Job Title: Youth Offending Service Officer
Location: Location is flexible across the county
Length of assignment: 3 months initially
Hours per week: 37
Hourly rate: £16.56 initially, rising to £18.09 after 12 weeks in placement
The Youth Offending Service require a qualified Social Worker or Probation Officer to join their team as
a Youth Offending Service Officer. The job holder will offer a range of services to young people and their
carers, assessed as vulnerable and requiring support and interventions to prevent the likelihood of further
offending and managing the risks of harm they present to themselves and others. The job holder will be an integral
member of the Suffolk Youth Offending service, acting as a representative when appropriate, and contributing
to the delivery of the service as contained within the Youth Justice Plan and the Children and Young Persons Plan. Main Activities and Responsibilities:
- Undertake assessments and prepare reports of young people referred to the Youth Offending Service.
- Manage a range of complex, multi-agency cases, including those managed by the Muliti Agency Public Protection Panel process and / or Safeguarding procedures
- Provide structured intervention programmes, based on effective practice principles that aim to prevent offending and anti-social behaviour and manage the risks of harm young people present to themselves and others.
- To work with partner agencies and voluntary organisations in the provision of alternative ways of supporting young people and their families to develop their potential and prevent social exclusion.
- To hold case responsibility for young people and provide specialist advice, counselling and support (emotional, social and practical) to individuals as well as families.
- To maintain accurate up-to-date records using IT systems, where appropriate.
- To be prepared to work outside normal office hours in accordance with the needs of young people and the service
- To provide direction and support to sessional workers, mentors and volunteers who contribute to the direct intervention programmes of the Youth Offending Service.
- To supervise YOS staff's case management, report work and structured intervention programmes
- To provide regular supervision, staff development and training as appropriate to ensure effective service delivery
- Attend Youth Courts (when trained and as required) and provide court duty cover for Saturdays and Bank Holidays on a rota basis.
- Participate in regular supervision, staff development and training as appropriate to ensure effective service delivery, and take a full role in team meetings.
- To incorporate the Suffolk County Council Diversity Policy and anti-discriminatory practice in all areas of work and comply with County Council policies and procedures.
- Take the lead with regard to specific areas of development
- Contribute to organisational development, innovation and change