Youth At Risk Matrix (YARM) Practitioners

Posted 5th Feb, 2024
Barking and Dagenham
£37,443 – £39,264
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
18th Feb, 2024
About the role

The Adolescent and Youth Justice Service is an established team that focuses on the contextual issues that exist for young people. We have brought together a range of provision including the preventative arm of the service that delivers high quality and engaging sessions with young people identified as being at risk of being exploited or potentially entering the criminal justice system. This ‘At risk’ matrix work includes group work, class assemblies and one to one sessions with young people referred by secondary school provisions and other partners that also includes a focus on those children transitioning into secondary education. We also offer consultation and some training for professionals and parents. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a new way, focusing on engaging young people and thinking creatively. You will develop strong links with schools and education providers and partners in the statutory and community sector to help meet the needs of young person. This is a challenging yet rewarding role where you will need to work under pressure and develop great relationships. You will be part of a dynamic, enthusiastic multi agency team that includes youth justice workers, exploitation social workers as well as a range of partner agencies that are leading the way in safeguarding our vulnerable and exploited adolescents. Some evening and weekend working will be expected as part of this role.

About Barking and Dagenham

There has never been a more exciting time to join us at Barking and Dagenham Council – we have achieved Gold Investors in People accreditation and been shortlisted for PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2022, demonstrating our investment in and commitment to our staff. We are always on the lookout for Social Work applicants who are eager to achieve more.

We are putting the heart back into social work, and supported by our relational practice model, we ensure the child’s lived experience takes centre stage. We need committed individuals to support us in the delivery of these aims and to become part of our team to make a difference to our children and families.

In Barking & Dagenham we are developing our current career progression offer so that all internal staff and those wishing to join us know what to expect.  Similarly to the journey of the child, we term this the journey of the worker. Below are some of the things we have as part of this offer:

  • a career progression handbook and matrix for all social workers, YOS practitioners and other non-social work roles

  • a bespoke offer of mentoring/coaching for all Team Managers from Service Managers as part of their progression

  • a bespoke offer of coaching for staff by the Principal Social Worker

  • a corporate mentoring offer available to all staff

  • shadowing and internal transfer opportunities for all staff so that a culture of internal movement between services can be promoted as part of retention

  • a robust ASYE programme as part of the NE London partnership with bespoke training schedule and plan

  • a potential post ASYE offer

  • fortnightly lunchtime share and learn practice sessions for all Assessment, Prebirth and MASH staff

  • a CSW forum for all Consultant Social Workers, to give a focus on development into management

  • a monthly management development forum focusing on oversight

  • a corporate leadership development course for all frontline managers and aspiring staff

  • a Child Practitioner Council for staff wanting to step up into representing their service to the Director of CS

  • free subscriptions to Research in Practice and other service-related forums for e.g., CORAM and LASC

Qualified Social Worker roles will also receive a recruitment and retention allowance of £2,500 with your first salary payment and an annual £2,500 retention payment (terms and conditions apply). We have a range of other there are a range of other benefits available to Barking & Dagenham employees, including:

Pay and Conditions:

  • flexible working (including “condensed hours”, flexi-time, part and term-time working)

  • up to 32 days annual leave

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

  • support for employees with caring responsibilities

  • support for employees who are members of the armed forces reserves or adult cadet volunteers

  • workplace adjustments for employees with a disability or long-term medical conditions

    Health and Wellbeing:

  • employee assistance programme

  • health and wellbeing support (including health checks, mental health and “revitalised” programme)

  • individual health risk assessments as appropriate

  • Occupational Health

Employee Support Networking Groups:

  • EASE (Disability)

  • Graduates and trainees

  • LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender)

  • Maternity

  • Menopause

  • STARE (Standing Against Racism and Exclusion​)

  • Womens’

  • Trade unions

Learning and Development:

  • appraisals

  • learning and development opportunities

  • mentoring

Employee Benefits:

  • credit union membership

  • cycle purchase scheme 

  • discounted gym membership

  • retail, holiday and travel discounts with our Wider Wallet scheme

  • season ticket and travel loans

If you have any questions regarding this role, your application, or children's social work in Barking & Dagenham, please contact us via email