Interim Head of Youth Offending Service – Children Services

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Interim Head of Youth Offending Service – Children Services
Interim Position

Norfolk 1004443413492348

Posted: 1st June 2022 16:21
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.19 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4-6 months

  • Norwich,

    NR1 2DH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Head of Youth Offending Service – Children’s Services

Job Ref: Norfolk 1004443413492348

Enhanced DBS / HCPC Registration required for this role

Hybrid role (onsite presence twice per week including Thursday for key meetings)

The post holder will be a part of the management standby rota which operates 7 days a week between 08:00-20:00 hrs.

A Head of Service with Youth Justice experience is required to start as soon as possible. To lead the service to prepare for an HMPIP inspection and operate within the wider Children’s Service remit.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure effective arrangements are in place for the delivery of services with young people, parents/carers and victims to prevent offending, re-offending, harm to the public and to reduce the vulnerability of young people at risk.
  • Drive the development and standard of effective and timely youth justice assessments, plans and reviews.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to make informed, sound and immediate professional judgements so that the management of all risk and vulnerability assessments, and response plans are defensible and accountable.
  • Oversee the response of the Youth Offending Team to complex, contentious, controversial or high-profile cases.
  • Lead the dissemination of effective practice, in line with YJB national guidance and standards, HMIP inspection criteria, criminal justice and children’s legislation, county council policies, procedures and standards, with particular attention to prevention and reduction of youth offending and safeguarding young people.
  • Lead on effective integrated practice within the criminal justice system for the delivery of youth justice services including with the Courts, Police and Probation as well as the Norfolk and Suffolk Criminal Justice Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Lead on inspections, audits and action plans for the Youth Offending Team including service wide and cross departmental inspections.
  • Monitor areas of good and poor team performance, fostering a culture of performance improvement to improve the delivery of services.
  • Develop effective relationships and SLAs with key partners and stakeholders within the local strategic partnership framework, including elected members, Children’s Services, schools and inclusion services, criminal justice, voluntary sector and district councils thereby supporting integrated practice across the partnerships.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  • Professional qualification in Education, Health, Police (at least the rank of Inspector) Probation or Social Work.


Desirable qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area, or equivalent by experience.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional and managerial development.
  • Relevant management qualification.



  • Substantial experience at a management level of working within statutory services, managing change, preferably in a complex multi-agency environment.
  • Working at a senior level in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience and understanding of working within the framework of current legislation, research, guidance and issues relating to youth offending, management of risk and safeguarding
  • Influencing the delivery of public services across a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Listening to children and families and acting collaboratively to address concerns and influence service design and delivery and staff development.
  • Successfully delivering government initiatives.
  • Awareness and understanding of research and approaches regarding prevention and reduction of youth crime and anti-social behaviour and what works in practice in a range of environmental settings.
  • Budget management in the public sector.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven ability to act as a role model and lead by example.
  • Ability to motivate and work effectively with others within and external to the service to ensure that the needs of children and young people are met.
  • Think creatively, constructively challenging the norms and all staff (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness and inspire the same in employees.
  • Ability to keep professional detachment.
  • Ability to manage change within a financially challenging environment.
  • Substantial competence to take on a high level of responsibility and decision-making and to use information to make critical high-risk decisions within a youth justice setting
  • Evaluate and improve organisational performance.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to talk passionately and articulately to small and large audiences adapting style to meet need.
  • Provide a clear overview of complex issues and sound, reliable professional advice in an engaging, accessible and non-technical manner orally and in writing.


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. HCPC Registration.
  6. Ability to travel as part of duties (you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements).
  7. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Interim Head of Youth Offending Service – Children Services
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