Evergood Social Care are currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Qualified Social Worker or Probation Officer to work full time within a Youth Offending Service based in Tower Hamlets.
This is a role specialising in working with young people within the statutory youth justice system, with support and scope to make a change to the lives of vulnerable young people. As a (HCPC registered) Social Worker or qualified Probation Officer you will have experience of working with children or adolescents within a social care/youth offending team setting, and knowledge of relevant youth justice and childcare legislation.
You will be required to assess, plan and intervene with young people and their family to address the factors that lead to offending and identify desistance factors to reduce further behaviours. You will hold case management responsibility for these young people whether in the community or custody to ensure consistency of work and support.
An ability to write high quality Court and other reports and be able to make accurate assessments to ensure robust intervention plans are in place to manage risk and safeguarding is crucial. You will be confident in delivering offending behaviour programmes with the main aim of reducing reoffending.
Achieve positive outcomes for children and young people, in partnership with families and professionals, ensuring that children are safeguarded through effective decision making and practice.
Public protection forms an integral part of the work carried out within the Youth Offending Team and underpins our assessments of risk of re-offending, risk of harm and then the interventions with children, young people and their families.
To work in partnership with colleagues from other agencies and disciplines seconded into the Youth Offending Team in order to plan and deliver services aimed at reducing and preventing youth crime whilst meeting the needs of Tower Hamlets diverse communities.
To ensure that all work undertaken within the service is of a consistently high standard, critically reflective, analytical and evidence based, utilising relevant social work/youth offending work tools, knowledge and theory.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- To hold case responsibility for young people aged 10-17 on statutory Court Orders and to supervise and operate these in line with National Standards and other relevant criminal justice and child care legislation related to children and young people.
- To identify and assess levels of risk and need, and deliver protective or supportive services to young people on caseload.
- To maintain up to date case recordings, assessments, care plans, intervention plans and reviews for all cases using the information systems available.
- To contribute through team meetings, court review meetings and organisational events to the development of services for the Youth Offending service.
- To take responsibility for reporting any safeguarding, changes in risk levels, or child protection concerns through the line management structure and follow departmental policies and procedures.
- To participate and prepare for Risk Management Panels, Initial Planning Meetings and Compliance meetings and ensure all young people on caseload are screened for the above.
- Attend supervision and Personal Development Review (PDR) meetings regularly, having actively prepared beforehand.
- To ensure diversity and cultural considerations are included when planning work with young people.
- To deliver offending behaviour programmes that are in line with effective practice principles and what works in reducing offending for young people, this may include participation in group work sessions.
- To prepare high quality court reports and other reports as required for professional meetings, in a timely fashion as agreed by line manager. Attend Court if appropriate to represent young people.
- Participate in the Office and Court duty system as required.To act as ‘appropriate adult’ for young people in police stations when required.
- To represent the team and service at departmental and inter-agency meetings.
- Work in partnership with colleagues and across multi-agency boundaries to achieve improved outcomes for all children and young people.To work with the families/guardians of children and young people, to ensure all relevant background and other information is gained to aid and enhance the assessment process.
- To be aware of and work in accordance with the councils child protection policies and procedures in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.
- Fully participate in the all quality assurance systems across the Youth Offending Team.
- To understand and adhere to HCPC code of practice in all aspects of their work; and to understand and be able to apply the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) in their own and others’ practice.
- To use the Council’s office-based and mobile IT services for the input, access and transmission of information using the appropriate level of information security and classification through the use of electronic mail, diaries, word-processing, spreadsheets and databases as well as any specific job-related applications as required to carry out the duties of the post.
- To take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and any other person(s) who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work, in accordance with the Health & Safety legislation.
- To know and adhere to the Council’s equal opportunities policy and equalities legislation and implement in relation to job responsibilities in employment and service delivery.
The pay rate for this locum social worker job is up to £32 per hour and is an initial 3 month contract.
• Degree or equivalent in social work or Probation.
• Current HCPC registration (if applicable).
• Significant experience within a Youth Offending Setting or similar.
Working with Evergood Associates offers you a number of benefits including:
• Your own dedicated specialist consultant.
• Access to the widest variety of social work jobs across local authorities and private organisations throughout the UK.
• Reliable Payroll run on a weekly basis.
• Free DBS and compliance service.
• £250 recommend a friend scheme
If you would like to find out more, apply for this position or enquire about similar roles please call Mark Thompson on 01992 513 777 ext 3 or send your CV and contact details to Mark.Thompson@evergoodassociates.co.uk