Senior Practitioner - 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?
We are currently looking for two experienced Senior Practitioners to join our team on a permanent basis, in brand new roles for the service area.
As a member of the Youth Offending Service Management Team, you will take responsibility for the management and delivery of an effective and efficient service for children, young people, their families and victims.
Working 37 hours over 6 days, you will will assist the YOS Team Manager with the delivery of a professional service including supervision of staff and volunteers.
In further detail your key duties and responsibilities will include:
- Managing a complex caseload with a degree of autonomy in carrying out effective intervention delivery. This will include: Out of Court Disposals and Post Court/Custodial Sentences
- Having a thorough working knowledge of relevant legislation, national standards, guidance, research, departmental policy and procedures and how to instigate
- Maintaining up to date records of cases using management information systems in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
- Carrying out complex assessments including Asset Plus and AIM 3.
- Contributing to staff appraisal and development including delivering training
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?
In order to be successful in the role is is essential that you hold a Degree /MA in Social Work, Dip SW, CSS or CQSW (or relevant Social Work England validated Social Work qualification from another country), relevant Probation Qualification or Youth Justice Degree.
You will have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying statutory experience working with young people and/or young adults in a criminal justice field
You will be able to undertake an assessment of the needs of young people open to CYOS and support the Service’s improvement in the implementation of new policies, procedures and interventions.
As experienced practitioners, senior practitioners are expected to:
- Have reached the level of ability where they can operate self-sufficiently (within normal arrangements for management accountability) in the application of relevant legislation, policy, procedures and criminal justice theory.
- Accept full responsibility for managing a caseload which will include high risk across the three domains with particularly complex problems
- Take responsibility for the supervision of sessional workers and volunteers and assist in team/service development and the induction of new staff.
- Develop specialist skills within the arena of Youth Justice and lead on thematic areas of work as required.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
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Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
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We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
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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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