SHiFT Royal Greenwich


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Hosted by Royal Greenwich, SHiFT will break the destructive cycle of children and young people committing crimes so that, instead, they make a positive contribution to our society and build better lives for themselves.

SHiFT works with children and young people who are, or are at risk of, repeatedly committing crimes. We do not defi­ne them by the criminal offences they have committed but treat each as an individual.


Doing whatever it takes

At the heart of SHiFT’s approach will be the relationship the child or young person has with a SHiFT Guide. Participants will typically spend 18 months with their SHiFT 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, one day, they will no longer be needed.

Through the SHiFT journey, participants will develop strengthened foundations on which they can build a future that benefits both them and society, including improved literacy, numeracy and communications skills. These are the stable, strengthened foundations on which they can build a future that benefits both them and society.


What makes a SHiFT Team?

A SHiFT team is made up of 5 highly experienced SHiFT guides and one team coordinator supporting all aspects of SHiFT activities.

The team works tenaciously, collaboratively, and systemically with SHiFT participants and everyone in their world, identifying the right moment to intervene with tailored and fl­exible interactions that suit each person.

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

SHiFT is a pilot of a new way of working which you will help shape and develop. The SHiFT pilot needs your experience and input to ensure it develops the impact we believe it can. You will need to be flexible and collaborative; ready to share ideas and take risks to change the lives of SHiFT participants.

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Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting our first SHiFT team in Royal Greenwich. We are looking for experienced practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds to support the development and delivery of SHiFT at this exciting time. This is an ideal role for 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.

Within the youth justice system in the UK children and young people from minority groups, particularly black males, are acutely overrepresented. Therefore, we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups to apply for SHiFT roles - bringing the experience, skills and knowledge needed to support children and young people to break the destructive cycles which lead to them committing crimes.


In return, we offer a range of staff benefits.  We are committed to staff development and creating a supportive environment for colleagues to flourish and develop.  We’re always open to discussing various flexible working arrangements and understand how these can help achieve a good work/life balance. 

With offices based in the heart of Woolwich, Royal Greenwich is a great place to live and work.  Benefiting from excellent transport links ranging from buses and tubes to trains and ferries, along with the developing Crossrail expansions, Royal Greenwich is one of the easiest boroughs to get to and navigate your way around. It takes 21 minutes to get into central London and 10 minutes from The O2. 

Our Staff Values are really important to us, sitting at the heart of everything we do and underpinning how we work as a team for our residents.