64493 - Regional Crime in Prison Adviser

The national salary is £39,674 - £45,625, London salary is £42,141 - £49,939. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, National
Band 7
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other

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. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview of the job    

Serious and Organised Crime represents a major threat to the UK’s national security and costs the country more than £30 billion a year. The Government refreshed its SOC strategy to deal with the threats we face from SOC in October 2018.

The Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) tackle the highest harm SOC nominals in custody and under supervision in the community and use operational insight to build organisational capability and resilience against serious and organised crime threats.

Reporting to the Head of Capability and Assurance [who in turn reports to the Head of Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)], the Prevent and Protect Lead will develop and embed a new SOC Prevent and Protect service offer across HMPSS.

The post holder will be working with internal and external partners to develop and deliver SOC Prevent and Protect action across HMPPS. Providing support to SOCU, prison establishments and probation to manage SOC threats.

This is a non-operational, national post but travel to HMPPS Headquarters, establishments, prison regional offices and National Probation Service offices as well
as law enforcement partners’ offices will be required.


The role of the post holder will be to lead and deliver a high-quality, serious and organised crime service to prisons and probation units in the region, in partnership with wider regional teams in the Directorate, HR services and law enforcement.

The post holder will lead on a range of internal organised crime briefings and will share SOC related threat knowledge across SOCU, Directorate and partners/stakeholders.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties    

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Working with the national Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) regional teams to develop a detailed and expert understanding of the serious and organised crime (SOC) on the nature of the threat, (e.g., drivers, risk/impact, effective interventions, threats) and using this as a basis for all practice.
  • Leading on the development of the Prevent and Protect service offer to support operational front line. This involves developing interventions and capabilities to protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation to SOC.
  • Having a strong understanding of the operational context in prisons and probation, including pressures, priorities, risks and opportunities to better tackle SOC.
  • Having expert understanding of the relevant legal and policy frameworks relating to SOC and making sure these are followed when providing services to prisons and probation, and that these are shared accordingly.
  • In line with policy and guidance, lead the regional SOCU Prevent Managers to support prisons and probation (via Prevent and Protect service) to prevent SOC activities and protect staff, custodial/probation settings and/or offenders across
    HMPPS in reducing SOC vulnerabilities.
  • Leading the regional SOCU Prevent Managers to deliver effective awareness/ briefing/training sessions.
  • Develop and implement national strategy to manage the SOC threat across HMPPS. Working in partnership with establishments and law enforcement agencies to ensure SOC is managed appropriately.
  • Working with the Head of Capability & Assurance Team to set clear objectives and expectations for the Prevent and Protect SOC service.
  • Monitoring and assessing the performance of the team, using management information to support this, and seeking regular feedback from key customers.
  • Driving a positive culture of continuous improvement and innovation to improve services and mitigate corruption threat.
  • Align and contribute to wider SOCT objectives and work within the region, in particular, working in partnership with National Intelligence Unit/RIUs, Counter Corruption Unit (CCU), Joint Extremism Unit, Risk and Capability Unit (RaCU), Multi-Agency Response to Serious and Organised Crime (MARSOC) and Operational Partnership Team.
  • Develop and maintain a range of strategic relationships, including Directors and operational leads, contracted providers.
  • Act as SOC expert providing advice to prisons and probation, directly or via their teams, to support the counter corruption efforts.
  • To lead and support the delivery of local training and awareness raising, working alongside race equality, diversity and other teams.
  • To assist in the design of future training packages by providing a specialist and operational focus to the development of suitable packages.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall
be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others


  • Strong communication (written and verbal)
  • Leadership and partnership working skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to drive resolution
  • Evidence of leading the delivery of complex business change


  • The post holder will be required to demonstrate a strong understanding of the operational context of prisons and probation
  • Experience of influencing senior stakeholders internally and externally is essential

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate's Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

HM Prison & Probation Service  (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provides a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the HMPPS considers to be racist

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are 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. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

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. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Expected October - Dates to be confirmed

30/09/2022, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 64493.
Security Clearance (SC)

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour. The chosen lead behaviour for this campaign is Working Together.
if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Please note that in the event of a large number of applications being received we may run the initial sift on the lead behaviour of Working Together.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Delivering at Pace

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.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.