Southwark Youth Offending Service are dedicated to delivering high quality relationship-based social work, that is child-centred, family-minded, strengths and evidence-based, outcome-focused and fair.
We are looking for outstanding YOS Officers who can work to our high standards; who are experienced, skilled and committed to delivering a high quality youth justice service including assessing need, planning and delivering focused interventions to prevent offending, safeguarding children and young people, and achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families. In return we will support you with extensive training, dedicated clinical advice and support, manageable caseloads, regular and high quality supervision both on a 1:1 and group basis and administrative support.
Southwark YOS has recently been reviewed by the HMIP Inspectorate, and they have confirmed earlier findings that the YOS ‘delivers an excellent service through energised, skilled and capable staff’. We have a well-embedded practice framework, underpinned by our above principles. We make extensive use of systemic and strengths-based practices, as well as restorative, attachment and trauma informed approaches. This was noted by HMIP Inspectorate: ‘it was a pleasure to come back to Southwark YOS and see how the trauma informed practice had developed and matured over time, staff knowledge of child development was impressive and the support from the clinical team was outstanding, it leads to ways of working that we don’t see everywhere.
Here in Southwark, we offer the chance to deliver holistic in depth work in a multi-agency setting, which also includes specialists in ETE, Restorative Justice, SALT and a Health and Well- Being Worker. New initiatives in our service include a health and well- being programme, a peer mentoring scheme and an innovative approach to preventing knife crime.
We are seeking skilled YOS Officers who have the professional potential and personal attributes that our service, children and their families need, and who wants to be supported to flourish. We have fantastic career progression opportunities through a wide range of induction and training courses.
If you have experience in youth justice, a passion for working with adolescents and their families and the resilience and creativity to help us realise our vision, we want to hear from you.
Additional salary details
As a YOS Officer choosing Southwark you will benefit from:
Low caseloads (counted per child), (below the national average), regular high quality supervision on a 1:1 and group basis aswell as administrative support.
Access to dedicated advice, reflective developmental support, and targeted specialist interventions from systemic practitioners and psychologists, embedded within teams.
A competitive salary, good pension scheme and flexible working.
Annual leave starting at 28 days rising to 36 days with continuous service.
Ongoing training and career development opportunities including the Youth Justice Board Inset training. We also offer a wide range of training in practice development, restorative practices, secure base, and attachment or trauma informed practice. You can also use Southwark’s Professional Qualifications Scheme to access sponsorship for a wide range of bespoke CPD.
Support, advice and guidance from dedicated specialist staff including Extra Familial Harm Team, Gangs specialists, In house Clinical Team and CAMHS, Group work leads, as well as a range of other support and learning and development opportunities.
Cycle to work or season-ticket loans, and further employee benefit schemes.
An extensive range of excellent community services to support your work with families, in a borough committed to ‘Keeping Families Strong’ and a ‘Fairer Future’ for all.
- You will be HCPC (Health Care and Professionals Council) registered Social Worker, or have a qualification in Probation or a related profession working with children and families
- DBS required
Please contact Service Manager Joanne Tattersfield on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Closing date: Sunday 28th November 2021.
Interview dates: 6th & 7th December 2021.
We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.