Probation Officer Job Description Probation Officers Are Social Workers/court Officers Usually Employed By The Prison Service To Supervise Offenders And Released Prisoners In The Community And To Help Them Lead Law-abiding Lives. Working With Offenders Or Ex-offenders Who Have Emotional, Behavioural Or Psychological Problems Can Make The Job Stressful And Demanding. However, Helping People Better Themselves Can Be A Particularly Rewarding Role. Probation Officer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities helping offenders come to terms with custodial sentences undertaking one-to-one and group work activities organising and overseeing community service work ‘befriending' and counselling offenders and their families visiting offenders at home, in court, prison, hostels or other penal institutions supporting the victims of some violent or sexual crimes liaising with the police, social services etc. supervising junior staff helping with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders into the community
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