As a WIT Lead Guide you will be responsible for leading and maintaining the high quality delivery of the WIT pilot in your area - ensuring the local WIT Team makes the most of the support available to them through the WIT Framework, practices, and local resources, and by working across agencies and organisations as a champion of WIT and WIT participants.
Whilst your role is not a traditional team manager, your skills as a flexible and innovative leader, and experience as a practitioner will allow you to lead team meetings, group supervision, and collective decision making – empowering the whole team to share responsibility for the outcomes of WIT participants, team wellness, local learning and development, and partnerships with relevant services and organisations.
This is an ideal role for experienced social workers, teachers, youth workers or other professionals with strong leadership experience who want to invest their professional life in meaningful, skilled and direct work with children.
You will lead by example in forming and developing supportive relationships with 2-3 children or young people (around half the number of a WIT Guide) who are, or are at risk of, repeatedly committing crimes. You will be a constant presence in their lives, offering a stable point of focus for expert support through pre-offending behaviours and active periods of offending, custody and release. You will be there for them in moments of crisis when they are in most need of support and are open to being challenged about the decisions that got them into trouble – as well as to celebrate successes, big and small.
Anchored in the Breaking Cycles Model you will provide WIT participants with the focused, consistent and effective attention of a highly-skilled practitioner with the time, support, and experience to do “whatever it takes” to build trust and find a connection that can bring change.
WIT is a pilot of a new way of working which you will help shape and develop. As a WIT Lead Guide you will have access to a high-quality ongoing training programme and be part of a collaborative and inspiring WIT community.