Youth Offending Officer

Job Category: Social Care
Reference HQ00018045
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial 3 months
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 08/04/2019
Hours per week 37
Rate From £14.89 rising to £16.28 after 12 weeks per hour

About the Job:

Suffolk County Council are seeking a Youth Offending Officer to join the Bury St Edmunds team in Suffolk.

You will Work within Suffolk Youth Offending Service offering a range of services to young people and their carers, assessed as vulnerable and requiring support and interventions to prevent the likelihood of further offending and managing the risks of harm they present to themselves and others. You will be an integral member of the Suffolk Youth Offending Service, acting as a representative when appropriate, and contributing to the delivery of the service as contained within the Youth Justice Plan and the Children & Young Persons Plan.


  • Undertake assessments and prepare reports of young people referred to the Youth Offending Service.
  • Manage a range of complex, multi-agency cases, including those managed by the MAPPA process and / or Safeguarding procedures, in line with information sharing protocols and legislation.
  • Provide structured intervention programmes, based on effective practice principles that aim to prevent offending and anti-social behaviour and manage the risks of harm young people present to themselves and others.
  • Work with partner agencies and voluntary organisations in the provision of alternative ways of supporting young people and their families to develop their potential and prevent social exclusion.
  • Hold case responsibility for young people and provide specialist advice, counselling and support (emotional, social and practical) to individuals as well as families.
  • Maintain accurate up-to-date records using IT systems, where appropriate.
  • Be prepared to work outside normal office hours in accordance with the needs of young people and the service.
  • Provide direction and support to YOS Staff, sessional workers, mentors and volunteers who contribute to the direct intervention programmes of the Youth Offending Service.
  • Supervise YOS staff’s case management, report work and structured intervention programmes
  • Provide regular supervision, staff development and training as appropriate to ensure effective service delivery, including participation in recruitment selection and line management.
  • Attend Youth Courts (when trained and as required) and provide court duty cover for Saturdays and Bank Holidays on a rota basis.
  • Participate in regular supervision, staff development and training as appropriate to ensure effective service delivery and take a full role in team meetings.
  • Incorporate the Suffolk County Council Diversity Policy and anti-discriminatory practice in all areas of work and comply with County Council policies and procedures.
  • Ability to multi-task e.g. managing conflicting demands and interruptions.
  • Take the lead with regard to specific areas of development.
  • Contribute to devising and implementing the service Youth Justice Plan
  • Contribute to organisational development, innovation and change.
  • Able to work on own initiative.
  • Work within the principles and practices of the Youth offending Service. Autonomy within caseload to develop own working arrangements to identify and meet the needs of individuals, the team and during crisis intervention.
  • Contribute to organisational development, innovation and change.
  • The Youth Offending Service Senior Officer will be able to make decisions on behalf of supervised staff.

A professional qualification in a relevant field, for example:

  •  Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Youth Work
  • Police
  • Probation

Other Essential Skills

  • Ability to accurately record information and the preparation of reports using IT systems
  • Ability to be flexible, work under pressure and use own initiative
  • Working knowledge of IT systems
  • Research and evaluation skills and ability to assimilate research into practice
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation applicable to the client group e.g. The Children Act and The Crime & Disorder Act
  • Problem solving skills to identify risk factors that contribute to offending
  • Ability to plan ahead and prioritise work loads and meet deadlines
  • High level of report writing skill for a variety of forums including courts, safeguarding events and MAPPP’s
  • Ability to carry out assessments, manage risks and construct interventions that address complex individual situations
  • Ability to develop effective and creative programmes to reduce offending and develop new ideas to improve service delivery
  • Ability to identify conflicting interests between parties and work constructively to resolve differences
  • Awareness and understanding of the need to develop services to meet the needs of a diverse and multi-cultural community
  • Ability to plan ahead and prioritise workloads to meet deadlines
  • Ability to develop appropriate solutions in the development both of the service and practice i.e; helping staff to solve issues relating to their caseload
  • Working with young people and their families and / or in a youth justice setting, including experience of keeping records and working as part of a team
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Endeavour House
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