Youth Offending Service Officer

Location Southwark
Salary £27 per hour
To work within a systemic framework to prevent offending by children and young people and protect the public from the harmful activities of young people who offend.

To provide a comprehensive and effective integrated youth justice service to respond to the needs of young people and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines. To work closely with the practice group to assess need, plan and deliver focused intervention to prevent offending, safeguard children and promote positive outcomes.


1. Work directly with young people and provide a clear and accurate assessment of a young person and his/her family’s needs in line with youth justice and statutory guidance, undertake interviews, observations and gather information from young people, families and other agencies as directed by the Advanced Practitioner.

2. On the basis of assessed needs and risks, devise, implement and review intervention plans, to address risk of harm to others, risk of re-offending and vulnerability in line with Youth Justice National Standards and Restorative Justice principles.

3. Manage the caseload as directed and organise and plan work activities prioritising tasks and responsibilities.

4. Ensure that statutory responsibilities are undertaken for young people including, assessment meetings, home visits, arranging reviews, reporting to the court, delivering within timescales and meeting any other national and local performance standards.

5. Provide written and verbal reports, which are concise, informative and based on analysis of complex evidence.

6. Provide focused and purposeful youth justice interventions (1:1 and in groups), within a systemic framework, with explicit aims and objectives about desired outcomes within the context of managing risk and preventing offending.

7. Implement out of court disposals and court orders, monitor compliance and take enforcement action where appropriate.

8. Ensure risk is addressed through evidence based interventions (in particular for gang associations, sexually harmful behaviour and serious violence) and that these are linked to the individual needs of the young person and the protection of the victim.

9. Work closely with the other practitioners to devise written plans and implement clinical interventions with young people and their families, in various settings including family homes and secure settings.

10. Organise complex information and produce comprehensive, analytic, high quality reports which make cogent arguments based on the evidence.

11. Present complex information in writing and person in a range of settings, including Police Stations, Court, custodial estate and Panel meetings.

12. Represent the Youth Offending Service within Youth and Crown Court fulfilling statutory duties as required by the court and complying with National Standards.