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Probation Officers

Probation officers work to rehabilitate offenders. They supervise, counsel and help them before trial, during any prison or community sentence and on release from prison.


Median Salary

New workers start around £24,961. Normal pay is £38,102 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £51,988.

Daily Tasks

  • Keeps accurate and comprehensive records.
  • Works with prisoners in giving advice on problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, addressing training needs, finding work and getting accommodation.
  • Draws up probation plans with offenders and helps them follow it, advises them on any work and helps them with any family or social problems.
  • Enforces court orders and serves the public by providing a wide range of supervision programmes for those in receipt of a community sentence.
  • Produces pre-sentence reports to the court about an individual.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Science