Youth Justice Service Early Help Practitioner - Working for Essex
Salary: £36,101 to £48,622 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17000
Role: Social Care
About the role

Youth Justice Service Early Help Practitioner

Fixed Term, Full Time

£36,101 to £48,622 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

This is a Fixed Term Opportunity until March 2026.

The role

The role of the Youth Offending Service (YOS) Early Help Practitioner is to improve outcomes for children and young people on the cusp of entering the formal criminal justice system. This is achieved through assessment, and collaborative planning to agree a targeted package of voluntary support which takes a whole family approach, to build upon strengths, address unmet needs and improve positive outcomes and sustainable desistance through enabling the child or young person to build pro-social skills and improve their future life prospects. Supporting also the resilience of parents to respond appropriately and provide care and support into adulthood.

YOS Early Help Practitioners will manage a caseload of children and young people, some with complex and/or undiagnosed needs in a way that is responsive and flexible to individual need and at a pace that will support the family to make changes for themselves. This will be achieved through in-depth assessment and subsequent interventions, with the aim of avoiding the child or young people becoming known to statutory services.


  • Responsible for managing a caseload and undertaking individual and/or family work with children or young people on the cusp of entering the criminal justice system.
  • Accountable for undertaking high quality assessments of young people, and co-producing comprehensive intervention plans, evidencing input form young people, and liaising with partner agencies to effectively address the underlying needs that bought the child into contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Conduct evidence-based interventions (systemic practice, as well as Signs of Safety, Motivational Interviewing, and child development theory) to develop relationships that enable the family to build upon their strengths and support desistance, without the need to refer to other agencies unnecessarily.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with partner agencies to ensure effective knowledge about YOS Early Help as the source of expertise in the locality on YOS Early Help.
  • Accountable for ensuring that the voices and views of children and young people are sought, heard, and represented appropriately, evidenced throughout the intervention, and used to inform and develop effective service delivery.
  • Accountable for maintaining accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information/case records and share information appropriately according to local and national practice guidance/policies.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

What experience you will bring

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience, with a recognised social work qualification i.e. diploma, degree or masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with Social Work England as a registered Social Worker or a minimum of 2.5 years working in the field of the field of youth justice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency environment with excellent engagement skills with a demonstrable ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues, partner agencies and service users.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety and safeguarding of children, and young people.
  • A clear understanding of early help services and early interventions, values, and principles.
  • Excellent understanding of both ‘strengths based’ and ‘outcomes focused’ work, with a demonstrable knowledge of appropriate and effective evidence-based problem-solving interventions with children, young people and families.
  • Proven ability in the effective use of assessment frameworks and tools to produce appropriate, sound, evidence-based assessments of need, strengths and of risk, and use these to co-produce with families, individualised support plans that are reviewed and updated appropriately.
  • Proven ability to work within an evidence-informed framework, with knowledge and understanding of criminogenic factors, causing young people to offend.

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The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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