Youth Justice Support Worker job with West Sussex County Council

Salary: £23,081 – £25,481
Working model: Full time
Location: County Hall North, Horsham (the role will require travel throughout the county)

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the West Sussex Youth Justice Service for a Juvenile Justice Support Officer in the Community Watch Team, based in Horsham.

As a Youth Justice Support Worker, you will supervise children assessed as low or medium risk who are the subject of out-of-court decisions and statutory court orders. You will have a passion and resilience for working with complex children. You will need good evaluation skills, as well as the ability to use creative and effective supervision techniques, to engage children and their families and then enable them to develop long-term sustainable change and promote the best outcomes. The ability to form positive and constructive relationships with vulnerable children will be crucial for them to develop their resilience, realize their potential and contribute positively to their community.

The role is based in a support team environment with access to specialists and wider service colleagues. You will receive regular support and supervision from your team leader, as well as access to relevant and specialized training to develop and develop your skills.

West Sussex Youth Justice Service (YJS) is a high performing multi-agency statutory partnership providing pre and post court services to meet the statutory requirements of the juvenile justice system. Its main objective is to prevent delinquency and reduce recidivism in children. The service works in partnership with various agencies to ensure that children receive appropriate intervention to address their risks, meet their needs and build on their strengths. In addition, the service seeks to repair the harm done to victims and communities by addressing the root causes of offending and recidivism among children.

Experience and skills

Core Skills:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to explain information to others and to use counseling, negotiation and persuasion skills to influence the actions of others.
  • Good literacy, numeracy and computer skills to write reports to a high standard and present information in a clear, concise and accurate manner in a manner that promotes understanding.
  • Able to research, evaluate, analyze and interpret information and data from various sources in order to interpret and plan in the medium term to make judgments based on client needs.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize your workload to respond effectively to unforeseen issues.
  • Able to act appropriately, with discretion, while hearing confidential, sensitive or disturbing information.

Qualifications and experience:

  • 4 GCSEs with AC passes including English and Maths, or an equivalent qualification or experience demonstrating this level of numeracy and literacy.
  • At least one year of previous experience working with difficult children and young people (eg CYPS, police, probation, schools, criminal justice, youth work).
  • Experience in conducting evaluations and writing reports.
  • Previous experience working in a criminal justice setting e.g. Juvenile Delinquency Squad, Probation, Police (desirable)
  • Case management experience (Desirable)
  • Experience working in a multi-agency environment (Desirable)
  • Experience using CVYJ (Youth Delinquency Service databases) (desirable)
  • Full valid UK driving license (desirable)

Rewards and Benefits

As an employer, we recognize that our people are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic work environment where employees can reach their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and be rewarded for the work they do. As well as working as part of an incredibly supportive team, you’ll be entitled to up to 27 days of annual leave, plus the option to purchase up to 3 additional days, a generous government pension plan local and a range of training and development opportunities. For a full list of benefits available to you as an employee of West Sussex County Council, please visit our website.

Further information

The reference number for this role is CAFHE03615.

To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the position ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as once the position is closed you may not be able to upload again.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This position is subject to a reinforced DBS check, a 5-year referencing and a health check. You must be able to travel throughout the department, including places that are not always accessible by public transport.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment free from any form of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values ​​the diversity of its workforce. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no one will be disadvantaged.

For more information on your eligibility to apply for this position under our Disabled or Veteran Guaranteed Maintenance Program, please visit our website.