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Work as a youth justice worker at HMYOI Cookham Wood

You need to enjoy working in a team and be resilient to be a youth justice worker. Sound like you?

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About HMYOI Cookham Wood

HMYOI Cookham Wood is a young offender institution (YOI) in Rochester, Kent. The institute houses up to 120 boys between the ages of 15 to 18 years old. 

Inside HMYOI Cookham Wood

We centre our approach around the needs of the children and young people in our care. We provide opportunities to access the core curriculum subjects, enhance skills, and develop new interests which together prepare them for their future.  

Education, training and employment

To support them with their rehabilitation and employment opportunities upon release, all young people at HMYOI Cookham Wood have access to core curriculum and vocational learning. This includes subjects such as: 

  • Maths
  • English
  • Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)
  • IT
  • Catering
  • Horticulture
  • Painting and decorating

We also hold career fairs throughout the year which provides an excellent opportunity for our young people to network.  

Peer mentoring and work placement

Young people can also extend their skills to others in custody via our peer mentoring programme or by attending work placements within the prison. Our barista course is a great example of this where the young people can put their skills into practice on site.  

Youth justice working playing football with young male.

Staff benefits

As an employee at HMYOI Cookham Wood, you’ll have access to a range of facilities and employee benefits including: 

  • free, onsite parking 
  • use of a free, onsite gym
  • onsite coffee shop 
  • excellent training
  • opportunities for career progression 
  • staff recognition rewards 

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

How to get to HMYOI Cookham Wood

With plenty of onsite parking, HMYOI Cookham Wood is easily accessible by car. It’s also ideally located near high-speed train links: 

  • Chatham train station (2.4 miles away) 
  • Rochester train station (2.5 miles away) 

There is no direct bus service from the station to HMYOI Cookham Wood but there is a taxi rank outside. 

To plan your journey by public transport: 

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Hear from the Governor

Youth justice workers can have a huge impact on children’s lives. They are responsible for… driving the regime, locking and unlocking people but crucially the youth justice worker is required to be an excellent communicator as they will spend most of their time with the children. The children come with a range of complex needs that we have to deal with, which requires youth justice workers to be a mentor, but also be able to challenge and have authority.
Paul Crossey, Governor at HMYOI Cookham Wood

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