Job Description

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.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • 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



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.