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Reducing reoffending


The key to reducing reoffending is ensuring that our prison leavers are well-equipped for life on release. This means:

  • engaging prisoners in education and training opportunities whilst in prison
  • supporting them into suitable jobs and housing on release
  • addressing their addictions and other health needs, which may be driving their offending behaviour

Our roles improve the support available to prisoners in these areas, ultimately enabling our service to prevent victims by changing lives and reducing reoffending.


Things you need to know

As an Employment Lead, you will:

  • create better outcomes for people in prison to reduce their likelihood of reoffending on release
  • identify work-ready candidates and support them to apply for jobs organised by the New Futures Network
  • work with individuals to make sure they have the relevant training or accreditations they need for industry-specific jobs, as well as share and communicate job opportunities
  • ensure individuals have a bank account and documentation that proves their right to work in the UK

Essential skills and experience

You will need great people skills and the ability to motivate people from different backgrounds.

You will need to have:

  • experience of working to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • background in recruitment
  • proven history of delivering to targets
  • excellent relationship management skills
  • experience of working with people with challenging behaviour
  • good understanding of the UK labour market and key industrial sectors

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As the Head of Education Skills and Work, you will:

  • lead on education, skills and work within the prison
  • use a creative approach to learning and teaching, which helps challenge and support prison learners
  • help individuals to feel empowered and engaged in their learning and success
  • act as the point of contact for ensuring actions from audits, action plans, surveys and resettlement strategies are delivered
  • be accountable for the performance of the function and the staff within it and provide a respectful, safe and decent environment for all prisoners and staff

Key to the role is developing and maintaining a culture of high expectations and taking appropriate action on any unsatisfactory performance. You will need to be confident in giving and receiving feedback.

You will be working for HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), which is part of the Ministry of Justice.

Essential skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you have senior leadership experience in Post 16 education.

You will need to have:

  • detailed knowledge of OFSTED/Estyn’s further education and skills criteria for prisoners, including those with additional learning needs
  • experience of working with and engaging with learners
  • experience of setting goals and achieving targets
  • strong communication skills
  • experience operating in a specialist neurodiversity role
Watch our live webinar recording to find out more about the Head of Education, Skills and Work role plus the application process.

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Working as a Neurodiversity Support Manager is a unique and rewarding role within the prison system.

No two days are the same. A typical week would involve holding group awareness raising sessions of neurodivergence. This will will help the prison to implement reasonable adjustments for people in prison.

In this role, you will:

  • be an advocate for neurodivergent people, encouraging positive changes and opportunities to engage in rehabilitation
  • work with various stakeholders within education, work and skills, developing the neurodiversity agenda, and develop more efficient ways to identify and support neurodivergent prisoners
  • be working with individual prisoners to develop plans to support them through rehabilitation

Essential skills and experience

You will need to have:

  • a PGCE, Cert Ed or a Level 5 in Education and Training
  • or a Level 4 Certificate in Supporting the Learning of Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)/Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

You will also need to have a good understanding of neurodiversity, the needs presented by neurodivergence and the ability to design support mechanisms for these needs.

When working within a prison, you will need to form positive and effective working relationships, listening to people and responding to their needs. You must think creatively and innovatively to change and improve services.

We are looking for someone who sees the big picture, sets goals and determines the steps the prison or the individual needs to engage meaningfully with the rehabilitative aspect of their sentence.

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As a Health and Justice Partnership Coordinator, your work will support people to access and engage with treatment and health care services while they are in prison and after they have transitioned back into the community on their release.

You will work closely with operational managers, policy leads, commissioners, providers, and people in prison to identify needs, review existing pathways and build partnerships. In this lead role, you will develop knowledge and build expertise within the business to promote solutions that reduce reoffending and improve prisoners’ continuity of care.

Watch our Applicant information session: Health and Justice Lead on Microsoft Teams.

Essential skills and experience

You will need to have:

  • worked with prisoners or those engaged in the criminal justice system
  • experience of working across stakeholder groups and other government departments
  • excellent influencing skills
  • demonstrable achievements in managing or supporting change and effecting improvements in quality and efficiency
  • experience of proactively championing diversity and inclusiveness

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As a Drug Strategy Lead, you will:

  • provide strategic and operational direction on the prison drug strategy to reduce substance misuse in prisons
  • be responsible for the delivery of the HMPPS Drug Strategy and the associated Guidance and Good Practice in prisons
  • ensure there is a comprehensive range of activities to tackle addiction.

To deliver the strategy effectively, you will have to develop good relationships with HMPPS, drug and alcohol agencies and other commissioners.

Essential skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you have a strong understanding of the criminal justice system and have developed drug strategies within a prison setting.

  • experience in delivering projects within set time frames
  • experience in developing cross-agency projects
  • strong communication skills
  • experience in developing collaborative and partnership working with senior stakeholders
  • organisation and problem-solving skills

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Strategic Housing Specialist

As a Strategic Housing Specialist, you will:

  • improve accommodation outcomes for prisoners
  • identify prisoners’ barriers and develop and implement solutions to overcome these by working with others
  • act as the subject matter expert on housing and homelessness for our various stakeholders – the prison senior management team, Commissioned Rehabilitative Services, other prison resettlement agencies, local authorities, outreach services, supported accommodation providers, and private landlords

The role does not involve working directly with prisoners, but instead, you will coordinate the strategic response to prison housing issues. For example, you will coordinate local authority panel meetings on forthcoming releases, identify new or under-used housing providers, and review and improve processes within a prison. You will also deliver training or communications to enhance staff and prisoners’ housing knowledge and develop new initiatives that improve prison leavers’ chances of securing accommodation.

As each prison and region have differing housing issues, your work will need to reflect local needs.

Learn more about the Strategic Housing Specialist role on our digital information session.

Essential skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you are a subject matter expert on housing and homelessness (including prison resettlement issues).

You will need to be a confident communicator. You must also have:

  • experience of working towards and exceeding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or targets
  • a track record of being able to identify and analyse problems, provide solutions, and implement changes to systems or processes
  • the ability to use data to analyse issues, to identify needs and trends
  • a collaborative approach
  • a proven track record of engaging stakeholders and achieving their buy-in

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The salaries for these roles are:

  • Employment Lead – £31,924 – £36,715 (National) / £34,296 – £40,863 (London)

Employee benefits

Working for HMPPS comes with a range of great benefits, including:

  • 25 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days after five years’ service – plus eight public holidays and service days
  • an attractive occupational pension (Local Government Pension Scheme)
  • a wide range of other Civil Service benefits, including childcare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme and travel loans

You will need to provide:

  • a CV including details of any relevant qualifications and experience. To ensure our recruitment process is fair, you will need to anonymise your CV
  • several short-written statements in your application

You will need to answer questions that outline your previous experience.

The ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans‘ initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme for those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs in the Civil Service.

In this way, veterans continue to serve their country, and we bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experiences into the Civil Service – an environment, which recognises and values previous service in the Armed Forces.

If you have query about the application process, please contact our recruitment centre on 0345 241 5358 or by emailing MoJ Recruitment.

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