About Justice Leaders - HMPPS

Prison
Probation
Youth Custody
You can influence it all

Transform the future of the justice system on a unique new leadership scheme.


The path to leadership

Justice Leaders is an exciting, brand new fast-track scheme that spans the whole of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). It is the first of its kind to develop future leaders in operational offender facing roles, with the ability to work across Prison, Probation, and the Youth Custody Service.

HMPPS carries out sentences given by the courts, helping people lead law-abiding and useful lives, both while they are in prison and after they are released. We support people in our care on their road to rehabilitation through education and employment.

Over four years, you will experience a diverse variety of exciting placements across Prison, Probation and Youth Custody while completing a bespoke Masters qualification. These placements will provide a foundation for your future leadership roles. You will help to improve the experiences of people moving through the system, bringing about positive change through your inspirational attitude, engagement, and commitment to making a difference to the lives of those in your care.


Placements & Scheme Structure

Years 1 and 2

The first three months of the scheme are spent experiencing the journey of somebody moving through the criminal justice system. You will spend time with the Police, Courts, Prison and Probation.

During this time, you will also complete your seven-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training. This is the operational training required to become a Prison Officer and includes a combination of practical and theoretical learning on everything from personal protection to identifying people at risk of self-harm.

You will then go on to spend three months working in a prison as a Prison Officer. In this role you will develop your understanding of the prison system, building confidence and working directly with prisoners. Expect to encounter people from all walks of life and perform a wide range of roles as a key worker – from keeping the prison safe and secure to helping vulnerable people through a difficult time in their lives.

The next stage of the scheme will involve 17 months of varied work across Prison and Probation. During this time, you focus on completing the Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) element of the Masters and learning how we support people as they complete or serve their sentences in the community.

Years 3 and 4

At the end of two years, you will sit a Career Development Panel. This will be an opportunity to discuss your progress and to choose whether to specialise in Prison, Probation or Youth Custody.

At this point the pathways diverge and offer different kinds of experience and training over the following two years. However, all participants pursue the same Masters qualification

Masters Qualification

The HMPPS Justice Leadership Masters is a bespoke new qualification created specifically for the Justice Leaders scheme to develop the first cohort of future leaders with the skills and experience to work across HMPPS. You will study a range of topics such as safeguarding in childcare, risk management, rehabilitation, protecting the public, critical thinking, understanding crime and criminal behaviour and leadership.

Youth Custody

Prison Officers who work in the Youth Custody Service are called Youth Justice Workers. Working with Children is a specialism and so requires specialist knowledge. The new Masters takes several of the most salient modules from the existing qualification that Youth Justice Workers must complete.

Support while on the scheme

We understand the pressures of undertaking such an intensive period of development. We will ensure you are well supported in both your operational work and your academic learning.

You will be offered several career development panels during the scheme. This is designed to be a supportive process, which gives you an opportunity to discuss your ambitions, progress and how you can make the most difference in your career.

To ensure you get the most out of Justice Leaders you will be expected to be proactive, taking ownership and responsibility of your personal development. There will be mentoring and coaching available from colleagues and managers, and you will also have the support and guidance of your line manager and the central Justice Leaders team.

Salary

YEARS 1 AND 2
NationalOuter LondonInner London
£27,121 £21,693 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours  £30,488 £24,689 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours  £32,244 £26,111 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)  
YEAR 3
£37,276 £30,453 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)    £40,536 £33,116 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)  £42,236 £35,234 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)  Probation Career Pathway switch at year 3 + 4 months as below: £37,276 – £37,174 (basic salary + marked time balance of £102) Additional London Allowance (where applicable) of £3,889 = total pay £41,165  
YEAR 4
£37,276 £30,453 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours  £40,536 £33,116 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hours)  £42,236 £35,234 basic salary + additional allowances for additional and unsocial hoursProbation Career Pathway £37,276 – £37,174 (basic salary + marked time balance of £102) Additional London Allowance (where applicable) of £3,889 = total pay £41,165  
ONCE OFF THE SCHEME
Candidates will be required to apply for their chosen role through fair and open competition.  Where successful, those who are pursuing the prisons career pathway will have their pay calculated as a promotion from Band 3 under whichever prisons pay on promotion policy is in place at the time.  If this results in lower pay than in year 4 of the scheme, the necessary upward adjustment will be made to ensure no detriment. Because there are no recognised grade equivalencies between prisons and probation, those pursuing the probation career pathway will be placed at the pay range minimum for the role successfully applied for.  If this results in lower pay than in year 4 of the scheme, the necessary upward adjustment will be made to ensure no detriment. Staff then becoming subject to either the prisons or probation pay awards (depending on chosen career pathway) annually.