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Probation services officer

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Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community and prison sentences who are considered to be 'low-risk'.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£28,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become

How to become a probation services officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You may find it helps your application if you take a college course like:

  • a diploma in public services
  • a qualification in youth and community work
  • A levels

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a probation services practitioner advanced apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

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
  • a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

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 Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice during your first 12 months to qualify as a probation services officer.

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Further information

You can find out more information about careers, training and job vacancies as a probation services officer from the Ministry of Justice.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • leadership skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a prison, in a court, in the community or in an office.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, or train as a probation officer.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a probation services officer right now.

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Courses In England

Public Services First Diploma

  • Provider: BEXHILL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

Public Services

  • Provider: UNIFIED SEEVIC PALMER'S COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: BENFLEET

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