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Senior Probation Officer -Wandsworth (Family Safeguarding Team)

  • Reference MA-POJ-211124-01
  • Paye:£23.17
  • Umbrella:£30.19
  • Role/TypeContract/Full Time/Part Time
  • LocationWandsworth

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Senior Probation Officer to work on a seconded role with Wandsworth Council and Probation Service in The Family Safeguarding Team.

The purpose of this role is to keep the highest risk children and families in London together safely, improve health and educational outcomes for the children and reduce physical and emotional harm in families.

Your objective is to Manage, lead and develop a group of operational domestic violence workers in delivering probation services in accordance with the needs of the families.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage change in organisational activities
  • Work closely with social services team and area managers to contribute to the annual team
  • plan in conjunction with co-managers and in line with the key performance requirements
  • Contribute to the establishment of strategies and procedures to guide the work of your team
  • Contribute to the evaluation and improvement of performance in the organisation as a whole to ensure that performance targets are met
  • Contribute to and support the organisation’s commitment to staff development
  • Liaise with key stakeholders (internal/external) to achieve objectives.
  • Represent the organisation positively to a variety of audiences
  • Review internal and external operating environments, including: identifying and developing
  • suitable partnerships
  • Establish and maintain effective links with partnership agencies especially children’s safeguarding.
  • Facilitate training for partners and staff, delivering where appropriate
  • Categorise and manage high risk cases
  • Have a good up to date understanding of dynamic risk in relation to safeguarding and domestic violence.
  • Ensure that staff members are competent to manage risk escalation and work with high risk cases.
  • Implement internal policies and procedures for risk management
  • Have or be prepared to develop a good understanding of programmes delivery related to managing risk.
  • Be prepared to prioritise and escalate risk as required through MARACS, MAPPA and family’s safeguarding.
  • Review operations and carry out continuous improvement in managing risk
  • Manage health and safety issues for staff and service users in relation to own and team activities.
  • Manage yourself, develop and enhance your own resources
  • Manage and supervise a team of operational staff, either directly or through first line team leaders (programmes), ensuring good and up to date standards of performance in line with service policies and procedures and national standards
  • Train, motivate and develop teams and individuals to enhance performance
  • Lead the work of teams and individuals to achieve their objectives
  • Plan, allocate and evaluate work carried out by teams and individuals
  • Create, develop and maintain productive working relationships with co–managers and others
  • Contribute to the selection of new staff
  • Undertake induction, supervision and appraisal of staff, manage poor performance
  • Support the efficient use of resources
  • Keep self and team up to date with new developments
  • Obtain, record and analyse information to devise solutions to problems, develop strategies and aid decision making and problem solving by others
  • Chair and participate in formal meetings
  • Ensure security and confidentiality of clients' records and that all client data is handled sensitively and appropriately
  • Promote the importance and benefits of quality, and aim for quality standards in dealing with suppliers, contractors, etc.
  • Manage continuous improvement in the delivery of services to offenders and other service users in line with performance management objectives and targets
  • Provide advice and support for the development and implementation of quality systems
  • Implement quality assurance systems
  • Monitor compliance with quality systems
  • Lead on thematic inspections
  • Promote people’s rights and responsibilities
  • Promote equality and diversity
  • Promote the rights to confidentiality of information
  • Challenge discrimination and disadvantage both in the organisation’s internal operation and in its dealing with service users, partnerships, agencies, etc.

Person Specification


  • Relevant probation qualification
  • Experience of assessing & managing risk especially in relation to domestic violence and child safeguarding
  • Ability to lead effectively through change
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems
  • Experience of supporting, developing & managing others to improve performance
  • Ability to understand and promote equality, diversity and ethic
  • Understanding of the principles of the Probation Service and an ability to reduce re-offending
  • Excellent oral communication skills, active listening, using a variety of styles, presenting difficult ideas in a way that promotes understanding, acting on feedback, influencing others
  • Excellent written communication skills, ability to identify style appropriate to audience, presenting complex ideas clearly
  • Manage continuous improvement in the delivery of services in line with performance management objectives
  • Ability to act assertively and take control of situations & events
  • Establish and maintain effective links with partnership agencies especially child safeguarding
  • Ability to recognise opportunities for change/improvement
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure
  • Ability to use data to understand trends and inform improvements in service delivery
  • Plan prepare and implement projects to agreed timescales


This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and HMPPS EL1 Vetting.  All required checks will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment process for any successful candidate


If you would like to be considered for this position and have the relevant experience, then please email your CV to

 Alternatively, if this role is not for you but you do know somebody who would be interested please refer them. We have a generous referral bonus scheme and will pay £150 in retail vouchers of your choice, for referrals who we place that aren’t already known to us.


Due to the high volume of applications received, if you do not hear from us within 7 working days, I am afraid your application has been unsuccessful. 

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Senior Probation Officer -Wandsworth (Family Safeguarding Team)

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