By training to become a Probation Officer…

There are many reasons why a career as a Probation Officer can be rewarding. We asked some of our current and former trainees what joining the service has helped them to achieve.

Venetia
Probation Officer

… I’ve turned a life-long interest into a career

A criminal justice career was always Venetia’s end goal. But while her academic studies gave her a great grounding, it’s her people skills that really stand out.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“Someone who enjoys working with different people, who likes the idea of facilitating change.”

Tony
Current PQiP Learner

… I’m helping to keep the public safe

Tony always felt he could play a major role in protecting the public as well as help offender. And he’s seen how his work’s made a difference.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“As well as being analytical, understanding and a good people person, you do need to be able to do administrative work.”

Daniel
Probation Officer

…I’ve built up professional experience

Daniel’s tackled a number of placements within the service – broadening both his professional horizons and personal skills.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“You have to be completely non-judgemental. You need to remember that the people you’re working with may feel ashamed or embarrassed.”

Kerry
Senior Probation Officer

…I’ve found my ability to lead

After starting her probation career in prisons, Kerry’s moved into a managerial position that allows her to develop new skills.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“It’s important that we make service users feel comfortable, so being approachable and understanding the situations they’re in is really important.”

Nicola
Senior Probation Officer

…I’ve created positive change

Nicky’s encouraged and embraced change – for the people she works with, and her own professional development.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“To be good at this job you have to be able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see it from their viewpoint.”

Roy
Probation Services Officer

…I’ve discovered new opportunities

Roy found his interest in people made him a great fit here as a Probation Services Officer. He’s now applied to do the PQiP programme.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“It’s important that you can set aside emotions when facing setbacks. Remember, it’s not personal.”

Daniel
Probation Officer

…I’ve taken my skills in a new direction

Daniel originally intended to use his sociology degree to become a teacher. But instead he chose to help our service users.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“Always learning – whether it’s about yourself in your interactions, or in the research that impacts the way you work.”

Harvey
Probation Officer

… I’m putting theory into practice

Harvey’s training gave him all the tools to be a great Probation Officer. Now he’s applying it to make a real difference in offenders’ lives.

What makes a good Probation Officer?

“Teamwork is really important in this role. You get a lot of help and support from your team and they’ll often help you out.”