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By: Mark Sturman 25th November 2015

Criminal Justice FAQs for Candidates

If you’re interested in a role with Seven Criminal Justice you’re bound to have a couple of questions you’d like to ask. Please find the answers to our frequently asked questions below. However, if there’s anything else you’d like to know, such as details about a particular role or information about our compliance checks, please do not hesitate to get in touch. **LINK TO CONTACT US CRIMINAL JUSTICE**

Q: I’ve just graduated with a degree in criminal justice – can you help me find a job?

A: Generally speaking, it is more difficult to find a role in the criminal justice field as a graduate with little or no professional experience. This is because employers often do not have the resources they need to provide training or support for contract staff. For this reason, candidates with 12-18 months experience in a particular field, such as probation work or as part of a youth offending team (YOT), are easier to place.

However, we also work with a number of major employers who may be seeking support staff in this sector, which is an excellent way to get on the first rung of the criminal justice ladder. If you have recently graduated with a criminal justice degree, please register **LINK TO REGISTER PAGE** with Seven Criminal Justice or get in touch **LINK TO CONTACT PAGE** to discuss your requirements.

Q: What documents do I need to be considered for a criminal justice role?

 A: When you register with Seven Criminal Justice we will ask you to complete a full compliance check, which includes the following:

  • Immunisation checks
  • Mandatory training checks
  • Reference checks
  • Documentation (e.g. proof of address, driving licence, proof of right to work in the UK etc.)
  • DBS checks

We also take a full employment history from all of our candidates and will ask you for more details to account for any gaps in employment.

Q: How long do the clearances take?

A: Many of the roles within the criminal justice field, such as a prison officer, will require Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks as well as prison clearance. These checks take an average of two weeks for most roles, and we can also help you gather the information you need for your prison officer clearance if required.

Q: Can I transfer between roles in the criminal justice sector?

 A: There are a lot of similarities between many criminal justice roles, such as probation officers and youth offending team officers, so it can be relatively simple to change career paths. However, you may need to complete training to familiarise yourself with new systems or new ways of working.

Q: How much do jobs in criminal justice pay?

 A: The pay you can expect to receive will depend on a number of factors, such as your level of experience and location, and will vary from role to role. Your consultant will always give you as much information as possible about each particular role. However, as a trusted employment partner for a number of leading criminal justice employers across the UK, the rate of pay our candidates receive tends to be higher than other recruitment agencies can offer.

Q: How long is the contract?

A: The length of the contract varies in line with the particular needs of the employer. However, as a guide, an average initial contract lasts for between three and six months. In some cases these initial contracts are extended if the employer needs additional work.

We also work with employers who have a specific or urgent task they need to be completed, and in this case the initial contract may last less than three months. Your dedicated consultant will always tell you exactly how long a contract is likely to be.

Q: How can you help me find a criminal justice job?

A: At Seven Criminal Justice, we work with a diverse group of private and public sector organisations in the criminal justice sector to help you find your next job. We provide a personalised service and ongoing support whenever you need us. We can also offer rates the competition cannot match.

For help finding your next criminal justice role, simply register with Seven Criminal Justice today.