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Anger Management Project Worker
An anger management project worker works alongside the Youth Offending Team (YOT) in assisting them with research, specialist knowledge and helpful information on issues relating to anger management. They present their research findings to their Youth Offending Team manager in the form of data analysis and case studies research. The position holder would be highly competent with data base systems, having had experience in dealing with them as well as researching roles and would have strong writing skills. The position involves giving regular presentations to YOT staff, so candidates should also reflect a good ability to present in front of people.
The role involves performing duties such as providing in-house training to YOT staff on anger management techniques and advising on effective methods of research. The position holder would be required to advise related organisations on similar topics and to become closely familiar with the procedures and practices of Youth Offending Teams. They assist in choosing the relevant information to research and present to the team and are expected to become knowledgeable of the Crime and Disorder Act of 1988 (candidates with a prior basic knowledge of this would be looked upon favourably).
Anger management project workers will give advice to parents or carers of the offenders in relation to incidents and where the offender stands in terms of legal proceedings and formalities. They deal with the re-integration of young offenders into education and employment by organising appropriate guidance and assistance for them. They also work closely with the YOT to contact youngsters who are deemed at risk of offending and are often expected to visit offender's homes and talk to their parents or carers in an attempt to reveal why they committed the crime.
They deal with new referrals to the YOT, and work closely with them to determine whether or not they are likely to be helped by the team. Often they work with YOT project managers in constructing alternative intervention strategies for specific groups or individuals. Successful candidates would be familiar with the Children's Act of 1988, especially in relation to securing the welfare of children and young people and sticking closely to health and safety regulations. Also, they must work in a non-discriminatory manner and reflect this in their report writing and presentations. The role requires a candidate that is able to care, support and even befriend young offenders who display a tendency for behaviour or anger problems. They can also provide them with advice and guidance that may help them through difficult experiences such as bullying or trauma.
Finally, anger management project workers/researchers are to develop strong ties and good working practices with other related agencies, and build upon these professional affiliations by attending meetings with other organisations and contributing to multi-agency initiatives. They are also expected to build upon links and connections within the YOT team, making it easier to utilise relevant contacts when needed.
Qualifications: A generally good standard of education is required, a related undergraduate degree would be preferable.
Experience: A minimum of two years experience of working in youth or anger management setting.
Skills: Strong people skills, knowledge of related laws and acts, written and verbal communication skills, strong research skills, behaviour management skills.