Prison Warden

HM Prison Service

As a prison warden, you’ll work as part of a close knit team responsible for a variety of essential tasks. It’s a rotational role, so you’ll regularly be doing something different and will have the chance to learn new skills and advance in your career.

Who are we looking for?

 

No formal qualifications or previous experience required, but it can be a challenging environment, so we are looking for the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Security conscious and able to challenge potential compromises or risks
  • Reliable and level headed
  • Computer literate

 

What you will do

 

As an OSG, you’ll work as part of a close knit team responsible for a variety of essential tasks. It’s a rotational role, so you’ll regularly be doing something different and will have the chance to learn new skills and advance in your career. Our work is varied, meaningful and crucial and includes (but is not limited to):

  • Gate Duties – Ensuring the secure entry and exit of staff, visitors and vehicles and conducting searches of staff, contractors and vehicles.
  • Control Room – Operate the establishment radio system and monitor CCTV.
  • Visits – Identify, search and escort visitors for domestic and official visits, provide excellent customer service and answer any queries
  • Correspondence – Monitor and process all incoming and outgoing mail for prisoners, reporting any illicit or contraband items and public protection issues
  • Property – Receive and x-ray incoming prisoner property, maintain property records and manage movement of all property
  • PIN phones – Process all pin phone applications, monitor phone calls and report any security concerns
  • Residential Duties – Supervise prisoner movements, undertake food trolley delivery and collection, and complete stores and laundry orders.

 

The benefits

 

  • This role requires working regular unsocial hours and a 17% payment will be paid in addition to your basic pay to recognise this.
  • You get 25 days annual leave allowance + 9 days in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays added to your allowance. There is a requirement to work some bank holidays, evenings and weekends. Nights are 1 week on, 1 week off and you can also earn TOIL (time off in lieu).
  • Pension – The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
  • Season Ticket Advance – After 2 months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work.
  • Childcare Vouchers – Salary Sacrifice Scheme, can be used to help meet the costs of any form of registered or approved childcare for children aged 0-1. The vouchers are exempt from tax and
  • National Insurance contributions.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Training – The Prison Service is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including access to promotion programmes and specialist training for individual posts.

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