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Administration / Corporate Support

Casework Admin Support – 36247
£21,985 - £24,439
Croydon

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Are you ready to step into an interesting and demanding role at the heart of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service? Based at our HQ in Croydon, the Public Protection Casework Section is an inclusive and fast-paced environment; our caseworkers consistently deliver a high volume of urgent work to protect the public and contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders.

Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Can you quickly make sense of information and summarise that information clearly, in writing? Are you really confident in your use of IT? Does customer service actually matter to you? Are you personally resilient? If this sounds like you, our Caseworker role will challenge you to develop your skills to the next level. You’ll receive a comprehensive induction, full training and access to ongoing development opportunities that will enable you to assume the responsibilities of the post and assist with your career development.

This is a unique opportunity for personal growth and the gateway to a genuinely rewarding career. If you’re ready to serve the public in a truly responsible role, you should apply.

Overview of the job

The Public Protection Casework Section (PPCS) is placed within Public Protection Group within the Community Interventions Directorate. The posts are based in HQ and are located at Southern House, Croydon. The posts are not operational.

The main function of PPCS is to ensure the oversight of the Generic Parole Process (GPP) for indeterminate sentenced prisoners and to ensure the timely processing of recalls to custody & subsequent re-release of licensed determinate and indeterminate sentenced prisoners and processing requests for licence variations. It also reviews cases referred by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO); reviews appeals against adjudications; and assists with Royal Prerogative of Mercy cases.

The job holder will report to a Case Manager and will have responsibility for a specific caseload.

Summary

The job holders’s responsibilities involve providing casework support to casework teams dealing with indeterminate/determinate sentenced prisoners’ cases. Work involves liaison with prisons, Parole Board and other stakeholders as well as dealing with prisoners, solicitors and other interested parties. All of the work requires the ability to meet tight deadlines, organise and prioritise the work and manage the delivery of work to targets.

There is a considerable amount of correspondence from prisons, prisoners and their solicitors. The work involves indeterminate sentenced prisoners and some of the material handled is of a disturbing and sensitive nature.    

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

  • Responsible for accurate data entry to PPUD and data bases
  • Chasing of outstanding reports & information.
  • Dealing with routine telephone enquiries
  • Responsible for photocopying
  • Responsible for the bulk scanning and uploading of documents on to PPUD
  • Responsible for the opening and scanning/distributing post and identifying document type
  • Performs general administrative duties at the request of managers   
  • Responsible for drafting routine letters and minuting of files

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.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Behaviours    

  • Communicating and Influencing            
  • Working Together  
  • Managing a Quality Service     
  • Delivering at Pace

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, 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.

Benefits

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

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

Pension

-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

Training

-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 provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

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

Eligibility

-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 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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.