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Social Worker RBKC13427

Job Summary:

Salary Range: £34,128 - £41,466 per annum

Work Location: 36C Oxford Gardens, London W10 5UQ

Hours per week: 36 

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: 30 September 2019

Interview date: 15 October 2019

DBS check: Enhanced

Contact details for an informal discussion: Tim Sharp or Karol Lewis-LeBailly on 02075984734

About Us:

The Youth Offending Team is a supportive, multi – disciplinary team made up of friendly and hard working practitioners. We strive to work positively with children and young people to support them to achieve their potential, whilst balancing the risk they present to others and the needs of victims of crime. The Youth Offending Team is part of Family and Children’s Services, a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Children’s services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities. If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancy below.

The Role:

As a Youth Justice Social Worker your role will be to manage a caseload of children and young people aged 10 to 17 years of age subject to statutory Court Orders and Out of Court Disposals, to supervise them in line with National Standards and other guidance and legislation relevant to children and young people. You will be expected to work as part of a team to try to ensure positive outcomes through working directly with children and young people, their parents and / or carers, other professionals, and the youth and crown courts. You will work towards the objectives and priorities of the Youth Offending Team as set out in the Youth Justice Plan. You will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Council policies in relation to Equal Opportunity, Customer Care and service delivery, and the ability to implement these policies in the workplace.


For more information about the role, please see the full Job Description

About You:

Diploma in Social Work or equivalent but must meet Social Worker registration criteria set out by the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
At least two years’ post qualification experience

Experience of working with children and young people in a youth justice setting and the ability to engage with them and their parents/ carers in pursuit of the main purpose of this role.

Ability to work collaboratively with professionals in order to implement a multi-agency response to youth offending and the needs of young people.

Ability and experience in covering Court duty (Criminal court work).

Ability to make accurate assessments of the risk factors which have contributed to youth offending and to assess the needs and wellbeing of children and young people at risk of offending and at risk of exploitation.

Knowledge of the risk and protective factors as they relate to young people who offend.

Ability to write effective and coherent Pre-sentence reports and to be able to confidently advise and challenge the Court in their decisions relating to sentence and to bail decisions.

Understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences for children and young people involved in offending and what approaches may best support them towards better outcomes.

Role Requirements:
  • To work directly with children and young people and their families / cares, supervising them in accordance with national standards and related guidance. 
  • To work collaboratively with partner agencies in pursuit of the main purpose of the role and to ensure that information is shared appropriately and in line with data protection legislation and guidelines. 
  • To undertake assessments of children and young people and create appropriate intervention plans to support in the reduction in offending behaviour. 
  • To prepare court reports, bail packages and to represent the Youth Offending Team in court settings.
  • To be part of the Court duty rota system, attending Highbury Corner Youth Court as required. 
  • To support young people and families when appearing in Crown Court or Courts out of the area. 
  • To facilitate and support the delivery of offending behaviour programmes that are in line with effective practice principles and what works in reducing offending for children and young people.
  • To maintain a high standard of recording on all cases using the Youth Offending Team’s case management database.
  • To participate in the office duty system and other duties as required by the role.
  • To participate and attend team meetings, risk panels and Court report meetings.



We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.


We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.


We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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