Probation Counter Terrorism Lead – 44798
£41,020 - £49,016
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NPS Band 6
Security Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate
London Division have a vacancy for a Probation Counter Terrorism Lead (PCTL). The post is part of the national Probation Counter Terrorism Network and will be based at Mitre House, Borough. The post holder is directly line managed by the National Counter Terrorism Lead for Probation in the Joint Extremism Unit (JExU), part of HMPPS Security, Order and Counter Terrorism (SOCT) Directorate.
The post holder will work alongside the other current PCTL for London and manage a small team of Counter Terrorism Probation staff. The PCTL role is part of a network of similar roles across the country in each NPS Division/Region. Posts are externally funded via the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism and probation staff members move into SOCT on NPS terms and conditions.
The postholder will also work in close collaboration with members of the National Security Division ( NSD)
The role applies across the whole London Region. Post holders also need to work closely with specialist police, and their JEXU counterparts from prisons – Regional Prison Counter Terrorism Leads and other prison colleagues. There will also be a requirement to work alongside Home Office colleagues from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism.
The Probation Counter Terrorism Team role is as follows
Advice support and guidance in the management of Terrorism Act convicted offenders and those presenting a terrorist risk to support NSD and NPS Regional colleagues
Providing assurance for JEXU and the Division/Region around the effective management of cases
Delivery of specialist extremism assessments and interventions
Support training and guidance to staff in extremism related issues, including co-working demanding cases
Collaborative working and information sharing with police, prison and other partners at a strategic and operational level, ensuring effective joint systems and processes are developed and followed, and sensitive information is appropriately shared and managed for individuals of concern
There will be a need for additional security clearance to Developed Vetting (DV) level. The post will involve travelling around the area to different prison and probation sites and a willingness to travel nationally to attend meetings and manage projects as required
Experience of working in a multi-agency context, or with extremist cases, or in a probation management role are advantages.
Overview of the job
Working to the NPS National Lead for Extremism within HMPPS Joint Extremism Unit this is a specialist post providing direction and capacity to Divisions to deliver the
HMPPS Counter Extremism and Counter Terrorism ( CE & CT) strategy
The jobholder will represent the NPS National Extremism Lead and Divisional Senior lead with responsibility for CE and CT with external agencies and stakeholders at a divisional and national level
There may be a requirement to deliver such representation across agency boundaries to co-ordinate activity with partner agencies and stakeholders
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position. As such, there is a requirement for enhanced security clearance, minimum SC or DV as necessary.
May be required to participate in out of hours rotas for specific purposes
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
Divisional operational and strategic lead on counter extremism and counter terrorism caseload segment
Guidance to ACO functional lead to deliver the National Extremism and Counter Terrorism strategy at a divisional level
Represent the National extremism lead and Divisional functional lead in local strategic partnerships with regard to CT and CE activity in line with statutory responsibilities and operational policy
Represent the Division and/or national extremism lead with regard to extremists and terrorists considered at case specific interdepartmental meetings, such as Home Office (TPIM and Desistance and Disengagement Programme cases)
Ensure effective relationships are maintained with key stakeholders at a divisional and national level, in particular police leads and Regional Counter Terrorism Leads.
Contribute to the effective delivery of the pathfinder programme via effective preparation for release and supervision on licence across NPS and CRCs including within the HSE and with prison offender management unit staff
Recruit induct and manage a team of specialist staff delivering support training and guidance to managers and staff, and ensure professional development of all staff engaging in CT and CE work
Coordinate appropriate intelligence sharing between NPS CRCs Parole Board and police Home office and other stakeholders including intelligence graded above Official Sensitive
Provide specialist guidance and support to MAPPA meetings on CE and CT cases
Coordinate the NPS response, and the management of sensitive information, with regard to particularly complex TACT/TACT related cases such as TPIMs and those with a high media profile
Coordinate the NPS input into tasking, Prevent Case Management and all other Divisional multi stakeholder meetings with regard to the assessment and management of extremist and terrorist cases
Ensure offender managers and team leaders are supported with regard to case based activity with external stakeholders such as Home Office Intervention providers
In the absence of the Head of function or National extremism lead make decisions and provide advice on the management of offenders where senior management authorisation or involvement is necessary e.g. in the management of TPIM cases or recall of TACT offenders out of hours
Engage in the coordination and delivery of national projects and initiatives to improve delivery and performance including leading those projects as required
Deliver briefing and awareness raising inputs to key stakeholders as required
Ensure methods to deliver effective accountability, including IT functions, audit and inspection activity for counter extremism and counter terrorism are functioning effectively
Act as Divisional advisory lead for performance and quality for CT/CE cases
Provide Operational support to Head of function in completing reviews and action plans such as HMIP inspections, SFOs SCRs etc with regard to CT/CE cases
Support all police Prevent and Pursue based activity with appropriate information and assessment
Support the National Intelligence Unit within SOCT with appropriate information and analysis as required
Ensure Cluster leads and Directors are regularly informed regarding trends risk and threat picture for the Division
Ensure Divisional capacity to deliver specialist assessments as required, and that staff directly managing TACT cases receive appropriate support training and guidance
In conjunction with HMPPS Interventions services deploy and maintain an up to date training needs analysis for the Division to include core and specialist training needs such as e-learning products, and face to face training such as ERG and HII
Advise and guide MAPPA meetings on extremism issues related to specific cases and national initiatives
Represent the Security Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate and NPS at national and international events
Ensure the Division is compliant with all relevant Instructions with regard to CT and CE cases
Carry out adult and children safeguarding duties in accordance with NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
Ensure compliance with HMPPS Health and Safety and equalities management policies
Work within the aims and value of HMPPS
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.
- Communicating and Influencing
- Changing and Improving
- Delivering at Pace
- Managing a Quality Service
- Developing Self and Others
- Working Together
- Probation Qualification Framework Graduate Diploma / Honours Degree in Community Justice Integrated with Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.
- Or a qualification which was recognised at the time of qualification by the Secretary of State for Justice as per Section 10 of the Offender Management Act 2007
The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:
- Diploma in Probation Studies
- Diploma in Social Work (with Probation option)
- CQSW (with probation option)
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
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.
The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.
Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- 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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
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