Youth Offending Service Gangs Worker - YOTS West Essex - Chelmsford
Gangs Worker - Youth Offending Service - 2 x positions available
GBP30,000 to GBP35,000 per annum
Full time, 37 hours per week
To provide high intensity, innovative and diversionary interventions to young people identified as being involved with street gangs and/or the supply of drugs.
To work collaboratively with all agencies to identify and engage with young people known to be involved in gang activity and the supply of illegal drugs and to provide specific interventions drawn from current best practice nationally to divert them from offending/re-offending. In addition to act as a single point of contact for specific activity within a cluster of district councils/community hubs.
Role specific accountabilities
- To provide and facilitate interventions to divert young people away from gang affiliation and/or involvement in the supply of drugs / psycho-active substances. This will include working with family members, extended family, schools / training providers and liaison with other specialist staff within YOS to access additional services to support the young person and prevent offending. Development and delivery of a high quality, intensive intervention plan to reduce the likelihood of continued offending. Much of this work will be carried out in community based settings.
- To liaise regularly with district council community safety leads and Essex Police to ensure the effective monitoring of young people in their communities and ensure that information and intelligence is shared both legally and effectively. This may include working in community safety hubs on occasion to facilitate information sharing.
- To facilitate group work programmes and activity internally with other YOS staff and also with external agencies where appropriate.
- To manage a small caseload but with intensive activity encompassing support regarding accommodation, education training and employment, family work (e.g. DBIT, MST, other children's social care) as well as appropriate role-modelling / mentoring.
- Represent YOS at relevant forums in London / South East and contribute to district level local tasking groups.
- To participate in high risk/high vulnerability processes in line with YOS Risk Management Framework and other frameworks such as MAPPA / Essex Police gang matrix model, participating in regular reviews of risk and safeguarding.
- Maintain accurate and timely record keeping on Youth Offending Service (YOS) case management system Integrated Youth Support Service(IYSS).
- Active and reflective participation in supervision, training and on-going professional development as required.
- To participate in relevant service and corporate training and development with the aim of continual professional development.
- Carry out any other appropriate duties commensurate with the grade of the post, including out of hours working including a weekend rota for which a salary enhancement will be paid.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Professional qualification in a related field: social work, probation, education, health, youth work
- Sound knowledge of youth justice, children's and other relevant criminal justice legislation
- Ideally experience of working with young people involved in gangs
- Knowledge of theoretical frameworks applicable to work with young people
- Demonstrates resilience and ability to work calmly under pressure
- Experience of multi-agency working
- Proficient in the use of IT (Word, Outlook)
- Evidence of continuing professional development
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees, including:
- A local government pension scheme (LGPS), a career average scheme with employee and employer contributions
- Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
- Purchase of additional annual leave (up to agreed limits)
- Flexible working arrangements (for most roles but depending upon service requirements)
- Discounted shopping through a dedicated Reward Portal (including discounts at major supermarkets)
- Training and development and payment of professional fees (approved professions only)
- Relocation package (up to GBP8,000) where agreed
- Employee assistance programme provided in-house (wellbeing and counselling provision)
- Childcare vouchers, through salary sacrifice
Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits
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