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 two Support Officers 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 seeking two dynamic individuals who will bring knowledge and understanding of holistic assessments along with experience of delivering interventions that are relationship based and trauma informed to achieve positive outcomes for young people.

We are looking for passionate, creative and experienced candidates who can demonstrate tenacity and enthusiasm in making a positive difference to the lives of children in the Youth Justice Service. Based within the Prevention and Diversion Team the post holders will be required to effectively manage a caseload of young people (between the ages of 10-17), who are subject to a range of Out of Court Disposal outcomes. The ability to complete holistic assessments, develop intervention plans with young people and deliver a range of interventions using a strength based approach to support desistance are crucial.

Child First principles are at the heart of the work we do with children, young people and their families so the candidates should have relevant experience of working with and engaging young people and their families and have a clear understanding of some of the complex issues affecting young people today. Risk management, public safety and safeguarding are fundamental to our work and candidates need to be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of these requirements as they are integral to the posts being offered.

If you are passionate about working with children and young people and have a creative approach to direct work, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something new and innovative.

Cheshire Youth Justice Service are a high performing, nationally recognised and award winning Youth Justice Service. We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable and flexible workforce. The post holders 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 these roles. Our technology platform and equipment enable staff to connect and collaborate remotely, so that a healthy work-life balance can be achieved.

All posts are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post 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 these positions, or would like an information discussion please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Green or Angela Iball on 0345 145 0055.

Key dates

Closing date: 24 February 2023