Cornwall Council Jobs – Service Officer

  • Full Time
  • Cornwall

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The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Youth Justice Service is seeking innovative and enthusiastic Youth Justice Officers. We currently have a part time vacancy (18.5 hrs a week) based in the East and one full time post (base to be negotiated) We work with children and their families who are at risk of offending and those that have entered the criminal justice system. We also offer a range of out of court disposals and diversionary and preventative interventions

Based within the Gweres tus Yowynk Specialist Adolescent Service, these posts offer exciting opportunities to join a highly experienced multi-disciplinary Youth Justice Service. As we look to re-shape our service to respond to the ever-increasing complex needs of our young people, we are further strengthening our approach to diversion and early intervention to ensure that we make holistic and professional judgements about the children that we can safely and proportionately divert from the formal criminal justice system.

The full time role will involve effective triage and close partnership working to ensure decisions are defensible and balance risk, public and victim safety with the child’s needs. You will have a relevant qualification and have experience and knowledge in statutory youth justice work. You will need to demonstrate a good knowledge of legislation and current research relevant to this area of work. You will also have an understanding of adolescent development and behaviours, have excellent communication skills and be able to embrace challenge. You will have a proven track record of working with multi agency partners to improves the lives of children and young people. You will be able to evidence how you have applied your learning to your practice.

The full time role will be responsible for a caseload of low to medium risk cases and take an active role in the triage of children at risk of entering the criminal justice system. You will also (and the part time role) complete court duties, write court reports and take the lead in particular areas of service delivery and practice development. You will ensure that children, young people and their families are fully involved in the process of assessment, planning and supervision and that their views are taken into account and appropriately recorded.

This is an exciting opportunity so if you are interested in joining this specialist area of Cornwall’s successful and ambitious Children and Family Services, we look forward to hearing from you. Please state which post you are applying for in your application

For further information please contact Helen Richards, Team Manager, Mid – [email protected]

Own transport is essential.

This position will be subject to an enhanced criminal record disclosure check.

This is a public/customer-facing role, where the statutory English language requirement for public sector workers applies.

Please view the role profiles – Youth Justice Service Officer Role Profile (Grade 3) & Youth Justice Service Officer Role Profile (Grade 4), your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions in full, within the application form. Please do not upload any additional documentation in support of this application. Applications will be considered based on the screening questions and qualifications and experience details provided within the application form only. Any further attachments will not be considered when the recruiting managers are shortlisting for interview.

Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall. In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities; e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm.

Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.

More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here

We are open to discussion about flexible working.



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