Prison Officer - Residential Officer Recruitment Process



Within the SPS our values are at the heart of everything we do, therefore our recruitment process is designed to ensure that we can attract and appoint individuals whose values align with our own. By recruiting people who share our values, we believe that we can have a real impact on transforming the lives of those within our care, resulting on a positive impact on our communities.

Why are values so important to us? 

Juliet Hancock, an organisational development professional, describes the value of values and why there are important in the world of work.

Our personal values describe what is most important to us; they are individual and internal and we use them every day, often at an unconscious level, to make decisions and choices about what we do and how we do it – they are the reason why we do the things that we do.

Our values provide the motivation, drive and energy to get things done; they also determine when we feel frustrated, angry or lack the energy to do something because it doesn’t fit the values that are important to us.

If there is alignment between our personal values and the prevailing environment at work, we will feel a sense of well-being. If there is a gap, we will ‘disengage’ and not be able to give our best or fulfill our potential. It is for these reasons that values are so important to us as we recognise their importance in allowing us to maximise the positive impact we can have on the lives of those in our care.

Our selection process for Prison Officer - Residential Officers consists of the following steps:




Candidates successful through the recruitment process will be required to undertake a Fitness Test as part of the pre-employment checks. Information on the Fitness Test Standards can be found here. 

Further information about each step in the process can be found on the "Applicant Pack" attached to the advert.


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