LONDON BOROUGH OF TOWER HAMLETS
Post Title: Post Nos. Grade:
CASE MANAGER:COURTS H030090109/H030090128 SCP 34 – 42
Directorate: Division: Section:
Children’s Services Children’s Youth Offending Team
Responsible to: Team Manager
Responsible for: n/a
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB
1. To prevent offending by young people by providing an effective social
work/youth offending service to young people and their carers.
2. The Youth Offending Team has overall responsibility for policy
formulation, co-ordination and service delivery to those young people in
Tower Hamlets who come into contact with or are in danger of coming
into contact with the Criminal Justice System. Additionally, the Team has
responsibility for overseeing the operation of and attendant matters in
the Tower Hamlets Youth Court.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people by
providing effective services as required by the Crime and Disorder Act
1998 [C&D Act 1998], Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008 [CJ&I Act
2008] and other legislation.
2. To work in partnership with colleagues from other agencies and
disciplines seconded into the Youth Offending Team in order to plan and
deliver services aimed at reducing and preventing youth crime.
3. To carry out assessments, prepare reports and manage all appropriate
orders made under the C&D Act 1998/CJ&I Act 2008 and subsequent
4. To provide practical focused programmes for young people (and their
families) demonstrating effective practice to agreed standards and
5. To understand the role and function of, and also to service the Youth,
Magistrates and Crown Court.
6. To take responsibility for specialist or designated roles within the Team if
7. To liaise with and advise field and residential social workers relevant
departmental staff and other professionals and voluntary agencies on
issues relating to youth crime.
8. To deliver all services in accordance with the Department’s Equal
Opportunities Policy and to ensure practice is within an anti-
9. Supervision of Tower Hamlets young people subject to bail conditions,
Remand into Local Authority Accommodation [Open and Secure],
Remand into Custody, community sentences, through care/post custody
licence and other statutory services. Programmes may include work in
social skills, offending behaviour, victim awareness, reparation and
assisting clients with employment/ training, accommodation, health and
substance use issues.
10. To carry out assessments (including vulnerability and risk) for bail and
remand decisions and also provide appropriate reports for the court(s).
11. To take part in an office duty system to provide the following: - act as an
“appropriate adult” (Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984) when required;
a service to Tower Hamlets young people appearing before the Youth
and Adult courts who may be remanded to local authority or secure
accommodation; cover for absent colleagues and, to undertake court
duty and all work emanating from this duty.
12. To contribute to all monitoring/evaluation systems ensuring effective
practice and to meet performance indicators and targets.
13. To initiate, chair and participate in reviews, cases conferences and other
meetings, and provide reports as required.
14. To maintain appropriate and timely written records e.g. case files,
regarding clients and other related issues.
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15. To develop and maintain all administration, referral and procedural
systems established for the team and specialist schemes or
16. To keep abreast of current legislation and contemporary debate
regarding work with young offenders and their families.
17. To liaise with colleagues in Childrens Social Care and other
professionals in accordance with agreed protocols and other guidance
e.g Safeguarding and promoting the Welfare of Children, Common
18. To act as a Practice Teacher, student supervisor or supervise sessional
staff or volunteers as required. Also to have responsibility for the
recruitment, training and support of sessional and volunteer staff.
19. To undertake and attend internal and external training as required.
20. To keep up-to-date with local, regional and national resources and to be
aware of council and departmental procedures.
21. To be aware of and adhere to the Department’s Health and Safety Policy
as applicable to staff and clients. Also, to take particular care of one’s
health and safety and for the health and safety of all other persons,
(including clients), affected by their actions during their work and whilst
on Council premises.
22. To have knowledge of emergency procedures in case of accident, fire
and so on following laid down instructions, i.e. contacting emergency
services and/or responsible officers.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT
Adhere to the Council’s Equal Opportunities policies and ensure anti-discriminatory
practice within the service area.
Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the grade as
determined by the manager.
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Person Specification for the Post of
CASE MANAGER (COURTS),
YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM
Knowledge 1. To have an up-to-date knowledge of childcare & young
justice legislation, (particularly the Crime and Disorder
Act 1998, Powers of Criminal Courts [Sentencing] Act
2000 , Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, Criminal
Justice Act 2003).
2. To have an up-to-date knowledge of current practice
issues and developments in working with young
offenders and their carers.
Qualifications 3. CQSW, DipSW [A current GSCC certificate will be a
& Experience condition of appointment and employment for all staff
with a CQSW or Diploma in Social Work] or BA in
Community Justice/NVQ Level 4 Community Justice/
Diploma In Probation Studies.
4. Experience of working within the Criminal Youth
5. Experience of working with disaffected, disenchanted
and delinquent youth.
6. Experience of working with ethnic minority youths in an
Leadership Achieving Results
Management 7. Skills in producing and presenting reports for the
8. An ability to interpret legislation and translate into
9. To be able to set up and maintain monitoring systems.
10. An ability to work corporately in a multi-disciplinary
11. An ability to work on own initiative under pressure
within policy and procedure guidelines.
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Engaging With Others
12. An ability to communicate with clients, their carers and
other agencies sensitively in order to give and receive
13. An ability to supervise sessional staff, students and
14. To have an understanding of Tower Hamlets’ Equal
Opportunities Policy and an ability to translate the
principles of the policy into day to day practice. An
ability to represent these policies in a wider forum.
15. IT literate and willing to undertake further training as
Other 16. A satisfactory attendance record (normally less than 5
days absence in a year) but taking into account
17. A CRB enhanced disclosure that is satisfactory to us
will be a condition of your appointment.
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