You're qualified already
You could start work as a probation officer immediately if you have the right qualifications. Those include a PQF Honours degree or Graduate Diploma and Level 5 in Probation practice. Or you could have a Diploma in Probation Studies or Social Work with the Probation option, or a CQSW with the Probation option. If you have limited experience in probation, we can train you with a tailored learning plan.
Depending on your level of experience, we could offer you an extended induction so that you can get familiar with the work we do. Then you’ll begin to you’ll handle the full range of offender management tasks for people who are under supervision.
It’s a secure career and you’ll enjoy civil service benefits including a pension, family-friendly policies, flexible working and generous holidays, and every opportunity to develop. In fact, you could move into different fields of work such as custodial, approved premises or even a training role.
Find out more about daily life as a probation officer here