Youth Justice Officer

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20220097

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£25,927 - £30,095 Per Annum

Closing date

7 October 2022

Youth Justice Officer – Portsmouth Youth Offending Team

37 hours per week   (You will be required to work occasional Saturday/Bank Holiday mornings (via rota) and could be required to work some evenings at times).

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Working within the YOT team we require an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Youth Justice Officer, who would enjoy the challenge of working in this important service for Portsmouth’s children. You will be required to carry a caseload of complex young people subject to preventative and statutory intervention (including custody) within the Youth Justice System in Portsmouth.

You will be expected to liaise with colleagues both within and outside the YOT in order to gather the relevant information for high quality assessments and interventions to reduce the risk of serious harm to the public, the young person’s vulnerability and their likelihood of re-offending. You will be responsible for the planning, delivering and evaluating interventions with those assessed as vulnerable, and/or presenting risk of serious harm to the public, and / or at risk of offending.

In addition you will be expected to carry out a range of duties in support of these roles.  These will include report writing (including Reports for Court), undertaking Court and Office Duties, delivering individual and group-based programmes of intervention in line with assessed risk and need, co-ordinating the input of other professionals as required and working with parents/carers/families to support sustainable change.

In applying for this post you will be joining a lively, challenging and supportive team whose priority is in improving outcomes for Portsmouth’s children who offend.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will have experience of working within Youth Justice, or be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of this work and have excellent knowledge of and skills in, assessment, planning, intervention and review. 

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role in the ‘who is the person’ part of the profile. Please see attached documents at the bottom of the Job page and ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT A CV.