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Deputy Director (Oakhill STC)

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Job Reference: 7281
Number of Positions: 1
Job Category: Children's Services
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £57,500 - £60,000
Location: Milton Keynes
G4S Region: UK & Ireland
Country:United Kingdom

G4S Business Unit:UK Central Government Services
Closing Date: November 28, 2018

Job Introduction:

Role Responsibility:

Deputy Director

Salary Range £55,500  - £60,000 per annum - plus benefits

Oakhill Secure Training Centre, Milton Keynes


G4S Children's Services works closely with the Home Office, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that its regimes and designs reflect best practice in residential care to prevent offending.

At Oakhill Secure Training Centre we look after young people aged 12 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention. The vulnerable young people in our care can be challenging with a wide range of social and emotional complex needs. This is an environment that calls for high standards of social care and service delivery to provide a secure and stable environment for young people to develop their life skills and address the behaviours that have led them into custody. 

We are looking for a Deputy Director with substantial experience in a custodial environment to manage allocated aspects of the STC ensuring consistent cost effective service delivery in accordance with contractual and company requirements and relevant legislation. To promote the safeguarding of young people’s welfare and ensure that a stable and secure environment is provided for all young people that promotes anti offending behaviour in line with legislation, contractual and company requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day operation of the STC, providing direction to senior and operational managers, so that service delivery and resource utilisation are optimised.
  • Assist in ensuring that the fabric and security systems of the building are maintained and developed to deliver safety, security and control of the prison.
  • Oversee the delivery of the residential function through senior managers
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to resolve contractual issues whilst practising continuous improvement to ensure the interests of the contract and company are protected.
  • Validate relevant budgets to ensure effective management and financial control of the contract.
  • Manage the development and effective implementation of operational policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the contract and relevant standards.
  • Assist in the promotion of creating a positive Health & Safety culture to achieve and maintain relevant external accreditations.
  • Coach and support staff to maximise their performance and ensure values, ethical standards, equality and diversity policies and procedures and contractual requirements are met.
  • Monitor contract performance within the operational areas ensuring issues are addressed proactively and a cost effective contractually compliant service is delivered.
  • Oversee the implementation and monitoring of an effective ACCT and Violence Reduction systems to minimise suicides and self -harm and incidents of violence and restraint within the STC
  • Lead and maintain anti-offending projects with staff and provide support, guidance and advice to the Centre on all aspects of sentence planning and review meetings, promoting the safeguarding of young people’s welfare
  • Ensure a robust overview of young people’s resettlement needs, especially accommodation upon release.
  • Act as Silver Commander as required ensuring the safety/security of staff and trainees is maintained and the risk of escalation is minimised.
  • Perform the role of Duty Director as and when required to ensure that the operation runs effectively in accordance with security instructions and relevant standards.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • Substantial experience within a custodial environment
  • In depth working knowledge of the business, contract and legislative requirements
  • Degree level qualification


Desirable Skills

  • Understanding of forecasting and budgetary development


It is every employee’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons he/she is responsible for or comes into contact with. Therefore every employee will be required to hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Scheme) certificate.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Youth Justice Board and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

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 10 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

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