Create a better quality of life for our most vulnerable children and young people.
At the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, we seek to create the best possible quality of life for our entire local community. We have a bold ambition of creating the best integrated service for adolescents at risk and their families. We are focused on preventing harm to these young people, raising their achievement, and promoting inclusion. This includes investing in detached youth work so we can identify young people who may be at risk and are not currently on our radar. We have re-shaped our service to integrate a large range of resources including employment opportunities and youth hubs. Come to Kensington and Chelsea – and you could find the most fulfilling opportunity of your career.
Joining our high achieving Children’s Service (which has consistently been ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the last two inspections) and a YOS which was recently inspected and rated Good, you will find a forward-thinking workplace in which our friendly colleagues are trained in systemic work with families. You will lead our work to tackle complex ongoing challenges such as exploitation, serious youth violence and the new challenges presented by the pandemic including the impact on young peoples’ mental health. Overseeing the work of the local multi-agency Youth Offending service, the Detached and Outreach and the Targeted Prevention teams, you will be focused on reducing offending, NEET and the criminal exploitation of children and young people. Coordinating the work of a wide variety of partners including the police, probation and health colleagues, you will see to it that safeguarding approaches are being effectively used by all teams. Crucially, you will also take the lead on the Family Services response to knife crime and serious youth violence and young people who are not in education or training. Y you will maintain oversight of the success of locally commissioned projects, including any related budgets. Bringing a critical eye to what we are already achieving, you will work closely with social work and early help managers to define what the service should look like moving forward and put the measures in place to ensure we are capable of meeting new challenges faced by adolescents as each issue arises.
Please see Job Description for more information
To make a tangible impact on the life outcomes of the young people that we work with, you will need to have significant experience of working with adolescents at risk including those in the youth justice context. It is likely that you will be a qualified Social Worker, probation officer or psychologist. You will have knowledge of the key areas of childcare practice. This will include a good understanding of the law in relation to young people in the care and criminal justice system, and you will have a background in managing and supervising professionals in youth offending teams. As a natural and inspirational leader, you will have exceptional people management skills, and you will lead by example. With well-developed verbal and written communication skills, you will be capable of analysing information and producing insightful reports for the board, and you will bring a creative approach to all that you do.
Join us in this fascinating challenge, and you will have access to a wide range of desirable benefits, plus excellent training and development opportunities.
Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.
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