Correctional Services Advice and Accreditation Panel Core Panel

Body: Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ. Meetings are virtual by default.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 10 Core Panel Members (see also Additional Information)
Remuneration: Day rate £500. Half day rate £250
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 days per year but this will depend on the range and volume of programme development; quality assurance and evaluation members are asked to advise on. HMPPS expects all Core members to attend up to two plenary meetings each year to establish practice and standards across the Panel. The appointment will be for a minimum of three years and maximum of five years with the possibility of a second term.
Closing Date: 03/11/2021 00:00
Interviews: Week commencing 22 November 2021

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

CSAAP comprises academics and expert practitioners who provide independent evidence-based advice and products to HMPPS including advice about accrediting offending behaviour programmes. CSAAP provides advice directly to HMPPS and does not represent the organisation publicly.
There are two memberships: Core Panel and Associate membership. We are refreshing membership of CSAAP’s Core Panel.

Associate members are co-opted to CSAAP for specific pieces of work, providing HMPPS with specific evidence-based advice on a range of topics relevant to prisons and probation in England and Wales.

Alongside Associate members of CSAAP, the Core Panel members will also provide evidence-based advice on a range of topics relevant to HMPPS business.

In practice, the Core Panel’s work involves meeting with programme developers and analysts about design, quality assurance and programme evaluation; advising colleagues across the organisation and providing high quality written feedback and other evidence products.

See Offending behaviour programmes and interventions for more information about accredited programmes.

Core Panel Members will undertake the following activities as required:

1. Review programmes aiming for accreditation (or to maintain accreditation); advise programme developers and make recommendations about accreditation to HMPPS. This involves:
Working closely with programme developers throughout the design and implementation of programmes, including advice on quality of delivery
Reviewing large submission documents and preparing advice in advance of panel meetings
Advising and making recommendations to the HMPPS Accredited Programmes and Interventions Delivery & Strategy Board (APIDSB) on accreditation

2. Work closely with APIDSB to provide independent, expert advice on the strategy for rehabilitation in HMPPS.
3. Advise MoJ and other analysts on their research and evaluation of programmes; making recommendations to APIDSB about their plans and results.
4. Network, share and learn with other Panel members to promote consistent standards in advice on accreditation.
5. Contribute to any reviews of accreditation criteria, providing evidence-based advice about proposed changes.
6. Share international perspectives and provide new ideas to inform the work of HMPPS.
7. Provide evidence-based advice to HMPPS to generate insight and contribute to the organisation’s open, learning culture. This may involve rapid evidence assessments; informal evidence summaries & reviews and talks or seminars on specific topics as commissioned by HMPPS through the Secretariat.
8. Advise on strategies for meeting the needs of specific groups of people in prison and on probation.
9. Peer review research, evidence, and other evidence-based material before publication.

Person Specification

As a Core Panel member you will have these professional qualifications:
a. PhD or equivalent; and/or
b. Demonstrable experience as an expert practitioner in your field.

And demonstrate the following essential criteria:
1. A record of peer-reviewed publications;
2. Quantitative and/or qualitative research expertise;
3. Experience of collaborating with knowledgeable peers on the application of research in to practice;
4. An understanding of or experience of correctional practice in prison and/or probation settings; and
5. A breadth and depth of understanding of one (or more) of the following:
I. Programme Design
a. Interventions and programmes that support individuals to change behaviour and/or reduce the likelihood of serious harm;
b. Rehabilitation including desistance, Good Lives Model;
c. Reducing reoffending – What Works literature;
d. Theory of change;
e. Experience in Personality Disorder approaches and evidence;
f. Experience in treatment approaches; For example:
• Cognitive Behavioural Treatment (CBT) approaches and evidence
• Compassion focused approaches
• Psychodynamic treatment approaches and evidence
• Trauma-informed approaches
g. Experience of working in, managing or researching Therapeutic Communities.

II. Prison and probation
h. Prison environments;
i. Community sentences;
j. Assessment and risk management in prisons and probation;
k. An understanding of specific cohorts of people in prison and on probation including diversity and inclusion; those with learning disabilities; mental health difficulties and the needs of transgender people.
III. Programme delivery
l. Programme implementation;
m. Quality of delivery of interventions.
IV. Programme Evaluation
n. Research methodologies (quantitative and/or qualitative).
V. Offence specialism in in one or more of the following:
1. Sexual offending;
2. Domestic Abuse;
3. Extremism;
4. Violence.

Additional Information

Reserve List
If we identify more appointable candidates than posts available, we will hold applicant details on a reserve list for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Associate Members
CSAAP also has an Associate membership. If you are not appointed to the Core panel, we may ask you to become an Associate member.
Associate members will be co-opted to CSAAP for specific pieces of work, providing HMPPS with specific evidence-based advice on a range of topics relevant to prisons and probation in England and Wales. We are not using this recruitment process to appoint Associate members but may ask applicants for Core Panel membership to become Associate members depending on their expertise.

How to Apply

Please email your CV and a statement of suitability to
Your CV should outline your education, professional qualifications, employment history and key achievements. The statement of suitability (maximum 1000 words) should explain how you consider your skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
You will be assessed against the criteria listed in the person specification at interview. Interviews will be an opportunity to ask candidates questions about experience and expertise outlined in the application.
We encourage applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Arrangements for candidates with a disability:
Interviews will be offered to candidates with disabilities who supply sufficient evidence to meet the minimum selection criteria for the role.
Reasonable Adjustments:
If you have a disability and require any arrangements or adjustments for any part of the recruitment or selection process, please state this clearly in a cover email along with your CV and statement of suitability or contact us directly (quote CSAAP 2021 in any correspondence) by e-mail to;
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