Expressions of Interest Welcomed – Youth Offending Service and Violence Reduction Posts (Temporary)

Expressions of Interest Welcomed – Youth Offending Service and Violence Reduction Posts (Temporary)

Southampton City Council, the Police and partners have been awarded funding from the Home Office to establish a Violence Reduction Unit. As part of this the council is offering temporary posts to support the Unit and are looking for expressions of interest for two of temporary posts which are offered as secondments until March 2020. The Violence Reduction Unit is likely to achieve further funding in March 2020 and at that point we may offer additional permanent roles within the Youth Offending Service, and qualified staff with experience of work in the Youth Justice system are welcome to come contact us to discuss these future options.

The roles will assist Southampton’s newly established Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), a Home Office funded initiative to reduce serious violence involving young people under 25.

Case Audit Officer (December to March 2020):
The role will work closely with the Youth Offending, Probation Service, Police and partners to undertake deep dive audits of cases involving young people under 25 who have been involved in serious violence offences. The audits will aim to evaluate the underlying causes of their involvement in serious violence, reflect on the contextual risks and draw evidence from a range of data sources including case management systems held within SCC and wider partnerships. Due to the complexity of this role the candidate will need to be fluent in criminal justice systems and processes, children’s services and health, as well as wider contextual factors such as housing, drug and alcohol and education.

The output of these audits will provide a qualitative assessment of contextual issues for young people in Southampton and will support a problem profile that the VRU is building to map the level of risk.

We are open to considering officers who are already on temporary assignment within SCC or secondees from the Police, Probation Service, Health or Children’s Services. The candidate will need to start relatively quickly.

Coordination Officer (temporary to March 2020 with possibility of extension)
We are looking for a candidate with high levels of coordination, administration and communications skills who will work across our partnership to assist the VRU, YOS and partners. The candidate’s role is to assist services research and gather information, often at pace, to assist with their preparations for highly senstive and complex meetings – sometimes convened at short notice in response to an emerging risk or events. The candidate will integrate children’s services case management records, education records, YOS data systems and other sources of information to support officers engagement with problem solving activity, often facilitated by the Police (but not exclusively). The candidate will be a single point of contact for services to contact and liaise with the VRU activity and will ensure that meetings are organised, recorded and information sent out to participants in a timely and secure way.

The candidate will need to be able to process complex, often sensitive information. Use of a car or will be essential due to the expectation that meetings will be convened city wide. Secondments are welcome, but successful applicants will need to be able to start relatively quickly.

Candidates interested in an informal chat about either role should email either Chris Brown, Violence Reduction Coordinator ( or Jon Gardner, YOS Manager (

In addition to the above roles the Youth Offending Service is anticipating being able to recruit to two new YOS Officer (Qualified) roles. Expressions of interest are welcomed from candidates who have experience of Youth Justice systems, such as ASSET+, court work, remand/bail and completion of Pre-Sentence Reports.

Potential candidates interested in an informal chat about these roles should email Jon Gardner, YOS Manager. Candidates should be either qualified Social Workers or Probation Officers, although expressions of interest from other equivalent professions can be considered from officers with a minimum of two years recent experience of Youth Justice.

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