Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many people work for PBNI?
PBNI has a Board of 12 members and employs 354 (FTE Full Time Equivalent as at March 2015) people, of which approximately half are Probation Officers based in offices throughout Northern Ireland. All Probation Officers hold a professional qualification in Social Work (DipSW or equivalent). PBNI also employs Probation Service Officers with a wide range of experience in social care, youth and community work and criminal justice. PBNI also has a forensic psychology unit. Administrative staff in the organisation are drawn from across specialist and general administration including Information Technology, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Finance and Clerical Services.
I’ve seen PBNI described as a Non Departmental Public Body or NDPB - what does that mean?
A Non Departmental Public Body is a body established by statute to deliver a particular public service and is overseen by a Board rather than ministers. It employs its own staff and manages its own budget.
Who is the Chief Executive of PBNI?
Cheryl Lamont is the Chief Executive of PBNI.
Find out more about Senior Management in PBNI.
What is a Probation Officer?
A Probation Officer is a qualified social worker who works with offenders and their families in courts, the community and prisons. The Probation Officer is responsible for ensuring that offenders keep to the conditions of court orders and licences.  The Probation Officer is responsible for assessing and managing the risk of offenders.  Some Probation Officers work directly with victims through the Victim Information Scheme.
Are there any job vacancies in PBNI?
Details of vacancies can be found in the Recruitment section and are advertised in the press.
I am a victim of crime – can I find out information about the offender?
PBNI’s Victim Information Scheme is a scheme to ensure that victims receive information about what it means when someone is sentenced to an Order which requires supervision by the Probation Board. Since October 2012 the Prisoner Release Victim Information Scheme, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland Victim Information Scheme and the Mentally Disordered Victim Information Scheme (operated by the DOJ) became co-located. For further information please go to the Victim Information Scheme section.
How does PBNI work with others in the Criminal Justice system in Northern Ireland?
PBNI is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department of Justice (DOJ). It is one of the key organisations within the wider Criminal Justice system in Northern Ireland. The (Acting) Director of Probation, Cheryl Lamont, sits on the Criminal Justice Board. To find out more about organisations linked with PBNI, please visit the Links section and the Partnerships section.
Where can I find out more about PBNI’s strategic themes?
This information can be found in the PBNI Corporate Plan 2014-2017 (PDF)
I am under PBNI supervision and want to find out what personal information PBNI holds about me, can I access this material?
Please go to the Access to Information/How to request your personal information under DPA section for more information, including how you can make a request to have a copy of the information PBNI may hold on you.
How can I leave some feedback on PBNI’s services?
PBNI aims to provide the best possible service and we welcome feedback, both positive and negative.  If you would like to comment on any aspect of our work, please contact us by email  – info@pbni.gsi.gov.uk or telephone (028) 9026 2400. To view our complaints procedure, please visit the Complaints section.
How do I register an interest in becoming a PBNI consultee and respond to consultations?
To register an interest in becoming a PBNI consultee please contact PBNI Equality Manager by emailing paul.mcilwaine@pbni.gsi.gov.uk or write to the PBNI Equality Manager, 80-90 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1LD.  As a PBNI consultee you will receive regular newsletter updates in relation to current equality work or developments within PBNI.  For more information about consultations please visit the Consultations section.
Where can I find information about Community and Voluntary Sector Funding?
This information can be found in the Community and Voluntary Sector Funding section
Can you give me the names and contact details of your Senior Management Team?
The structure and contact details for PBNI’s Senior Management Team can be found in the Senior Management section.