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Work as a youth justice worker at HMP and YOI Feltham

Why work as a youth justice worker at HMP and YOI Feltham?

“Our youth justice workers are a vital part of our children’s lives and their rehabilitation journey. They get to know individual children’s needs and how to get the best out of them. As well as ensuring that a full regime offer is provided, they need to be good communicators, mediators, patient but able to robustly challenge, and invested in each individual’s care. Being a youth justice worker is a very challenging but rewarding role. If you are resilient and truly want to have a positive impact on children’s lives, you may want to consider becoming a youth justice worker at Feltham.”

Natasha Wilson, Governor at HMP and YOI Feltham.

About HMP and YOI Feltham

On the outskirts of West London, not far from Richmond, HMP and YOI Feltham is both a Young Offender Institution (YOI) and an adult prison.

  • Feltham A is a YOI which houses children and young people aged between 15 to 18 years.
  • Feltham B is a Category C prison and a YOI holding young people and men up to the age of 30 years old.

As a youth justice worker, you will work at Feltham A.

Inside HMP and YOI Feltham

As an important part of a young person’s core support team, you are a mentor, champion and figure of authority for those in custody. We centre our approach around the needs of the children and young people in our care.

To help the young people prepare for a brighter future and increase their chances of employment, they are encouraged to engage in a range of education and training opportunities that are on offer at Feltham. Young people have access to educational and vocational courses, peer mentoring programmes, and work placements.

Helping young people towards a better future

All young people at HMP and YOI Feltham have access to core curriculum and vocational learning. This includes subjects such as:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Personal and Social Development (PSD)
  • IT
  • Catering
  • Cadets
  • Horticulture
  • Barbering
  • Music
  • Financial literacy
  • Painting and decorating

We also hold career fairs throughout the year which provide an excellent opportunity for our young people to meet potential employers. 

Supporting and empowering young people to engage in education

At HMP and YOI Feltham you will be given the opportunity to support a young person through a new initiative called the CUSP teacher meeting. Like a parent teacher meeting in an education setting, as a youth justice worker you will be a part of a child’s academic journey and invited to support them in academia and pastoral discussions. These discussions will give you the opportunity to see what progress is being made in academic and vocational studies, what examinations they will be sitting, what upcoming events are happening in education and how they engage with their learning from their teachers.

Youth justice workers play a vital part in driving change in behaviour, attitudes, and outlooks of the young people they work with. The aim of this initiative is to empower you to help support the young people in your care and champion their attendance and success in education.

Staff benefits

As an employee at HMP and YOI Feltham, you’ll have access to a range of facilities and employee benefits including:

  • free, onsite parking
  • use of a free, onsite gym
  • onsite staff mess
  • excellent training
  • opportunities for career progression
  • staff recognition awards

This is in addition to the great benefits you get from being a part of HM Prison and Probation Service.

How to get to HMP and YOI Feltham

With plenty of free onsite parking, HMP and YOI Feltham is easily accessible by car.

There are also two train stations nearby, with regular trains from central London:

  • Feltham (1.7 miles away)
  • Ashford (3.1 miles away)

Alternatively, there are regular bus services to HMP and YOI Feltham with bus routes 16 and 32 stopping just outside.

To plan your journey by public transport:

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