Following the recent announcement by The Ministry of Justice on the launch of the Turnaround Programme, we have an exciting opportunity within the Youth Justice Service to recruit a Senor Practitioner on a fixed term basis until April 2025.

The role

The Turnaround Programme provides support to children and young people on the cusp of the youth justice system, working collaboratively with a range of key agencies with the aim to divert young people away from offending. Building on our existing award winning diversion programme, we are looking to recruit a full time Senior Practitioner to support the management and delivery of an effective and efficient service for children, young people, their families and victims. Based within the Prevention and Diversion Team the post holder will assist the YJS Team Managers with the operational delivery of Out of Court Disposals and the Turnaround programme.

Amongst other tasks the post holder will be responsible for ; providing first line management to a number of frontline staff and will provide reflective individual and/or group supervision; contributing to staff development and performance management; assist in undertaking specific development tasks and to be the thematic lead for specialist areas of practice as determined by the needs of the service; contribute to audits of practice and learning through quality assurance processes and be able to provide challenging and constructive feedback to colleagues and partners ; deputising for the YJS Team Managers at internal meetings and external meetings as required ; participation in the duty manager rota.

We are looking for an individual who wants to make a positive difference and who has experience and skills/abilities that include: experience of working with children and young people and/or young adults in a criminal justice field; managing a complex caseload and ability to complete holistic assessments analysing risk; development of areas of practice on behalf of a service/agency and using of a range of evidence-based interventions to effect change ; self-led time management skills and the ability to prioritise their workload whilst dealing with conflicting demands are essential.

A qualification in either social work, probation (equivalent qualification) or a Professional Certificate in Effective Practice combined with a relevant degree is essential. If you are not sure about whether your qualification is a relevant qualification for this post, please contact the recruiting managers before applying.

The Youth Justice Service is committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable and flexible workforce. The post holder will work across the Cheshire footprint, with an established base being Municipal Buildings in Widnes but hybrid and flexible working including from home and other bases across Cheshire is a key feature of this role. Our technology platform and equipment enable staff to connect and collaborate remotely, so that a healthy work-life balance can be achieved.

This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply

 If you have any questions regarding this post or would like an information discussion please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Green or Angela Iball on 03451450055

Key Dates

Closing date: 24 February 2023