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Youth Offending Worker

About the role


Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service is looking for a YOS Worker to join our Court Team on a permanent basis.

You will be experienced in undertaking complex assessments with children and young people, writing reports and designing/delivering interventions and, if you have experience of working in a Youth Offending Service, so much the better.  You will be a confident and credible practitioner with a passion for children and young people, their parents/carers, victims of crime, professional colleagues and in formal environments such as the Youth and Crown Court.

You will understand that the ability to motivate children & young people, their parents & carers, and other workers are all critical to giving you the opportunity to put your knowledge and experience to good use.  Working in the community, you will see young people both in our offices and in various community venues, including their own homes. You will also be expected to engage with young people whilst in custodial establishments. Whatever the environment, you will be skilled at building and sustaining professional relationships swiftly to maximise the impact of your work.

The Youth Offending Service is a highly successful statutory partnership which is required to reduce the offending of children and young people; reduce the incidence of harm to potential victims; repair existing harm where possible and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people with whom we work.  You must be able to identify and act upon risks and do so swiftly when required.

About you

You will be expected to offer a range of approaches to your work, which are responsive to the needs of the individuals.  The YOS client group can live chaotic lifestyles, and your persistence and determination will be important to your ability to engage and re-engage with those who need you most. You will work in partnership with colleagues inside and outside the YOS.  This will include representing our service in Court, presenting professionally to magistrates and judges. 

A professional qualification or relevant degree with relevant experience is essential for this role, so you may have a nationally recognised qualification as a Youth Worker, Nurse, Probation Officer, Social Worker, Teacher or equivalent.  The successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

For informal enquiries or a discussion about the job, please contact the Recruiting Manager contact Liz Fowler - Area Manager on 07912774863.

Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 2 Day Induction Programme
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Local government Pension Scheme
  • Heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Monthly quality supervision

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 


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