehensive list of role responsibilities, please check the job description and person specification towards the bottom of the page.

About You

We are looking for an experienced and skilled leader with a proven ability of overseeing and continuously improving services which deliver outstanding outcomes for young people and their families. You will have a qualification at degree level in a related discipline such as youth and community work, youth justice studies or social work.
Our successful candidate should be able to evidence extensive partnership experience of multi-agency work and multi-disciplinary practice, including early help, safeguarding and youth justice systems experience.
We are looking for someone who has demonstrable experience of effective leadership of teams ability which motivates, innovates and enable staff to reach their potential, demonstrated through delivery of a high-quality service.
Specific skills and experience are important to us, as is your attitude and your incredible passion and unwavering commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of Haringey children, young people, their families, and communities.

Additional Info

For an informal discussion, please contact Jackie Difolco, Assistant Director: Early Help, Prevention and SEND on (e) jackie.difolco@haringey.gov.uk or (m) 02084891114


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