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Youth Justice Worker

Contract, Youth Offending Team

Job Title
Youth Justice Worker
Criminal Justice
Youth Offending Team
Youth Justice Worker
United Kingdom
Job Type
£ 30,094 Yearly

See the truth. See the potential.

Working within the Youth Custody Service is rewarding and challenging.

A Youth Justice Worker has many important roles, including facilitating the personal, social and emotional development of the young people in their care, many of whom are particularly vulnerable or have complex and challenging needs, whilst retaining security within a safe and secure environment, and reducing risk of reoffending.

Training is provided for Youth Justice Workers to ensure a clear understanding of the individual circumstances for young people in custody, and how reactions in complex or dynamic situations are key to ensuring these children are helped to build better lives.

We are looking for people who have a special talent in seeing the potential in young people. If you’re someone with empathy, patience and a desire to help, we would love to hear from you.

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How to apply

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not able to accept new applications. However, please register your interest by clicking 'Apply' and completing your contact details, so that we can contact you as soon as it is safe to resume our full assessment and hiring process.

Job details


To be a youth justice worker you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Have the right to work in the UK

Be reasonably fit and have good eyesight

Be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, that you have approx. 30 months or more leave to remain in the UK entitlement at the point of application.

Essential skills

You don’t need qualifications to become a youth justice worker. Personal qualities are more important. You need to show:

Good communication and influencing skills

Commitment to quality

Effective decision-making

Care and understanding


The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.

All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances.

The standard working week of a youth justice worker is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern.

You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.

HM YOI Feltham

Working Pattern

Total Salary

37 £30,094 a year

39 £31,485 a year

41 £32,876 a year


Working within youth custody means you have a clear progression pathway. Once you have completed your probation twice a year you will get the opportunity to apply for your place on the foundation degree which takes approximately 15 months to complete. Once you have successfully completed your qualification you will progress to a band 4 youth justice worker specialist role. Please note that if you are not successful on completion of the programme, you will be redeployed to a prison officer role in the adult estate.


  • 25 days of annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits



Training and career progression

  • tailored Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) on full pay and expenses during the first 10 weeks.
  • on-going training and development for specialist skills such as child protection and safeguarding
  • progression to a youth justice worker specialist role
  • support to study a level 5 youth custody qualification over the first 5 years of your career
  • study time to support study


Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Disability support

Once applications are open, tell us if you have a disability when you apply and we can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online test and assessment centre.

If you require any assistance please call 

 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail

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

Allowance Details

Additional Information

Closing date - 1st June 2020

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail Please quote the job reference 34533. Please be advised that we reserve the right to close this campaign earlier than the advertised closing date.

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

Allowance Details

Please refer to additional job description attachment

Additional Information

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Please quote the job reference 34533.

Closing Date: 15th June 2020 at 23:55 hours

Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

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