The Adolescent Worker in Youth Offending is a full-time post based in our central Brighton office.
Fixed term for: Three years to cover for post holder secondment
Interview date: 6th Janaury
For an informal discussion, please contact Pippa Peacock, Lead Practitioner or Gill Clark, YOS manager on 01273 296169
About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Service, part of the multi-agency Adolescent Service hub in the city. We are looking to recruit a motivated, reflective, creative practitioner to join our dynamic and highly skilled youth justice team. We need someone with the ability to build trusting relationships with vulnerable, hard- to-reach young people and those with complex emotional and social needs.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to analyse complex information and deal with sensitive material. Experience in safeguarding children is essential and it would be helpful to have a working knowledge of risk management in relation to offending. This is a statutory role with responsibility for young people subject to court or out of court disposals. As a case manager, you will be completing holistic risk & need assessments, co-creating plans with young people and delivering bespoke interventions focussed on desistance and building strengths & resilience. You will be working as part of a team using a trauma informed lens and relationship- based model of practice, which offers regular reflective group supervision, 1:1 support and professional consultation.
The role involves working in partnership with Police & Courts, Community Safety, Children’s Services, CAMHS, Education & Health as well as specialist adolescent services such as ru-ok? (substance misuse), family therapists, voluntary youth sector and local providers. Ideally, you will have experience of partnership work in the statutory sector.
As a member of the Adolescent Service, you must be committed to anti-racist practice, through actively challenging racial inequality and all forms of discrimination.
This is a qualified post, so candidates will require a professional qualification (i.e. equivalent to DipSW) and adequate experience working within the criminal justice or children and families setting (see essential criteria on job description for full details).
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Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.