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The Probation Service works with over 30,000 people on probation each year, supporting their rehabilitation while protecting the public. It is not an easy job, can be challenging – and may involve working with people with complex needs – but it is a rewarding one with variety, training and the chance to turn people’s lives around.
Approved Premises (AP) are residential units, primarily for those who have been released on licence and who require a high level of supervision to manage the risk of harm they present to the public. The AP plays a key role in supporting the management of these offenders in their transition from custody into the community. As part of your role as a PSO you will carry out keywork with the residents and engage with them in purposeful activities to assist their rehabilitation in the community.
The PSO working pattern will include some evenings and weekends. Unsocial hours allowances are applicable.
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Probation services officer - Ministry of Justice
Overview of the job
The job holder will undertake the full range of work with offenders before and after sentence. This will include assessment, sentence implementation, offender management and producing reports. The job holder will provide case management support to a full range of offenders utilising service procedures and practice directions that underpin professional judgement.
To assess and manage the risk (including risk management plans and escalation) posed by offenders to protect victims of crime and the general public by:Liaising, providing information and advice to criminal courts, criminal justice agencies and other partner agenciesSupervise and manage risk of those offenders subject to community sentences, during and after custodial sentences. Work with other agencies and groups to prevent crime and meet the needs of victims and offenders.
In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
If relevant to the role, some out of hours working may be required (i.e. Courts, Approved Premises, programmes, evening reporting etc)
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
Probation Services Officers may be required to undertake any combination, or all, of the duties and responsibilities set out below.To undertake the full range of offender management tasks with offenders assessed as low or medium risk of harm and to support the Probation Officer grade in high risk cases.When providing case manager support, to contribute to the delivery of the Risk Management plan and report significant changes relating to risk of harm and/or reoffending or any non-compliance within agreed enforcement proceduresTo use computer based systems to produce, update and maintain records and other documentation within agreed timescalesEnsure effective referrals to services and facilities and communicate with offender management staff, interventions staff, service providers and external agencies to review progress and associated risks.To undertake prison, home or alternate location visits as required in accordance with service procedures and policies.To undertake work in the court setting, including the completion of appropriate reports on cases and prosecution of breaches.To provide cover within teams as requiredTo deliver and co-lead accredited programmes commensurate with gradeTo conduct mandatory alcohol and drug tests as required, and to follow prescribed medication proceduresCarry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policiesDemonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes.To work within the aims and values of NPS and NOMS
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
Making Effective Decisions
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Experience of working with a diverse range of people who have experienced a range of social/personal difficulties and the need to use tact and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
Experience in planning and coordinating work
Experience of working with groups or individuals in order to motivate and change behaviour
An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and diversity good practice
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
Minimum 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English, Maths or the ability to evidence high level numeracy and literacy skills required to read, understand and interpret policies and the ability to write reports and correspondence for internal and external stakeholders
Understanding of factors related to offending e.g. substance misuse, accommodation issues and being able to emphasise constructively with a range of people
Understanding of and commitment to the principles of case management.
Knowledge and understanding of risk management/risk assessment as pertaining to offenders and the impact on victims of crime
Understanding of Health & Safety legislation in the workplace
Knowledge and understanding of the work of the Criminal Justice System and Probation Service
Knowledge of the aims and objectives of the Probation Service
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with offenders, professionals, courts and other public fora.
All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post.
All external candidates are subject to 6 months' probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS.
All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS consider to be racist.