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SHiFT Lead Guide

Salary £45,441 - £47,420
Location Middlesbrough
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This is a Fixed Term, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

This post can also be considered for a secondment opportunity, candidates who wish to apply via secondment must first seek written approval from their line manager.

Growing up is risky business. Current responses to children who are caught in, or at risk of, the destructive cycle of crime, often don’t give children and families the support they need to move to a place of safety and strength, Middlesbrough Council in partnership with SHiFT, are determined to change this, for the better.

SHiFT Middlesbrough are looking for exceptional practitioners from all backgrounds – creative, tenacious, and flexible changemakers – to work intensively alongside the most vulnerable children in the Middlesbrough to break destructive cycles of crime and influence system change. If this sounds like you, and you’d thrive in a fast-paced, outcomes focused culture, then we want to hear from you!

SHiFT Middlesbrough will work consistently, using the Breaking Cycles ingredients, with a small number of children and young people and their families. Unconstrained by age, geographic or professional boundaries, Guides start with aspiration and belief in all young people. Guides work alongside and across the statutory system, ensuring duplication is avoided and scarce resources are directed and purposeful. Guides will be singularly focused on delivering exceptional outcomes for the children and young people it works with – doing whatever it takes to get results.

SHiFT practitioners are highly skilled professionals who come from a wide range of backgrounds - experienced social workers, teachers, youth workers, youth offending practitioners or other professionals with strong leadership experience who want to invest in meaningful, skilled and direct work with children. We are more interested in your values and experience than your qualifications, so if in doubt, please ask!

Challenging disproportionality is a key priority for SHiFT. In seeking to achieve this, we understand the value and importance of recruiting and retaining a workforce which represents the children we seek to support. We therefore actively encourage applications from under-represented groups.  

SHiFT Middlesbrough will be located within the Education service area of Middlesbrough Council and have the support of Youth Justice, Education, and the wider Children’s Services, in addition to the national SHIFT team. 

Working directly for the Middlesbrough Council and benefitting additional from high support and high challenge from SHiFT, a national charity

A wide range of employment benefits

About the Role:

SHiFT Lead Guide

SHiFT Lead Guides lead and maintain the high quality delivery of SHiFT - delivering highly flexible and responsive SHiFT Practice to children and young people across Middlesbrough, using the Breaking Cycles ingredients, SHiFT Framework and local resources, and working across agencies and organisations as a champion of SHiFT and the children and families we support. This role is not traditional team manager and requires both strong skills as a leader and experience as an excellent practitioner. SHiFT Practices work around what children and families need, not the other way round. This means highly flexible working and you can expect to work during weekends and evenings.

Possess relevant qualification or equivalent relevant experience of working with children caught in the destructive cycle of crime and delivering exceptional outcomes - DipSW, Degree in Social Work, Qualified Probation Officer PCEP (Professional Certificate in Effective Practice), NVQ Level 4 in Community Justice

A track record of creating teams with a high trust and high expectations ethos that delivers results

Passion for investing in Guides to get the best possible outcomes for children

Knowledge or experience of systemic approaches is a bonus, or enthusiasm to learn

Excited about being a practicing leader – continuing direct work with children and families alongside Practice leadership

Excited and equipped for the challenge of being part of innovation programme that seeks to influence system change

Consent to and apply for an enhanced disclosure

The above post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


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