Bring your skills and experience to change lives

 

Doing Whatever It Takes

team_230px.pngAt the heart of WIT’s approach will be the relationship the child or young person has with a WIT Guide. Participants will typically spend 18 months with their WIT Guide who will have the time, skills, experience and support to do whatever it takes to get alongside each child and young person - helping them to change their life so that so that, one day, they will no longer be needed.

One WIT Guide takes on a lead role within the team however a WIT team is not traditionally hierarchical; making decisions as a group, taking collective responsibility for WIT delivery, and sharing knowledge and experience to maximise good practice.

 

Within the youth justice system in the UK children and young people from minority groups, particularly black males, are acutely overrepresented. This is especially true in London, where WIT is piloting its first two programmes. Recent research, for example the Power the Fight report, highlights the importance of children and young people seeing themselves reflected in the services on offer in order to have confidence that they will be truly understood.

Our impact will only be achieved through the exceptional local WIT teams working directly with WIT participants, and it is vital that those teams reflect the individuals and communities they serve. Therefore, we actively encourage black applicants to apply for WIT roles - bringing the experience, skills and knowledge needed to support children and young people to break the destructive cycles which leads to them committing crimes.

 

Read more details of our WIT team roles below, as well as how to apply for current vacancies. Also follow us on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn to hear about any new roles as soon as they are available.

 

For an informal discussion please contact Colin Cliff, Director of Practice - colin.cliff@whateverittakesuk.com

 

Where do you fit in?

As a WIT Lead Guide you will be responsible for leading and maintaining the high quality delivery of the WIT pilot in your area - ensuring the local WIT Team makes the most of the support available to them through the WIT Framework, practices, and local resources, and by working across agencies and organisations as a champion of WIT and WIT participants.

Whilst your role is not a traditional team manager, your skills as a flexible and innovative leader, and experience as a practitioner will allow you to lead team meetings, group supervision, and collective decision making – empowering the whole team to share responsibility for the outcomes of WIT participants, team wellness, local learning and development, and partnerships with relevant services and organisations.

This is an ideal role for experienced social workers, teachers, youth workers or other professionals with strong leadership experience who want to invest their professional life in meaningful, skilled and direct work with children.

You will lead by example in forming and developing supportive relationships with 2-3 children or young people (around half the number of a WIT Guide) who are, or are at risk of, repeatedly committing crimes. You will be a constant presence in their lives, offering a stable point of focus for expert support through pre-offending behaviours and active periods of offending, custody and release. You will be there for them in moments of crisis when they are in most need of support and are open to being challenged about the decisions that got them into trouble – as well as to celebrate successes, big and small.

Anchored in the Breaking Cycles Model you will provide WIT participants with the focused, consistent and effective attention of a highly-skilled practitioner with the time, support, and experience to do “whatever it takes” to build trust and find a connection that can bring change.

WIT is a pilot of a new way of working which you will help shape and develop. As a WIT Lead Guide you will have access to a high-quality ongoing training programme and be part of a collaborative and inspiring WIT community.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, please download the full WIT Lead Guide role information here.

Current Vacancies:

We're not recruiting for WIT Lead Guides at the moment, but keep an eye out for vacancies in the near future or send us an email with your enquiry.

 

As a WIT Guide, you will be responsible for forming and developing supportive relationships with 5-6 children or young people who are, or are at risk of, repeatedly committing crimes. You will be a constant presence in their lives, offering a stable point of focus for expert support through pre-offending behaviours and active periods of offending, custody and release.

You will need to be there for them in moments of crisis when they are in most need of support and are open to being challenged about the decisions that got them into trouble – as well as to celebrate successes, big and small.

This is an ideal role for experienced social workers, teachers, youth workers or other professionals who want to invest their professional life in meaningful, skilled and direct work with children.

Anchored in the Breaking Cycles Model you will provide WIT participants with the focused, consistent and effective attention of a highly-skilled practitioner with the time, support, and experience to do “whatever it takes” to build trust and find a connection that can bring change.

WIT is a pilot of a new way of working which you will help shape and develop. As a WIT Guide you will have access to a high-quality ongoing training programme and be part of a collaborative and inspiring WIT community.

If you want to learn more about this role, please download the full WIT Guide role description here.

Current Vacancies:

WIT Kingston and Richmond, Hosted by Achieving for Children, are recruiting a WIT Guide with teaching experiance - Apply here

 

At the heart of a successful WIT Team is the WIT Team Coordinator. This role needs someone well organised and enthusiastic, who pays close attention to detail to support a fast paced and busy WIT Guide team.You’ll be a big part of a small team, where everyone takes a flexible and collaborative approach to work, and is committed to improving outcomes for the children and young people we support.

As a WIT Team Coordinator, you will be responsible for providing comprehensive administrative support and general assistance across the WIT team enabling staff to perform their duties effectively and efficiently. In addition, you will act as a key liaison for partner agencies and your WIT team, as well as being a direct point of contact for the children and young people themselves (although this will not include holding relationships with WIT participants directly).

The Coordinator has a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the WIT Programme, where most of your colleagues will be out of the office a lot of the time.

As WIT Team Coordinator, you will be part of the WIT team by;

  • Providing comprehensive administrative support and general assistance across the WIT team enabling everyone to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
  • Supporting the delivery of the WIT programme by coordinating meetings, training, and events which include WIT participants.
  • Developing, maintaining and regularly updating internal systems and processes, both manual and IT, that support and enhance the work of the WIT;
  • General office management, including responsibility for health and safety and working closely with the Lead Guide on maintaining an accurate record of the team’s whereabouts, including lone working, leave and other absence arrangements.
  • Working effectively as a member of the local multi-disciplinary WIT team, contributing collaboratively to the work of your WIT team and shaping the WIT pilot;
  • If you want to learn more about this opportunity, please download the full WIT Team Coordaintor role information here.

    Current Vacancies:

    We're not recruiting for WIT Team Coordinators at the moment, but keep an eye out for vacancies in the near future or send us an email with your enquiry.