Engage Project Lead
£42,840 - £46,041 per annum
Fixed Term 31st March 2025
The Peoples Directorate of Waltham Forest is working to the principles of Safe, Well, Independent and Resilient and we recognise that preventing children entering the criminal justice system and reducing reoffending is fundamental to achieving these principles for children and young people. The successful candidate will be part of the inter-disciplinary Youth Justice Service and will deliver our offers to young people who are at the edge of care, those at risk of involvement with gangs and serious youth violence and those who have been involved in the criminal justice system
Newham Youth Justice Service aims to continue to be a centre of excellence for Children and their families within the foundations of the ‘Newham Together’ model (based on Co-Production, Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Clarity and Community). With the support of the YJS Head of Service, Team Managers and Youth Justice Officers you will provide direct services to children at risk of offending supporting their families and victims of crime through a systemic approach to delivery. We ensure that services are available to support children and their families whilst ensuring the needs of victims and our community is a priority, and that people of Newham are at the heart of everything we do.
We are therefore seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and dynamic Youth Justice Senior Practitioner as Project Lead for our ‘Engage’ intervention. As project lead, you will be responsible for leading a team of practitioners based in custody, completing data returns for funders, developing the project management and working with Team Managers and Head of Service to ensure the delivery of the project.
Apply now, and be part of our success.
Applicants will have knowledge of the legislation relating to children including the Children’s Act 1989 and 2004, Crime and Disorder Act 1989, Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Knowledge of relevant Key Performance Indicators and National Standards.
The post holder will have:
• Previous experience of working with children and their families who face complex challenges (e.g. Childrens Services, Voluntary Sector, Schools, Youth Work, Probation and Police)
• Experience of writing detailed reports, providing data returns and presenting these to managers
• Experience of working in a multi-agency setting
• Knowledge of safeguarding and child protection procedures, health and safety of staff and GDPR
• Have a good knowledge and understanding of systemic practises, principles and delivery of restorative justice and trauma informed practise
• Experience of performing and overseeing case management tasks including assessment, intervention planning and delivery
For more information about who we are looking for, please refer to the person specification (within the job description).
We will offer you:
• A competitive package as outlined below
• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home
• Smarter Working with new modern technology
• a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust
• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.
• Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision
• Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits
• Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension
• being part of a ‘centre of excellence’ for children and their families and supporting your development in systemic practise
Closing date 14th February 2024
IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.
Please apply through our recruitment portal ensuring that you submit a CV and Supporting Statement
The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification, as described in their supporting statement.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).