Youth Justice Service Practitioner

Opus People Solutions
Bury St. Edmunds
Up to £10,000
30 Nov 2020
04 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a temporary Youth Justice Service Practitioner to work for the Children and Young People Services within Suffolk County Council. The responsibility of the Children and Young People’s Directorate (CYP) is to ensure the safety, well-being and learning of children and young people. To do so you will need to "make every intervention count" to create impact and bring about sustainable change for children, young people and their families where need is identified. The services models the ASPIRE values; Achieve, Support, Pride, Inspire, Respect and Empower.

The Suffolk Youth Justice service 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 Suffolk Youth Justice service is a multi-agency partnership hosted by Suffolk County Council. The service aims 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 the children and young people and to enhance their life aspirations and opportunities.

Responsibilities of the role -
  • Work directly with children, young people and families using the Suffolk Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework.
  • Where required by the role, to act as Lead Professional for named families, being the key contact with the family and liaising with other professionals to provide a joined up response.
  • Where required, to participate in CAF, multi-agency assessment, Statutory Assessment and other relevant assessment processes.
  • To work alongside children, young people, parents and families where there are early signs of social, emotional, health or behavioural issues to bring about sustainable improvement.
  • Where required by role, take responsibility for managing cases and holding appropriate levels of risk, overseeing the input of support workers where involved.
  • Work within the service guidelines, statutory guidance and legal frameworks.
  • To respond to needs identified with the family by identifying and delivering evidence-based interventions as required.
  • To work with families with complex problems where statutory intervention is required under the guidance of senior Social Worker, Lead Professional or Health Colleagues as appropriate.
  • Engage in individual and group supervision with managers and practice leads.
  • Where the role requires, to mentor and/or supervise junior colleagues or students and facilitate individual and group supervision with team members.
  • To identify risk and safeguarding concerns and escalate immediately where appropriate.

What you’ll bring to the role -

As a Youth Justice Service Practitioner you will be experienced in offering a range of services to children, young people and their families. You will also have experience in delivering restorative justice interventions and attending Youth Courts. Experience of assessing developmental needs of children will be essential.

A full job desciption is availble upon request.

Opus benefits

-Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).

-Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks

-3% pension contribution from employer

- Flexible working hours

-Opus candidates hear about jobs first

-Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an 'internal candidate’

-Consultants based within Endeavour House, Ipswich

-Gain experience to support permanent applications