PBNI is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department of Justice (DOJ), which is a Northern Ireland Department that came into existence on 12 April 2010 and was established by the Department of Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2010. It has a range of devolved policing and justice functions, set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010.
PBNI seeks to work closely with statutory, community and voluntary organisations in order to achieve its purpose to change lives for safer communities by working with the courts, other agencies and partners to reduce reoffending and integrate offenders successfully back into the community.Reset (Intensive Rehabilitation and Resettlement Project)
Reset is a mentoring service for those who are subject to Probation Board supervision, who are high/medium risk (ACE) on release from prison. It offers early contact through and beyond the gate and intensive support in the community. Mentoring will commence 4 weeks prior to leaving custody and will continue for a maximum of 12 weeks after release. Reset is delivered through a new partnership between the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) and NIACRO (with support from Housing Rights). For more information please see the following documents:
ROP is a Northern Ireland-wide approach to the management of priority, or prolific offenders. It is based on evidence that it is prolific offenders who commit acquisitive crime such as robberies, burglaries and thefts and who impact most upon the community.
While recorded crime in Northern Ireland is low in comparison to other areas of the UK, we know that fear of crime remains high and that there is particular concern in communities about priority or prolific offenders.
The core objective of ROP is to bring together the right agencies to ensure that the right interventions are undertaken with the right offenders at the right time. These interventions have the aim of disrupting the offender’s criminal activity thereby reducing their re-offending.
With this in mind the DOJ (Department of Justice), PBNI (Probation Board for Northern Ireland), NIPS (Northern Ireland Prison Service), PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and YJA (Youth Justice Agency) have come together to form a partnership aimed at reducing crime and dealing with the most prolific offenders. This partnership is called ‘Reducing Offending in Partnership’ or ‘ROP’. More information about ROP can found in the documents below.
Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP) booklet (PDF)
How Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP) works (PDF)
Working together to reduce crime – ROP leaflet (PDF)
Stay Onside – New Programme developed by Irish FA and agencies involved in the Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP)
PBNI was one of seven organisations formally designated onto all (District) Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (DPCSPs and PCSPs) in February 2013. PBNI welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with other statutory organisations and the voluntary/ community sector to deliver safer communities. Information about how PBNI works in partnership with PCSPs can be found in the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) section.
PPANI bring together a number of agencies and departments including PBNI, police, prison service and a number of other agencies to work together to provide effective assessment and management of the risks posed by certain sexual and violent offenders. More information on the Public Protection Arrangements in Northern Ireland (PPANI) can be found in the Public Protection section and on the Public Protection Arrangements for Northern Ireland website. A video giving an overview of PPANI can also be viewed below.
On 2nd February 2012, Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJINI) published a follow-up review on the Causeway data sharing mechanism which acknowledges that the Causeway system has become an integral part of the criminal justice system, impacting on its effectiveness and efficiency, and that progress has been made on previous recommendations that fall within the remit of the Causeway team. For more information and to download the report please go to the Department of Justice website.
PBNI has been a successful Licensed Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). We believe that this programme adds value to our core responsibility by challenging offenders to make a difference in their lives and recognising their achievements. Research undertaken by Cardiff University School of Society Sciences into the impact of DofE participation on offenders indicated that ‘after engaging in the DofE offenders demonstrated a more positive attitude in relation to offending in general, a higher level of victim empathy, less perceived reward for crime, reduced anticipation of re-offending and fewer perceived life problems in future’. The DofE can accredit some of our work with offenders and its modular structure enables participants to achieve success while challenging them to engage purposefully during supervision. Upon completion of their programme, young people in Northern Ireland can have a choice of Award certification: A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate, a Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificate or an International Award Certificate.
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