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Senior Leadership

Senior Police Advisor – 62539
£61,014 – £68,717


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:

Job title

Senior Police Advisor

Number of Roles to be advertised


Directorate/Business Unit/Team

Senior Leadership Group


G6 fixed 1 year contract

Role Type

Senior Leader; Other

Salary band

National: £61,014 to £68,717

London: £64,178 to £72,782

New entrants are normally expected to join on the minimum of the pay band

Responsible to

Chief Strategy Officer


YJB is National by Default.

National (North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, South East, South West, Wales)

YJB Roles are contractually based at the nearest MoJ Collaboration or Satellite Centre but YJB staff work flexibly, including from their homes.

FTE/hours (Full-Time/Part-time/Flexible Working)

Full-time – 37 hours

Job type (i.e., fixed term/permanent/loan/secondment)

Fixed contract

Duration of appointment – months. (for fixed term, secondment, loan etc)

12 months from September 2022

Security Clearance Required

Baseline (BPSS)

Who are we?

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (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 or public sector.

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.

Main Responsibilities and duties

  • Responsible for providing leadership to the organisation and the people within the directorate which motivate, engage and develop our people and create an environment which promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Accountable for overseeing the development and delivery of the activity relation to preventing harm and exploitation, Policing stakeholder strategy, plans and initiatives which successfully support the delivery of YJB Strategic, Business and delivery plans.
  • Responsible for constructively engaging with colleagues on the Senior Leadership Team and Board to ensure the delivery of the YJB Strategic, Business and delivery plans, giving constructive challenge, and ownership of agreed corporate decisions.
  • Responsible for ensuring delegated budgets are managed in line with budget delegation letter as appropriate.
  • Accountable for overseeing a sound system of internal and external governance controls and compliance including risk, issues and benefits management in line with YJB Frameworks including extraordinary business continuity: e.g. Covid 19, impact of the EU exit).
  • Act as adviser to the YJB on matters relating to policing and how they relate to youth justice.
  • Act as the senior YJB link between the YJB and policing partners including National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), Police & Crime Commissioners, (PCCs) and their association, (APCC), Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and the College of Policing.
  • Successfully manage relationships to influence and promote the delivery of the aims of the youth justice system, including prevention and the reduction of re-offending, in partnership with police stakeholders.
  • Provide evidence-based advice and guidance to senior leadership group (SLG) colleagues, the Board Chair and nominated Board member to develop and implement a strategic approach to:
    • engaging police stakeholders for the benefit of children at risk of entering / those within the youth justice system and
    • incorporating and recognising the critical role that police stakeholders can play in supporting the YJB achieve its strategic objectives.
  • Work with Youth Justice Services, the secure estate, and wider partners to ensure children subject to police investigations related to counter terrorism are best supported and that investigations are undertaken in accordance with a child first approach and the latest evidence base.

Selection process details (to be reviewed and updated at recruitment stage)

This vacancy is using Success Profiles,

The assessment process will be made up of two parts:

  1. An Application (see below)
  2. Interview (see below) including a short presentation on an intractable issue facing the youth justice system

Application Stage

Please provide:

  • Written examples demonstrating in no more than 250 words per essential civil service behaviour: Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leadership, Developing Self and Others and Managing a Quality Service.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted based on the lead behaviour: leadership.

A 250 word statement of how you meet the ‘other essential criteria’ as outlined in the job description.


For candidates who get to the interview stage it will be a blended interview covering and Civil Service behaviours, and strengths as described in the Success Profiles (this is a very particular style of interview please make sure you make yourself aware of these in advance). We may also ask you to elaborate further on the information in your statement. 

The focus of interview questions will be on:

  • the essential Civil Service Behaviours: Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leadership, Developing Self and Others and Managing a Quality Service
  • Strengths as described in the Success Profiles (this is a very particular style of interview please make sure you make yourself aware of these in advance).

Reserve List

Those candidates who successfully demonstrate at interview, the behaviours, strengths and essential criteria required by YJB for the role, but who are not selected as the successful candidate, may be added to a reserve list for 12 months. Candidates on a reserve list may be contacted and offered a role which is sufficiently similar, without further need for application, within the timeframe.

Essential Criteria

(the criteria that MUST be present to do the job)


Recent experience of operational policing including working with a youth justice service.


Able to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge / experience of best practice in:

  • Policing and the wider policing context including counter terrorism;
  • Governance through Police & Crime Commissioners, Mayors offices for Policing & Crime; Independent office for police conduct (IOPC) and the Inspectorate (HMICFRS);
  • Ability and credibility to influence senior decision makers in policing.

This role is directly responsible for leading the organisation’s knowledge of and influence across policing. The post holder will proactively develop and maintain relationships with key senior police stakeholders. They will influence the content and development of strategies, guidance and operational practice by police organisations and policing partners to improve the service children receive within the Youth Justice system.

Working closely with police and partners to support joint working that ensures children investigated for counter – terrorism and related offences are managed and cared for appropriately. This will ensure that safeguarding, risk and public protection concerns are properly addressed whilst they are in the youth justice system and beyond.


  • Successfully manage relationships to influence and promote the delivery of the aims of the youth justice system, including the reduction of re-offending and prevention and diversion, in partnership with police stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and guidance to senior executive colleagues, the Chair and nominated Board member to develop a strategic approach to policing.
  • Engaging, influence and harness police stakeholders to the benefit of children at risk of entering / within the youth justice system.
  • Recognise and maximise the role that police stakeholders can play in working with the YJB to improve the outcomes for children.
  • Work with strategic partners to ensure children within the YJS including those investigated for and / or convicted under the Terrorism Act and other relevant legislation are cared for in an appropriate, proportionate and ‘child first’ way.

Security Clearance

The postholder will need SC security clearance with a willingness to be cleared at developed vetting level once in post.


Serving Police Officer.


  • Seeing the Big Picture

Develop an in-depth insight into the dynamics and issues surrounding the Department and the Government. Understand political, economic, social, environmental and technological impact at both national and international levels. Establish where the Department sits within and aligns across the Civil Service. Ensure teams understand their role within the wider business. Shape the Department’s role and purpose in delivering civil service priorities which are in the national interest and meet the diverse needs of all stakeholders. Create clear long-term strategies focused on adding value to the nation and making real, lasting change beyond the Civil Service. Fully engage with senior leaders from across government to support strategic decision making.

  • Leadership

Actively develop and protect the reputation of the Civil Service, creating a sense of pride and passion for public service. Present a clear and focused strategy with direction for the future. Act in ways that are highly visible, inspirational and credible at the most senior levels across and outside of the Civil Service. Create an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity for all. Engage positively in debate and resolve ambiguities, gaining the best possible outcomes for the Department.

  • Developing Self and Others

Build a strong culture of continuous learning and knowledge sharing. Promote the importance of developing everyone to their full potential. Develop capability strategies that address equality of opportunity and value the diversity of all individuals. Develop and maintain an organisational commitment to empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own learning. Take a strategic perspective to identifying the capability needs of the organisation now and in the future. Be an outstanding mentor and coach to other senior individuals. Actively seek opportunities for reverse mentoring to increase your knowledge and insights of challenges faced by under-represented groups. Evaluate own effectiveness and plan ways to develop.

  • Managing a Quality Service

Demonstrate positive customer service by understanding the complexity and diversity of customer needs and expectations. Deliver a high quality, efficient and cost-effective service by considering a broad range of methods for delivery. Ensure full consideration of new technologies, accessibility and costings. Make clear, practical and manageable plans for service delivery. Ensure adherence to legal, regulatory and security requirements in service delivery. Proactively manage risks and identify solutions. Establish how the business area compares to industry best practice. Create regular opportunities for colleagues, stakeholders, delivery partners and customers to help improve the quality of service.

  • Making Effective Decisions

Clarify your own understanding and stakeholder needs and expectations, before making decisions. Ensure decision making happens at the right level, not allowing unnecessary bureaucracy to hinder delivery. Encourage both innovative suggestions and challenge from others, to inform decision making. Analyse and accurately interpret data from various sources to support decisions. Find the best option by identifying positives, negatives, risks and implications. Present reasonable conclusions from a wide range of complex and sometimes incomplete evidence. Make decisions confidently even when details are unclear or if they prove to be unpopular.

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.

For further information regarding the role, please contact Stephanie Robert-Bibby: or Jonathan Pickles:


£61,014 - £68,717

Additional Information

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.

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.