Senior Practitioner (Youth Justice Service)

Location:

48 STATION ROAD

Closing Date:

05 Feb 2023

Job description

Contract Terms

Grade: PO5+2

Salary: £46,857 – £51,903 per annum

Full Time, Permanent (36 Hours per week)

Closing Date: Sunday 5th February 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Early applications are encouraged, as due to the high volumes of applications that we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Haringey Youth Justice Service

Do you have the ambition and drive to join the team in taking Haringey Youth Justice Service forward, providing effective interventions that produce positive outcomes for young people, families and communities?

We are seeking a qualified social worker with a track record of performing to a high standard in preventing offending and reoffending.

A recognized social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or master’s in social work, with current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker.  Or do you hold a professional qualification in probation or youth work with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in youth justice.

The Job

The ideal candidate will need to be a resilient and authoritative practitioner who places children and young people and their welfare at the heart of your practice. You’ll manage complex cases, planning intervention and support in a timely manner and, always, making sure that children and young people’s voices are heard, positively influence your practice, and recorded consistently. This will include liaising effectively and efficiently with both internal and external partners to ensure that children and young people are safe. Therefore, your written and verbal communication would be second to none and you would be used to providing high quality, evidence based assessments.

The Senior Practitioner in the Youth Justice Service manages a complex caseload of high risk young people and Looked After Children, subject to YOS intervention. Working closely with family, schools and key agencies to address the factors leading to offending.

The candidate will have experience of social work and /or criminal justice practice and deep knowledge and understanding of youth justice and children’s legislation and the ability to build strong working relationships with key partners and stakeholders.

  • Responsible for providing a source of specialist advice and professional consultation on complex cases to the wider multi agency team.
  • Responsible for carrying out comprehensive, high quality assessments of young people using Asset+ and other YOS tools.
  • Responsible for managing a highly complex caseload of high risk young people in accordance with National and Service Standards. Maintaining accurate and timely data, reports and presentations, using the Youth Justice Service Information System (Childview).
  • Develop effective intervention plans, evidencing input from young people, parents/carers, liaising with partnership providers to access additional services to support the young person, reduce the risk they pose and prevent further offending.
  • Prepare or Quality Assure high quality reports for Court or Youth Offender Panel, participating in a range of case conferences, court attendance, and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
  • Accountable for conducting assessments and planning responses to ensure risk and safeguarding processes, such as MAPPA, are followed and reviewed.
  • Delivers a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice, leads on those areas, carries out quality assurance processes and reviews key aspects of team performance.
  • Builds strong working relationships with stakeholders and partners, representing YJS at external meetings.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Evidence of continuing professional development aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Significant experience of front-line social work or criminal justice working with complex children or young adults.
  • Deep and up to date knowledge and understanding of youth justice, children’s and other relevant legislation, regulation and guidance.
  • Experience of mentoring both newly qualified and experienced staff and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.
  • Experience of chairing meetings involving young people, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.
  • Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for young people.
  • Proven track record of clear decision making with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

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