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Probation Counter Terrorism Lead (North East)

  • Public sector
  • 09/07/2024
  • £46,390.00 - £52,140.00 /yearly
  • Full Time & Permanent

Job Overview

Job Type

Full Time & Permanent


£46,390 - £52,140 yearly

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Job Description

This position is based at NPS 70/78 ST JAMES BOULEVARD NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 4BN, NPS Durham City Probation Durham, NPS SOUTH VIEW ASHINGTON, NE63 0RY

Job summary

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Job description

Overview of the job    

Working to the NPS National Lead for Extremism within HMPPS Joint Extremism Unit this is a specialist post providing direction and capacity to Divisions to deliver the HMPPS Counter Extremism and Counter Terrorism ( CE & CT) strategy


The jobholder will represent the NPS National Extremism Lead and Divisional Senior lead with responsibility for CE and CT with external agencies and stakeholders at a divisional and national level

There may be a requirement to deliver such representation across agency boundaries to co-ordinate activity with partner agencies and stakeholders

The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position. As such, there is a requirement for enhanced security clearance, minimum SC or DV as necessary.

May be required to participate in out of hours rotas for specific purposes

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties    

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

Divisional operational and strategic lead on counter extremism and counter terrorism caseload segment

Guidance to ACO functional lead to deliver the National Extremism and Counter Terrorism strategy at a divisional level

Represent the National extremism lead and Divisional functional lead in local strategic partnerships with regard to CT and CE activity in line with statutory responsibilities and operational policy

Represent the Division and/or national extremism lead with regard to extremists and terrorists considered at case specific interdepartmental meetings, such as Home Office (TPIM and Desistance and Disengagement Programme cases)

Ensure effective relationships are maintained with key stakeholders at a divisional and national level, in particular police leads and Regional Counter Terrorism Leads.

Contribute to the effective delivery of the pathfinder programme via effective preparation for release and supervision on licence across NPS and CRCs including within the HSE and with prison offender management unit staff

Recruit induct and manage a team of specialist staff delivering support training and guidance to managers and staff, and ensure professional development of all staff engaging in CT and CE work

Coordinate appropriate intelligence sharing between NPS CRCs Parole Board and police Home office and other stakeholders including intelligence graded above Official Sensitive

Provide specialist guidance and support to MAPPA meetings on CE and CT cases
Coordinate the NPS response, and the management of sensitive information, with regard to particularly complex TACT/TACT related cases such as TPIMs and those with a high media profile

Coordinate the NPS input into tasking, Prevent Case Management and all other Divisional multi stakeholder meetings with regard to the assessment and management of extremist and terrorist cases

Ensure offender managers and team leaders are supported with regard to case based activity with external stakeholders such as Home Office Intervention providers

In the absence of the Head of function or National extremism lead make decisions and provide advice on the management of offenders where senior management authorisation or involvement is necessary e.g. in the management of TPIM cases or recall of TACT offenders out of hours

Engage in the coordination and delivery of national projects and initiatives to improve delivery and performance including leading those projects as required

Deliver briefing and awareness raising inputs to key stakeholders as required

Ensure methods to deliver effective accountability, including IT functions, audit and inspection activity for counter extremism and counter terrorism are functioning effectively

Act as Divisional advisory lead for performance and quality for CT/CE cases

Provide Operational support to Head of function in completing reviews and action plans such as HMIP inspections, SFOs SCR's etc with regard to CT/CE cases

Support all police Prevent and Pursue based activity with appropriate information and assessment

Support the National Intelligence Unit within SOCT with appropriate information and analysis as required

Ensure Cluster leads and Directors are regularly informed regarding trends risk and threat picture for the Division

Ensure Divisional capacity to deliver specialist assessments as required, and that staff directly managing TACT cases receive appropriate support training and guidance

In conjunction with HMPPS Interventions services deploy and maintain an up to date training needs analysis for the Division to include core and specialist training needs such as e-learning products, and face to face training such as ERG and HII

Advise and guide MAPPA meetings on extremism issues related to specific cases and national initiatives

Represent the Security Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate and NPS at national and international events

Ensure the Division is compliant with all relevant Instructions with regard to CT and CE cases

Carry out adult and children safeguarding duties in accordance with NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies

Ensure compliance with HMPPS Health and Safety and equalities management policies

Work within the aims and value of HMPPS

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.

Technical 1  

: You must hold a Probation Officer qualification or be a qualified Probation Officer.
In addition, successful candidates must hold the following:
PQF Honours Degree/Graduate Diploma and Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice; or
Diploma in Probation Studies; or Diploma in Social Work (Probation option); or CQSW (Probation option)
Knowledge and understanding of the work of the Criminal Justice System and the Probation Service.
A working knowledge of relevant legislation and National Standards.
Knowledge of Evidence Based Practice and risk/needs assessment tools.
Have experience managing qualified probation staff  

Person specification

Please refer to Job Description


Driving license required to support daily/regular regional travel


You must hold a Probation Officer qualification or be a qualified Probation Officer


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please refer to Job Description
  • Access to learning and development
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Season Ticket Advance

For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.


Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Telephone : 0845 241 5358

Recruitment team

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commissions Recruitment Principles. I you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles and would like to raise this, please contact SSCL ([email protected]) in the first instance. If the role has been advertised externally (outside of the Civil Service) and you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:


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