Operational Lead - Youth Offending Service
About the team we are recruiting to
Coventry Youth Offending Service (CYOS) is a fast paced multi agency team consisting of staff from the Local Authority, Police, Probation, Health and Education. We work with young people age 10-18 who have offended and who are subject to court orders and police imposed out of court disposals.
Our aim is to prevent offending and we do this by engaging with professional support networks, young people and their families/carers to assess their needs and develop plans of intervention that reduce the risk of offending. We work with young people, their families and victims of youth crime in multiple settings including: the community, their homes, court and the custodial estate to offer support, guidance and control to build pro social behaviours and positive support networks.
CYOS is a well-respected service with a good performance background. In our last inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation we were assessed to be “performing well in most areas.” We have a great team spirit evidenced by staff progression being supported through regular development opportunities, very low staff turnover, and low sickness rates.
We participate in local best practice development activity as well as the regional initiatives; for example, supporting pilots to reduce youth violence in partnership with The West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit. Last year we were also selected to host the Executive Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Collin Allars, to discuss local best practice and challenges, providing opportunities for team members to directly engage in local, regional and national activities that support the sector.
What is the job role?
The role will manage the multi-agency Youth Offending Service and will ensure the provision of a full range of youth justice services in line with its statutory function. This activity must be based on the principles of effective practice, in line with Youth Justice Board National Standards and ensure practice reflective of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation quality indicators. The roles priority objective is to prevent and reduce offending by children . It includes working with the Youth Offending Service Management Board to deliver strategic and professional leadership to the partnership.
Coventry Youth Offending Service sits within Children Services and the operational lead is a member of the Children's Services extended senior management team .
If you want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people, their families and victims of youth crime in Coventry we look forward to hearing from you.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking an Operational Lead with:
- Education to degree or equivalent level and / or professional qualification in social work, probation, teaching, relevant health discipline or management. Substantial experience in a relevant professional field (social work - child care, probation, education, police, relevant health discipline).
- Significant experience at a middle or senior level of leading youth justice or other relevant services and staff. Experience of resource and financial management, collaborative multi-agency working to improve services, and leading, managing and implementing change
- Ability to provide effective professional leadership and set clear strategic direction for managers and staff communicating with and motivating staff from a range of professional backgrounds. To build powerful relationships across stakeholders, peers and partners, to represent the YOS in a range of multi-agency settings and to influence and shape the environment to achieve results. To lead and deliver high performance through inspirational leadership, setting clear priorities and a strong approach to performance management. High degree of organisational skills and ability to set priorities in relation to own workload.
- Interest in the development of youth justice services and commitment to achieving equality standards for staff and service users and to valuing diversity. Motivated to work on own initiative and committed to multi-agency and partnership working. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, to be persuasive and diplomatic and to gain co-operation from others in a multi-agency context.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
All attachments for the job can be found here
Interview date: 13th July 2020
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Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;
- Flexible working arrangements
- Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
- Pay progression through multiple increments
- Outstanding local government pension scheme
- Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
- Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
- Vibrant employee networks
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