Working with women in custody has some specific challenges that you may not encounter in a male prison. Women in custody have often had extremely difficult backgrounds. The majority of women in prison have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. This can lead to a lack of trust in staff.
We are looking for dedicated women and men to join a diverse team and go the extra mile to support vulnerable women through a difficult time in their lives. We will provide you with new, additional specialist training and help and resources you need to succeed. Whatever the challenge, you will have the support from your team to make a difference every day.
Our Women’s Estate Specialist Training has additional aspects which differ to that of our male prisons. Although most training is similar to our male prison training, there are 17 extra modules.
The extra modules are developed to ensure prison staff are skilled to assess, manage and support women in custody, including their specific risks and needs. This enables prison staff to respond to women in a way that focuses on gender specific needs.
Application completion can vary depending on how quickly an assessment date is secured, and how long your background checks take. On average, it takes 6-7 months from when you start your application to day one on the job. You will be kept updated and informed at every stage.
This process will only take on average 10 minutes to complete.
Start by finding a prison officer vacancy – click ‘View job & apply’ to read the job description and apply.
Enter important personal details, such as nationality and your right to work in the UK. We use these to check you’re eligible to be a prison officer.
You will need your National Insurance number.
You will be invited to complete a scenario-based test. You will be given different behavioural and numerical scenarios you might face as a prison officer. This takes on average 25 minutes to complete.
We use this test to check you have the basic behaviours and numeracy skills expected of a prison officer.
We will let you know immediately if you pass the online tests. If you are successful, we will invite you to the Online Assessment Centre.
The Online Assessment Centre is a half-day assessment. Our friendly assessors will virtually meet you and test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths and fitness to be a prison officer.
We will give you more information of what to expect and how to best prepare later in your application journey. Or you can prepare now through our candidate portal.
You will be invited to provide a written response to three behaviour-based questions. We will explore your understanding of the prison officer role in a women’s prisons and why you are interested in the role.
For each question you will have up to 250 words to respond. You will be asked to consider a situation you may face as a prison officer in a women’s prison.
Once you pass the online tests, assessments and background checks, you will be eligible to work as a prison officer. Learn more about offers and onboarding.
Before you start in your role, you will complete foundation training. During this training you will learn and practise the key skills and behaviours that are vital in the role of a prison officer.