SHiFT Guide

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 25/02/2024 12:00
£33,945 - £35,745
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Redcar and Cleveland
Number of posts:
Closing date:
25 Feb
Further Information
SHiFT Guide
GRADE: F+ - £33,945 - £35,745
Location: Redcar and Cleveland
Hours: Full Time 37 hours per week

Growing up is risky business. Current responses to children who are caught in, or at risk of, the destructive cycle of crime, don’t always give children and families the support they need to move to a place of safety where harm to self and others is reduced. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in partnership with SHiFT, are determined to change this, for the better.

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

SHiFT Redcar and Cleveland will work consistently, using the Breaking Cycles Model, with a small number of children, young people and their families. The focus will be to work with children and young people from the age of 10 up to 18 years within our local demographic.

All SHiFT 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 they work with, doing whatever it takes to get results.

SHiFT Guides are highly skilled professionals who may come from a wide range of backgrounds; this could be 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 and work as part of a dedicated team.  

We are interested in your values and experience, so if in doubt about the role, 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 Redcar and Cleveland will be located within the Vulnerable Adolescents and Independent Review Service Area of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils Children and Families Directorate. SHiFT will work in parallel with and have the support of our SAFE (Safeguarding Adolescents from Exploitation) and NWD (No Wrong Door) teams and will work with Youth Justice, Education, and the wider Children’s Services, in addition to SHiFT National.

There are 3 separate roles available: SHiFT Lead Guide, SHiFT Guide and SHiFT Practice Co-ordinator all on 3 year fixed term full time contracts.

Working directly for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and benefitting from high support and high challenge from SHiFT, a national charity
A wide range of employment benefits 

The Role: SHiFT Guide
SHiFT Guides work intensively with a caseload of 6 children or young people who are caught in the destructive cycle of crime, doing whatever it takes to break those cycles of crime for good. Guides provide flexible, expert support tailored to each child and family’s individual circumstance and lived experience. Guides are a consistent, high support and high challenge presence in children’s lives, working with them, their families and professional network to develop strengths and reduce risks, through skilful influencing and advocacy, challenging narratives.
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. We are seeking applications from individuals who:
Possess relevant qualification (DipSW, Degree in Social Work, Qualified Probation Officer PCEP (Professional Certificate in Effective Practice), NVQ Level 4 in Community Justice).
Have relevant experience of working with children caught in the destructive cycle of crime and delivering exceptional outcomes.
Knowledge or experience of systemic approaches, or an enthusiasm to learn.
Passion for breaking cycles of crime and working with children and families to achieve best possible outcomes and a track record of delivering exceptional outcomes for and with them.
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. 
Not quite the role for you, but excited to join the SHiFT movement in a different way? We are also advertising a Practice Coordinator role. Follow the links below for more info.
Please note this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about these positions please contact Nikky Henry, Vulnerable Adolescents and Independent Review Service Manager Nikky.Henry@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or Rebecca Cheesman, Resource Manager Rebecca.Cheesman@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
Please note
This job is closed for applications.