Job Vacancy: Prevent Services Officer (Leicester)

£18,284.53 (part-time, fixed-term until 31st March 2022, 22 hrs pw.)



Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. We do this by tackling the causes of radicalisation and responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism; safeguarding and supporting those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support; enabling those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.


Prevent includes dealing with extremism where extremist and terrorist groups share common views; and where people who are extremists are being drawn towards terrorism-related activity. We need to respond to current national and global security threats and our immediate aim is to contain support here for Daesh and other terrorist groups and to reduce the risks posed by the extreme far-right.


In Leicester, we have taken a unique approach to delivering our Prevent agenda. The Leicester Prevent Coordinator (LPC) is employed by the St Philip’s Centre (SPC) which operates within the community sector to implement the local Prevent programme, providing both advice and practical support to the local authority and wider statutory partners. The post coordinates the delivery and communication of the local authority’s Prevent programme and works with partners to ensure that the statutory ‘Prevent Duty’ is implemented.


This Prevent Services Officer (PSO) will receive day-to-day supervision from the LPC and be line managed by the Deputy Director. The PSO will have a good understanding of the Government’s counter-terrorism and related strategies and the current Prevent Strategy and its development.


This role demands a competent organiser who can prioritise their workload, manage competing tasks, provide excellent customer service support and oversee projects to ensure their effective delivery, performance, monitoring and evaluation. Research skills are important and having an open attitude to working with various voluntary/ community sector organisations is required. The PSO must have excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively under pressure.


We offer a warm working environment with encouragement to develop.


 Key responsibilities

  1. Act as an accessible point of contact for Prevent support services on behalf of SPC
  2. Provide administrative support to progress and enhance local Prevent activity.
  3. Develop, maintain and drive the delivery of local Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Prevent projects by taking the lead for supporting these initiatives. This will include overseeing, vetting and evaluating CSO performance against delivery and finances and ensuring that the CSO network is joined up in their Prevent delivery.
  4. Work with the Leicester community reference group to facilitate the independent monitoring of the projects, provide quarterly reports on their progress against qualitative and quantitative outcomes, as well as ensuring CSOs deliver against their Theory of Change objectives and ensure that all returns are properly evidenced and submitted within deadlines. Regular contact with projects is a key feature of this role as is working off-site visiting projects.
  5. Produce quality research reports, responses to consultations and case studies relevant to the Prevent and/ or related agendas
  6. Ensure that the local CSO network is joined up in their Prevent delivery; this will include facilitating regular Leicester CSO forums for emerging threat and risk updates, the exchange of good practice and recognising opportunities for collaboration.
  7. Work to the LPC to coordinate Prevent activity with and on behalf of the local authority. Promote the Prevent strategy across both statutory and non-statutory partners, keeping up to date with changes and guidance issued by OSCT (Office for Security & Counter Terrorism).
  8. Responsibility for the St Philip’s Centre’s suite of CARE (Confidently Addressing Radicalisation & Extremism) courses including the administration, logistics, marking and liaison with delegates. 
  9. Identify individuals and groups linked to Prevent projects who can be brought into wider Prevent stakeholder engagement efforts.
  10. Identify and drive opportunities for innovation and research that enhances local Prevent delivery
  11. Responsible for supporting the implementation of the Prevent duty in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 locally.
  12. Positively promote Prevent to various stakeholders including to recruit delegates to CARE courses.
  13. From time to time, engage in the other aspects of Prevent work as requested e.g. visits from interested parties, consultations



Contract details

  • This contract is expected to begin on 4th May 2021 and terminates on 31st March 2022. It may be extended on an annual basis, dependent on performance and Home Office funding.
  • This includes 133.1 hours of holidays inclusive of bank holidays. Further details are in the contract.
  • The post is subject to one month’s notice for either party and an initial three-month probation review.
  • Working hours to be confirmed
  • The post is primarily home-based with a requirement for flexibility including occasional office attendance, evenings and weekend-working. Physical attendance will be required for hosting courses, events and meetings.
  • Day to day support will be provided by the LPC. Line management is to the Deputy Director.


Other information

  • Apply via application form only – download here.   You can find the person specification here
  • Completed application forms should be returned to
  • Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th April 2021
  • Interviews expected on Thurs 22nd April 2021