Train to be a Probation Officer

Salary: £22,039 to £27,373 plus London Weighting £3,889
Location: Nationwide
Start date: Various
Sectors: Management, Public Sector, Training

What the role involves
This is your chance to directly influence the safety of our community. The decisions and actions you take can be the turning point for offenders – so that instead of being part of the system for years to come, they leave criminal behaviour behind for good. As a Probation Officer, you can have such a positive impact on society as a whole.

Joining our Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) programme, you’ll develop crucial knowledge and put it into practice. By the end, you’ll be ready to work on the transition of some of the most high-risk offenders in society.

Day to day, you’ll handle everything from going to hostels, visiting prisons and attending courts – all to make interventions with offenders that enables them to understand their behaviour and want to change it. Throughout, you’ll be working with people to help them recognise the benefit of education, skills, treatment or maybe counselling to prevent reoffending.

What you’ll need
Emotional intelligence, resilience and the ability to stay calm under pressure are all qualities needed for a career as a Probation Officer. You’ll be the kind of person who can build rapport quickly and de-escalate potentially volatile situations. You’ll be happy to self-manage, and have a passion and commitment to your work, while excellent report-writing skills are also a must. Lastly, you should have some experience in working with people who have demonstrated challenging behaviour.

To apply, you will need a degree covering:

• Criminology
• Community Justice Studies
• Criminal Justice Studies
• Policing Studies

What we offer
In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary and benefits package. You’ll also be part of a supportive and friendly team environment – the perfect place to study towards your Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP). We will sponsor and guide you through your studies, and we’ll give you the opportunity to make the most of your career as a Probation Officer.

Who we are
We are Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and we have full responsibility for the operational management of offenders in custody and the community. Our role is to improve the way we reform offenders to protect the public and reduce reoffending.

Together with the police, prisons and courts, we work directly with offenders to help them turn their lives around and we engage with victims and communities to help them feel safer too.

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