Youth offending team officer
Youth offending team officers work to prevent children and young people under 18 from offending and reoffending.
£20,000 Starter - £38,000 Experienced
40 to 42 a week (evenings / weekends flexibly)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursevolunteeringapplying directly
You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in youth work, youth justice, social work or criminology.
You'll usually need at least 1 A-Level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree. You'll need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You can start by volunteering to work with young people. For example, mentoring will give you an understanding of the issues they face.
You can also support young people in the criminal justice system by volunteering as an appropriate adult. Opportunities and training are organised locally.
You may be able to apply directly for jobs if you have relevant experience and a qualification in:
youth work, probation, social work or policing.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of psychology
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work on your own
- customer service skills
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day duties you might:
- carry out risk assessments and plan how to manage future risk of reoffending
- prepare reports for the courts before sentencing
- come up with action plans to support young offenders and prevent them from reoffending
- refer young offenders to agencies to support their welfare needs, like housing, or drug and alcohol misuse services
- supervise young offenders on court orders and community sentences, and after their release from secure institutions
- help young offenders into education, work or training, and encourage them to take part in constructive activities
- visit young people in secure institutions
You could work in a court, at a client's home, in a prison, in the community, at a police station or in an office.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to team leader or team manager.
With further training you could move into social work or educational welfare.