Youth Offending Practitioner-Children

Salary £22.61 - £24.81 per hour
  • To ensure compliance with your responsibilities as laid out in the council’s equal opportunity policy and take an active role in promoting equality and diversity and to Harrow’s diverse community.
  • To promote and participate in the council’s investors in people (IIP) and individual performance appraisal and development (IPAD) initiatives and information management best practice.
  • To ensure compliance with the council’s information security policies and maintain confidentiality.
Service Specific Duties / Accountabilities

  1. To supervise, facilitate compliance and enforce the statutory orders that children and
young people become subject to that are the responsibility of the Youth Offending Team.
  1. To prepare pre-sentence reports and other reports in line with the scaled approach and national standards.
  2. To represent the Youth Offending Service at the Youth Court and other Courts, including Crown Court as required, including Saturday, Bank Holiday and any other occasional Courts.
  3. In partnership with children’s service social work teams to provide support for young people remanded to Local Authority accommodation to enable them to remain in the community and reduce any risk of re-offending.
  4. To work in partnership with the Secure Estate delivering a service to young people who are remanded or sentenced to custody in order to address their offending behaviour and related issues in preparation for release and to facilitate their resettlement into the community.
  5. To attend as required as an Appropriate Adult at PACE interviews of young people who are arrested.
    1. To undertake office duty responsibility as directed by the YOT management group
  6. To manage a caseload and undertake direct work with children, young people and their parents/carers, including lone working, using the ASSET assessment tool and the Key Elements of Effective Practice and the Scaled Approach to identify risk and protective factors in order to plan and deliver effective interventions to prevent re offending and the risk of harm.
  7. Take responsibility for developing and planning a variety of individual and group programmes in order to prevent young people becoming involved in crime and for those who have already offended
  8. Take responsibility for developing and planning a variety of individual and group programmes in order to prevent young people becoming involved in crime and for those who have already offended.
  9. To provide a robust structure of support for those young people on bail and at risk of being remanded in custody.
  10. To advise the line manager, Youth Offending Service Manager and/or other appropriate professionals of any concerns relating to the safety, welfare and protection of children and young people.
    1. To provide opportunities for restorative justice to victims and offenders.
  11. To represent the Youth Offending Service and promote its work to other agencies and provide reliable, accurate and timely information.
  12. To collaborate and work in partnership with other agencies in the public, private and voluntary sector in order to enhance the positive outcomes for children and young people.
    1. To ensure equality of access to services provided by the YOT.
    2. To participate in the supervision of students placed with the Youth Offending Team.
  13. To work within financial regulations and procedures in relation to expense claims, subsistence and mileage claim.
    1. To ensure all financial transactions are accurately recorded and accounted for Information
  14. Maintain accurate, up to date, evidence-based records of all young people in contact with the Service using an electronic case management system
  15. To participate in the collation of statistical data returns for the Youth Justice Board and as required by others.
  16. To keep up to date with changes in legislation and developments in practice relating to the Youth Offending Service and to be able to respond accordingly.
    1. To adhere to health and safety requirements and regulations as appropriate to the post
  17. To work within the principles of “Working together to safeguard children” and the Pan London Child Protection Procedures in relation to safeguarding young people.
  18. To participate in regular, formal supervision and appraisal according to policy and procedure and carry out necessary action to achieve own development.
  19. To maintain up to date core professional social work training and development (for HCPC registered staff).
  20. To undertake and participate in training and development as agreed with the team manager.
  21. To ensure that customer care focus is maintained to the agreed standards according to the council’s values, policies and guidance.
  22. To ensure that confidentiality is maintained in all aspects of work, whilst facilitating the storing and sharing of information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
  23. To ensure that the Council is appropriately represented to a high professional standard and its values upheld in public arenas.
  24. To undertake other such duties as may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade and qualifications of the post.
  25. The post holder may be required to work outside normal office hours including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays