The role of a youth justice worker

Working with children and young people in custody can be tough. They can be impulsive, in your face and test boundaries at every level.

You’ll need to make quick but effective decisions. You’ll also need patience and resilience.

You’ll be responsible for ensuring the security and safety of children and young people, and supporting them day-to-day in a custodial environment.

Each shift you’ll work with children and young people supporting them to manage their behaviour and attend education, training and activities.

Eligibility Criteria for Youth Justice Workers

  • Be at least 18 years old when taking up the post
  • Show you have the skills to work with children and young people
  • Be committed to work towards a Level 4 Child Focused Qualification.
  • For safety reasons, everyone training to be a prison officer needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids).
  • Be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh

Shift patterns: