Head of Youth Inspection Programme

£52,119 - £72,000 (National), £56,421 - £76,000 (London)
11 Dec 2020
15 Jan 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Youth Inspection Programme

Recruiter         Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation

Location          UK

Salary              £52,119 - £72,000 (National), £56,421 - £76,000 (London)         

Closes              15 January 2021

Hours               Full time, Permanent

Do you want to play a pivotal role in raising the standard of youth offending services and improving outcomes for children? If so, we want to hear from you!

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. We report on the effectiveness of these services, including highlighting areas of good and poor practice.

The Inspectorate is recruiting for a Head of Youth Inspection Programme. This post can be offered as a secondment or as a permanent contract. You will join our senior management team, and lead the inspection and rating of all youth offending services. You will ensure inspections are conducted in line with our standards and methodology, as well as delivered on time and within agreed resources.

You will have line management responsibility for between five and 10 HM Inspectors (Grade 7). You will work closely with the Chief Inspector and Director of Operations, as well as with senior leaders and practitioners across the youth justice system. You will help Ministers, government officials and the media to understand our findings and what needs to be done to improve the quality of youth offending services.

Typical tasks include:

  • overseeing a series of concurrent inspections and quality-assuring the work of your team
  • ensuring key findings, judgements and ratings are supported by robust evidence
  • supporting our effective practice work, including highlighting examples of excellent work in youth offending services
  • sharing key findings and themes with youth justice leaders and practitioners, for example through meetings with Heads of Service and Chairs of Management Boards or through presentations/events
  • supporting the Chief Inspector to promote our findings
  • being an active member of our senior management team, including setting the direction for youth offending inspection and championing the work of your team, and contributing to broader management issues such as staffing and resourcing, diversity and inclusion, and health and wellbeing.

We welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates and Welsh speakers, who are currently under-represented in our workforce. You will be joining an organisation that is proud of its values – we are influential, independent, professional, inclusive and diverse.

Important details:

  • We are offering these posts on either a three-year secondment or a permanent contract. The location of these posts is flexible. At the moment, all staff are working from home. We follow government guidance closely; when it is safe to do so, the individual will be required to undertake some travel across England and Wales.
  • If seconded, remuneration (salary and any taxable allowances), pay progression, and employment terms and conditions will be the same as you currently receive from your home employer.
  • The salary for someone joining us on a permanent contract who is not a current civil servant will be £52,119 (national) or £56,421 (Outer London) or £60,295 (Inner London), though in exceptional circumstances we may be able to consider a higher starting salary within the Ministry of Justice Grade 6 pay scale, where your current salary is higher than this.
  • For existing civil servants who transfer on promotion, the salary will be £52,119 (national) or £56,421 (Outer London) or £60,295 (Inner London) or a 10 per cent increase on their current salary, whichever is the higher.
  • For existing civil servants on level transfer, the successful candidate will retain their current salary. If, however, this is above the Ministry of Justice Grade 6 maximum salary of £72,000 (national) or £76,000 (London), this would be on a “marked time” basis.

The application process has two stages:

  1. an initial sift of application forms
  2. shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next stage which will involve a written test, a presentation and an interview.

Read the full job description and apply at Civil Service Jobs.