202310: Youth Justice Worker - HMYOI Wetherby Futures

About Prison Futures Recruitment Scheme link

£30,902 - £34,800
North East, South East
Chatham , Harrogate
Band 3
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Operational Delivery, Prison Officer

Prison officer - HMP YOI Wetherby Youth Justice Worker Futures


HMP Wetherby, York Rd, Wetherby LS22 5ED

Starting salary: £32,851 (for a 39 hour week inc 20% unsocial)

City/Town:         Harrowgate

Region:              Yorkshire

Vacancy type:   Merit


Someone like you 


Applying for your first youth justice worker role and happy to work away from home? Get your career off to a great start, gaining valuable experience working at another prison in this case HMP YOI Cookham Wood for 23 months before returning to HMP YOI Wetherby permanently.  


We are recruiting not just for youth justice workers who are needed today, but for youth justice workers to fill vacancies at HMP YOI Wetherby in years to come.  We need youth justice workers now to fill vacancies at other prisons and that is why we are recruiting to this special futures scheme that guarantees you a youth justice workers role at HMP YOI Wetherby permanently but for the first 23 months of your service you will be working at HMP YOI Cookham Wood, Rochester, Kent.


It's a great opportunity.  You will benefit from a greater variety of experience, and you will be with other new officers who, like you, will be returning to HMP YOI Wetherby at the end of their 23 month deployment.


You are only eligible for this scheme if you are applying for your first youth justice worker position – not if you’re looking to move from one prison to another.


The Youth Custody Service is transforming its workforce and we want you to help us on this journey. The youth justice worker role is based on the prison officer role, but specific to working in youth custody. It will be a driving force for changing the way children and young people are cared for in custody.


We are looking for people who have a special talent in helping young people.

You will be responsible for ensuring the security and safety of children and supporting them day-to-day in a custodial environment. You’ll get training and development to ensure you have a clear understanding of the individual circumstances for young people in custody, and how your reactions in complex or dynamic situations are key to ensuring these children are helped to build better lives.


You will support young people who may have committed serious crimes, grown up in difficult settings or have mental health concerns. These individuals will test boundaries at every level, but also have a huge potential for change


An extraordinary job 

Become part of a real team​ and help to protect the public.  

You’ll work directly with children and young people who have committed offences, helping them to develop new skills while playing multiple different roles within one day be that a peacekeeper, a teacher, a counsellor or a mentor. 

You will act as a role model to children and young people in custody, providing them with the opportunities to better their future.  


You will need a DBS check.


What’s on offer?

  • We will pay your accommodation costs (up to £589 per month).
  • You will be able to reclaim the cost of a monthly trip home by public transport.
  • plus a £1500 Recruitment & Retention Premium while on deployment paid at 12 month and 23 month point.


Job details




To become a youth justice worker, you will need to:


  • be at least 18 years old
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be reasonably fit and able to pass our fitness test
  • have good eyesight in both eyes (both with and without corrective lenses)
  • For safety reasons, everyone training to be a youth justice worker needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids)


To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years.


Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals


Successful applicants must ensure they have and maintain the legal right to live and work in the Civil Service and in the United Kingdom.


Essential skills

You don’t need qualifications to become a youth justice worker. Personal qualities are more important. You need to show:

  • good communication and influencing skills
  • commitment to quality
  • effective decision-making
  • care and understanding

As a practitioner, you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. You will:

  • demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families
  • be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present
  • agree with the child, young person or family any specific interventions or referrals
  • take an approach that will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe
  • work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes


Each piece of work with a child or family will be different and you will exercise judgement on a range of evidence-based approaches to inform your practice. You will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your methods and actions. Regular supervision with an experienced practitioner will encourage reflection on your practice. At the end of the apprenticeship, the high quality of your practice will be making a real difference to those you work with.


Find out more about being a youth justice worker.




The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours. All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances which are payable at specific prisons.


Starting salary at HMP YOI Cookham Wood

  • 37 hours a week = £32,902 a year
  • 39 hours a week = £34,851 a year
  • 41 hours a week = £36,800 a year


You will also get:

  • your accommodation costs paid (up to £589 per month)
  • the cost of a monthly trip home by public transport.
  • plus a £1500 Recruitment & Retention Premium while on deployment paid at 12 month and 23 month point.


Salary when returning to HMP YOI Wetherby

  • 37 hours a week = £30,902 a year
  • 39 hours a week = £32,851 a year
  • 41 hours a week = £34,800 a year


Opportunities, once trained to earn Payment Plus. (Payment Plus is paid at £22 per hour)


Prisons operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means you will have to cover various shift patterns that will include evenings, some nights, weekends and public holidays (these days are added to your holiday allowance).  Most prisons work with a changing shift pattern of 39 hours a week.




  • 25 days’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits


Read more about youth justice worker benefits.


The rewards aren’t all you’ll gain from a role in the Prison Service. There’s the sense of achievement you feel when you’ve helped young people to get their life back on track - the kind of experience you simply won’t find anywhere else. 


Assessment Process


During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities you need to become an effective youth justice worker. These include:


  • communicating and influencing
  • managing a quality service
  • making effective decisions
  • caring


Your natural strengths are assessed to find out what motivates and energises you. We will also assess your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities.

Online Test

You will be invited to complete the online test, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a youth justice worker.

The online assessment centre (OAC)

 If you pass the online test, we will invite you to an online assessment centre.

We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours and strengths to be a youth justice worker.

Once you’ve successfully completed the online assessment centre, we will invite you to complete a medical and fitness test. This will cover an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including a blood pressure check.

Read more about the application process.


Job offers: merit vacancy


This is a merit job vacancy. If you are successful at the online assessment centre, you will be added to a merit list based on your score.


When all applicants have completed the assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to individuals with the highest scores first when positions become available.


You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you’ll need to apply again.


If your application is unsuccessful at the sift/Interview stage, a six month waiting period will be applied during which time you will not be allowed to submit any further applications for youth justice worker positions.


Operational Support Grade Role


Our Online Assessment Centre (OAC), will not only assess you against the key criteria to become a prison officer but will also determine your suitability for appointment as an operational support grade  OSG   If following attendance at your OAC, you are unsuccessful in your application to become a prison officer, we may instead offer you an alternative role as an OSG. Operational support grade - Ministry of Justice at HMP YOI Wetherby. Please note an OSG role does not include the relocation scheme benefits / allowances.  Further information will be provided to you if you offered an alternative OSG role.


Training and career progression

Working within youth custody, you’ll have a clear progression pathway. Full details regarding the apprenticeship course will be made available prior to the time of enrolment.

Once you have successfully completed your qualification, you will progress to a band 4 youth justice worker specialist role. Please note, if you are not successful on completion of the programme, you will be redeployed to a prison officer role in the adult estate.

Ongoing training and development for specialist skills such as child protection and safeguarding will be provided.


Working for the Civil Service


The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of Civil Servants.


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. If you feel the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you can raise a formal complaint in the following order:


  1. Shared Services Connected Ltd: call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com
  2. Ministry of Justice Resourcing
  3. The Civil Service Commission.


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.  


Disability support


As a Disability Confident employer, the Ministry of Justice is committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. We can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.


The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
Please refer to additional job description attachment

If you require any assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference 80513.

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Closing Date: 11th January 2024

Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

What’s it really like to work as a prison officer?

Our interactive online activity will give you an insight into some of the situations prison officers may experience day-to-day in their work.

This is to help you decide whether the prison officer role is right for you, and your responses in the activity will not form part of your application.

You can access the activity using the Interactive Activity button      Interactive Activity

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.