The role

Key Worker - Southwark Youth Offending Service

Includes working 3 days per week in Southwark's Inclusive Learning Service

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to join Southwark's Youth Offending Service (YOS) to become part of a multi-disciplinary team, aiming to achieve great improvements for children who attend Southwark Inclusive Learning Services (SILS).

We are looking for a capable and dynamic individual who holds a relevant academic or professional qualification in working with individuals or families at level 4 or above, to contribute to the overall delivery of the Southwark YOS.

In your role, you will be seconded to the SILS workplace for 3 days a week, working the remainder of your time at the YOS within a split job role.

Southwark Youth Offending Service (YOS) uses a systemic framework in working with children and young people through a whole family approach based on collaboration with families and with partners from schools, health, children’s services and the community. The YOS aims to protect the public from harmful activities of young people who offend and supports the provision of a comprehensive and effective integrated youth justice service to respond to the needs of young people and their families in a timely manner and within statutory guidelines.

This is an exciting opportunity for a practitioner seeking to develop their skills and expertise in youth justice and statutory provision. The appointed person will receive strong supervisory support from their manager and will have access to relevant training to ensure they can undertake the role to the highest standards.

We are looking for a candidate who has experience and working knowledge of direct social work with young people and their families in a youth justice context. The successful candidate will be an exceptional worker who is actively seeking professional development and the opportunity to be a part of a team driving best practice in whole family work. They will be keen to support the work of Youth Offending Officers to deliver interventions to young people on a statutory capacity or on a prevention basis.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong skills in engaging children, young people and other family members, contributing to risk assessments and building collaborative working relationships with both team colleagues and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for children.

The appointed person will have an awareness of key education issues affecting young people and a basic understanding of how to work with school staff and families to promote engagement of children and families in educational attendance and academic ambition.

More information
For further information please contact Ana Figueira, YOS Team Manager on 07711 779482 or Andrew Hillas YOS Head of Service on 07985 116670 


Application process
Please complete the online application form by clicking on the 'apply now' button. We advise reading the job description document which can be found at the end of this page, to help you write about your skills, knowledge and experience you can bring to this role. You can save the application form and come back to it later too.

Additional details

Please note this role will require: An Enhanced DBS check at a satisfactory level. 

Location: East Dulwich Road SE22 9HE

Occasional and limited requirement to cover weekends/evenings - paid at an agreed overtime rate.

Staff Benefits
In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a friendly, supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members.

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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date - 11:59pm 4th October 2021

Interview Date - 14th October 2021 (more information to follow via email if successful at shortlisting stage)

We are an organisation that is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at the senior management level in the council.