Youth offending team officer Youth offending service officer
Youth offending team officers aim to prevent children and young people under 18 from offending and reoffending.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but many officers have a degree in a subject like youth work, youth justice, social work or criminology. Many also have experience in related fields like:
- social work
- youth work
- the police service
You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
2. Skills required
- patience, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude
- excellent communication and people skills
- the ability to stay calm under pressure and handle challenging behaviour
- good report-writing skills
- the ability to manage your time effectively and prioritise tasks
3. What you'll do
Your work is likely to be with high risk and vulnerable young people.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- carrying out risk assessments and planning how to manage future risk of reoffending
- preparing reports for the courts before sentencing
- coming up with action plans to support young offenders and prevent them from reoffending
- referring young offenders to agencies to support their welfare needs, like housing, or drug and alcohol misuse services
- supervising young offenders on court orders and community sentences, and after their release from secure institutions
- helping young offenders into education, work or training, and encouraging them to take part in constructive activities
- visiting young people in secure institutions
Experienced: £28,000 to £32,000
Highly Experienced: up to £38,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll be based at an office but also work at places like police stations, courts, prisons, detention centres, youth clubs and clients' homes.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to team leader or team manager.
With further training you could move into social work or educational welfare.
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Last updated: 08 December 2016