Social Worker - Youth Offending Team
This post is based in EppingPlease ensure you provide a supporting statement when applying for this role. We cannot accept any applications without a supporting statement, that clearly demonstrates how you meet the requirements as outlined in the person specification.
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.
Youth Offending Service
The Essex Youth Offending Service work with children and young people who have offended, helping them to prevent further reoccurrence. We achieve this by working together with young people and their parents or carers, the victims of crime and other agencies and organisations in the local community. .
To be successful in your application you need to have experience working within youth justice or child protection. Those with experience in criminal justice who have worked with young people will also be considered.
The ideal candidate will need to be a motivated, outstanding individual who will bring a wealth of knowledge related to the Youth Justice System. It is essential that the right candidate has training and a firm understanding of key areas such as; Relevant Legislation, Child Protection, Data Use, Youth Justice and Social Work. The perfect candidate will be committed to achieving the best possible outcome for the young people they will be working with.
You will be joining a dynamic and innovative Youth Offending Service, recently rated 'Outstanding' by HMIP of Probation following a full joint inspection in October 2018.
Skills and Knowledge
- A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or master's in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker.
- 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.
- Significant and up to date knowledge and understanding of youth justice, children's and other relevant legislation, regulation and guidance.
- Ability to develop 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.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees.
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.