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Prison Officer

Youth Justice Worker Alumni (less than 5 years service gap) – 78851
£31,984 – £40,050
Multiple Locations


About the job

Job summary

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Job description

National Youth Justice Worker Returners Campaign

Youth Justice Worker Alumni Advertisement
(Offer only open to former, trained youth justice workers who have left the service within the last five years)


If you are a former youth justice worker with less than 5 years gap in service and completed your training and probation prior to leaving, we would like you to consider re-joining us to support your former colleagues and offer children and young people the chance for a fresh start in life.

If you were previously a Band 3 in the Youth Custody Service, you can return to the role, and we will fully support you to complete the level 4 child focused qualification.  On your return, if you do not complete your level 4 qualification within the agreed timeframe, you will be re-deployed to the adult estate.

If you have already completed either the UNITAS or level 4 child focused qualification

If you are not yet ready to re-join at this time, you can still be part of our Youth Justice Worker Alumni Network to be kept up date on the latest developments for youth justice worker returners. If you haven’t already joined, simply Click Here to learn more about the network and to register.

Returning band 3 youth justice workers can work 37,38,39,40 or 41 or part time – 19.5 hrs per week.


Returning band 4 specialist youth justice workers can only return and work 37 hrs per week.

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Returning Band 3 Youth Justice Workers


37 hours = £35,564

38 hours = £36,686

39 hours = £37,807

40 hours = £38,929

41 hours = £40,050

Cookham, Wetherby, Werrington

37 hours = £31,984

38 hours = £32,992

39 hours = £34,001

40 hours = £35,009

41 hours = £36,108


Returning Band 4 Specialist Youth Justice Workers


37 hours = £40,207

Cookham, Wetherby, Werrington

37 hours = £36,565


Rates payable are on F&S terms and are therefore paid as a combination of basic salary, unsocial hours allowance and a non-pensionable additional committed hours (ACH) payment.



This offer is open to all youth justice workers who left the Service through resignation or retirement in the last 5 years and who, before leaving, had successfully completed their probationary year. It is also open to former youth justice workers who are currently working within the MOJ (excluding HMPPS) or other government departments.

If you are currently employed in another civil service position you must obtain the permission of your current department to undertake any youth justice worker duties.


HMPPS reserves the right to refuse reappointment of former youth justice workers on grounds of previous poor attendance or performance.


As part of your application, you will be asked to provide up to two youth custody establishments where you would be available for work and that are within an hour’s travelling distance of your home. Wherever possible we will allocate you to your first preference.

Options for working arrangements and contract

The following options are available:

  • Full or part time either on a full (39 hours) or part time (19.5 hours) basis
  • Permanent or temporary contract – temporary contracts are available on three, six or nine months. In such circumstances you would be placed on normal duties as part of the roster.
  • Flexible contractual terms – Our range of flexible working offers are constantly in development as we seek innovative ways to meet the needs of our Prisons and our employees. We can discuss these options with you in more detail at the point of appointment although they may not be immediately available.

For temporary contract appointments:

We are offering temporary contracts on a three, six- or nine-month’s basis with the opportunity to extend the contract up to a maximum of two years should you wish to do so and if there is a continuing requirement for your services.

You will be appointed to the second pay point of the Band 3 pay range (one below the pay range maximum) which gives headroom for future progression.

Should it become apparent that your additional service is no longer required a five-week notice period will be given. You will also be expected to give five weeks’ notice that you wish to terminate your contract.

As a temporary member of staff, you will receive the full range of Civil Service benefits other than permanent tenure. You will be automatically enrolled for pension although you may opt out. You will be entitled to 25 days leave per annum, pro rata.

It will be for the Governor to determine what additional training or re-entry briefing will be required. Where MMPR training is available you will be required to take it.

You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Review before being appointed.

You will be subject to pre-employment checks including police check and DBS. This is routine and will apply to anyone who has been absent from the service for more than 28 days.

Person specification

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail Please quote the job reference Insert link to job reference


For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.



Things you need to know

Selection process details

Please see job description


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.



Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical which may lead to an occupational health referral.


Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)


Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.


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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :



  • If you require any assistance, please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail Please quote the job reference XXX


  • Email


Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. I you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles and would like to raise this, please contact SSCL ( in the first instance. If the role has been advertised externally (outside of the Civil Service) and you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:’


£31,984 - £40,050

Additional Information

If you require any assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail Please quote the job reference .

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Closing Date – 31.12.2023