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Senior Leadership

Head of Innovation & Engagement England (Regional Leads – Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside) – 50614
£47,831 – £60,573


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:

Who are we?

The YJB is the public body which advises Ministers, including the Secretary of State for Justice on the youth justice system. Our ambition is to see a Child First youth justice system. A system which looks to children’s’ strengths and supports children to become the best version of themselves. To this effect we engage with a wide variety of organisations, partners and parties with an interest in youth justice, we share good practice, champion improvement and issue grants.

Our recruitment is based on merit, we welcome applications from all who can commit to our vision and values, we offer considerable flexibility in how you work and expect commitment and flexibility in return. We continue to strive for equality, diversity and inclusion in our culture and our staff group to this end we encourage applications from those people with traditional protected characteristics. Our staff are public servants, eligible for the Civil Service pension scheme and we are accredited by the Civil Service Commission.  This means applications from across Civil Service Departments, their agencies and Arms-Length Bodies are treated as internal applicants.  We also welcome applications from those who do not work in these bodies.

Our Vision

Working to ensure a youth justice system that sees children as children, treats them fairly and helps them to build on their strengths so they can make a constructive contribution to society. This will prevent offending and create safer communities with fewer victims.

Aims of the Youth Justice System 

Prevention of offending by children and young people:

  • To reduce the number of children in the youth justice system
  • To reduce reoffending by children in the youth justice system
  • To improve the safety and wellbeing of children in the youth justice system
  • To improve outcomes of children in the youth justice system

Job Description


The Head of Innovation and Engagement will be a member of the Directorate’s Senior Management Group. Taking responsibility to lead, manage and shape strategic engagement with all key youth justice partners across a specific geographical area. Using specialist knowledge, expertise and influence the main responsibilities will include:

Main Responsibilities

1 Accountable for representing the YJB at a strategic and senior operational level with stakeholders across their allocated region.

2 Accountable for YJB oversight of the whole youth justice in their geographical area, with a focus on performance improvement that supports the delivery of the YJB strategic vision and operational business plan.

3 Contribute to the organisational responsibility to proactively collate, promote and disseminate effective practice.

4 Accountable for promotion of innovation which advances youth justice delivery and contributes to improved outcomes for children, families and communities.

5 Accountable for sharing intelligence to inform the evaluation of service delivery including escalating performance concerns where appropriate, across the YJB and with key strategic partners to inform the YJB oversight and monitoring statutory functions.

6 Accountable for advancing YJB strategic objectives on a regional basis, to support the delivery of the YJB’s strategic vision and improve outcomes for children.

7 Responsible for working collaboratively across directorates to deliver YJB’s objectives, connecting solutions to problems and mobilising resources to deliver successful outcomes.

8 Accountable for providing flexible support and management as required as risk and demand arises. Deputising for the Director for Innovation and Engagement: England as required.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and you will be assessed on a combination of some the following: Strengths, Behaviours, Ability, Technical Skills, Experience

The selection process will consist of  2 parts:

A suitability statement and an application form outlining how you meet the behaviours:  

  • Communicating & Influencing (Lead Behaviour)
  • Leadership

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour: Communicating & Influencing

Interview including 5-6-minute presentation.

Suitability statement

Please provide a suitability statement of no more than 1000 words, setting out why you think you are suitable for this role and how you meet the essential criteria outlined below.   Include examples of experiences that would contribute and benefit you delivering this role. 


The interview will focus on strengths as described in the Success Profiles and a discussion on some of the following behaviours: Communicating and Influencing, Leadership, Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Working Together.

Essential Criteria


  • Demonstrable experience of influencing and delivering outcomes through effective and positive relationships.
  • Demonstrable experience of applying effective strategic thinking and approaches to successfully respond to changing contexts and objectives.
  • Project and programme systems understanding


  • Clear and succinct written and verbal communication skills that can be readily tailored for varied audiences, ranging from children to Ministers.
  • Engage and influence with strategic partners and stakeholders across the whole youth justice system

Desirable Criteria


  • Previous experience of successful management or senior role within a youth justice related field.
  • Operational and strategic knowledge of the youth justice system and the role of relevant key stakeholders.
  • Knowledge/understanding of the Youth Justice Board in relation to the wider children’s and justice agenda.


  • Communicating and Influencing (Lead Behaviour):
    Communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way in order to build trust. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Take into account people’s individual needs. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required. Consider the impact of the language used. Remain open-minded and impartial in discussions, whilst respecting the diverse interests and opinions of others. Introduce different methods for communication, including making the most of digital resources whilst getting value for money. Monitor the effectiveness of own and team communications and take action to improve where necessary.
  • Leadership:
    Promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity, respecting difference and external experience. Welcome and respond to views and challenges from others, despite any conflicting pressures to ignore or give in to them. Stand by, promote or defend own and team’s actions and decisions where needed. Seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the extent of the impact actions have on the organisation. Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role.
  • Seeing the Big Picture:
    Develop and maintain an understanding of economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to ensure activity is relevant. Ensure plans and activities in your area of work reflect wider strategic priorities and communicate effectively with senior leaders to influence future strategies. Adopt a government- and sector-wide perspective to ensure alignment of activity and policy. Bring together views, perspectives and diverse needs of stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding policies and activities.
  • Changing and Improving
    Encourage, recognise and share innovative ideas from a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders. Give people space to take initiative and praise them for their creativity. Create an environment where people feel safe to challenge and know their voice will be heard. Make changes which add value and clearly articulate how changes will benefit the business. Understand and identify the role of technology in public service delivery and policy implementation. Consider the full impact of implementing changes on culture, structure, morale and the impacts on the diverse range of end users, including accessibility needs. Identify early signs that things are going wrong and respond promptly. Provide constructive challenge to senior management on change proposals.

  • Working Together
    Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on shared objectives. Challenge assumptions while being willing to compromise if beneficial to progress. Build strong interpersonal relationships and show genuine care for colleagues. Ensure consideration and support for the wellbeing of yourself and individuals throughout the team. Understand the varying needs of the team to ensure they are supported and their experiences are utilised. Create an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are taken into account and bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable. Remain available and approachable to all colleagues and be receptive to new ideas.

Reserve list details

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Benefits of working for the Youth Justice Board

  • Opportunity to work in an organisation that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of children at risk of entering and within the youth justice system
  • Family friendly policies including flexible working opportunities. Many of our staff combine working from our offices in either London or Wales with working from home; compressed hours, part-time working
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme, and/or continuous service transfer of Civil Service Pension Scheme as applicable
  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum plus public holidays (or for those transferring directly from Civil Service Departments, their Agencies, Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs) and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB) we will match current annual leave entitlement, up to 30 days
  • As an accredited NDPB we can accept your continuous service from other Civil Service departments their agencies and ALBs/NDBPs.
  • Special recognition bonus scheme
  • Special leave for unplanned emergencies and for voluntary work
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential support and advice for personal and work issues and occupational health
  • Health and well-being initiatives such as flu-vaccinations
  • Free eye tests and eyecare vouchers for VDU workers
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Regular professional development
  • Professional HR Case Management support for managers


£47,831 - £60,573 Your salary will be dependent on your location

Additional Information


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Flexible working hours

The Youth Justice Board a flexible working system in many offices.


The Youth Justice Board offers a range of benefits:

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

The national salary range is £47,831 – £55,264, London salary range is £53,419 – £60,573 . Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five 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.


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


The Youth Justice Board is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.