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Post title: Head of West Mercia Youth Justice Service(WMYJS)

Grade J: £53,925 – £59-901

Directorate: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Responsible to: Chief Executive of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (on behalf of the WMYJS Management Board)Additional arrangements for access to specialist clinical supervision to be agreed with the post holder

Responsible for: WMYJS Managers and identified Business Support Posts

Location: Area Team Office (Shrewsbury, Worcester, Hereford, or Telford)

Job purpose:

  • To provide strategic leadership for West Mercia Youth Justice Service
  • To secure effective operational delivery of WMYJS provision
  • To lead the development of innovative and high performing multi-agency services

Main responsibilities

1.To lead the strategic development and operational delivery of the Youth Justice Service across the West Mercia area.

2.To engage and motivate multi-agency partners in the development and delivery of high performing and effective Youth Justice Services.

3.To develop and promote a clear vision for the YouthJustice Service and to communicate this to staff, partners and other stakeholders.

4.To support and inform the WMYJS Management Board to ensure that the governance, strategic focus and oversight of WMYJS creates the best possible conditions for a high performing service. This will include the provision of technical advice and information.

5.To develop positive external relationships with regional and national contacts, including the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and HMI Probation, to promote West Mercia as a beacon of innovation and best practice.

6.To ensure the service’s effective engagement with and participation in local and regional strategic and operational partnerships.

7.To lead on development and implementation of the West Mercia Youth Justice Plan.

8.To secure strong strategic and operational alignment with local children and young people’s services across the four Local Authority areas, including safeguarding and risk management arrangements, and with Probation, Police, Health, adult services and other WMYJS partner agency provision.

9.To maximise the effective use and impact of shared multi-agency resources and grants to support WMYJS delivery, ensuring compliance with financial regulations, grant terms and conditions and the monitoring of commissioned service.

10.To provide line management supervision and professional support to WMYJS Managers.

11.To undertake other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility and grading of this post, as required.

Special conditions: Regular travel throughout the West Mercia Policing area and occasional national travel

Security level: Management vetting

Person specification


  • A professional qualification to degree level or equivalent in a Criminal Justice and/or Social Care related area
  • A professional qualification (or evidence of sustained learning) in leadership and management
  • Extensive knowledge of the legal and policy context for Youth Justice provision


  • Substantial experience at senior management level within a high-risk, client-facing service for vulnerable groups. This is likely to be in a criminal justice or social care setting.
  • Extensive experience of the leadership of high profile organisational change and development
  • Experience of operating successfully within an outward-facing multi-agency partnership environment

Key Skills

  • Proven ability to articulate a clear vision, to engage and motivate staff and partners to deliver high quality services and improved performance
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects and drive through change
  • Ability to identify and promote new and innovative ideas to support the delivery of strategic and operational priorities

Behaviours: Manager

All post holders are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.  These nationally recognised behaviours and values are set out in the Competency and Values Framework (CVF).

The CVF has six competencies that are clustered into three groups:

  • Resolute, compassionate and committed
  • Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership
  • Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Under each competency there are three levels that show what the behaviours will look like in practice. This role requires the post holder to be operating at or working towards Level 2  of the CVF.