Youth Offending Service Practitioner
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
Youth Offending Practitioners work to reduce offending by young people, working closely with family, schools and other relevant key agencies to address the factors leading to offending and representing the Youth Offending Service at relevant multiagency forums to secure better outcomes for young people.
With experience of working with complex young people and their families demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of all relevant legislation and a background in youth offending, social work, teaching, education welfare, health or policing.
Skills and Knowledge
- Either a qualified and Social Work England registered Social Worker or hold a professionally accredited qualification such as Teaching, Youth and Community work, Probation Studies.
- Experience of working with complex children / young people or young adults in a criminal justice/care setting and an understanding of the issues that affect young people and children.
- Excellent communication skills and IT literate and ensure high quality recording on YOS case management system.
- An ability to work on your own initiative and manage competing demands when under pressure and awareness of own strengths and area for development and a commitment to continuous professional development.
- Ability to challenge young people, their attitudes and behaviours, in an appropriate and positive manner and a commitment to working in partnership with young people, their parents/carers and others involved in the young person's life.
- Adept at working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across organisational boundaries.
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