Social Worker – Youth Justice Services

Job Summary

The post is based in the Youth Justice Service (YJS) within the Education and Social Care Management Group.

Job Purpose

• To work directly with children aged 10 to 17 years referred for an out of court disposal or by the court

• To provide assessment, support, guidance and assistance to children and their parents.

• To support children to desist from offending and develop a pro-social identity

• To assist in the swift administration of justice.

• To make effective use of resources to meet the assessed needs of children and requirements of legislation.
Principal Duties

• To act as a named key worker and co-produce and implement intervention plans with children

• To meet all quality standards set by YJS, the partnership agencies and National Standards for Youth Justice.

• To prepare pre-sentencing reports or other reports within the agreed timescale for the courts and attend to present reports as and when required.

• To prepare reports for case conferences, reviews and referral order panels and attend as and when required.

• To draw up intervention and safety plans with children and their parents based on assessed needs, and coordinate their implementation.

• To provide duty cover on a rota basis for the YJS team.

• To attend supervision and implement jointly agreed action.

• To keep up to date records of work undertaken on behalf of the department.

• To comply with statutory duties and departmental policy and procedures in relation to children.

• To act as appropriate adult when children are being interviewed at a Police Station as required.

• To work towards meeting the racial, cultural, religious and linguistic needs of children.

• To liaise with other agencies as appropriate in determining case plans and implementation.

• To attend training based on individual personal development plans.

• To maintain and update the project data monitoring system and participate in the analysis of management information.

• To identify new community based services in both the voluntary and private sector which may respond to the assessed need of children.

• To monitor the quality and level of service provided for children referred by the YOS to the private and voluntary agencies.

• To carry out any other duties as may be required by the YJS Manager.

All roles working in the department have a responsibility for promoting and supporting the Council’s policies and procedures for safeguarding. You should ensure that you carry out your duties and work at all times in a way that ensures the safeguarding and welfare of service users

Attendance at weekends, bank holidays and evenings will be required on occasions as requested by your manager

Extract from National Agreement on the prescribed levels

There are 2 levels of Social Worker within these teams. The grades are awarded (by assessment) according to the ability and skills of the individual worker. The Grades are BEXLEYSW2 and BEXLEYSW3. It is, therefore, not the job content which greatly affects these grades but the grade that affects the job content. To a large extent work is allocated to grades according to the perceived needs of the client/community. Due to the clearly identified nature of a few cases they are not allocated to certain levels on a departmental policy basis i.e. those likely to affect the liberty of clients.

Within each grade there is also an increasing degree of “professional” autonomy granted to the worker but this does not apply in the work allocation/control areas.

Social Workers

Grade SW2

Social Workers who with supervision and advice are expected to manage a caseload which may include the more vulnerable clients or those with complex problems and may be expected to accept responsibility for action in relation to the liberty or safety of clients in emergency situations. They may be expected to concentrate on specific areas of work where such concentration arises primarily from organisational needs and to supervise trainees or staff other than Social Workers.

Grade SW3

Social Workers who with access to advice and within normal arrangements for professional accountability are expected to accept full responsibility for managing a caseload that will include the more vulnerable clients or those with particularly complex problems in situations where personal liberty or safety is at stake. Such officers are expected to contribute to the development of other Social Workers. They may be expected to concentrate on specific areas of work requiring more developed skills. They may be expected to contribute to the development of new forms of work or service.

The post is exempt from the main provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Section 4(2)). The general effect of this means that the Act allows you to disclose information about “spent” convictions. (The Act normally allows certain convicted persons who have not been subsequently reconvicted to consider their conviction as “spent”). The exemption has been allowed to try to ensure the protection of certain vulnerable groups of the public in particular circumstances. It is not, therefore, in any way contrary to the Act for you to reveal any information you consider to be relevant to the applicant’s suitability for employment. Any such information will be kept in strict confidence.

Person Specification

(a) Education and Formal Training

Relevant social worker degree e.g. DipSWA or CQSW or Degree in social work or Social Work England letter of suitability

Studying towards PQ1 or full PQ award or prepared to work towards qualification

Proficient in IT systems or programmes

Educated to good standard in the English language verbal and written

(b) Relevant Technical Experience and Knowledge

Experience of working with children with complex needs, aged 10-

17, preferably in a youth justice setting

Up to date knowledge of current relevant legislation including Children Act 1989 and 2004, Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 etc.

Experience in writing complex and sensitive reports

Experience working in a multi agency setting and with diverse groups

Experience with managing own workload/cases

Understanding of the youth justice assessment framework and relevant guidance

Understanding of trauma-informed practice and its application in a youth justice setting

Understanding of their own role with regard to Data Protection Act

Experience of working in a statutory framework

An understanding of key principles and importance of Child Protection Procedures

Experience with working with the crime & Disorder Act 1998 Experience in conducting family group conferences

(c) Skills and abilities

Demonstrate a commitment to the protection and safeguarding of service users

English Language Requirements for Public Sector Workers:

• Ability to speak with confidence and accuracy, using accurate sentence structures and vocabulary.

• Ability to choose the right kind of vocabulary for the situation in hand without a great deal of hesitation.

• Ability to listen to customers and understand their needs.

• Ability to tailor your approach to each conversation appropriate to the customer, responding clearly even in complex situations