Enter important personal details, such as your nationality and right to work in the UK. We use these to check you’re eligible to be a youth justice worker.
You will be invited to complete the scenario-based test, presenting you with different behavioural and numerical scenarios you might face as a youth justice worker.
Questions may mention about being a prison officer as we use the same tests for a prison officer application.
We are checking to see if you have the basic numeracy skills and behaviours to work in Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS).
We will let you know immediately if you pass the first stage of the online tests.
If you are successful, we will invite you to the second stage of the online tests.
You will be invited to complete a game-based assessment which checks that you have the right natural strengths and preferences to become a youth justice worker.
You don’t need to be a gamer to do well on this test. We’re just looking for your natural ability to succeed in the role.
Before you take the real test, we recommend taking the practice assessment which will help to prepare you for the real test.
You will receive information and a code on how to download the practice test and the actual test once you apply.
If you are successful, we will invite you to the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC), to complete the final stage of selection.
We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths and fitness to be a youth justice worker.
We also carry out an eyesight test, a hearing test and a basic health screening (including blood pressure check).
Before you come to the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC) we will give you more information about what to expect and bring on the day.
When you accept an offer for an available vacancy, we carry out security and identity checks before you begin the job. This vetting can take around 12 weeks.
If a position is not available, you will be put on a reserve list. We only begin the background checks when you have accepted an available vacancy.
Your application should involve a visit to familiarise yourself with the youth custody location where you will work.
The site visit is an important opportunity to see for yourself what working with children and young people in custody is like, and speak to serving youth justice workers.
Check if you are eligible to become a youth justice worker. You will need to:
If you are not a UK or EU citizen, you will need a leave to remain entitlement of approximately 30 months or more at the point you apply.
As a youth justice worker, we expect you to demonstrate the following personal qualities:
Have a go at our activity to help you understand the role of a youth custody worker. You can find out more about working in youth custody and see if you are suited to the job.
Remember, every youth justice worker’s experience is different, and while we have deliberately described some more challenging situations, we cannot show the entirety of the role in a series of short films.
We use realistic scenarios to see if you have the judgement and skills to be a youth justice worker.
During the online test you will be asked how you would deal with situations you might face working in youth custody including:
The Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC) tests whether you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths and fitness for the job.
We will send you details before you go.
You will be asked to take on the role of a youth justice worker who is interacting with a child or young person in custody. You will deal with situations that are based upon real challenges that you could face in the role.
The interview looks at your strengths, and what motivates and energises you. You will need to speak and understand fluent English.
We use a short test to confirm you have the basic numerical skills needed to perform your duties as a youth justice worker. The format is similar to the online test.
We assess whether you can count, add, subtract, multiply and divide. You will also need to work with basic ratios and fractions, extract data from tables and read the time in the 24-hour format.
We check your writing ability and whether you can use written sources to make effective decisions.
You will need clear, legible handwriting and be able to write in sentences that show a reasonable understanding of grammar.
You will need to read different sources of information and write a summary of what you have read.
A trained nurse will carry out a medical assessment to check you can safely take part in the fitness test.
The assessment involves hearing and eyesight tests, and basic health screening including checking your blood pressure.
We test endurance using a running bleep test between two points. We also test your upper body strength to see if you can hold a 7kg riot shield or grip a piece of equipment.
We test your eyesight, with and without glasses or contact lenses if you wear them. You will need a similar standard of vision as you would for driving in the UK.
The hearing test will consist of the ‘whisper’ test, where a nurse will test your hearing from a distance of 3 metres, without the use of a hearing aid.
Tell us if you have a disability when you apply and we can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online test and assessment centre.
If you are successful at the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC), any job offer will depend on the type of vacancy.
For a ‘pass’ vacancy for the Band 3 youth justice worker role, we make a job offer immediately if there is a position available.
If there are no positions available, you will be placed on a reserve list until the next available job vacancy.
Your successful pass from assessment day will be valid for 12 months and can be used to apply for vacancies at other youth custody locations.
For ‘merit’ vacancies for the Band 3 youth justice worker role, successful applicants will be added to a merit once everyone has been to the assessment centre.
Job offers will be made first to the people who performed best at the assessment centre as positions become available.
You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you’ll need to apply again.