Head of Reducing Re-offending BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands £48,715.09

Head of Reducing Re-offending

Location: BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands |
Salary: £48,715.09 |
Posted: 7 Jan 2019 |
Closes: 21 Jan 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 7399

Role Responsibility:

Head of Reducing Re-offending

HMP Birmingham, Birmingham, B18 4AS

Salary £48,715.09 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)

HMP Birmingham is located at Winson Green, located near the centre of Birmingham and is a category B prison holding 1450 adult remand and sentenced male prisoners

Joining HMP Birmingham will be a challenge and we are looking for a strong candidate who is resilient at leading teams and open to change at a fast pace. This role offers an opportunity to help as part of the leadership team to shape the future of HMP Birmingham and respond to the many challenges it presents.

We are looking at a candidate with substantial management experience within a custodial setting and who can interact with a range of employees, customers and stakeholders; above all we are looking for a candidate who can get the job done and recognises when there is a strong need for intervention quickly and effectively to respond to competing demands. Additionally we are looking for that person who can both drive and deliver performance but challenge when necessary.

Key Responsibilities

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Ensure all managers and staff within the Function provide a respectful, safe decent environment for all prisoners and staff
  • Accountable for the performance of the Function and the staff within it. Manage the achievement of qualitative and quantative standards including Contract Delivery Indicators (CDI’s) within the Function, verifying and signing off documentation as appropriate. Analyses and acts upon data which is relevant to their Function
  • Accountable for management of Reducing Reoffending Function and all staff within this area. This includes:
    • Pathways
    • Interventions
    • Industries
    • Chaplaincy
    • Gymnasium
  • Accountable for the development of the reducing reoffending strategy and delivery against the pathways
  • Where commissioned, support and promote the implementation and use of Restorative Justice (RJ) face to face victim-prisoner conferencing models, enabling those affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward
  • Accountable for the development of community engagement to support a reduction in the risk of reoffending
  • Accountable for monitoring any pathway contracts
  • Accountable for strategic planning of curriculum to meet learner and employer needs
  • Accountable for providing a strategic focus on employability for promoting, planning and coordinating the regime to maximise the time prisoners spend engaged in programmes, education and employment, this includes being the Senior Lead for developing policies for allocations, employment and pay
  • Accountable for ensuring that Physical Education activities are managed to offer appropriate employment and skills development to prisoners and accreditation and NVQs or equivalent where appropriate
  • Accountable for managing the quality of learning and skills provision and the annual re-evaluation of the full curriculum offered within the establishment i.e. reviews courses, providers, delivery methods and the provision of ongoing support for education within the establishment
  • Accountable for facilitating and supporting strong partnership working with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
  • Act as nominee for The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) inspections for educational delivery and will be part of the assessment team. Ensue all the necessary preparation for internal and OFSTED audits is completed in a timely manner
  • Accountable for maximising the number of prisoners in activity and employment in order to achieve CDIs and SLAs including Classroom Attendance, Work Skills and purposeful activity
  • Accountable for managing, developing and reviewing prisoner pay budget and authorise payband changes to reflect prisoner achievements in conjunction with Head of Finance and agreed budget
  • Accountable for management of contracts on a tripartite basis with Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Education provider and Advice and Guidance Agency
  • Accountable for ensuring the Function co-ordinates and supports prisoner mentoring projects
  • Accountable for the establishments provision of religious and pastoral care of prisoners and specifically within their own faith tradition, ensuring compliance with HMPPS standards on religion
  • Accountable for reviewing commercial contracts and renegotiate amendments as necessary. This includes management of third party delivery of contractual obligations
  • Accountable for developing and maintaining quality assurance measures for all Interventions processes, supporting and maintaining awareness of any other interventions delivered by other departments
  • Accountable for ensure Function resource works with other resettlement services and other establishment Functions to achieve effective delivery of pathway services
  • Accountable for ensuring that appropriate arrangements and risk assessments are completed for all prisoners on external work placements
  • Accountable for the internal employment allocation process
  • Accountable for allocation of resources to deliver the Industries, farming and gardens activities including short and medium term planning, utilising resources across the area of activity including available prisoner workforce
  • Accountable for initiating and building relationships with the local community and voluntary sector to promote the work of G4S and the establishment
  • Accountable for increasing opportunities for prisoners to be placed on ROTL, your job in this is to ensure that the regime offers opportunities which will skill prisoners for employment on ROTL in the community
  • Manage the security and operation of the workshops ensuring compliance with all relevant operational and security instructions, and health and safety regulations.
  • Provide professional management and support to instructors and others employed in the supervision of prisoners to ensure the smooth and effective running of the industrial workshop and project areas
  • Ensure the supply of rewarding and profitable work to guarantee the occupation of the relevant number of regime hours each week in line with the contract by developing accredited skills programmes within industries
  • Establish and maintain relationships with customers and deal with customer complaints effectively to ensure customer satisfaction with products and services and that work for the prisoners is maintained and commercial opportunities are optimised
  • Ensure the provision of recreational activities and availability of religious services to prisoners to meet contractual standards and best practice
  • Promote the equalities strategy to ensure it is developed, implemented and embedded into the prison culture
  • Manage and control the relevant budgets to meet financial parameters.
  • Adjudicate prisoners in line with prison service standards to ensure hearings are conducted fairly, justly and impartially
  • Perform the role of Duty Director, as and when required, in accordance with security instructions and relevant standards to ensure that the operation runs effectively, including monitoring effective ACCT and Violence Reduction systems to minimise suicides, self-harm and bullying within the prison
  • Coach and support employees to maximise their performance and ensure values, ethical standards, equality and diversity, policies and procedures and contractual requirements are met

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • Substantial management experience within a custodial setting 


Desirable Skills

  • Experience of project/ work planning, monitoring and reviewing
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and ability to interpret financial information


At G4S, the philosophy of our prisons is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. We seek to normalise prison conditions as far as possible to reflect life in the outside community. Our aim is to create an environment in which staff and prisoners feel safe and causes of prison stress are minimised. Central to our philosophy is the relationship between staff and prisoners. Our training and operational practices emphasise the need to treat prisoners with dignity and respect and G4S staff build positive and supportive relationships with the prisoners in their care. We are seeking to recruit a caring, pro-active and confident professional to help make a real difference to their lives.

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 with us. Our benefits are as you would expect from a large global organisation and include a company pension, comprehensive training, career development, generous holiday entitlement, uniform and access to our on-site gym.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 5 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office 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 5 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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