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Youth Justice Officer OCC6972

Job Details:


Salary Range: £29,909 - £36,153 per annum
Work Location: Knights Court, Oxford
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 24 January 2019
Interview date: 31 January 2019

Advert Text:

We have excellent opportunities within the Youth Justice Service for Youth Justice Officers.

The role involves working with young people who have offended and those at risk of reoffending, their families, victims of youth crime, in the context of managing their risk and vulnerability issues, and risk to the public, as required by legislation and in accordance with national standards.

With a degree or equivalent in Social Work or Youth Justice as well as current HCPC registration, you'll have significant frontline experience within children's services or a similar organisation and proven resilience in managing a challenging workload.

If you are passionate about delivering a high standard of social care within the Youth Justice Service and would like to work in a supportive forward-thinking environment, we would like to hear from you if you think you meet the requirements.

In return you'll receive a comprehensive induction, regular supervision and opportunities to expand your experience.

Job Purpose:

  • To carry out all duties as a professional YJS Officer consistent with background qualifications and experience
  • To provide a range of services to young offenders and those at risk of reoffending, their families, victims of youth crime, in the context of managing their risk and vulnerability issues, and risk to the public, as required by legislation and in accordance with national standards.
  • To ensure that services are planned and delivered in a way that maximises
  • participation and contributes to the reduction of the risk of offending and effective safeguarding.  To incorporate a quality assurance framework for performance of staff


Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. The Post holder is expected to: 

  • Ensure all relevant County Council policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.
  • Be familiar with the Councils policies on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults Act according to inter-agency safeguarding procedures of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board and Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board whenever you have a safeguarding concern about a child or adult.
  • Demonstrate, understand and apply our work place values. These are embedded in all roles and applicants must evidence their values as part of the job description process.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To make assessments of children and young people in relation to their criminogenic needs, risk of reoffending, risk of harm to the public and risk of vulnerability, devising, implementing and reviewing clear multi agency intervention plans of increasing complexity according to risk
  • To write reports for the Magistrates and Crown Courts and Referral Order Panels
  • Case manage young people within the Youth Justice system in line with the National Minimum Standards prescribed by the Youth Justice Board, including young people subject to Bail Supervision and Support
  • Devise and deliver a range of YJS interventions – including individual, group and family – and be responsible for the enforcement of orders where young offenders fail to comply (breach); make necessary referrals to support and partner agencies to ensure effective resettlement of a young person from custody to the community.  This include Criminal Behaviour and Parenting Orders
  • Co-ordinate and deliver Bail Support and Supervision and Remand programmes to young people. This will include young people remanded to local authority accommodation, secure accommodation or in custody
  • Undertake Appropriate Adult duties under the terms of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Ensure principles of restorative justice underpin all aspects of the work undertaken with young people and their families 
  • To act as Court Officer within the Youth Court and Crown Court
  • To work flexibly, according to the needs of the young person and service, this may include working anywhere in Oxfordshire on a temporary or permanent basis and participate in duty rotas, including day time, late night duty and weekend and bank holiday Court Cover
  • To develop and maintain thorough knowledge of legislation and effective practice and to contribute to the monitoring, research and evaluation of services. To provide training to the team on developments in practice
  • Provide support to Sessional Workers and Volunteers
  • To provide support to other YJS staff including students as appropriate
  • When necessary, contribute to the development and oversight of Integrated Resettlement programmes to young people and their families.
  • Devise, implement and review intervention plans ensuring they maximise participation and reflect children’s rights
  • Work to achieve the aims of the service wide youth justice plan and relevant team plans. Work to YJS/OCC policies and procedures
  • Work to YJB National Standards & YJS Quality Assurance processes
  • Develop and maintain operational links with a range of agencies to ensure effective multi-agency working to achieve the joint aims of the partners involved
  • Assist with the induction of new staff
  • Be responsible for the accurate and up to date maintenance of records and files in accordance with Youth Justice Service procedures and Data Protection legislation using the dedicated YJS/OCC databases and associated recording procedures
  • Take responsibility for professional development ensuring that knowledge, skills and competencies are up to date and participate in relevant training to refresh and develop your own skills and knowledge
  • Respect and promote diversity and equality in accordance with service policies and procedures
  • Contribute to maintaining the safety and security of service users and visitors and their belongings
  • Undertake such other duties as may be determined within the general scope of this post
  • Be prepared to work some evenings and take part in the provision of bail at weekend on a pro-rata bases

Selection Criteria - Essential

Education, Training and Work Qualifications:

  • Recognised professional qualification (e.g. NVQ level 5 or above and its equivalent in Social work; Probation; Police; Health and partner agencies of the YJS) or relevant degree and a minimum of 2 years work within a Youth Justice Service or partner agency setting
  • Record of continuing professional development PCEP
  • HCPC registration if social worker qualified 



  • Working knowledge of key legislation that impacts on children and young people, such as Children Act 1989 & 2004) and Youth Justice Legislation - (CDA 1998 and CJIA 2008, LASPO 2012)
  • Working Knowledge of key practices and Youth Justice Board National Standards
  • Current knowledge of relevant and recent developments, which influence the youth crime agenda, (including the wider Children's Services)
  • An understanding of the risk and protective factors associated with re-offending, serious harm to others, individual vulnerability and public protection and safeguarding procedures for children, young people and adults
  • Good knowledge of risk factors associated with youth crime & evidence based interventions and an ability to formulate a comprehensive analysis of offending associated with a young person’s behaviour 
  • Knowledge and awareness of children’s rights issues
  • Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and diversity in service delivery and employment



  • Experience of working in a changing environment 
  • At least 2 years' experience of direct work with challenging & vulnerable young people & their families 
  • Proven relevant experience with the YJS or similar agency 
  • Experience of work within a performance management and outcome led framework  


Job related competencies:

  • Developed skills in assessing needs and risks in respect of young people, victims and the public  
  • Able to deliver effective offender management programmes 
  • Excellent report writing skills for complex cases  
  • Skills in managing high risk and chaotic young people  
  • Good communication, listening & observational skills
  • Developed skills in delivering a range of interventions particularly to high and medium risk young people  
  • Good IT skills and accurate record keeping 
  • Good organisational skills, able to prioritise, meet deadlines and respond to unanticipated problems
  • The ability to handle confidential information and understanding of GDPR 
  • The ability to pass knowledge and skills to other key staff in order to maximise the learning environment of the YJS  
  • High standard of written and verbal presentation skills
  • Skills in maintaining positive relationships with partner agencies and maintaining public confidence in the YJS
  • Ability to translate national and local vision into evidenced based operational practice  

Selection Criteria - Desirable

Education, Training and Work Qualifications :

  • Relevant Restorative Justice and/or Substance Misuse qualifications 
  • HCPC Registered
  • Registration with any other professional body 


  • Full understanding of the range of services available for children, young people, parents and carers
  • Successful experience of operational partnership working
  • Adolescent development
  • Job application demonstrates appropriate values towards safeguarding children and vulnerable adults 
  • Evidence of reading OCSB policies and procedures
  • Some knowledge of the key factors associated with risk. Lack of Education, unemployment, poor parenting 



  • Experience of working with Parents and Carers  
  • Experience of statutory child care work 
  • Experience of working within relevant partner agency


Job related competencies:

  • High level ICT skills 


Special requirements:

  • Driving license


Equal opportunities:

  • Developed knowledge of Equal Opportunities diversity issues in Youth Justice and wider Children’s’ Services

Vetting Requirements:


This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note, references will be sought prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


David Oliver on 07944 298707


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and 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.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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