202102: Youth Justice Worker - HMYOI Werrington

West Midlands
Band 3
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Operational Delivery, Prison Officer

Join us as youth justice worker – make a difference to children and young people

The Youth Custody Service is transforming its workforce and we want you to help us on this journey. The youth justice worker is a new and innovative adaption of the prison officer role specific for working within youth custody and will be a driving force for changing the way in which children and young people are cared for in custody. You will be responsible for ensuring the security and safety of children and supporting them day to day in the custodial environment. Training and development is provided 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 is key to ensuring these children are helped to build better lives. We are looking for people who have a special talent in helping young people.


You will join us a youth justice worker and undertake specialist officer training ensuring you are operationally accredited as well as able to work with children and young people. Once you have completed your probation you will have the chance to study for the level 4 qualification in youth justice.


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


If you successfully complete the programme, you will have the opportunity to progress to a youth justice worker specialist role (band 4) and continue fully funded further studies.


DBS is Required


To be a youth justice worker you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Have the right to work in the UK

Be reasonably fit and have good eyesight in both eyes

Be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh


If you are not a UK or EU citizen, that you have approx. 30 months or more leave to remain in the UK entitlement at the point of application.


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

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How to apply



The online application begins with important details such as your National Insurance number and right to work in the UK.

You will then be invited to complete stage 1 of the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.

If you are successful, we will invite you to stage 2 of the online tests, to see if you have the right natural strengths and preferences to become a prison officer.

The Online assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, we will invite you to the online assessment centre. We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours and strengths to be a prison officer.

We also carry out an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including blood pressure check along with a fitness test. This will take place after you have successfully passed your assessment and further details of how to book, what to expect and what to bring on the day will be available.


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Job details

Pay and Progression Opportunities





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.


HM YOI Werrington

37 hours a week = £22,851 a year

39 hours a week = £24,118 a year

41 hours a week = £25,385 a year


All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances.

The standard working week of a youth justice worker is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern.

You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.



Working within youth custody means you have a clear progression pathway. Once you have completed your probation twice a year you will get the opportunity to apply for your place on the foundation degree which takes approximately 15 months to complete. Once you have successfully completed your qualification you will progress to a band 4 youth justice worker specialist role. Please note that if you are not successful on completion of the programme, you will be redeployed to a prison officer role in the adult estate.








  • 25 days of 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



Training and career progression

  • Tailored Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) on full pay and expenses
  • On-going training and development for specialist skills such as child protection and safeguarding
  • Progression to a youth justice worker specialist role
  • Support to study a level 5 youth custody qualification over the first 5 years of your career
  • Study time to support study



Working for the Civil Service


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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity


Disability support

During your application you will have the opportunity to notify us if you have a disability, we are able to offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online test and at the assessment centre.


Important dates        


Online assessments centre dates will be available from 8th March 2021


You will be notified if you are successful at your assessment centre from w/c 22nd March 2021


If successful you will progress to Fitness/Medical testing.



Merit campaign:

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 online assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to those 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 you require any assistance, please call 0345 2415358   (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com.

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 41416

Closing Date 14th March 2021


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

This Vacancy is closed to applications.