Portsmouth Youth Offending Team (YOT) Youth Justice Practitioner (Qualified) - Temporary/Secondment for up to 1 year to cover maternity leave
Band: 8 Salary: £29,577 - £32,233
1 FTE (37 hours per week)
This post may occasionally require work on weekday evenings or Saturdays/Bank Holidays
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
This innovative team requires an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Qualified Youth Justice Practitioner, who would enjoy the challenge of working in this important service for Portsmouth’s children, to cover maternity leave. You will be required to carry a complex caseload of children subject to intervention within the Youth Justice System in Portsmouth.
You will be expected to liaise with colleagues both within and outside the YOT in order to gather the relevant information to complete high quality assessments and deliver high quality interventions to reduce likelihood of reoffending and risk of serious harm to others, whilst support the child's safety and wellbeing. You will have overall responsibility for the co-ordination of interventions of children on your caseload, and ensuring your work is delivered within a timely, evidenced-based and restorative approach.
In addition you will be expected to carry out a range of duties in support of these roles. These will include attending Out of Court Disposal clinics, Court Duty, report writing, delivering individual and group-based programmes of intervention in line with assessed risk and need, co-ordinating the input of other professionals as required and working with parents, carers and wider families to support our overall aims.
In applying for this post you will be joining a lively, challenging and supportive team whose priority is in improving outcomes for Portsmouth’s children who offend. In return we are looking for a practitioner who is:
- Highly motivated and enthusiastic.
- Creative, flexible and innovative in helping young people find solutions.
- Keen to develop their practice skills within a multi-agency setting
What you need to succeed:
You will have a professional qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Work or equivalent in Probation, Education, Health etc) with current registration (where professional registration is required). You will have extensive experience of working within Youth Justice or be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of this area of work. In addition you will have excellent knowledge and skills in the area of assessment/planning and be competent in using a range of interventions with children aged 10-17.
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.