Directorate: Children's Services
Starting salary: JG7, £29,174 per annum
Location: Based in North Somerset
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: Fixed term until 31/03/24
Closing date: Monday 12 September 2022
This advert was originally advertised under reference SPCW0622 and previous applicants need not apply.
Following the successful appointment of two new members to the team, North Somerset Youth Offending Service (YOS) is looking to one additional full time Preventative Case worker to work within the Youth Inclusion Support Team (YISP) funded until 31/03/24.
North Somerset Youth Offending Service is a successful partnership between North Somerset Council, Police, National Probation Service, Clinical Commissioning Group, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and other agencies. The YOS works with those young people subject to statutory youth justice interventions (including cautions with programmes, community orders and custodial sentences) and young people who might be at risk of offending and/or substance misuse; and provides services to carers, families, and victims. The YOS has a number of targeted early prevention projects including YISP.
YISP offers targeted, time-limited interventions to young people who might be at risk of offending and /or exploitation. This might be due to anti-social and behavioural concerns, knife crime, stealing, inappropriate sexual behaviour, peer-on-peer or parent/ sibling domestic abuse. Children referred into the service may be experiencing mental health difficulties and display other risk factors, such as low self-esteem, difficulty managing feelings, body image and/or identity concerns and/or social isolation.
The postholder will deliver child-centred and trauma-informed interventions either one-to-one, or in groups to children and young people in a home, school, work or community setting. Based in Weston-Super-Mare with some home working opportunities, the post will involve travelling across the North Somerset Local Authority region.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
- Independently case manage and deliver interventions to a range of young people and their families.
- Develop and manage a range of programmes/activities related to reducing or preventing offending behaviour and improving mental health.
- Work collaboratively with a range of partners e.g., schools/colleges, children’s services, community safety and the Police, engage with children and their families to build trusting, supportive relationships.
- Record case notes and outcomes using Child View and other systems and so competency in the use of ICT is required.
You should be a highly effective negotiator, able to work confidently and innovatively within a multi-agency environment. You will bring enthusiasm and be able to establish credibility with a range of professionals who also work with the families. You must also have a passion for finding solutions, be up for a challenge and be prepared to try different ways of doing things to get results.
You will need:
- A professional qualification working with young people (e.g. social worker, teacher, probation officer, youth and community worker or healthcare) at degree level or equivalent.
- In depth experience of direct work with young people who may be struggling with mental health difficulties and/or whose behaviour can be challenging or anti-social.
- Previous experience of working as part of a team.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including skills to assess and address attitudes, behaviour and need.
A flexi-time working policy applies to all North Somerset Council employees. Applicants should note that the post may require occasional evening and/or weekend work.
This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Want to know more and apply?
If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Claire Bowers, Youth Diversion and Victim Service Manager on Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/jobs to download an application pack and apply online.
Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 27th September
North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.