Job Description

  • Suffolk County Council – Based at either Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU, Ipswich IP1 2BX or Lowestoft NR33 3EQ
  • £30,151 – £36,298 per annum (pro rata if part-time)
  • 37 hours per week
  • Permanent, Fixed Term or Secondment opportunity until 31 March 2024/ 2025

We are committed to flexible working, so please read the Job and Person Profile (docx) to find out about the types of flexible working available for this role.

  • Post 1 – Permanent – Bury St Edmunds
  • Post 2 – Fixed Term until 31 March 2024 – Bury St Edmunds
  • Post 3, 4 and 5 – Permanent – Ipswich
  • Post 6, 7 and 8 – Fixed Term until 31 March 2025 – Countywide – Turnaround Prevention Project

Please note that posts 6,7 and 8 are countywide roles but can be based from Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich or Lowestoft.

When submitting your application, please state which post number or numbers you are applying for.

•    Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children and young people in Suffolk?
•    Have good assessment and planning skills and are flexible and persistent
•    Able to work constructively with children and families and victims of crime in sometimes challenging circumstances?
•    Are well organised and highly motivated
•    Would you welcome the opportunity to work within a multi-agency team who are self-motivated, resilient, well organised and encourage each other to succeed?

If so, we have a challenging but immensely rewarding opportunity to join the Suffolk Youth Justice Service (SYJS) as a  Practitioner, within our teams in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich or the new Turnaround prevention project.

This opportunity might suit applicants with a wide range of previous experience, but whatever your background you will need excellent information-gathering and analytical skills and be committed to your own professional development.

We are very particularly keen to hear from applicants with a social work or probation background.
Your role and responsibilities

Within this role, you will:

•    have access to a range of specialist services and be based within a multi-agency team.
•    may be required to work some weekends and evenings.

For the permanent roles you will be expected to work towards the Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC) unless you already hold it or an equivalent qualification. The YJEPC will be fully funded by Suffolk Youth Justice Service.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (docx).  If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role please apply.

We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The Team

SYJS works with children, and young people who are in, or on the edge of the Youth Justice System.

The service also works with parents and carers and the victims of youth crime. SYJS is a multi-agency partnership hosted by Suffolk County Council.

The aim is to prevent offending by children and young people and protect the public from the harm caused by their offending. At the same time, the service works to ensure the safety and well-being of these children and young people and to enhance their life aspirations and opportunities.

Travelling requirements for your role 

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel to locations away from your contractual base, using reasonable and suitable means available to you. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base. Please speak with the contact detailed below if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements. #LI-Hybrid

To find out more

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Emma Tongue (she/her) by calling 07732 603646 or emailing or Catherine Bennett (she/her) by calling 07753 310241 or emailing


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