Youth Offending Team Psychologist

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 6 (£37,053 - £42,605)
Location: Strood Youth Centre, Strood, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 24/11/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CH0152RS

Medway Council is seeking to recruit a qualified Clinical or Forensic Psychologist within its Youth Offending Team. The candidate must have a keen interest in undertaking highly specialised clinical assessments and interventions with adolescents who present with a wide range of risks and vulnerabilities.

This is an exciting opportunity to introduce psychological interventions in a Youth Justice and Alternative Education provision setting. The post holder will need to be able to demonstrate flexibility, innovation and creativity, and an ability to develop and work within what will be a new service.

The post holder will need to have experience of, and be able to evidence, a flexible and creative approach to engaging young people and their families, delivering interventions in their homes and in the community. This post will involve the delivery of assessment and interventions in an alternative education provision setting. You will be able to work alongside YOT colleagues and partners in order to provide information to assist sentencing and subsequent intervention planning and delivery.

You will have clinical experience in providing therapeutic interventions to adolescents presenting with experiences of trauma, exploitation, loss and separation. Adolescents and who may be a risk to themselves and to others, and exhibit sometimes violent and particularly challenging behaviour.

The successful candidate will need to have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and be able to work well within a team environment. You will have good organisational skills and have the ability to prioritise and work under pressure.

In return you will be welcomed into a safe, child first focused, hardworking and innovative Youth Offending Team.

Medway is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. There is an expectation that all staff and volunteers support and share this commitment.

Candidates must hold a UK recognised qualification in Forensic or Clinical Psychology and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). An enhanced DBS check is required. Candidates who are currently in the final year of their training will be considered dependent upon successful qualification.


In return we offer you:

  •  Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme


Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.


If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Ken Dance, YOT Operational Manager on 01634 336258.


Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.


Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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