Probation officers are social workers/court officers usually employed by the Prison Service to supervise offenders and released prisoners in the community and to help them lead law-abiding lives.
Working with offenders or ex-offenders who have emotional, behavioural or psychological problems can make the job stressful and demanding. However, helping people better themselves can be a particularly rewarding role.
helping offenders come to terms with custodial sentences
undertaking one-to-one and group work activities
organising and overseeing community service work
‘befriending' and counselling offenders and their families
visiting offenders at home, in court, prison, hostels or other penal institutions
supporting the victims of some violent or sexual crimes
liaising with the police, social services etc.
supervising junior staff
helping with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders into the community