Youth Justice Practitioner – Children and Families Service

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GBP £37,413 to £38,403 37413




Children, Adults & Community Health


Children & Families Service

DBS Required


Contract Type

Permanent - Full Time

Closing date


In Hackney, Youth Justice Services are provided in two multi-agency, multi-professional teams one of which is co-located with our Integrated Gangs Unit. Both teams hold statutory responsibilities for young people who have offended.     

Under the leadership of a Youth Justice Team Leader, you will contribute to the overall effectiveness of the service by applying a persistent approach in assessment, intervention, court and custody activities with young offenders and those at a high risk of offending. You will lead on delivery of high quality assessments and evidenced-based/outcome focussed interventions and programmes to ensure that young people have effective plans in place in accordance with statutory requirements and the National Standards for Youth Justice. You will be committed to a reduction in youth crime and improved community safety.

You will work closely with other highly skilled professionals and partner agencies and have a sound knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance. You will be supported and encouraged to apply theory and research in front-line practice, building on a strong track record of service delivery and innovation within the service.

Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you’ll bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable young people and their families. This role provides an opportunity to shape Youth Justice interventions at a high profile local authority.

Candidates must have a relevant qualification at degree level i.e. social work, probation or youth work, substantial experience in a comparable setting and have evidence of continuing professional development.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

The next stage of the recruitment process is to complete an online Verbal Reasoning test. The test will be sent to you within 3 days after the application closing date. The email you receive will be from the test site, Skills Arena. Please contact the recruitment team on 0208 356 8845 if you not receive the online test within 3 working days once the role is closed. Please do not contact us prior to the 3 working days.

Closing date for applications:    28 January 2020
Assessment/Interview Dates:    To be advised

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.