Social Worker - Youth Offending Team - Chelmsford

Posted 7 February by Capita Managed Services Ending soon

Senior Practitioner - Youth Offending Team


Salary from £30,000 - £35,000 per annum

Permanent contract

Full Time - 37 hours a week

The Role

To take lead responsibility for supporting and supervising young people who are looked after and those who might be subject to Child Protection (CP) or Children in Need (CIN) plans.

To support the overall aim of the Youth Offending Service (YOS) to reduce offending by young people by working closely with family, schools and other relevant key agencies to address the factors leading to offending.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • To undertake comprehensive and high quality assessments of young people using Asset+ and other approved YOS risk/other tools.

  • To supervise a caseload of complex young people in accordance with national and service standards.
  • To co-produce effective intervention plans that evidence input from young people and parents/carers and utilise all YOS resources.

  • To liaise with other partnership providers to access additional services to support the young person, reduce the risk they pose and prevent further offending.

  • To prepare high quality reports for courts or youth offender panels.
  • To ensure risk and safeguarding processes in line with YOS Risk Management Framework and other frameworks such as MAPPA (Multi-agency public protection arrangements) etc. are followed and are regularly reviewed.
  • Consistent, accurate and timely record keeping is maintained, utilising the Youth Offending Team information system (IYSS).
  • Take part in team duty rotas, including Youth/Crown Court Duty as required and act as lead Court Officer when required to do so.
  • To have special responsibility for managing Children Looked After cases, working effectively with social care colleagues, contributing to care planning and attending relevant meetings and reviews etc.
  • There is a requirement to be flexible in working outside office hours (e.g. evening home visits or emergencies).

  • Understand the needs of your customers and deliver the best possible outcomes through exemplar behaviour in accordance with Essex County Council's Values and Core Organisational Behaviours.

  • Work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes.

  • To contribute to development of organisational capability by taking ownership of your own training and development, including identifying and taking part in training and development activity and responding to feedback on performance.

  • Thinking creatively, challenging the norms, and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in colleagues.

  • Work as part of project or process teams as required under the new operating model, ensuring excellent cross functional output.

What you'll need to join our Social Work teams

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you will have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker. Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)

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 ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of its employees, including:

  • A Local Government pension scheme
  • Interest free bus and rail season ticket loans, from £100-£5,000 as well as pool bikes and a car sharing scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development through our specialist learning and development teams
  • Extensive induction programmes
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • Continued service benefits
  • Staff discounts in gyms/travel agencies/car sales/restaurants and days out

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on *.

*Calls to this number will cost 7 pence per minute plus your telephone company's access charge

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

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