PBNI lead in the reduction of reoffending by tackling the root causes of offending behaviour and rehabilitating people. We are collaborative and transformative in working to reduce the number of victims of crime and building safer communities.

Some of our partnerships to tackle reoffending are set out below:

Public Protection Arrangements in Northern Ireland (PPANI)

PPANI is an acronym for the Public Protection Arrangements in Northern Ireland, which were introduced in October 2008 to make more effective the work the police, probation and others do to manage the risks posed by certain sexual and violent offenders when they are released from prison into the community. PPANI is not a statutory body in itself but a structure that enables agencies to undertake their statutory duties and coordinate their functions to enhance public protection.

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 websiteExternal link opens in new window.

Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP)

The partnership between the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Youth Justice Agency aims to tackle prolific offenders who commit crime such as robberies, burglaries or thefts and who impact most upon the community.

There are three main strands to Reducing Partnership;

  1. Prevent and Deter
  2. Catch and Control
  3. Rehabilitate and Resettle

Reducing Offending in Partnership has over 58 stakeholders, both statutory and non-statutory.

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)

Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs)

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.

The Causeway Programme is a joint venture involving the six Criminal Justice Organisations (CJOs) in Northern Ireland – The Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, The Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Court Service, Northern Ireland Prison Service, Forensic Science Northern Ireland, and PBNI. The programme aims to deliver significant improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland by sharing information electronically. The intention remains that as a result of this electronic transfer, information will be accurate, consistent, up-to-date and accessible electronically to all staff that have a need to see it.

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 websiteExternal link opens in new window.

Community Service
The Community Service scheme has extensive partnerships throughout the Northern Ireland community. Currently people on community service work in approximately 200 community based locations performing a wide range of tasks, for example; environmental work including gardening and general maintenance, assisting in charity shops, redecoration of community facilities, private homes, care taking and cleaning duties, football coaching, assisting in luncheon clubs for elderly. PBNI has supported these partnerships by providing Community and Voluntary sector funding to a range of organisations. To find out more about how PBNI works in the Community please see the PBNI in the Community section. A video explaining the benefits of Community Service can also be viewed below.

Family Links
Family Links is a programme delivered by NIACRO  (Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) to help people cope with having a family member in prison. Support services are offered to the families of all prisoners in Northern Ireland, remand and sentenced. For more information please go to the Family Links section of the NIACRO website External link opens in new window.

North/South Protocols
PBNI works with partner agencies in the Republic of Ireland through the Public Protection Advisory Group. The Public Protection Advisory Group (PPAG), is jointly chaired by the Chief Executive of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and the Director of the Irish Probation Service. It was established in 2006 to specifically address how increased cross-border co-operation could be taken forward and to specifically implement the probation elements of the agreed work programme emanating from the Inter-Governmental Agreement. Please see further information on North South co-operation view the North/South Protocols (PDF).