Operational Manager Youth Justice

Bridgend, South Wales
£35,221.35 per annum
06 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Operational Manager Youth Justice

HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend

£35,221.35 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)

We’re looking for people to join our team who care for children and young people at one of Britain’s biggest prisons, HMP & YOI Parc in Bridgend, South Wales. Join us as Operational Manager working in youth justice custody and make a difference to children and young people.

We are transforming our workforce and we want you to help us on this journey. The Operational Manager youth justice is a new and innovative adaption of the prison Operational Manager role. Specific to working within youth custody and will be a driving force for changing the way in which children and young people are cared for in custody.

Our vision is to create an environment for young people to be safe, develop resilience and have access to early help and support. Through supportive relationships, we will build respect, trust and provide positive experiences of work and leisure. We will strive to protect the rights of young people and help them to navigate barriers to achievement, promoting the strengths that enable them and their communities to thrive.

Key Responsibilities:

As an Operational Manager in youth justice, you will support children & young people, setting boundaries and creating a safe, decent and secure environment. You will take responsibility for the personal, social and emotional development of children & young people, while building constructive and motivational relationships that bring about positive change.

  • To ensure that all staff understand the expectation that everyone is responsible for contributing to keeping children safe, supporting the prevention of harm and promoting well-being.
  • Manage the safeguarding, resettlement agenda and the welfare of children, identifying, promoting and making known the development of good practice. Draw on learning from across the youth justice system, including best practice. To improve safeguarding practice and performance. Incorporating learning/best practice into operational practice, to support further development and delivery of good practice.
  • Monitor contract compliance and service delivery to ensure effective systems are in in place to achieve NOMS, YCS & YJB’s requirements, particularly around the safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Ensure there are processes and procedures in place to Listen to and capture children’s views about what they need to be kept safe. These views will be used to inform decisions, policy and procedures.
  • Ensure information sharing supports timely and appropriate decision making, which is based on individual need and prevents harm, supporting wellbeing.
  • Develop effective Partnerships, sharing knowledge and expertise in the spirit of stimulating reform and being inclusive of others. Maintaining relationships with other child-focused stakeholders for the benefit of children and their communities.
  • To ensure all Young People are provided with suitable and sustainable Education, Training and Employment throughout their sentence and beyond, supporting 16 & 17 year olds to meet their duty to participate.
  • Appropriately support and line manage staff, wellbeing, development, performance and absence. Coaching and supporting staff to maximise their performance and ensure values, ethical standards, equality and diversity, policies and procedures and contractual requirements are met, effectively managing resources.
  • To ensure no child or group of children is treated any less favourably than others. Access to services or the fulfilment of particular needs should not be impaired by. Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Race, Religion and belief, Sex and Sexual orientation.
  • To encourage collaboration between departments working towards the reduction of ‘young peoples’ risk and to ensure adherence to operational policies relevant to the safety and security of young people, staff and visitors
  • To ensure that all young people in custody have access to suitable and sustainable general and specialist healthcare services, based on individual need, so that problems are identified, assessed and treated at the earliest opportunity and in the most appropriate manner.
  • To ensure that families of young people in custody receive timely, high-quality support and information, from the point of arrest and throughout the young person’s sentence.
  • To complete duties during day and at night and also supporting wider prison delivery by acting as the Duty Orderly Officer (Duty Manager) as required

About you

Working with children and young people is challenging, you need to have the patience and resilience to form a trusting relationship with a child or young person.  We are looking for people who have a special talent in helping, who can listen and see the potential in the people in our care.

You will have a proven aptitude for working with children and young people in a supportive, educational or similar role and have the desire to see them build a better future for themselves.

Proven experience of working in a secure criminal justice setting with Children & Young People is essential, along with experience and knowledge of Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Processes. You must be able to demonstrate good analytical and report writing skills - Minimum GCSE; Level standard education – preferably to A Level is preferred. Good IT skills are desirable for this role along with past experience of managing staff.

If you join us, you can be sure that you’ll find a secure, friendly and professional working environment and be given all the support, training and encouragement you need to build and develop a successful career. On completion of probation if you do not have a qualification relevant to working with children & young people. You will have the opportunity to study for a level 4 qualification in youth justice. If you successfully complete the programme, you will qualify and receive a financial allowance for doing so.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 5 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Custody and Rehabilitation Services. We actively encourage applications from all diverse groups.

Safeguarding children is our primary focus and the welfare of the child is paramount. Therefore we have a corporate responsibility to ensure that the safeguarding and our G4S values are at the centre of all we do.

Employee benefits include: Company Pension, free on-site parking, uniform, set monthly shift patterns, access to High Street Shop discounts, local Gym discounts and extensive training and development.

To apply for this position, please click the 'apply' button to be redirected to our careers portal. 

Closing date: 26th April 2021

Location:  Heol Hopcyn John, Bridgend, South Wales CF35 6AP

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