Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many people work for PBNI?
PBNI has a Board of 12 members and employs approximately 400 staff. The full Time Equivalent (FTE) number of Probation Officers in the workforce at 30th June 2019 was 157.08.  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 has a forensic psychology unit.  Specialist staff are employed in Information Technology, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Finance and Communications.
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 Leadership in PBNI.
What is a Probation Officer?
A Probation Officer is a qualified social worker who works with people who have offended and their families in courts, the community and prisons. The Probation Officer is responsible for ensuring that People under supervision keep to the conditions of court orders and licences.  The Probation Officer is responsible for assessing and managing the risk of individuals.  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?
Partnership is of critical importance to PBNI. It works with partners in government, criminal justice and across community and voluntary sectors. In order to tackle reoffending and the causes of crime there is a need to develop a partnership approach.  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 2017-20 in the ‘What are our priorities and how are we doing’ section
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@probation-ni.gov.uk or telephone (028) 90522522. To view our complaints procedure, please visit the Complaints 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 Leadership Team?
The structure and contact details for PBNI’s Senior Leadership Team can be found in the Senior Leadership section.