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YOS Practitioner

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
27 October 2019 11:30 PM
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The Suffolk Youth Offending Service (SYOS) works with children and young people who are in, or on the edge of, the Youth Justice System. The service also works with parents and carers and the victims of youth crime.

The aim is to prevent offending by children and young people and protect the public from the harm caused by their offending. At the same time, the service works to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these children and young people and to enhance their life aspirations and opportunities.

We are looking to recruit an exceptional practitioner who is passionate about working with young people to reduce the likelihood of further offending. 

Your duties will be to:

  • offer a range of services to young people and their carers including structured intervention programmes, based on effective practice principles that aim to prevent offending and anti-social behaviour
  • manage the risk of harm young people present to themselves and others
  • deliver Restorative Justice Interventions, which will include working with victims of youth offending
  • attend Youth Courts and providing court duty cover for Saturdays and Bank Holidays (when trained and as required)
  • conduct home visits to meet national standards and legislative requirements.

You will:

  • possess a suitable qualification at graduate level or equivalent experience in a relevant area of work
  • have strong abilities in assessment, planning and intervention
  • be required to work within tight time deadlines, successfully managing a caseload displaying a range of both risk and vulnerability
  • demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience of working with young people of varying ages (8 - 18)
  • have a good understanding of the many factors that contribute to offending behaviour
  • be able to work proactively with resistance by constructively challenging and supporting young people and their parents / carers.  

There will be an expectation to cover court duties as well as working flexibly. Some evening and weekend work will be expected to meet the demands of the service.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Emma Tongue, Operational Manager on (01473) 260193 or email: emma.tongue@suffolk.gov.uk

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying for this job.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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