Probation Services Officer - South Essex - Probation Service - Working for Essex
Salary: £23,637 - £29,046 per annum
Closing date: 06 Feb 2023
Location: South Essex
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10381
Role: Social Care
About the role

Essex County Council are delighted to be supporting The Probation Service with these roles. Please note, applications made via the Apply Button on the Essex County Councils careers site will not be accepted. Applications should be made via the Ministry of Justice website which can be accessed here:

Locations: South Essex: Basildon and Southend (East of England Probation Service)

Salary: £23,637 - £29,046 per annum

Closing date: 6th February

Req ID: 69351

Permanent. Full time / part time / flexible

About the role

Probation Services Officer

The Probation Service works with over 230,000 people on probation serving community sentences and individuals who are pre or post-release from prison. Our role is to support their rehabilitation and protect the public.

Tackling the root cause of offending is never going to be without its challenges. But helping someone turn their life around is immensely rewarding.

As a Probation Services Officer (PSO) you will undertake the full range of work with offenders before and after sentence, and in the community. This includes:

  • risk assessment
  • managing offenders throughout their conviction
  • report-writing

You will:

  • work in one of many varied settings such as courts, prisons or dedicated probation offices
  • draw on the training you receive to assess and manage risks to keep the community safe.
  • provide information to courts and work closely with agencies throughout the justice system, carrying out risk management and collaborating to protect the public.
  • most importantly, do everything you can to support people on probation. For example, providing practical advice about housing and employment, or simply listening and understanding.

We want you, not your qualifications

The role requires certain skills and experience, but for us, your personal qualities are just as important. To help people change, you’ll need to be empathetic, patient and resilient. Perhaps you’ve already worked with people who have social or personal difficulties, or maybe you have worked or volunteered with non-profit organisations to help change lives.

Whatever your experience, you’ll have strong writing and communication skills and be competent at producing clear, accurate reports to demanding deadlines. You’ll need a minimum 2 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English and Maths or the ability to evidence high level numeracy and literacy skills in order to read, understand and produce written reports and correspondence.

You’ll also be enthusiastic and ready to learn. In your first months you’ll receive a blend of formal and work-based training. You’ll be supported by your team throughout, and you’ll be there for them in turn.

About us

The Probation Service works with around 230,000 people on probation. Our staff have an important role to play – helping protect communities by supporting people to get back on track and make better life choices. Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive team that thrives on sharing knowledge and expertise.

The closing date for the Probation Services Officer role is 6th February 2023 at 11.55pm.

Please note, applications made via the Apply Button on the Essex County Councils careers site will not be accepted. Applications should be made via the Ministry of Justice website which can be accessed here: