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Youth Offending Team (YOT) Practitioner LBHF7206

Job Details:

Salary Range: £33,459 - £40,653 per annum

Work Location: Cobbs Hall, 226 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6LL

Hours per week: 36

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 12 November 2019

Interview date: 25 November 2019

Contact details for an informal discussion: Alison Sabaroche, Service Manager on 020 8753 4602/2533 or via email on

DBS check: Enhanced

Advert Text:

Are you an experienced YOT or criminal justice practitioner?

If so, Hammersmith and Fulham YOS could be the place for you. Join a diverse team of committed and experienced practitioners.

The YOS move into Hammersmith & Fulham Family Service is enabling us to build on our existing high-quality practice and achieve greater integration with prevention & family services to address the root causes of offending and improve outcomes for our most complex children, young people and families.  Our vision is to enable positive sustained change for young people and their families, by building effective and trusting relationships underpinned by our belief in capacity to change. All our staff are supported to implement innovative new ways of working through our Focus on Practice (systemic practice) programme.  We now have a number of new and exciting opportunities available and are looking to appoint motivated and creative professionals to join our service and help drive our work forward. During the Youth offending Service inspection in January 2016, the inspectors commented:

"YOS was performing very well. Staff were enthusiastic, committed and their knowledge of cases was impressive... Engagement with children and young people was excellent". 

In the most recent Ofsted insepction September 2019, Hammersmith & Fulham Childrens Services were rated "Good" .
You will be supported to practice to a high standard via internal and external training and reflective supervision from managers who have been systemically trained. If you are forward thinking and innovative and want to make a difference, Hammersmith & Fulham YOS is the place for you. If you do not have a social work qualification but have a relevant criminal justice qualification and want to apply or just want to find out more about the role please contact us to discuss further.


Please explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. If you have submitted a CV and personal statement as part of your application, these willl be concidered as supporting documents only.

Role Responsibilities:
  • To manage a caseload as determined by line manager:
  • To hold responsibility for young offenders aged 10-17 subject to out of court disposals and/or statutory Court orders and to supervise these in line with National Standards and other legislation related to Children and young people.
  • To work with the families/guardians of Children and young people
  • To liaise with and work jointly with partner agencies in pursuit of the main purpose of the role
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships within multi-agency setting and share information as required by the local data protection information exchange protocol
  • To operate within the context of Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and other relevant criminal justice and child care legislation
  • To prepare court reports and to represent the Youth Offending Team in court settings
  • To facilitate in the offending behaviour programmes that are in line with effective practice principles and what works in reducing offending for children and young people.
  • To represent the Team at Departmental and inter-agency meetings
  • To act as ‘appropriate adult’ for young people in police stations and court when required
  • To maintain a high standard of recording on all cases using the Youth Offending Team’s case management database
  • To use the local e-mail system and Microsoft applications for the production of reports and other written material
  • Maintain and develop skills through training and supervision
  • To remain up to date with practice developments, research findings and knowledge of criminal justice and relevant childcare legislation
  • Respond to requests for information/statistics relevant to the accountability of the Youth Offending Team to its funding agencies
  • Maintain and account for financial transactions relevant to the role
  • Contribute to the development of the Youth Offending Team through involvement in working groups designed to promote the professional advancement of the team
  • Participate in the office duty system and other duties as required by the role
  • Participate and attend team meetings  
  • To undertake other relevant duties as required by line manager
  • To work in accordance with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Equal Opportunities Statement


All staff are expected to carry out their job in compliance with the Councils Constitution. This means being familiar with the policies and procedures relevant to the job and asking for information and advice if you are unsure of the correct course of action. The Council’s Constitution is published on the Internet.

The duties and responsibilities outlined in this job profile are indicative of the role; however they are not exhaustive and may be subject to change. In addition, you will be required to undertake other reasonable duties as directed by your manager.

People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people have can build this into everything they do.


We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.


We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.


We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.


We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience.  We are looking for people who have the following attributes:


Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking.  You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.  



You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations.  You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.  


People management

You can get the best out of people.  You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development.  You are clear in your expectations and have exception feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.  


Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others.  You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others.  You will also can recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.  


Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics.  You can recognise motiving factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions.  Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.  



You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners.  This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.  


Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery.  Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives.  You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.  


Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach.  Applying cognitive flexibility to situation of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:


  • Diploma in Social Work or equivalent.
  • To undertake this position, you must be able to meet the registration criteria set down by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Working Conditions:
  • Use of display screen equipment
  • Good vision including colour vision

  • Physically active


London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

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