Probation Services OfficerJob Description:
Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community and prison sentences who are considered to be 'low-risk'.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- gather information and interview offenders
- assess the risk an offender may pose to the public
- prepare court reports
- deliver individual or group programmes to challenge offending behaviour
- help clients get work or training, housing, or drug and alcohol treatment
- arrange and supervise community work placements for offenders
- supervise residents living in approved accommodation
- support victims of crime
- give education or employment support to prisoners in the community or before their release
- work with other agencies like the police, drug and alcohol services, social services, and health organisations
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- leadership skills
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
You may find it helps your application if you take a college course. Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could apply directly for job vacancies with probation services. You’ll need experience of working with vulnerable people or people who have challenging behaviour
You can get experience through volunteering or paid work, or by contacting your local community rehabilitation company for opportunities.
If you’re successful with your application, you’ll train on the job. You’ll do the Diploma in Probation Practice during your first 12 months to qualify as a probation services officer.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends flexibly.
You could work in a prison, in a court, in the community or in an office.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, or train as a probation officer.