Senior Probation Officer – NPS National Security Division – North – 40550
£37,166 - £41,020
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The National Probation Service is creating a specialist, dedicated and highly skilled National Security Division, which will provide an enhanced level of management and intervention for the most high-risk, complex and high-profile offenders in the community.
The National Security Division will be based across 5 geographical units covering North of England, the Midlands, Wales and the South West and 2 units covering London and the South East. Each unit will have operational satellite locations. Locations of the units are to be finalised but are likely to be based in London (x2), Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham. The units will be responsible for the management of national security cases outside of the NPS regional structures. Each unit will be managed by a Head of Operational Function working to the Deputy Director of NPS Critical Public Protection Operations. Specialist staff will deliver an enhanced set of national standards to the management of terrorist offenders, serious organised criminals and other critical public protection cases.
Overview of the job
This is a management role within the National Probation Service (NPS).
The Senior Probation Officer supports the Head of Operational Function to provide management and a leading role within a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) or other operational unit.
The job holder will be expected to manage and lead staff within the operational area to the required standard and will offer support and cover to other teams/functions during periods of absence.
In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
If relevant to the role, some out of hours working may be required
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
Senior Probation Officers may be required to undertake any combination, or all, of the duties and responsibilities set out below.
- To provide effective management and leadership to the team
- To be accountable for the quality delivery of good practice and team performance improvement within policy and national standards
- To ensure that all team resources, including interventions, are deployed cost effectively and provide best value in terms of both budget control and realising the organisation’s strategic aims
- To ensure that staff can efficiently and effectively meet the requirements of the NPS’ contract with HMPPS, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) and local business plans as required
- To access, interpret, analyse and apply performance data pro-actively in order to maximise LDU/team performance, evaluate practice and deliver organisational aims
- To proactively manage staff development, issues of underperformance, attendance, health and safety, employee relations and diversity matters. Adopt a consistent, fair and objective standpoint when making decisions in relation to individual staff issues
- To ensure that offender managers manage risk appropriately, and meet all public protection standards and targets
- To contribute directly to public protection through multi-agency arrangements and individual casework review, discussion and feedback
- To promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement to service delivery
- To manage financial resources for your area of responsibility as required by your Head of Operational Function and in line with HMPPS financial regulations and policies. To authorise expenditure within financial limits
- In accordance with the business plan, to provide a leading role and direction in work with partners and key stakeholders, and represent the NPS as appropriate to the role
- To facilitate effective communication between the LDU/Operational Unit management team and internal and external partners
- To play an active part in the corporate management of the NPS as necessary, as a member of the LDU/Operational Unit Management Team
- To undertake specific areas of responsibility as delegated by the Head of Operational Function.
- Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes
- Carry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
- To work within the aims and values of NPS and 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 Job Evaluation and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
- Working together
- Developing Self and Others
- Delivering at Pace
- Managing a Quality Service
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Substantial experience with a proven record of good practice in a variety of settings (including offender risk assessment and management) as a Probation Officer or from working within another criminal justice agency or related work context
- Understanding of the role of the Probation Service in the Criminal Justice System and in a multi-disciplinary setting.
- Knowledge and understanding of the factors which influence engagement with victims
- Experience of risk management and assessment, understanding of multi-agency risk assessment and management procedures
- Evidence of ability to evaluate practice
- Evidence of ability to provide a practice perspective on policy development
- Experience of working under pressure and fulfilling demanding deadlines
- Experience of working flexibly as a member of a team to achieve performance targets
- Experience of contributing to the provision of effective administration and information systems
- Demonstrable achievements in managing/supporting change and effecting improvements in quality and efficiency
- Able to demonstrate well developed IT skills, including evidence of ability to interpret and apply performance reports
- Experience of proactively championing diversity and inclusiveness both internally and externally
- Ability to implement the services health and safety policies
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
- 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)
Specific tasks and responsibilities for this role will be:
- Manage specialist teams to deliver enhanced national standards to national security cases;
- Promote and develop practice of a core group approach, incorporating psychologists and polygraph leads, to assessment and case management;
- Manage cases effectively across boundaries ensuring effective relationships with Regional PDUs;
- Ensure effective identification and early allocation of national security cases from OMiC;
- Provide support on MAPPA, liaising with regional MAPPA leads and partners at the local level;
- Provide local engagement with senior leads for Approved Premises;
- Deliver integrated working practices with law enforcement partners at regional level;
- Ensure delivery models utilise the expertise of probation and intervention leads within JExU;
- Ensure staff receive appropriate, up to date training and support
There will be a requirement for SPOs within the National Security Division to apply for an enhanced level of vetting and to hold DV clearance.
Routine travel across geographical areas will be expected.
These are new posts which will be critical in the new approach the NPS is adopting to the management of terrorist and other high-risk offenders. Should you wish to discuss your interest further please contact Al Reid; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
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.